СИЭТЛ – затраты на ремонт Аляскинского тоннеля, превысили бюджет на 223 000 000,0 $ и это ещё не конец
SEATTLE — The troubled project to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel is $223 million over budget.
The Washington state Department of Transportation said Thursday the additional money is needed for the project, originally slated to cost $3.1 billion, because of repeated delays. Those delays have increased the costs of administration and oversight, made it more expensive to acquire the right of way along the tunnel alignment and added to the costs of ultimately demolishing the viaduct.
The Seattle tunnel was the preferred choice to replace the viaduct when it was damaged in a 2001 earthquake. But the tunnel boring machine broke down in late 2013, leading to a more than two-year delay while it was fixed.
The original completion date for the tunnel was the fall of 2015. The latest estimate for the opening of the double-decker highway project was early 2019.
Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, said increasing toll rates to use the completed tunnel could help offset project overruns.
«The people who benefit from it ought to help pay for it,» said King.
His counterpart in the House, Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), said it was too early to talk specifics, but thought the funding could come from existing state transportation projects.
Clibborn said taxpayers across the state would support paying for completing the tunnel.
«They understand that particular project, more than anything, because Eastern Washington goes right directly through that to get to the port,” Clibborn said. “And they know how important that tunnel is.»
Both Clibborn and King agreed the City of Seattle should not have to pay for the overruns, which was a concern when the project was originally approved.
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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) A city parking garage meant to drive downtown development is rising out of a formerly vacant lot on schedule.
The 715 car parking garage has been showing progress and the preparation behind the construction is helping push the project toward completion.
In August anywhere between 800 to 1,000 semi-truck loads of precast concrete are expected to be added to the structure.
«You are going to see a lot of precast cement showing up,» said Jerry Danforth, City Facilities Manager. The cement that I am referring too looks similar to what you would see for building bridges. It’s big semi loads with one or two pieces of concrete.»
This construction means streets will remain closed downtown but the precast cement will piece together the 4 story high garage at a faster pace.
«We will build a parking garage in two phases. We’ll build the East half first and then we will build the West half second,» said Danforth. «It’s difficult to do this kind of construction downtown because we have three different construction projects going on next to each other.»
The garage is not planned to stand alone. 16 retail store spaces are being designed with a plan to possibly add a restaurant.
«The garage will be finished and be ready to be occupied in March,» said Bob Cowell, Deputy City Manager. «The reality is, we would expect it to take actually a couple of years to be able to fill all the retail space. So, people shouldn’t be surprised when the garage opens there may not be any retail tenants in it. It will take some time.»
The current operation and management team for the garage is undetermined but the convention hotel built down the street will be leasing 150 parking spaces from the garage for $450,000 annually. To see the concept for the hotel, click here.
On the other side of the garage, workers are adding exterior panels to the Xcel Energy headquarters which is also going up to open in the spring. More than 300 Xcel workers will move out of the current headquarters on several floors of the Chase Tower.
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