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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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February 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Bertha: Call it quits

BERTHA’S BROKEN SEALS: The $80 million tunnel-boring machine is suffering from damage to the seals that are supposed to protect its $5 million main bearing. But before it even got to Seattle, the same seals were a problem. Workers in Japan discovered damage and ended up taking Bertha apart for repairs. (Mark Nowlin / The Seattle Times).

While the tunnel to replace the viaduct may have appeared to be a bright idea, it now is appearing to be more of a folly [“Bertha’s big troubles started in Japan,” Local News, Feb. 25]. Plagued by problems from the start — seals failed during initial testing in Japan — it has only managed to travel 1,025 feet of the 1.7 miles needed for the tunnel.

In one respect, the Seattle Tunnel Partners may be fortunate it broke down where it did because they have access to be able to dig a pit to remove the cutting head to repair the seals.


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July 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Mayoral candidates compete for Seattle

Ideas for city improvement A bicyclist cruises down Alaskan Way near Pike Street on the Seattle waterfront. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.] Seattle mayoral candidates: Where is Seattle’s vision? Seattle could be improved in many ways. The present mayor’s vision for Seattle has been limited to improved bicycle features and seawall repair. The new candidates have said little…


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