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Seattle’s Neverending Tunnel Saga Reveals the Trouble with Mega-Projects

In our conclusion to The Big Road Fix, we see what happens when a major construction project grinds to a halt. by Doug Patterson

November 6, 2015

After an earthquake revealed its instability in 2008, the state of Washington announced it was going to tear down a crumbling double-decker stretch of freeway known as the Alaskan Way Viaduct. After a heated debate, the state decided to use a giant drill named “Bertha” to deep-bore underground tunnel to replace it. Seven years later, the Viaduct is still up, Bertha is stuck underground, and the city's residents have been left to wonder whether this major project will ever be worth the time and money spent on it.

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Seattle’s Neverending Tunnel Saga Reveals the Trouble with Mega-Projects In our conclusion to The Big Road Fix, we see what happens when a major construction project grinds to a halt.