- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Delays on the tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct through Seattle are now expected to cost the state about $149 million in overruns, a third less than feared in July.

Joe Hedges, program administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation, said the main reason for the revised figure is that tunnel-boring machine Bertha has made steady progress since spring, and completed 72 percent of the route from Sodo to South Lake Union.

The Seattle Times reports ( http://bit.ly/2gPlEbK ) the agency issued new figures Thursday to state lawmakers after telling them in July that the worst-case situation would add $223 million in overruns on the $2.1 billion tunnel, which is the biggest piece of a $3.1 billion replacement for the old Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The project is now three years behind schedule, with the expected opening in spring 2019.

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