Standing here at the beginning of 2014, we are tempted to look down and wonder where Bertha, our SR 99 tunnel boring machine, is. Is she making progress? Is she stuck (again)? We suggest it’s time to start looking up and looking toward the future, because this giant project is not just about the tunnel, but about reshaping Seattle and its connection to our waterfront. As soon as the tunnel is up and running, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will come down, and soon after that the new Seattle Waterfront Promenade Park will start taking shape.

Picture a landscaped parkway connecting Pier 70 on the north end with Pioneer Square and the Stadium District to the south. The Promenade will connect downtown Seattle to the bustling waterfront and bring a renewal of the pier with great resources and attractions.