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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

State to Sign Tunnel Contract on Thursday

Posted by on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 3:48 PM

State officials will sign a $1.09 billion contract with Seattle Tunneling Partners (STP), a conglomerate of private construction firms, to build a deep-bore tunnel downtown at media event on Thursday, sources tell The Stranger. The Washington State Department of Transportation has not yet released details, nor returned calls to comment, but people familiar with the deal say that STP has won the bid without a challenge. On December 9, the state named STP the presumptive winner, but allowed a grace period for the competing bidder, Seattle Tunneling Group, to challenge the technical rating used in the evaluation.

Seattle Tunneling Partners, which submitted a higher bid but won on technical merits (narrower portal, wider tunnel, and shorter timeline), is a joint venture of Dragados USA and Tutor Perini Corp, including Frank Coluccio Construction, Mowat Construction, HNTB Corp. and Intecsa. Lower Hudson Journal News reported last month that part of the presumptive team to dig the tunnel—Tutor-Saliba and Perini Corp., which combine to become Tutor Perini Corp, one of the members of Seattle Tunneling Partners—has a history of cost overruns and fraud allegations.

The signing will occur at the Port of Seattle office on Alaskan Way a 3:00 p.m.


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svensken 1
The end! The end is nigh!!
Posted by svensken on January 4, 2011 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3

No funding.

No public vote.

And no popular support.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 4
it's all based on the fact that cheap oil will flow for ever. Yes cheap oil forever. It's the American way.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on January 4, 2011 at 4:03 PM · Report this
Will @ 3: Meaningless, huh? I think you will find that a court will disagee with you. It will see advisory votes and popular support as meaningless, but a signed contract as definitively meaningful.
Posted by David Wright on January 4, 2011 at 4:08 PM · Report this
Kinison 6
@3 Will in Seattle

I didnt get a "Billionaires Tunnel!!" out of you. Come on, if your going to parrot useless talking points, you need to be consistent.

Public vote is a waste of time because it will be a yes/no vote. Do you see people taking signatures offering 3 options? Nope. Just yes/no. So people will vote no, because of the costs, then we'll wait another year to vote on what option to go with .... which might not pass! Why? Because less expensive options will still cost billions! And while all this is going on, the state takes the current viaduct down (just like they threatened to do) in 2012, then paves a two lane road in its shadow and Seattle buckles under the pressure of moving all those cars downtown.
Posted by Kinison on January 4, 2011 at 4:30 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
All your failures is belong to Deep Bore Tunnel.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM · Report this
But has the funding package been in fact finalized? If so, it would be news to me; last I heard SDOT was at least $1B short.

So, how exactly do you pay for a multi-billion dollar construction project when you don't have all the funding locked down solid?
Posted by COMTE on January 4, 2011 at 4:39 PM · Report this
A couple months ago that Dragados was also part of the JV that got a $780M contract to do the longest of the five Crossrail deep-bore tunnels under London too, a little over five miles long out of the fifteen miles of tunnels under contract there.
Posted by gloomy gus on January 4, 2011 at 4:43 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 10
This is all so stupid -- the state doesn't have the cash to pay for it. What are we going to do, tell the people a few months in, "Hey guys, can you float us to FQ1 in 2012?"
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on January 4, 2011 at 5:24 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 11
It's all about the unfunded budget and the ever decreasing state gas tax revenues.

Heck, they can't even afford the POWER to run the fans and pumps during operation!
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM · Report this

You idiots will now be taxed to fund Government pensions for the next four decades in the name of "cost overruns".

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 4, 2011 at 5:45 PM · Report this
Baconcat 13
Not gonna happen, sorry. They'll sign the contract, the project will fail and the protracted fight between STP and the state will sap the state of millions over the next 10 years.
Posted by Baconcat on January 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM · Report this
How can the state sign a $1.9 billion contract before the EIS is complete? This is against both federal and state law. The whole point of the EIS is to review options BEFORE making decisions.

This is a deliberate flouting of the law. Who will sue?
Posted by coise on January 4, 2011 at 6:20 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@14 technically, we have at least two more EIS hearings, not counting the mandatory Federal EIS for the salmon and other listed Elliot Bay fish and the particulate and carbon emissions.

Federal law trumps State law.

Always has.

Always will.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 4, 2011 at 6:32 PM · Report this
@14, 15 you guys should pool your resources, blow this story wide open, bring some justice.
Posted by gloomy gus on January 4, 2011 at 6:45 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 17
@16 I'm just going to laugh when the inevitable lawsuits bury the tunnel. You can make a laundry list of people and groups with standing I'd bet.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on January 4, 2011 at 7:17 PM · Report this
Simone 18
I expect people with signs similar to old 1930's depression era signs proclaiming "End of the World" and other "I told you so" signs around the construction area and government offices.
Posted by Simone on January 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 19
Is there a protest planned? I'll go if there is.
Posted by passionate_jus on January 5, 2011 at 9:16 AM · Report this

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