Are state officials considering pulling the plug on Bertha?

Are Governor Inslee and WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson considering canceling the deep-bore tunnel project? It appears that they are leaving the door open for that possibility. On Tuesday, reporter Essex Porter of KIRO 7 asked Governor Inslee, “At what point should we abandon this project?”

“Well, I don’t think we’re at that point, now,” Governor Inslee responded.

You can view the exchange on the TVW website, starting the video at the 25:20 mark.

Also on Tuesday, WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson spoke with KIRO radio’s Dori Monson. Dori Monson asked the WSDOT Secretary, “So that’s something that’s on the table? Pulling the plug on this?”

“I would say that’s a worst case scenario,” WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson responded.

You can hear the exchange on the KIRO Radio website, starting at the 5:47 mark.

The top government decision-makers in Washington State, when given opportunities on Tuesday to firmly end speculation that the tunnel project will be canceled due to escalating delays and cost overruns, decided to instead leave that option on the table.

  • 14 February 2014