EPP Talk with Jon Layzer

Jon Layzer is the Director of Major Projects, Seattle Department of Transportation.

For the last two decades, Seattle has experienced explosive growth and rapid urban development; in 2012, the city is in the middle of a physical transformation.  More than a decade after the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually earthquake nearly leveled Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct in 2001, the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace the viaduct with the world’s largest bored tunnel.  The $3 billion project includes money to tear down the elevated freeway that has separated downtown Seattle from its waterfront for more than half a century, opening the way for Seattle to redevelop Alaskan Way as a great urban street.  A $290 million bond measure on the November ballot would fund replacement of the central waterfront’s foundation – the Elliott Bay Seawall – before the viaduct comes down in 2016.  Civic leaders have developed a plan, endorsed by the Mayor and City Council, to raise another $300-$400 million in private funds to complete the Waterfront Seattle vision for 26 blocks of new parks, paths, and public space.  Jon will describe what it takes to plan and garner political support for such major endeavors in a city where transportation is hot politics.  He will focus on the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, the Seawall, and the Central Waterfront, but he’ll gladly answer questions about light rail, bus rapid transit, the monorail, complete streets, or just about any other transportation-related topic.

Jon Layzer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington