Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Seattle Tunnel - Unintended Consequences

Now that city and state officials have officially endorsed a tunnel as a replacement for downtowan Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle Transit blogger Andrew Smith says "the more I think about the tunnel to replace the viaduct, the less I like it."

He cites as reasons:
  1. The high cost of the project.
  2. It's impact on future transit tunnel projects.
  3. Since it will not have exits to the downtown area it will encourage sprawl.
  4. It will soak up funds that could be spent on other transportation projects.
  5. "We voted against a tunnel already."

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