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Seawall Measure to be Introduced on Monday

By Erica C. Barnett April 13, 2012

The city council plans to introduce legislation on Monday to start the process toward putting measure to replace the crumbling downtown waterfront seawall on the November ballot.

The legislation directs the city council to take a list of steps aimed at determining the scope and amount of the seawall bond measure. Among other things, the council would look at how the timeline for seawall construction works with downtown tunnel construction; how the city can balance seawall funding needs with other capital needs on the waterfront and around the city; what additional funding the city might find to pay for the seawall; and what uncertainties and risks surround the project.

Although it's still unclear exactly how much the seawall will cost, the most recent estimate, at 10 percent design, was between $310 million and $390 million.

The council will hold public hearings on the proposal in June and will vote on a final seawall bond measure in July.
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