Opinion

The Cost Overrun Time Bomb

By Dan Bertolet April 12, 2010

Even those who are rabidly opposed to the idea of spending billions to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel would have a hard time coming up with a scheme for sabotage as effective as the state's cost overrun provision. It's a ticking time bomb, and the state is going to need some Hurt Locker-style luck to keep it from blowing up in the tunnel's face.

Because they keep making statements like this:

"'And while acknowledging McGinn's concerns about overruns, and who pays for them,' the governor's office said the issue is a nonstarter because 'we intend to bring the project in on time and on budget,' Shelton said."


Which incite reactions like this:

"Super-duper! The state intends to bring it in on time and on budget. That's wonderful news. I mean, it's certainly better than intending to bring the project in late and over-budget!"


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