Seattle tunnel could increase waterfront traffic

  • Mon Oct 11th, 2010 1:53pm
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Associated Press

SEATTLE — Supporters of the plan to replace Seattle’s aging Alaskan Way Viaduct with a $2 billion tunnel have talked about the benefits of opening the downtown waterfront.

But, The Seattle Times reported Monday the tunnel would carry a third less traffic than the viaduct, and traffic on the surface Alaskan Way boulevard could triple as drivers seek more direct routes and avoid tolls.

The paper says engineers expect overall central-city congestion to be similar to today.