Alaskan Way Viaduct

Tunnel Returns To Debate Over Viaduct Options

This article, published by The Seattle Times, mentions Discovery Institute: That hasn’t stopped the Cascadia Center, a branch of the Discovery Institute think tank, from promoting a tunnel. The rest of the article can be found here.

How To Fund Transportation Without Raising Taxes

This article, published by Crosscut, mentions Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: Some concepts avoid total privatization and settle for semi-privatization with their financing, such as partially funding projects with building trades or union pension funds. That’s been floated as how to fund a new downtown tunnel concept by Cascadia’s Bruce Agnew … The rest of the article can be found Read More ›

Warning Signs For The Fall: A Sneaky Tax

This article, published by The Seattle Times, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: The always-creative Cascadia Center in Seattle has leaped on the aging problems of Interstate 5 by proposing an entirely different approach to both the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement and a reconfigured I-5. The rest of the article can be found here.

Viaduct Bypass, I-5 Expansion Should Be Linked

The shocking collapse of the Minneapolis Interstate 35W bridge will no doubt aid the campaign for the multibillion-dollar roads-and-transit package facing central Puget Sound voters in November. Yet two crucial transportation projects relevant to the Minnesota tragedy are partially on hold — replacement of the central waterfront section of Alaska Way Viaduct on State Route 99, and full funding for Read More ›

Catastrophic Bridge Collapse In Minneapolis Highlights Puget Sound Risks; And Finance Challenges

The catastrophic collapse yesterday of a worn down, 40-year-old, 1,900-foot-long bridge with a single steel arch at its center, spanning Interstate 35W across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis had as of this morning resulted in four deaths, up to 30 people unaccounted for, and at least 79 more injured – some quite severely. The fatality toll is likely to grow. Read More ›

They Want To Build A Private Toll Bridge To The 21st Century

This article, published Crosscut, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: An ad-hoc group, including Bruce Agnew of the Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center and economist Glenn Pascall, are talking about a tolled bypass tunnel under downtown that would obviate the need for replacing the earthquake-vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct. The rest of the article can be found here.

Swiss Build 21-mile Train Tunnel Through Alps

The San Jose Mercury News carries the full Associated Press story on the recent opening of the 21-mile Loetschberg Base Tunnel. Billed as the world’s longest land tunnel, it is a trainway built through the Alps to ease road congestion and deliver skiers twice as quickly from south of Bern to the gateway town of Visp near the Zermatt and Read More ›

Sticker Shock? Get Over It

That collective shudder across Puget Sound this month had nothing to do with terrorism or tectonics. It was big-league sticker shock. Mired in traffic, our region learned from state transportation planners that expanding the 405, 167, 520 and 509 corridors and undergrounding the Alaskan Way Viaduct could cost taxpayers as much as $30 billion. That’s $30 billion with a “B,” Read More ›