With nearly half the funding in place for the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle mayor Greg Nickels has vowed to press forward to secure the rest needed to replace the crumbling state highway.

Legislators approved $2 billion for the viaduct in the state's new transportation package, which totals $8 billion.

“The Viaduct and seawall are crumbling before our eyes,” said Nickels. “It is clear that our leaders in Olympia understand that if we don't fix the problem, Mother Nature will.”

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