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December 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Highway 99 tunnel: Close the viaduct

Let’s pretend we all want the tunnel and act like we want it to succeed [“Is Bertha’s pit affecting Pioneer Square buildings?” Local News, Dec. 9]. Close the viaduct. Fix Bertha. Or, better yet, make Hitachi Koki fix Bertha, at their cost.

But get this thing going.

Yes, I’m sure closing the viaduct would make some people mad. That’s unfortunate. Having the viaduct collapse as the Washington State Department of Transportation explains that it’s still safe would also be unfortunate. Which scenario would cost taxpayers more?

Go all in on the tunnel. WSDOT needs to act like they want to build the tunnel instead of trying to pacify every shouting politician.

Close the viaduct. Build the tunnel. Make it happen.

Robert Reed, Seattle

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