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Category: Viaduct
March 17, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Alaskan Way Viaduct: Get inspections right first time

In the last inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, some new cracks were discovered [“Viaduct cracks grow in state’s race against time,” Local News, March 10]. Now the Washington State Department of Transportation has decided to remove the ivy that covers many portions of the viaduct. I think this is a little late. WSDOT has been…


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May 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gregoire signs tunnel bill

Seattle’s vote means nothing We learned in the May 13 Seattle Times that Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law legislation to begin construction of a deep-bore tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct ["Around the Northwest: Governor signs bill to replace viaduct," NW Wednesday]. I fear her memory is short. As most Times readers will recall,…


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May 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Seattle’s waterfront

Appreciate the parks we have The mayor of Bremerton should take a walk — to the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park and on to Myrtle Edwards Park — before he spouts off about Seattle’s lack of public waterfront space ["Harnessing the potential of Seattle's waterfront," Cary Bozeman guest commentary, Opinion, April 29]. – Anne Fontaine, Seattle


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April 27, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Tunnel legislation passed

Entrusting government to devious people The Legislature’s recent approval of the deep-bore tunnel legislation ends a process that nicely illustrates why the public is so disgusted with politics and politicians ["Viaduct legislation headed to governor," NW Saturday, April 25]. First, they ignored the public vote that rejected the tunnel option. Then the mayor, county executive and governor…


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April 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Deep-bore tunnel approved

<img src=”” width=”345″ class=”pic” /> Jim Bates / The Seattle Times The viaduct, seen here at night, is slated to be torn down and replaced by a tunnel. Goodbye to view from viaduct Editor, The Times: It took years, but the downtown real-estate interests are finally getting their way, while the people of Seattle and tourists will be denied one of the…


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April 23, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Tunnel to replace viaduct

Washington State Department of Transportation This digital rendering of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel shows stacked traffic lanes that would run roughly under First Avenue through downtown Seattle. Encourage energy-saving transit, not traffic Editor, The Times: Apparently, the mayor and state Legislature aren’t getting the message ["Tunnel to take place of viaduct," page one, April 23]. Emphasis needs to…


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March 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Tunnel design unsafe Your support of the viaduct tunnel replacement option is inappropriate ["Replace the viaduct with a tunnel," editorial, March 27]. At a minimum, this facility is classed as a “Divided Multilane P-1 Urban Arterial.” The state Department of Transportation design standard requires 12-foot lanes and 10-foot shoulders on both sides of the traveled way. Obviously, the…


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March 27, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Alaskan Way Viaduct solutions

Washington State Department of Transportation This viaduct-replacement schematic shows stacked two-lane tunnels, which would run mainly under First Avenue to bypass downtown Seattle. Tunnel doesn’t “replace” viaduct; access is sacrificed Editor, The Times: In Friday’s paper you seem to endorse the tunnel replacement of the viaduct ["Replace the viaduct with a tunnel," Times, editorial, March 27]. However, you…


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March 5, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Wishful thinking, not true planning Now that we have had some time to consider the decision of the governor, the county executive and the mayor to dig a deep-bore tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, it becomes clear that this tunnel option makes as little sense as the surface-street alternative others proposed. First, a tunnel was…


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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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