Opinion

Tunnel Mania

WATCH THE VIDEO AT THE END OF THIS POST. Recent noise over the deep-bore tunnel is once again reaching fever pitch. Will it ever stop? But the more light that is shed on the deep-bore tunnel up front, the less likely we are to do something foolish. Like

07/16/2010 By Dan Bertolet

City Hall

McGinn vs. State Legislators on Tunnel Overruns

It keeps getting better. Mayor McGinn accuses state legislators of doublespeak. State Rep. Deb Eddy calls "B.S."

07/15/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Mayor's Consultant Says Tunnel Risk is "High"

A consultant hired by Mayor Mike McGinn to study the risks associated with the deep-bore tunnel says that because of bad soil conditions, a tunnel machine of "unprecedented" size, and the placement of the tunnel below the city's water table, there's a "hi

07/15/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Can the Council Stop a Tunnel Vote Over McGinn's Objection? It's a Gray Area.

Although the city charter says "emergency" legislation—like legislation the council contemplated to thwart a public referendum on the deep-bore tunnel—must be signed by the mayor, conflicting language in city law suggests the council could overturn a mayo

07/15/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Consultant: Deep-Bore Tunnel 40 Percent Likely to Go Over Budget

A consultant for the city says there's a 40 percent likelihood the deep-bore tunnel will cost more than the state's $1.96 billion estimate.

07/12/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

State Overrun Language Serves Only to Alarm and Divide Seattleites

City council president Richard Conlin, a supporter of the deep-bore tunnel, explains in a PubliCola op/ed why he isn't worried about the risk of cost overruns on the project.

07/08/2010 By Richard Conlin

City Hall

Richard Conlin: Council is "Following Our Own Course" on Tunnel

In a two-part interview with Seattle Bike-Intelligencer, city council president Richard Conlin explains how he reconciles his longtime environmental advocacy with his support for the deep-bore tunnel.

07/06/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Opinion

Parsing Conlin's Tunnel Pitch

Every benefit of the tunnel claimed by Conlin applies just as well to the I-5/Surface/Transit option, and the only tunnel-specific rationale left standing is that the State of Washington has the power to make the decision, and Seattle must abide by it.

06/30/2010 By Dan Bertolet

City Hall

Tunnel Agreement Won't Protect Taxpayers from Overruns, Even With McGinn Language

An agreement between the city and the state on the deep-bore tunnel won't protect Seattle taxpayers from the risk of cost overruns, even if language sought by Mayor Mike McGinn to protect the city is inserted into the agreement.

06/29/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Reporting 101

05/04/2010 By Morning Fizz