Afternoon Jolt

Afternoon Jolt (Literally): Tunnel Construction Hits Utilities; Plus Times Endorses Murray

The day's winners and losers.

By Afternoon Jolt July 12, 2013

Today's Loser: The Tunnel Project

The Washington State Department of Transportation had to issue a "Stop Work" order on the north end of  Seattle Tunnel Project last week, PubliCola has learned, after the contractor hit a Seattle City Light electrical vault and a Seattle Public Utilities sewer line on June 24 and June 25 respectively between Thomas and Harrison streets and Sixth Avenue N. in the alley behind the Seattle Pacific Hotel as they were building the retaining wall.

The "strikes" were not related to the boring machine.

The "limited stop," WSDOT's tunnel project spokeswoman KaDenna Yerkan says, is still in effect.

WSDOT has asked the contractor, a conglomerate known as Seattle Tunnel Partners, "to analyze what went wrong and figure out how to correct it."

The collisions took place as "tie backs" were thrown down horizontally during the retaining wall construction process. WSDOT has given the contractor the green light to continue laying down "tie backs" and building the construction wall only in areas where they've determined there are no utility lines.

Bertha, the boring machine, will begin digging on the south end of the project west of Century Link field on July 20.

 Today's Winner: Ed Murray

The Seattle Times has endorsed Murray in the mayor's race.

They're publishing their endorsement on Sunday. But in a sneak peek press release the paper sent out this afternoon they wrote:

Murray “offers the best hope to untangle the challenges of the next four years,” the editorial says, citing his two-decade campaign to win equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, his past work as a leader in the state Legislature  and his ability to make Seattle a regional leader.
The challenges of the next four years – including the waterfront rebuild, transit and congestion relief and inequity in Seattle’s schools and neighborhoods – “require a mayor with a regional view of Pugetopolis, proven political and deal-making skills, and resources to hit the ground running. Ed Murray is the clear choice,” according to the editorial.

Today's Winner: Mike McGinn

The Seattle Times has endorsed Ed Murray in the mayor's race.

McGinn campaign spokesman John Wyble said:

"We're proud not to have the endorsement of the paper that endorsed George Bush and Rob McKenna."

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