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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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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: alaskan way viaduct, John Kearns, wsdot

September 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Yarrow Point roundabout

Overbuilt, unneeded I am writing regarding the article on the Yarrow Point roundabout. [“Opponents to Yarrow Point roundabout getting nowhere,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 18.]The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) designed an overbuilt, unneeded roundabout at 92nd Avenue Northeast on Highway 520. There is a big flaw in WSDOT’s designing and building process: the contract was…

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Comments | More in Economy, Transportation | Topics: roundabout, Washington state Department of Transportation, wsdot

September 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Getting Bertha moving again

Cut out unions Those in charge of the tunnel project should simply hire nonunion workers to deal with the removal of the excavated material from the boring project. [“Bertha stuck, needs help to get out of this muck,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 11.] Since neither union group is willing to make a compromise, the simple solution would…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Bertha, labor, tunnel

July 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Bertha prepares to bore into the Highway 99 tunnel

Department of Transportation’s publicity campaign is insulting After receiving numerous updates on Bertha, the Washington Department of Transportation’s tunnel-digging machine, and reading an invitation to “Bertha’s bon-voyage ceremony,” I have to respond. The tunneling machine is a thing, not a female. Perhaps you’re taking “boring” too literally, such that you have to anthropomorphize this digger and treat…

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Comments | More in Seattle, Transportation | Topics: Bertha, digging, machine