March 15, 2010

Humpty Dumpty sat on the Viaduct

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On July 19th, 1995 University of Washington engineering professors predict the viaduct would not survive a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. In Feb of 2001 the 6.8 Nisqually Quake leaves the viaduct cracked and leaning. In 2010 after countless studies, proposals and vote’s people are still driving down the highway of doom.

Viaduct crash Is it going to take a complete collapse to prove how much the Viaduct needs to be replaced? Accept the fact that it is going to cost billions no matter if you build it in the air, on the ground, or dig a tunnel. Do nothing at all and it will cost lives and then it will cost a bunch of money times two.

I would like to see some of the money we spend on studies spent on tangible things that will solve real problems. I don’t need another consultant to tell me that the viaduct is going to fall; I need a guy in a hard hat pouring cement to fix the problem.

We don’t need politicians lobbying for better solutions (read there solutions) just so they can claim the new Viaduct as a personal legacy. One of these days someone is going to have the legacy of not doing anything leading to the death of many who needed them to do something.

On a more personal note in 1995 (and every year since then) I sent mail to the Washington DOT asking if they could mark the lanes on I-90 with something more than Crayon. I don’t know about you but during a good rain I feel as if I am driving with a grey bag over my head. I think some basic safety items such as painted stripes or the occasional “City Titty” (traffic reflector for the un-educated) could not cost that much compared to the lives it might save.

The state of Washington is paralyzed with fear of doing the wrong thing, so it does nothing. The government is so large that it and its taxpayers are being crushed by its own weight. The state continues to raise taxes without reducing government, and when it has a chance to make a difference it chooses to sit on the fence. (one that is leaning and cracking)

In business that type of employee would be identified as a under performer and they would be managed out. That review comes around every November, and no action from our leaders will force its citizens to take action.

I wonder if the Seattle Mayor would like to relocate City Hall under the viaduct.

Just an old guy with a few things to say

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