This WSDOT simulation is really alarming. Via KING5, the agency emphasizes that it was released due to a public records request and not to impact the election. However, they make the case that it means we have to proceed on the deep-bore tunnel without delay:
“It is weak at its core and we must replace it as soon as we can,” said [WSDOT Engineer Jugesh] Capur.
Of course, what the video shows is that we have to remove it (and replace the seawall) as soon as possible. Whether we replace that with another highway or not is another question. The current plan envisions taking down the viaduct in 2015, not 2012 as the Governor originally pledged, to avoid traffic disruption in the meantime.
Remember: subjecting new highway projects to due process and environmental review: reckless disregard for people’s lives. Leaving a brittle viaduct up to make sure auto trips into downtown are convenient: good transportation planning!
In other news, the memorandum of agreement signed last week by Governor Gregoire and Mayor Nickels contains no mention of overruns whatsoever.