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VIADUCT: Tunnel’s the wrong idea in the wrong place

Letter by Alinda Sue Harrison, Tacoma on March 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm | 8 Comments »
April 1, 2011 9:00 am

Re: “Don’t let tunnel critics drive up costs with delays” (editorial, 3-31).

Why shouldn’t the people of Seattle vote on the state Route 99 tunnel? In opinion polls, only 35 percent of the people approved of the tunnel option. That means 65 percent of the people didn’t. I can understand why.

Look at where they are building it. That whole waterfront area is nothing but landfill. There is a sign across Alaskan Way from the viaduct commemorating an island that became part of the city’s waterfront after enough garbage was dumped into the area to fill the span between the waterfront and the island.

The planned tunnel goes under the foundations of some of Seattle’s most historic buildings, most of them built along roads that were elevated a full story because of the swampiness and instability of the area. Take the Underground Seattle tour sometime and see if you still think digging a tunnel there is such a great idea. I know I wouldn’t want to be in a tunnel there during an earthquake.

There are alternative to building the tunnel. They are going to have to set them in place anyhow to direct traffic during the years that the tunnel is being built. Why not make the alternatives permanent and forget the tunnel?

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