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Category: 520 bridge
April 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

State engineer fired after pontoons crack

State needs plan to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely The chief engineer was fired, as if that would offset the potential cost overruns of tens of millions of dollars [“Pontoon flaws sink top state engineer,” front page, April 13]. In order to ensure that taxpayers’ funds are wisely spent on public projects, the following should be…

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April 12, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Seattle woman dies in wrong-way DUI crash

DUI penalties must be more severe My closest friend was Morgan Williams, the innocent victim killed in last week’s head-on collision with a vehicle being driven by Michael Robertson the wrong way on Highway 520 [“DUI again? Wrong-way driver kills Seattle woman,” front page, April 5]. He was a repeat DUI offender and should not have…

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March 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Ron Paananen returns to DOT as expert on bridge, tunnel project

Paanen hire is a mistake This is a tragic Washington State Department of Transportation and Gov. Jay Inslee mistake. Hiring Ron Paananen to study 520 bridge, which he was in charge of a few years ago before moving to be in charge of the viaduct replacement, is like hiring the fox to guard the hen house…

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March 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Mistakes on 520 bridge will be costly

Privatized construction might have prevented this If there was ever a good example of why more state government work should be outsourced and privatized, it’s the millions of dollars the state will cost us for having done their own defective engineering in the design of the 520 bridge [“State admits costly mistakes on 520 bridge,”…

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March 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Interstate 90 tolls anger Mercer Island residents

Tolls affect the region I live on Mercer Island and oppose the proposed tolls [“I-90 tolls: Islanders incensed,” page one, Jan. 31]. People have written letters to the editor calling the objections of Mercer Islanders a collective tantrum of a bunch of spoiled brats (my summary). Aside from the fact that stereotypes are rarely accurate,…

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February 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Mistakes on 520 bridge will be costly

Bad use of taxpayer money Well it would have been a good morning if the public wasn’t being informed about another screwup by the state [“State admits costly mistakes on 520 bridge,” page one, Feb. 27]. When are the citizens of this state going to demand state employees — not the great workers, but those responsible…

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April 6, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Highway 520 bridge bill

Costly tunnel mandate Writing about the Highway 520 bridge, Mike Lindblom quotes House Speaker Frank Chopp saying, “All the community groups on the west side are unified behind Option K” [“Debate, delays likely on new 520 bill,” page one, April 2]. Untrue; the University District, Ravenna-Bryant and others are vehemently opposed and are joined by several…

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March 27, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Bridge tolls

Seattle businesses will be hurt Who among us “average” people is going to spend an additional $5 to $10 for the “privilege” of a trip into downtown Seattle to shop or dine, only to be hit with a $10-plus parking charge, and a fee on entertainment and dining as well? [“Chopp is starting to like tunnels,”…

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March 2, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Seattle transportation infrastructure

The Seattle Times Highway 520 bridge Dreaming up a Highway 520 bridge nightmare As a person born, raised and still living in Queen Anne, I am very familiar with both the corridor infrastructure and the tendencies of those who use it. With Mercer Street, Highway 520, and the tunnel to replace the viaduct on the launchpad, it is…

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