Larson Hosts Tunnel Forum In Hartford

Matt Dwyer
September 17, 2018 - 2:21 pm

Congressman John Larson. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

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(WTIC-AM) -- At a forum hosted by Hartford-area Congressman John Larson today, officials from Washington State described their efforts to construct a $3-billion tunnel in Seattle.  

Larson is pushing the use of tunnels to move Hartford's interchange between I-91 and I-84 underground.  

Former Washington State Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond says the Seattle tunnel was given urgency when an earthquake damaged the city's existing highway viaduct.

"It would have taken longer to build, if we didn't have our earthquake threat," Hammond said. "There is nothing like a good disaster to put focus on people.  With your flooding issues, and your loss of ability to connect with your waterfront, that kind of momentum and be built."

Interchange tunnels in Hartford are projected to cost more than $10-billion.  

It has yet to be decided if the tunnels will be built, or who would pay for them.

State officials are considering options to replace the aging Aetna Viaduct, which carries the elevated part of I-84 through Hartford.