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Category: Viaduct
January 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Boondogglers are digging for money

Last week, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson unabashedly reported that $959 million of the $1.44 billion contract has been spent on the tunnel project, suggesting that the completion date and overall costs are indeterminable [“Stalled Bertha’s tunnel project 70% done?” Local News, Dec. 27]. As a consequence, the entire tunnel project and the tax dollars of…

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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, Guy Detrick, Highway 99 tunnel

December 18, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: A comparison to a past boondoggle

Those with some years and who still have memory will remember the nuclear power fiasco during Gov. Dan Evans’ reign, which came to be known as “Whoops,” a morph of the acronym for Washington Public Power Supply System. That resulted in the abandonment of half-built nuclear power plants around the state at great expense to…

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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Gov. Dan Evans

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

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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, Gretchen Lambert, highway 99

December 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Think about sunk cost

In The Seattle Times editorial “Digging out from the tunnel mess” [Opinion, Dec. 10], the editorial board stated, “The lack of a clear path forward is emboldening the doomsday prognosticators demanding that the plug be pulled on the tunnel. With $1 billion of the $1.44 billion contract already spent, that would be grievous…

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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, David Goodkin, highway 99

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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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: alaskan way viaduct, John Kearns, wsdot

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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