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January 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Boondogglers are digging for money

Last week, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson unabashedly reported that $959 million of the $1.44 billion contract has been spent on the tunnel project, suggesting that the completion date and overall costs are indeterminable [“Stalled Bertha’s tunnel project 70% done?” Local News, Dec. 27]. As a consequence, the entire tunnel project and the tax dollars of…


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December 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Give Bertha a burial service

The Alaskan Way Viaduct with CenturyLink Field and Mount Rainier in the background (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times).

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 or


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December 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Think about sunk cost

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…


Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, David Goodkin, highway 99

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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September 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Yarrow Point roundabout

Overbuilt, unneeded Some Yarrow Point residents do not support a proposed WSDOT roundabout at this location.[Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] 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…


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September 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Getting Bertha moving again

Cut out unions Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 picket the site of the State Route 99 tunnel project site on the Seattle waterfront Aug. 20, 2013. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.] Those in charge of the tunnel project should simply hire nonunion workers to deal with the removal of the excavated material…


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July 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Bertha prepares to bore into the Highway 99 tunnel

Department of Transportation’s publicity campaign is insulting A large croud of WSDOT employees, contractors, press, and politicians gathers for the lowering of the rotary cutter in the backround that is being put in place in the front of the Highway 99 boring machine. The 57.5-foot-wide rotary cutter is the world’s widest. It’s named Bertha in honor…


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