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September 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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 set before the drawings were shown to the public. Even though public reaction was swift and overwhelming, and WSDOT agrees that a roundabout is not the only solution, the contractor can demand extra money for any change, without having to substantiate anything.
Three years later, construction of the roundabout still hasn’t started and WSDOT stonewalls the community.
Our state highway funds are not being spent efficiently, and community input is ignored. Under these circumstances, who will support their request for new funding?
Carl Stork, Yarrow Point
September 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM
Cut out unionsThose 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 be to cut them both out of the work. To allow this project to sit idle at the taxpayers’ expense is another example of poor leadership on the part of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Is it any wonder why people are tired of union tactics?
It is time to deal with the “muck,” and eliminate both unions from any of the jobs on this project.
Ron Hopper, Carnation
July 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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 Seattle residents like a bunch of kids at a carnival, but really, you’ve gone too far.
Digging machines are intrinsically fascinating, and the project is quite a feat; do you really have to pour sugar all over this to make it palatable?
Whose idea was this ridiculous publicity ploy? As one of the taxpayers making this project possible, I also resent the department implying that it’s doing us a big favor — “sharing a tradition” — to give us a glimpse of the machine we are paying for.
If you want to talk about tradition, this city has a long, proud tradition of carrying out massive labor- and material-intensive projects without relying on cute names or photo ops, or needing a pat on the back every time it reaches a milestone.
Judy Moise, Seattle
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