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Deep Bored Tunnel Chosen: Jan. 13-16 Media & Govt. Links

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, King County Executive Ron Sims and Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani made the formal announcement Jan. 13, 2009 that they are recommending a deep bore tunnel and related infrastructure work to replace the earthquake prone Alaskan Way Viaduct along State Route 99 in downtown Seattle. Following are links to some of the media coverage of the story from Jan. 13 forward – plus related information from the state, and Cascadia Center.

GOVT. & CASCADIA LINKS

WSDOT Deep Bored Tunnel Project Overview, 1/13/09

Letter Of Agreement – State of Washington, City of Seattle, King County, 1/13/09

Deep Bored Tunnel to Replace Alaskan Way Viaduct,” Office of Governor Chris Gregoire, 1/13/09

Bored Tunnel Hybrid Alternative Map, WSDOT, distributed at 1/13/09 press conference

Alaskan Way Viaduct Bored Tunnel Simulation, WSDOT, 1/09 (YouTube)

Cascadia Center Applauds Decision To Replace Viaduct With Tunnel,” Cascadia Center Statement, 1/13/09

MEDIA COVERAGE LINKS

Deep-bore Tunnel Promises A Vibrant Future For Seattle’s Waterfront,” Puget Sound Business Journal editorial, 1/16/09

Alaskan Way Viaduct: Complicated, Visionary – A Deep Tunnel Could Work,” Seattle Times editorial, 1/16/09

Some Legislators Are Talking About Using Tolls To Help Pay for…Seattle’s Alaskan Way Tunnel,” Tacoma News Tribune, 1/16/09

How Jan Drago Dragooned A Viaduct Solution, Crosscut, 1/16/09

Viaduct Success,” State Sen. Joe McDermott’s blog, 1/16/09

Tunnel Decision A “Welcome Relief,” UW Daily, 1/15/09

The Viaduct: Stars Align for Decision About Seattle’s Front Door,” Seattle Times, editorial columnist Joni Balter, 1/14/09

Seattle’s Big Tunnel – (Limit State Financial Contribution To $2.8B), Tacoma News Tribune editorial, 1/14/09

A Seattle Viaduct/”Big Dig” Comparison,” KING5-TV/Northwest Cable News, 1/14/09

Tunnel Extras: $1.4B Needed,” Seattle Times, 1/14/09; Deep Bored Tunnel Q&A, Seattle Times, 1/14/09

Online letters to editor (on tunnel decision), Seattle Times, 1/14/09

Tunnel To Replace Alaskan Way Viaduct In Seattle,” Daily Journal Of Commerce-Oregon, 1/14/09

Constantine Supports Tunnel,” West Seattle Herald, 1/14/09

Cascadia Center’s Bruce Agnew Discusses Deep Bore Tunnel Choice, Dave Ross Show, KIRO-FM 97.3, 1/13/09 (includes link to MP3 audio file)

“Governor Gregoire On The Deep Bore Tunnel,” “The Conversation” with Ross Reynolds, KUOW-FM, 1/13/09 – link to MP3 audio file – see 00:30 – 32:14

Deep Bore Tunnel To Replace Viaduct,” KPLU-FM, 1/13/09 – morning newscast

Gregoire Unveils Tunnel Plan,” KPLU-FM, 1/13/09 – evening newscast

Leaders Sign Pact For Tunnel To Replace Alaskan Way Viaduct,” Puget Sound Business Journal, 1/13/09

Tunnel In Place Of Viaduct: A Deal, But How To Pay?” Seattle Times, 1/13/09

Gregoire Announces Tunnel Plans: Car-tab Taxes Might Help Pay For It,” Seattle Times, 1/13/09

Will (WA House Speaker) Frank Chopp Support A Tunnel?” Seattle Times, 1/13/09

Tunnel/Viaduct (Online) Letters To Editor, Seattle Times, 1/13/09

Taxes, Tolls Would Help To Pay For Tunnel,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1/13/09

Alaskan Way Viaduct: (Deep Bore Tunnel) May Be Best Deal,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial, 1/13/09

Who Will Pay For The New Tunnel?” KING5-TV, 1/13/09 (Flash video)

Gregoire Says Tunnel Is Best Long-Term Solution,” KOMO4-TV, 1/13/09 (Flash video)

Governor Gregoire Picks Tunnel, KIRO7-TV, 1/13/09 (links to various video segments)

West Seattle Blog, Video Report – video footage of announcement by Gov. Gregoire; plus video interviews of Vlad Oustimovitch, Dow Constantine, 1/13/09 (Flash)

Ballard Reaction To Viaduct Tunnel Announcement,” My Ballard blog, 1/13/09

Viaduct Proposal – Deep Bored Tunnel,” State Rep. Ross Hunter’s blog, 1/13/09

But What Do Lawmakers Have To Say About The Governor’s Viaduct Proposal?” Capitol Record blog (TVW), 1/13/09

Tunnel To Replace Viaduct After All?” Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, 1/13/09

People’s Waterfront Coalition: You Win Some, You Lose Some,” Seattlest, 1/13/09

Cascadia Center

Founded in 1993, as the Cascadia Project, Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center for Regional Development is an important force in regional transportation and sustainable development issues. Cascadia is known for its involvement in transportation and development issues in the Cascadia Corridor, Puget Sound and in the U.S.-Canadian cross-border realm. We’ve recently added to that mix through a major program to promote U.S. efforts to reduce reliance on foreign oil, including the earliest possible development and integration of flex-fuel, plug-in, hybrid-electric vehicles.