Open Letter

Dear Cascadia Subduction Zone

I'm still standing, baby.



The Waterfront Returns from Seawall Sequester

The downtown piers reopen for business as the city’s actually successful project nears its end.

07/01/2015 By Allison Williams

Afternoon Jolt

Wednesday Jolt: The Tunnel and the Minimum Wage

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED: The day's winners and losers.

05/21/2014 By Afternoon Jolt


PubliCalendar Extra

An extra pick for civic nerds.

04/03/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


WSDOT: Tunnel Repairs Likely More Extensive Than Previously Anticipated

The state transportation department's tunnel manager says the tunnel contractor has told WSDOT it will have to replace a larger part of the tunneling machine than previously thought.

04/03/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Unjustified Optimism

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring Mayor Murray on ridesharing, previous forecasts on current forecasts, and traffic on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

03/27/2014 By Morning Fizz


Tunnel Update: Tentative Repair Plans and an Archaeological Scavenger Hunt

State officials announce tentative plans for accessing—and hopefully fixing—the stalled tunnel-boring machine.

03/13/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


WSDOT: More Details on Tunnel Machine Test, Repairs

At a press briefing today, WSDOT provided details about testing the tunnel machine in Japan, and says it's still unclear who will pay for repairs.

03/04/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


The Waterfront Gondola is Really Happening (Probably)

The guy who built the Great Wheel is serious: He's putting a skyway through Union Street.

03/04/2014 By Allison Williams


Six Months, Under "Optimistic" Scenario, Before Tunnel Machine Gets Rolling

Tunnel contractor says it will be six months, optimistically, before the tunnel boring machine might start moving again.

02/28/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

One Question

One Question About the Tunnel

One question for the state DOT about the stalled deep-bore tunnel.

02/07/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

Pipe, Left by a Contractor 11 Years Ago, Blocks Bertha

Tunnel-boring machine's major malfunction: A 115-foot-long, eight-inch-wide steel pipe.

01/03/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

Extra Fizz: State Fines Tunnel Firm for Stormwater Pollution

State department of ecology fines Seattle Tunnel Partners for discharging pollutants into Seattle storm drains.

07/02/2013 By Erica C. Barnett


Inside Seattle’s Waterfront Tunnel Project

The largest-diameter tunnel-boring machine in the world arrives in Seattle this spring.

02/20/2013 By Karen Taylor Quinn

This Washington

State Tolling Scenarios Leave Tunnel Budget Shortfall

A state committee's new Alaskan Way tunnel tolling scenarios cast serious doubt on the state's ability to raise the $200 million it has pledged to pay toward the tunnel.

09/20/2012 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Council Signals Support for $1.07 Billion Waterfront Plan; Transit Advocates Raise Concerns

Transit advocates raise concerns about the proposed downtown waterfront transportation plan.

08/06/2012 By Josh Feit

This Washington

State Cuts Alaskan Way Toll Projections In Half

The state now predicts that tolls on the Alaskan Way tunnel will yield just $200 million---down from its initial $400 million prediction.

02/27/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

City Planning Director Talks Waterfront Transportation

City planning director Marshall Foster talks about accommodating cars, bikes, pedestrians and transit on the waterfront. Oh, and parking.

02/10/2012 By Josh Feit

The C is for Crank

Seattle's Carmageddon: A Prediction

Why Carmegeddon: Seattle 2011 is overblown.

09/22/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall State Won't Fight to Keep Tunnel Referendum Off Ballot The state will not appeal a King County judge's decision to put the tunnel referendum on the ballot.

06/16/2011 By Erica C. Barnett