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June 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Traffic gridlock: Seattle will pay for viaduct decision

A two-vehicle crash in Seattle on East Marginal Way South near South Nevada Street led to the closure of Highway 99 for hours Tuesday. (HEATHER TRIMM / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

I read with interest the story in The Seattle Times concerning the traffic gridlock resulting from an automobile collision south of the West Seattle Bridge that tied up traffic for well over six hours last Tuesday [“City’s layout can put Seattle one crash away from gridlock,” Local News, June 11].

Without going into whether the event could have

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: congestion, highway 99, Interstate 5

May 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Transportation megaprojects: Road project funding could go to Metro

The billions of dollars we are spending on mega road projects could buy a dramatically expanded public transit system that offered free service to all ["Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock," Local News, May 6]. That would clear a lot of cars from the road and make all this construction unnecessary. When one…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: environment, Highway 520, highway 99

May 9, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Transportation funding needs to keep the environment in mind

The Seattle Times’ front-page article on the problem of transportation ["Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock," Local News, May 6] highlights a bigger problem associated with the need to address climate change at the state level: It seems we keep expanding the infrastructure for use by the automobile, generally without public input. Consequently…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: 520 bridge, Gas tax, highway 99

January 26, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Bertha: WSDOT bore responsibility for removing obstructions

As a retired public works official with the City of Bellevue, I have followed with great interest the conundrum surrounding Bertha, the stuck tunnel boring machine [“Rock was just the right size to get stuck in Bertha,” The Today File, Jan. 22]. In my experience, one of the chief responsibilities of a lead agency,…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Bertha, Clark Douglas, highway 99

August 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Highway 99 tunnel funding approved

Expensive hubris In the recent article on the Highway 99 tunnel, Mike Lindblom explains how the Port of Seattle is making good on its promise to spend $300 million on its vision of the solution of the port’s mobility problem. [“Port approves bond sale for Highway 99 tunnel,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 7.] The obligation totals only…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: bonds, cost, highway 99