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June 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Speed of construction is unimpressive
“I can’t imagine this being done any faster,” says Don Wick of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County. [“Less than month after collapse, temporary I-5 bridge is finished,” NW Wednesday, June 19.]Well, Mr. Wick, 50-plus years ago, we army engineers built Bailey bridges overnight, using nothing but hand labor. That included all the design and foundation work. Of course, we didn’t have federal and state regulations in those days.
Adam Lloyd, Burien
May 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM
Government is slow, incapableI am a pro-government liberal, but it is projects like this that cause people to conclude the government is incompetent [“More Mercer misery,” page one, May 8].
No private construction company would have take this long to complete this project. I drive by the site daily and what I consistently see is little activity and expensive heavy equipment sitting around idly.
What more can a citizen conclude than that our city leaders couldn’t care less about the inconvenience they are causing thousands of people every day. It’s really quite outrageous.
Dick Schwartz, Seattle
March 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Protecting views prevents progress
Regarding Monday’s article, “Needle, Needle, who’ll see the Needle?” [NWMonday, March 11]:
The issues here are a few people and a private company (the Space Needle Owners) trying to prevent economic advancement, construction jobs, high-tech and medical employment and housing from proceeding for sake of their views. One can see the Space Needle from a tremendously broad area of the city. Why should the aforementioned city and employment advances be kept at bay for these complainers?
I was in Paris recently. It seems there were many city locations where I could not see the Eiffel Tower. The same is true in any big city with any big visual landmark.
One of the arguments against removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct was that the “average family” was going to lose a magnificent view of the Puget Sound and city. We know what happened there.
When I moved to Seattle in 1977, one could drive south below Denny Way on First Avenue and look to the right and see Puget Sound most all the way to Pike Place Market. One could drive down Queen Anne Avenue from the top of the counterbalance and drive all the way to Mercer Street looking at the Sound.
Progress is progress.
–William Carroll, Normandy Park
March 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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,” page one, Feb. 27].
In the private sector of the construction industry, if you make a mistake, you assume the consequences and pay for it. This causes private-sector contractors to be very careful in making their proposals and could have avoided this taxpayer bailout of governmental error.
–Bob Dorse, Seattle
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