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Category: Viaduct
April 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Deep-bore tunnel approved

<img src=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2009/04/24/2009117405.jpg” 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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March 1, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement

To many unknowns to bear the bore With data on the viaduct’s movement in the last earthquake and the scarcity of state and federal funds for associated street projects [“New look at how viaduct shimmies,” page one, Feb. 25], it’s time to get real about our options for viaduct replacement. A new viaduct would outweigh the…

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February 26, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Viaduct-to-tunnel plan

Obvious jargon doesn’t hide a political vision Let’s think about what your article, “New Look at how viaduct shimmies” [page one, Feb. 25], said and what reality to us “nonpolitical” people is. In the article, you state the obvious when you say bridges and buildings shake more at the top than the bottom. You say we should…

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February 20, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Viaduct and 520 bridge repairs

Garbage in, garbage out Just to get the new bridge to handle today’s traffic volume, we have to practically reinvent the wheel? What does this say about tomorrow? Is it not better to do nothing than to strangle our transportation corridor with two inefficient pieces of critical infrastructure for the next 40 years? I will ask a simpler…

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January 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Tunneling through the viaduct

Misleading questions mean misleading answers Andrew Garber’s Sunday story [“Deep-bore tunnel: dissecting the decision-making process,” local news, Jan. 25] perpetuates the fallacy that Seattle voters rejected a tunnel in March 2007. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, the 2007 election was deeply flawed, structured in such a way that its results were meaningless….

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