Thank you very much for Mike Lindblom’s report “Bertha’s repair pit reaches full depth of 120 feet” [The Today File, Jan. 30]. In the spirit of community, which has unified people of this region time and again, we have to pull together to give moral support to the officials who are tasked with figuring…More
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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…More
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 orMore
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…More
Let’s pretend we all want the tunnel and act like we want it to succeed [“Is Bertha’s pit affecting Pioneer Square buildings?” Local News, Dec. 9]. Close the viaduct. Fix Bertha. Or, better yet, make Hitachi Koki fix Bertha, at their cost. But get this thing going. Yes, I’m sure closing the viaduct would make…More
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 haveMore
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…More
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…More
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,…More
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…More