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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Digging Toward the Future: The Story of the Alaskan Way Tunnel

7/10/2013  4:00:00 PM
Lori Patrick  (206) 733-9764

Digging Toward the Future: The Story of the Alaskan Way Tunnel
Seattle Channel special premieres tonight, July 10, on cable 21

Seattle - Building the deep-bore tunnel replacement for Seattle's earthquake-damaged SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct and the accompanying seawall replacement are among Seattle’s biggest acts of redevelopment. The mega project promises to transform the city’s waterfront but brings with it some growing pains.

Brian Callanan hosts Digging Toward the Future: The Story of the Alaskan Way Tunnel, a Seattle Channel special which takes an in-depth look at the project and its impacts on business, tourism, transportation and the city’s waterfront.

Digging Toward the Future premieres 8:30 p.m., tonight on Seattle Channel 21. Watch it online now at

This month, the world’s largest-diameter tunneling machine, known as Big Bertha, will dig a tunnel to replace the viaduct, a double-decker highway that has spanned the downtown waterfront for more than half a century and carries 110,000 vehicles per day. The tunnel is expected to open in late 2015.

Go behind the scenes with Bertha. Get tips on how to navigate traffic impacts and learn how you can weigh in on the waterfront redesign. Plus, learn more about the tunnel and waterfront work on our show web page, which includes links, video and resources you need to stay up-to-date on the project, including road-closure information.

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