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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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May 23, 2001

Will Sound Transit ever arrive?

  • As construction recedes into the future and projected costs rise, Sound Transit's credibility gap yawns and rail boosters turn defensive.
  • These days, the future seems to be sinking behind an asphalt horizon.

    On the bridges and on-ramps of Seattle, the constant fear of being late fades as a new one takes over: fear of falling. These highway structures were built to last for decades, and they have. Now the viaduct is shaken and bandaged, its ultimate fate undecided. The geriatric concrete of the state Route 520 bridge is slowly giving in under the weight of stop-and-go traffic. The potholes that mayoral hopefuls pointed to in the last election seem to mock us now.

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