LETTER: Another resident upset about no downtown exits in new tunnel

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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:]

Mr. Hull’s views on the upcoming loss of the Viaduct for entry into downtown Seattle are right on. Sandy and I moved here in 2011 to be close to family. Since then, we have made the trip into Seattle via the Viaduct probably hundreds of times. We are members of Kaiser Permanente health care and often must get medical care at Capitol Hill. I am “Grandpa Uber” for two grandsons who attend O’Dea High School. On many occasions we take visitors into downtown and do some shopping there also.

We live in Burien and will be just one of the many thousands of drivers taking city streets, either 1st Ave or 4th Ave into downtown Seattle. It will be a nightmare. I share Mr. Hull’s question: What were city planners thinking not to design off ramps into the city from the new tunnel.

Also, why in the world charge tolls to go through a tunnel that you’d have no entry to downtown except to go all the way through to the north end of downtown and then have to fight your way back south into the city center?

– John Stonhouse

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