LETTER: ‘The Tourniquet Between Burien and Downtown Seattle’


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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Dear Editor,

I write to express concern that I trust many others have also.

I have resided in Burien since 1990. Raised in West Seattle. My first bike in 1968 came from Burien Cycle, etc.

I have worked downtown since 1980 and over the years the northbound congestion on 509 is quite obvious. I usually drive or bus into work very early before all that happens.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is old. I remember it as long as I’ve been alive…and I’m 59. I’m a fan of it but oh how it has become rickety.

Okay, so the Seattle City leaders decided it must go and be replaced with a tunnel that has no downtown exits. <mumbles> “NO DOWNTOWN EXITS?” What were they thinking?

The viaduct is used from West Seattle, Burien, DesMoines, Normandy Park, and parts southward…..and to take all that 509 traffic and move it to I-5 or surface streets? What in the world were these people thinking? I’ve been pondering this matter for quite some time and truthfully I don’t think I’m too far off base. It’s just come time to where I had to let it out.

Thank you.
“Burien Ron” Hull

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