I know there are a lot of concerns about Bertha, and these stories never seem to end. We, like many other regions globally, have had delays, cost overruns, etc. I think this is more aligned with the bidding process than it is the poor planning. (of which we have a lot)
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says it expects to lose $78 million because of the two-year stall of tunnel-boring machine Bertha, according to a letter from the state project team to insurers.
Source: Idled Bertha may add $78M to its cost for tunnel, state says | The Seattle Times
As more and more people move further out, this is becoming a challenge. I wish we had more runs that went to Seattle… but alas, it probably won’t happen.
Check out the upcoming measures in Snohomish County.
Voters will need to look to the bottom of the Nov. 3 ballot to find the proposition to raise the sales-tax rate by 0.3 cents per dollar in much of Snohomish County to pay for improvements to Community Transit.
Source: Look to bottom of ballot to find Community Transit measure | HeraldNet.com – South County Politics
This is a beautiful road. I do get that all traffic funds don’t go towards pure congested areas.. If we need to send some to other areas, this is definitely worthwhile.
There is still fourteen miles of the Mountain Loop Highway along the Sauk River, that is not paved. It has long been a discussion to pave this final portion of the loop between Barlow Pass and the White Chuck River, but funds have been detoured every time. It seemed like a lost hope until the Oso Mudslide of March 22nd 2014
Source: Pave the Mountain Loop! — North Cascades Backpacking and Hiking
With Bertha still stuck and another spending request still ahead, something-for-everyone Proposition 1 could be a tough sell.
Source: Will Seattle’s big-money transportation levy Move voters? | The Seattle Times