Alaskan Way viaduct

Transportation
2:52 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Feds approve tunnel to replace viaduct

The Federal Highway Administration has approved plans to replace the State Route 99 viaduct through downtown Seattle with a tunnel.

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Elections
7:01 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Voters green light Seattle's waterfront tunnel

SR 99 bored tunnel south portal design concept based on Seattle Tunnel Partner's design-build proposal for the tunnel.
WSDOT

The results are in for the primary election and the majority of Seattle voters have given the go-ahead to a tunnel that would replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct along the city's waterfront. Nearly 60% of the voters said yes – bringing over a decade of debate to a close.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
5:30 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Anti-tunnel rally in Seattle tries to build opposition to referendum

The protestors carried a 25-foot replica of what they said represented the “monster tunnel that eats money.”
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

At a rally in downtown Seattle late this afternoon roughly 60 protesters marched on city hall to show their opposition to the waterfront tunnel scheduled to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The protestors carried a 25-foot replica of what they said represented the “monster tunnel that eats money.”

A smaller group of tunnel supporters also showed up with props to argue that killing the tunnel would cause too much congestion.

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Business
7:44 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Gregoire says Spain sold her on deep-bore tunnel

Photos of the demolition of the First Avenue S. on-ramp to SR 99 in Seattle on Feb 18-19, 2011. The demolition is part of construction to replace the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
WSDOT

If you question whether the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle should be replaced with a deep-bore tunnel, a trip to Madrid, Spain, could clear up some uncertainties. That’s all Governor Chris Gregoire said it took to confirm her decision.

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Law
4:11 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Seattle can vote on viaduct tunnel, judge says

Seattle voters will have a chance to chime in again on the planned deep-bore tunnel that's supposed to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. 

That's the word from Judge Laura Middaugh who this afternoon sided with the supporters of a referendum, saying  her goal is to make sure that the voices of the people are heard when a policy decision is made.  She said she had not been able to find any precedents in case law to support her stance.

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Post-viaduct Seattle
1:31 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

New York architect presents design ideas for Seattle waterfront

Computer-generated image of the proposed redesign and redevelopment of the Seattle Waterfront after the demolition of the Alaskan Way viaduct. This the the proposed " Beach at Pioneer Square", looking north.
Image by James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of the City of Seattle, 2011

Hundreds of people packed into a waterfront auditorium last night (Thurs.) in Seattle. They came to see concepts of what the city might look like, once the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down.

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Elliott Bay
7:30 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Seattle waterfront redesign moves ahead with presentation of ideas

A rendering of what designers could do with Pier 48 on the Seattle waterfront after the Alaskan Way Viaduct is demolished. This is one of several ideas that will be presented at an event Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Bell Harbor Conference Center.
James Corner Field Operations

Soon, the public will have an opportunity to see some initial ideas for what Seattle’s waterfront could look like after the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. The city plans to redevelop 26 blocks along Elliott Bay between King Street and Broad Street.

Designers from James Corner Field Operations will present preliminary concepts and ask for input tonight at Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66.  

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Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
2:45 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Judge clears way for tunnel vote

A vote on whether to build a tunnel to replace the aging Alaskan Way viaduct can take place, a King County Judge ruled today (Friday).

King County Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh said some parts of the agreements that cover utilities, insurance, right-of-way and other issues can be in the referendum but others can't. She'll hear arguments next Friday on which parts could be included in an August vote and whether she has the authority to partially rewrite language in the referendum.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
3:06 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Legal questions confront proposed Seattle referendum on tunnel

Seattle's Alaskan Way viaduct remains the focus of political controversy.
AP

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has filed a legal challenge to a citizen referendum on Seattle's proposed deep-bore waterfront tunnel.

Holmes has asked a judge to rule on whether the construction agreements between the city and the state that targeted by the referendum are “administrative actions” which can't be overturned by the vote. 

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
7:22 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Tunnel vote likely in Seattle, but it may not resolve anything

A conceptual drawing of the proposed deep bore tunnel slated to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct.
WSDOT

Opponents of the tunnel proposed to replace Seattle’s aging Alaskan Way Viaduct say they’ve gathered more than enough signatures to force a public vote. But a new poll suggests that won’t settle the contentious issue. 

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News Roundup
7:35 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Alaskan Way/SR 99 tunnel project concept.
WSDOT

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Boeing Plant Still Closed After Power Outage
  • Seattle Tunnel Opponents Up Against Deadline
  • State Will Fix Perilous Part of Highway 2 in Snohomish County

 

Auburn's First and Second Shift Shut Down Today

Transformers failed at Boeing's Auburn plant on Saturday, forcing an evacuation, and canceling work for thousands of workers Monday

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Earthquake Preparedness
5:22 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Viaduct closure; Emergency system triggered by seismic sensors

A map showing where automated traffic control gates will go on State Route 99 in Seattle. The automated viaduct closure gates system improves safety by preventing people from driving onto the viaduct after a moderate to severe earthquake.
WSDOT

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has been calling for a closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as soon as possible.  That's because it's an earthquake hazard.  Other leaders think that's an over-reaction, since a new tunnel is already in the works. 

But the Viaduct will close this weekend for its semi-annual inspection.  Drivers will have to re-route their travel for two days.  Routine maintenance on the old structure was scheduled long before the earthquake in Japan. 

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Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement
7:41 am
Tue March 15, 2011

McGinn: Take the viaduct down by next year

Traffic at left heads northbound on Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct, above the southbound lanes below, through downtown.
AP

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he thinks the city’s waterfront viaduct poses an earthquake risk and should be taken down next year.

That's a good four years before the viaduct's planned replacement -- a deep-bore tunnel under downtown -- would be ready.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
2:24 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s tunnel veto, groups push for public vote

Supports and opponents of the planned deep-bore tunnel replacement for Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct pack the city council chamber
King5 TV

If you’re waiting for the final chapter in the saga of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, don’t hold your breath. The latest action by the city council has triggered an effort to put the question to the voters again.

In an often-raucous council chamber packed with both supporters and opponents of the planned deep-bore tunnel project, the City Council decisively overturned Mayor Mike McGinn’s veto of a set of agreements between the city and the state that would facilitate the tunnel.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
8:05 am
Thu February 17, 2011

What should Seattle’s waterfront look like? Public event seeks ideas

Early concept of proposed Alaskan Way and the connection to Elliott Avenue and Western Avenue.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

With the Alaskan Way viaduct scheduled to be demolished in 2016, Seattle area residents are dreaming up possibilities for connecting the waterfront to the city. For decades, the viaduct has largely blocked Elliott Bay, unless you're driving on it or looking out of a high rise building. 

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