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January 18, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Alaskan Way Viaduct

One third the space

Has anyone noticed that every government proposal to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct has just two lanes in each direction?

The viaduct today has three lanes in each direction and those are overcrowded much of the time. Elevated roadway, surface road or ditch, the future is to cram the traffic into one-third less space.

The only intelligent proposal was the architect-engineer who proposed a double tunnel with two auto lanes and one truck lane in each. But the city fathers’ choice goes right along with an early decision to limit the number of lanes on Interstate 5, move the cruise ships from walking distance of downtown and close down the waterfront trolley.

Must not have been enough taxes in tourists, trolleys or commerce.

— Kerry Edwards, Lynnwood

Tax whack

Now that the deep thinkers have decided on the tunnel option (of course, the most expensive choice) and have begun postulating on where they will “find” the money, I have a couple of questions. I’ll keep them very short.

First, who of us living outside of King County believes for a minute that we will not also be whacked with new taxes to supplement this fiasco? Not me.

Second, the proposed design has four lanes instead of the current six. Was I simply hallucinating when this whole “process” began when the directives from the top dictated that no option carrying less traffic than the existing structure would be acceptable? No, I’m certain I remember that particular caveat.

— Mark Williams, Lynnwood

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