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


PubliCalendar: Higher Education, China, and Madeleine Freaking Albright

Today's picks for civic nerds.

02/21/2013 By Katie Vincent


PubliCalendar: Pedagogic Powwow and the Groundbreaking for 12th Ave Arts

Today's picks for civic nerds.

02/20/2013 By Katie Vincent


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

Afternoon Jolt

Transportation Jolt: Tunnel "Wake-Up Call"

The day's winners and losers.

02/07/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

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

City Hall

Competing Tunnel Measures on August Ballot?

Council member Nick Licata may propose two (or more) alternatives to the anti-tunnel referendum.

05/23/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Dead Tunnel Walking

With each passing day I'm becoming more convinced that there's no longer any need to decry the proposed deep-bore tunnel replacement for Seattle's Alaskan Way viaduct. Because the tunnel is already on death row. Not because the urban greens are winning (t

12/16/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Only The Deep-Bore Tunnel Can Save Us From The Horrors Of City-Wide Gridlock!

It's the lie that won't die---the rampant, righteous belief among armchair transportation authorities like Joni Balter that the I-5-Surface-Transit alternative to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct would gridlock the City.

09/24/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Don't Compromise The Central Waterfront By Ruling Out Development

It's great that the City has hired an inspiring design team for the central waterfront, but regardless of who designs it, future success will be severely jeopardized unless we get past the misguided notion that there should be no new development.

09/22/2010 By Dan Bertolet


Cars And Cities

A common argument made in support of a deep-bore tunnel to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way viaduct is that by putting all those cars underground, we'll end up with a better pedestrian and cycling environment on the city's downtown streets. That position may

09/07/2010 By Dan Bertolet

City Hall

PubliCola TV: Mike O'Brien Debriefs on Tunnel Vote

City Council member Mike O'Brien sat down with PubliCola today to talk about why his amendments on Monday's deep-bore tunnel resolution lost, what his next steps are on the tunnel, and his relationship with Mayor Mike McGinn.

08/04/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Mayor McGinn Responds to Council's Tunnel Vote

Mayor Mike McGinn says yesterday's city council resolution on the deep-bore tunnel is "not really any action at all."

08/03/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Pretending That No Other Plan Exists

Advocates for the deep-bore tunnel now say that no other alternative exists. Except it does. It's called the I-5/Surface/Transit alternative.

08/03/2010 By Dan Bertolet