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December 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Give Bertha a burial service

The Alaskan Way Viaduct with CenturyLink Field and Mount Rainier in the background (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times).

I recommend that the reality of the situation be accepted and addressed before the downtown sinks any further [“WSDOT explains the settling, liability and safety of the Highway 99 tunnel project,” Opinion, Dec. 15]. It is well known that Seattle sits on unstable ground, and tunneling has now disturbed it.

Stop pumping. Leave Bertha where it is and give it a decent burial service. Get on with a workable solution — either a new viaduct or a surface option.

So a billion dollars has already been spent? The big picture and the overall expense have to be looked at critically. Additional settling of downtown and cracking of historic buildings is not an option.

Gretchen Lambert, Seattle

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