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February 11, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Senate bill would ban money for tunnel cost overruns

A bill would forbid lawmakers from adding money to cover any Highway 99 cost overruns in a forthcoming state transportation plan. It would also reinforce the earlier spending limit of $2.4 billion in state funds, approved in 2009 when the Legislature chose a deep-bore tunnel to replace the fragile Alaskan Way Viaduct. Any day now, the Senate is…


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January 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Rasmussen says Seattle fears over Bertha tunnel are premature

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen (Credit: Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who chairs the council’s transportation committee and was a key supporter of the plan to dig an Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel under downtown, was out of town on vacation when The Seattle Times recently sought his…


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January 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

GOP lawmaker: Seattle should pay for any tunnel overruns

By CHRIS GRYGIEL The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The problems facing two state transportation “megaprojects” will loom large over discussions in the Legislature this year to raise the gas tax to pay for roads, bridges and transit throughout Washington. Leading lawmakers said at an Associated Press legislative forum Thursday that recent issues with the State Highway 520 bridge…


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April 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

‘Tunnel Termination Initiative’ filed by Elizabeth Campbell

Seattle resident Elizabeth Campbell has filed a proposed statewide initiative, seeking to halt the Highway 99 tunnel. But by time the measure could even reach the November 2014 ballot, tunnel boring is scheduled to be close to done. Campbell previously led anti-tunnel Initiative 101 for Seattle voters only, and gathered more than 21,000 valid signatures to qualify, but a judge…


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