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TUNNEL VISION

Tunnel Vision

Standing here at the beginning of 2014 we are tempted to look down and wonder where Bertha, our R-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 Alaska 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 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 this vital connection, great resource and attractions.

waterfrontseattle.org

CAN YOU MAKE IT TO MILEPOST 31?

Milepost Thirty-One
Want to know more about Boring Bertha, the tunnel, or what will happen with the Alaska Way Viaduct? Visit your Colman Building neighbor Milepost 31, an award-winning information center highlighting the culture that shaped Pioneer Square. Get an insider’s look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project and more. A combination of history, artifacts, interactive exhibits and a well-informed staff can help you better understand your Pioneer Square surroundings.

And best of all, it’s free!

FREE

211 First Ave. S., Seattle
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday (closed on state holidays)
Open ‘til 8 p.m. during the Pioneer Square Art Walk (First Thursdays)


wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Milepost31

HOW TO PARK BY PHONE

Pay By Phone SeattleFor years, many of us have “parked by ear.” That’s not such good idea! Now, thanks to the City of Seattle, we can park by phone, a much better idea. Better yet, forget the PHONE part and use Pay by Phone to Park by App on your Smartphone!

Here’s information from the City of Seattle on how Pay by Phone can be put to work for you:

  • Call 1-888-515-7275, or go to paybyphone.com or download the free app. Sign up and follow directions to register your cars with a credit card.
  • Park, then look for the Location Number on a nearby pay by phone parking sign or at the closest pay station on your side of the street.
  • Use your App to enter the Location Number,  choose your vehicle license plate number, desired length of stay, and make your payment.

PaybyPhone works in many Seattle private lots and garages, and in 180 cities in North America and Europe. PayByPhone adds a $0.35 fee per transaction.

www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/byphone.htm

A TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY

Cafe Bengodi Seattle

Sometime great things come in small packages. This is one of them. Café Bengodi in Pioneer Square has an authentic Manhattan Little Italy vibe. Small. Sometimes crazy.

And a very tasty menu attracts a crowd of regulars, as well as Pioneer Square tourists. Pastas, risotto, veal, salads and some great inexpensive Italian red wines.

700 1st Ave.
(between Cherry St. & Columbia St.)
Seattle, WA 98104

Mon-Sun 11 am – 10 pm