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Magnolia woman continues fight against viaduct

April 30th, 2009 · 57 Comments

The Magnolia woman who is fighting plans to replace the viaduct with a deep bored tunnel was featured on KING 5 news

Elizabeth Campbell is the head of the Magnolia Neighborhood Planning Council and says she will continue to use every weapon she can find to fight the tunnel. She thinks putting a four-lane highway underneath downtown Seattle will have taxpayers digging deep to pay for inevitable massive cost over-runs in the future.

“Theyll pay for it in lost time while they’re trying to get through the area,” she said. “They’ll pay for it if they get taxed for any of the overruns.”

Campbell believes that the tunnel will not carry enough traffic and it cuts off acess to Highway 99 from the northwest part of the city.

As we have reported, Campbell is gathering signatures and wants to have Seattle voters say yes or no to the deep tunnel. She says she’ll file lawsuits, challenge Environmental Impact Statements and even plans to run for mayor with the tunnel as her major issue.  Campbell tells KING 5 she has collected 3,000-4,000 signatures so far. She needs about 20,000 more and hopes to raise money to hire signature gatherers. 

See KING 5 story here.

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  • Cmom

    No Tunnel!!!

  • http://charlesredell.com/blog Charles

    Is this woman a traffic engineer? An economist? An environmental scientist?
    I’m all for civic activism, but where did she come up with her ideas? Are they based in fact or conjecture?

    And what are her ideas for replacing the viaduct? Or does she simply want to save that ugly, crunmbling, dangerous, structure that completely cuts off downtown from the waterfront?

    C’mon people. It’s time to move on from your vision of Seattle as a small town and accept that it is a big city with big-city infrastructure needs.

  • kurisu

    @2 she’s none of the above. She wants a magical suspension bridge OVER LAND through the city for cars to drive on. I myself prefer flying by unicorn.

  • http://charlesredell.com/blog Charles

    see now, that’s thinking. magical unicorns will get us there. I’m in. Where do I sign?

  • http://www.magnoliavoice.com imagine that

    oh wow. Charles has an opinion about something yet offers no solutions. What are the odds?

  • http://charlesredell.com/blog Charles

    My solution at this point is to dig the tunnel and increase mass transit options on the West side of the city.

    I support the tunnel at this point because it means an end to the viaduct which is dangerous and unsafe and has taken up our city’s attention for too long now. It will also open up the waterfront. I am not concerned about the connections to it from Magnolia because I’d like to see less people driving.

    To be honest, my preferred alternative was the surface-transit option where the thing would be torn down and replaced with more mass transit options and no new roads. But my side lost that fight. Unlike many, many people in this city, I am not one to continue prolonging a fight after it is over. I am ready to move forward and make the best of what we will be getting.

    How’s that, “imagine that?”

  • Boondoggle

    I just can’t help but think all those highly paid consultants from the Monorail project were looking for some other government trough to feed out of and found the tunnel idea. It’s a boondaoggle that will cost far more than predicted, but the politicians are comfortable with their ‘white lies’, cuz it ain’t there money.

    Charles, don’t get all offended and try to take swipes at me, but you already have mass transit that you can use, and I don’t like people forcing mass transit on me.

    Taking the Northwest portal away from Magnolia and Ballard residences takes our freedoms away, and that’s not right …

  • Bobby

    I agree with Charles.

    Although I do not believe all unicorns are magical. Only those that can fly.

  • mag98199

    Hopefully those flying unicorns can take you wherever you want to go, ‘cuz you sure won’t be going to the airport when you want to take a trip!
    Charles, if you don’t want to go anywhere, fine, stay home. However, some of us do need to drive to work, ( or the airport, or . . .?) and reasonable access to and from Magnolia is not an unreasonable expectation.

  • Heather

    Ms. Campbell is just costing the taxpayers more time and money with her lawsuit(s). It is time to move forward.

  • steve

    The problem with people like this is that everyone thinks that Magonolians are just like her. Why can’t they say she is a Seattle resident.

  • http://www.magnoliavoice.com really?

    Charles is secretly Greg Nickles.

    don’t tell.

  • http://magnoliavoice Heather

    Well Charles, you have my vote.

  • Bobby

    In fact, flying unicorns don’t even charge for checked bags. But that’s off topic.

    Charles, it seems (in Mayor Nickels mode) is willing to move forward with a decision and take action to get SOMETHING done, rather than flounder indefinitely, paralyzed by fear of displeasing someone. Maybe some would prefer we replace the viaduct with a runway? How often do these people go to the airport anyway?

    I guess we could live in a stagnant Seattle of the past, where a crumbling viaduct is held up by discarded plastic shopping bags, teetering on Seattle Sonic player’s heads. But times change.

  • Raul

    This tunnel (soon to be tunnel boondoggle) is a flaming bag of dog poop placed on our doorstep…stamp it out and it leaves poop all over everything, or let it go and it leaves burnt poop all over everything. I guess we’re mired in poop no matter what! Maybe that’s why the voters said no to a tunnel years ago?

    The “downtown is cut off from the waterfront” argument holds very little water (pun intended) since it’s been that way for decades–statistically prior to your birth as well as mine–so what’s another couple of decades? Last time I checked it was pretty easy to walk under the viaduct since it has 20 feet of clearance at street level. Why not remove the railroad tracks from the shoreline and screw all of the Sounder commuters too while we’re at it? Or perhaps turn I-5 into a city park? That would really get people into those buses!

  • http://www.magnoliavoice.com Mak Daddy

    “Bobby” is clearly Robert Mak, mayor McCheese’s PR guy.

    It’s not just about going to the airport. It’s about downtown access and to West Seattle without having to traverse across Queen Anne to get to the tunnel access. Don’t forget Mr Mak that your mayor got rid of the Sonics, so try again.

    Also, our shortsighted morbidly obese mayor is also increasing density to the Interbay area which will only increase the amount of traffic flow. Reducing the capacity of Emerson by installing bike lanes is proof of the mayors ignorance.

    Poor planning has gotten Seattle to this point and unfortunately, mayor McCheese isn’t doing anything to improve it. Then again we all don’t live in South Lake Union and Paul Allen isn’t telling the mayor what needs to be done for the rest of us.

  • Bobby

    I’m the Mayor’s PR guy? That would be news to me and the Mayor. I don’t even do well as my own PR guy.
    Here is my PR spin:
    Sonics gone? I don’t care, I prefer the Sounders.
    Plastic bags gone? Hopefully soon. Good.
    Upgrading Nickerson to a safer roadway for all users? Good, I care about safety–my own and for all road users. And if you do some research, you will find the proposed configuration will not only be safer, but allow for better traffic flow. W. Gov’t Way-Gilman works great. Stone Way works. South Ranier Ave works.

    As for you calling the Mayor names? I’ll let his PR guy respond.

  • http://www.magnoliavoice.com deny deny deny

    whatever.

  • KeepWell

    Regardless of the postions of the previous commentators didn’t the majority of the voters recently indicate that they preferred ANYTHING BUT a TUNNEL

  • http://www.magnoliavoice.com Kevin B

    nope

  • http://magnoliavoice MAC

    nope

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  • LawtonDad

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    May I recommend that the creators of this blog adjust the RSS feeds so that it lists the feed by the article’s publication date, and not the date of the last-added comment? I fear we have a spam engine in the making here.

    For the record, I sincerely hope this woman is not purporting to represent all of Magnolia in her quest (if she even still holds this post nearly two years later). I am very much for the tunnel and against the FUD I’ve seen from nearly every anti-tunnel argument.

  • LawtonDad

    This article is almost two years old, yet the recent comment caused it to pop up to the top of my RSS feed. And it seems the last 20-30 comments are all practically auto-generated “nice post!” comments, with no indication that the author: a) is real, b) has read the article, or c) is not, in fact, the same person posting over and over to bump this article back to the top of the RSS feed.

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    For the record, I sincerely hope this woman is not purporting to represent all of Magnolia in her quest (if she even still holds this post nearly two years later). I am very much for the tunnel and against the FUD I’ve seen from nearly every anti-tunnel argument.