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Seattle Commissions Independent Bertha Study After 'Catastrophic Failure' Memo

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Monday, SLOG uncovers a December memo from a Bertha rescue pit engineer that warned about "risk of a catastrophic failure" if they continue on their current method of evacuation. Since everyone is already convinced that Bertha is the nation's biggest boondoggle, folks got upset at Monday's Seattle City Council meeting on the subject. The flow of information between city and transportation officials remained strained and so now Seattle has gone ahead and hired its own engineering consultants to take a look at the Alaskan Way Viaduct and find out if groundwater removal and tunnel work are potentially hazardous. The study will cost $155K but apparently it's the only way Seattle's going to know what might be coming. The boondoggle just keeps getting boondogglier.
· Seattle Officials Not Warned About "Catastrophic Failure" Concerns for Bertha Rescue Pit [SLOG]
· City taking its own look at viaduct safety, as relations with WSDOT fray [ST]
· Protesters Briefly Shut Down Council Meeting About Police and Bertha [SLOG]
· All Bertha coverage [CS]