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October 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Seattle congestion woes: Keep the viaduct to ease congestion

In regard to “Regional commute times worsen” [Local News, Oct 20], there is one, maybe only one, measure that far-sighted planners interested in truly alleviating the problem of impending grid lock might take: Continue theHighway 99 tunnel project, but stop the removal of the viaduct and rebuild or retrofit what remains.

During the planning process for the tunnel several noted, experienced and knowledgable engineers testified to the practicality of such a project despite its drawbacks. The new tunnel will have less capacity than the viaduct and no downtown exit. It will aggravate not alleviate the problem. More traffic will be diverted to I-5 and local streets. The inevitable accident (even a fender bender) inside the tunnel will create chaos.

The viaduct could be weight limited until funds for and design of a full seismic retrofit could be developed. Having both tunnel and viaduct would truly be a step forward that is so badly needed. We need improvement not impediment.

Charles Larkin, Seattle

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