Alaskan Way Viaduct http://kuow.org en Seattle Tunnel Partner Wins $80 Million Dispute Over Boston’s Big Dig http://kuow.org/post/seattle-tunnel-partner-wins-80-million-dispute-over-boston-s-big-dig <p>One of the two companies attempting to dig a highway tunnel beneath the Seattle waterfront has won an $80 million dispute with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:58:20 +0000 John Ryan 38632 at http://kuow.org Seattle Tunnel Partner Wins $80 Million Dispute Over Boston’s Big Dig Mayor Murray Talks Police Reform, Cracking Viaduct And Minimum Wage http://kuow.org/post/mayor-murray-talks-police-reform-cracking-viaduct-and-minimum-wage <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about restoring the Seattle Police Department's reputation, new cracks in the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the latest progress on the minimum wage debate. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:11:20 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 30286 at http://kuow.org Mayor Murray Talks Police Reform, Cracking Viaduct And Minimum Wage To Reshape Seattle's Waterfront, Planners Look To Past http://kuow.org/post/reshape-seattles-waterfront-planners-look-past <p></p><p>Historians point to the early months of 1852 as the time that downtown Seattle was founded. One Sunday in late winter of that year, members of the Denny Party, a group of settlers from Illinois who’d arrived at Alki a few months earlier, paddled across Elliott Bay. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:08:48 +0000 Feliks Banel 29975 at http://kuow.org To Reshape Seattle's Waterfront, Planners Look To Past Six Months Needed To Repair Seattle Tunnel Machine http://kuow.org/post/six-months-needed-repair-seattle-tunnel-machine <p></p><p>Seattle's tunnel builders say getting their world-record tunnel machine going again will take at least six more months.</p><p>The tunnel machine known as Bertha has sat largely motionless for nearly three months since it overheated in early December. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:23:07 +0000 John Ryan 29685 at http://kuow.org Six Months Needed To Repair Seattle Tunnel Machine Tunnel Tolling: Build It, And They Won't Come? http://kuow.org/post/tunnel-tolling-build-it-and-they-wont-come <p>Anyone who's hosted a party has probably had that panicky feeling beforehand: What if you throw a big party and nobody comes?</p><p>State transportation officials face a similar worry: What if after they build a $3.1 billion underground highway to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, not enough people use it?</p><p><strong>Build It And They Won't Come?</strong></p><p>The state Legislature has decreed that tolls have to pay for $200 million of the state Route 99 tunnel's construction cost.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:44:48 +0000 John Ryan 29166 at http://kuow.org Tunnel Tolling: Build It, And They Won't Come? First Stuck, Now Broken: What's Wrong With Bertha? http://kuow.org/post/first-stuck-now-broken-whats-wrong-bertha <p>Marcie Sillman talks with state transportation secretary <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/secretary/">Lynn Peterson</a> about Bertha's latest condition and plans to get the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine moving again. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:46:37 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 28670 at http://kuow.org First Stuck, Now Broken: What's Wrong With Bertha? Seattle's Tunnel Machine Chokes On Dirt http://kuow.org/post/seattles-tunnel-machine-chokes-dirt <p>State officials said Friday afternoon that the tunneling machine known as Bertha had to stop, not because it hit foreign objects, but because it clogged with dirt. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:51:32 +0000 John Ryan 28429 at http://kuow.org Seattle's Tunnel Machine Chokes On Dirt Workers To Descend Into Blocked Bertha In A Pressurized Bubble http://kuow.org/post/workers-descend-blocked-bertha-pressurized-bubble <p></p><p>To get Bertha moving again, state officials announced Wednesday that they are sending in human reinforcements – in a giant, pressurized bubble. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:38:49 +0000 John Ryan 27157 at http://kuow.org Workers To Descend Into Blocked Bertha In A Pressurized Bubble Anything But Boring: Bertha Updates http://kuow.org/post/anything-boring-bertha-updates <p>Ross Reynolds gets an update from WSDOT Highway 99 Program Administrator&nbsp;Matt Preedy on how and when Bertha will move forward, and who is going to pay for it. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:44:08 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Christine Streich 26809 at http://kuow.org Anything But Boring: Bertha Updates SDOT Projects Depend Upon Bertha's Advance http://kuow.org/post/sdot-projects-depend-upon-berthas-advance <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Jon Layzer, director of major projects for the Seattle Department of Transportation, about how city capital projects are intricately connected to the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:56:43 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Christine Streich 26493 at http://kuow.org SDOT Projects Depend Upon Bertha's Advance Sawmill Grinders And Old Piers: A Historian Talks About What Could Be in Bertha's Path http://kuow.org/post/sawmill-grinders-and-old-piers-historian-talks-about-what-could-be-berthas-path <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Jennifer Ott of HistoryLink.org about one possible cause of the SR 99 tunneling machine’s blockage: leftovers from Seattle's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&amp;file_id=10665" target="_blank">historical waterfront development</a>.</p><p>For other, more humorous, theories check out our <a href="http://storify.com/KUOW/what-s-blocking-bertha-twitter-hypothesizes">What's Blocking Bertha?</a> compilation. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:47:17 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Christine Streich 25379 at http://kuow.org Sawmill Grinders And Old Piers: A Historian Talks About What Could Be in Bertha's Path What's In Bertha's Way? http://kuow.org/post/whats-berthas-way <p>Marcie&nbsp;Sillman&nbsp;talks with Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike&nbsp;Lindblom&nbsp;about what may have halted&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/BerthaDigsSR99" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, the huge tunneling machine in charge of digging the new SR 99 tunnel. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:50:27 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Christine Streich 25248 at http://kuow.org What's In Bertha's Way? McGinn, Murray Revive Tunnel Feud In TV Debate http://kuow.org/post/mcginn-murray-revive-tunnel-feud-tv-debate <p>In their first televised debate on KING5 TV, Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray engaged in a sharp but mostly civil exchange over housing, transportation, and police reform, among other things.&nbsp; Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:57:18 +0000 Deborah Wang 21810 at http://kuow.org McGinn, Murray Revive Tunnel Feud In TV Debate New Proposal: Highway 99 Tolls Could Be $1.00 http://kuow.org/post/new-proposal-highway-99-tolls-could-be-100 <p>A new tolling proposal would ask drivers to pay as little as $1.00 for taking the Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle. During morning and evening commutes, rates would jump to $1.25. A state advisory committee is hoping the proposal will strike a balance between tolling revenues and potential traffic diversion.</p><p>Two years ago, when the tunnel plan was approved by voters, the proposed tolling rates were as high as $3.00 during peak hours. Under that plan, traffic planners were concerned that high tolling rates would divert too many cars onto downtown streets. <a href="http://www.seattlechamber.com/News/PressRoom/PressKit/MaudDaudon.aspx">Maud Daudon</a> is co-chair of the <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/viaduct/library/meetings/acttm">Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management</a>. She's also president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She talked with Ross Reynolds. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:30:07 +0000 Ross Reynolds 21045 at http://kuow.org New Proposal: Highway 99 Tolls Could Be $1.00