Drago says Clibborn's remarks "weren't quite accurate...First of all, I didn't talk to her last week," as Clibborn alleged. "We talked on Sunday night...I certainly did not consider it to be definitive...she said if they opened the package to local projects [i.e. non-state roads projects] that all of her members would want a piece of that."
Citing the Mercer project's shovel readiness and private support, Seattle's role as a job center, Drago says the state's omission of it and other Seattle-area projects "makes absolutely no sense. It's not logical." The state estimates that the $341 million it will spend on the SDOT projects will create 6,600 new construction jobs by June, but Drago says "for $50 million, the Mercer project will produce 575 construction jobs, 6,000 direct & indirect jobs. The whole global health corridor--those are new jobs." [The above paragraph has been corrected to attribute the quotations to Drago, rather than Clibborn.]
Saying "the game isn't over," Drago notes the governor's continued support for the funding--the project is part of the Viaduct replacement plan--and adds that the city will be applying for stimulus dollars directly from the federal DOT.