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January 19, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Tunnel to replace the viaduct

Potential earthquake disaster

People are missing the point, and thus the mayor and the governor are getting away with murder, perhaps literally.

These politicians tout the fact that the new First Avenue tunnel proposal allows the viaduct to remain in use until the tunnel is finished. This sounds like a huge advantage. But, the whole point is that the viaduct will not survive the next earthquake and we don’t know when the earthquake will occur.

Leaving the viaduct as is, unrepaired, not replaced until 2014, exposes us to another five years of imminent peril.

That viaduct needs to be repaired or torn down now. To do otherwise is to expose motorists to an increasing probability of earthquake disaster as time passes.

— Richard Karnes, Mercer Island

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