Whether it ends up costing multiple billions or never being built, becoming a toll road or a freeway, you can still take a free ride down the deep-bore tunnel...via the magical world of YouTube. WSDOT released its tunnel simulation videos today, so fix up some popcorn, call up the Mikes, and sit down to see what all those billions are about. Four lanes bypassing downtown have never been so exciting. (Sadly, despite its aerial grid shots, we were unable to set this one to the Star Wars audio, as we did with the Mercer Street Corridor.)
The Tunnel. Watch bus lanes disappear--buses don't generally bypass downtown--and check out the safety exits.
The Waterfront. It sure looks nicer without the Viaduct. Also, there's a lot of empty brick and not many pedestrians. The ones who are there don't walk. What's up with that?
The package is open for bidding. Do I hear $4 billion?