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  1. I found a local newspaper whose online archive of past articles provides a hint of what happened regarding the tunnel and a petition for a vote of the people to approve or reject it:

    http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2004/jul/15/state-takes-control-of-tunnel/

    http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2004/aug/05/council-wont-put-tunnel-planon-ballot/

    It seems that more than 3000 Bremerton residents signed a petition to put the matter on the ballot in 2004, but the project was handed off by the city to the state a few days later — which made the idea of a vote a moot point. It was no longer the city’s project (on that end of State Route 304, but on the other end the “gateway project” was still going on with the Mayor’s name proudly displayed on the signs at the construction area to let everyone know that the city was handling the widening and improvement of a state highway).

    Ernie apparently recalls the citizens’ demand for a vote, but misremembers the way that demand was tossed aside by the clever step of handing off a project that the Bremerton residents apparently didn’t want while continuing to do a project on the same state highway a few miles away.

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