Tunnel Update

A couple of updates on the deep-bore tunnel machine (spoiler alert: Still stalled!)

02/17/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

WSDOT Announces It's "Going Hyperbaric" in Effort to Unearth What's Blocking Bertha

As the downtown tunnel boring machine remains stuck, WSDOT announces plans to send workers underground to see what's blocking "Bertha."

01/15/2014 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


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

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


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


Copenhagen Just Built A Deep-Bore Tunnel

While many in Seattle's green urbanist community were railing against a deep-bore tunnel alternative to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct, Copenhagen, a vaunted international leader in urban sustainability, completed its own 2.5 mile long deep-bore tunnel b

10/06/2010 By Dan Bertolet


A Little Financial Food for Thought

Twitter has been abuzz about an exciting bikey financial fact the past few weeks: Portland built its entire 300-mile network of bike ways for the cost of a single mile of urban freeway. It's an excellent reminder of how comparatively low cost bike infrast

09/15/2010 By Josh Cohen


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

Extra Fizz: Ethics Commission Says It Isn't Singling Out Anti-Tunnel Group

The city's ethics and elections commission director says he isn't singling out Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel by requiring them to file public-disclosure reports at the city.

08/26/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Extra Fizz: Tunnel Opponents Finally File With Ethics Commission

After a delay of several weeks, Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel (SCAT), the group that's collecting signatures for an initiative to stop the deep-bore tunnel, has finally filed its required public-disclosure documents with the Seattle Ethics and Elect

08/23/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

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

City Hall

A Preview of this Afternoon's Tunnel Meeting

A preview of this afternoon's city council meeting on the deep-bore tunnel, which is expected to stretch on well into the evening.

08/02/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

The Disappearing O'Brien-Creighton Facebook Flap

City council member Mike O'Brien got into a Facebook scrap yesterday over the Port's vague commitment to spend $300 million on the deep-bore tunnel. However, you wouldn't know it from looking at Creighton's Facebook page; the port commissioner deleted the

07/30/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Shocker: Godden Opposes Amendment Affirming Right to Vote on Tunnel

City Council member Jean Godden says she'll oppose two amendments to the upcoming tunnel resolution proposed by Friends of Seattle—one that would affirm citizens' right to vote on the tunnel, and one that would reiterate that the state is responsible for

07/30/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

A Humble Request of the Tunnel+Transit Coalition

Dear Members of the Tunnel+Transit Coalition: In a previous post I called you out on the disconnect between the name of your coalition and the lack of transit funding in the deep-bore tunnel project you support. But today I'd like to give you all the chan

07/30/2010 By Dan Bertolet

City Hall

Tunnel Initiative Filed

A pro-viaduct-rebuild activist has filed an initiative that would block the deep-bore tunnel.

07/29/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

O'Brien to Propose New Limits on Tunnel Agreement

City council member Mike O'Brien will propose five amendments to a resolution on the deep-bore tunnel aimed at funding transit and protecting the city from cost overruns on the tunnel.

07/28/2010 By Erica C. Barnett