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An Educational Forum on the Seattle Tunnel Experience – September 17th

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 9:00am

About the Event

Please join U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) for a two-part panel discussion on the Alaskan Way Tunnel (SR-99) project in Seattle, WA, and the lessons learned that apply to Greater Hartford as we reshape our community and critical infrastructure. The first panel will feature a dynamic group of leaders who were closely involved in Seattle's tunnel project. Rounding out the discussion is a panel of Greater Hartford area stakeholders who will talk about the path forward for the region. Please add your voice to this important dialogue on the vision for Greater Hartford's future. Registration begins at 9:00 AM; the program starts at 10:00 AM.

Space is limited so we recommend that you RSVP early. RSVP Here. Please contact Congressman Larson's office at 860-278-8888 with any questions.


Seattle’s Tunnel Project: The Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement

More than a decade ago, the City of Seattle faced similar infrastructure challenges as we do in Greater Hartford. The business community in Seattle led the effort to replace the aging viaduct that ran adjacent to the Puget Sound with a bored-tunnel, opening access to the waterfront, creating new opportunities for economic development, and allowing traffic to flow during construction. This in opportunity to hear from key stakeholders in Seattle who carried this project across the finish line and offer valuable input about Greater Hartford’s future.

More information about Seattle’s SR-99 Tunnel Project here.


I-84/I-91 Hartford Proposal

Greater Hartford faces similar challenges as Seattle once did: a divided city, traffic congestion, a crumbling levee system, and limited riverfront access. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to correct the planning mistakes of the past and create a livable community in and around Connecticut’s capital city. The technology and ingenuity are there. Other places in the US and around the world are thinking big, with regards to their infrastructure. The time to decide what we want to become as a community and how we get there is now. The tunnel proposal is about:

  • Reuniting the City of Hartford
  • Recapturing the riverfront
  • Repairing the levee system
  • Relieving traffic congestion
  • Keeping the city open during construction
  • Creating a vibrant, livable greater Hartford

More information about the I-84/I-91 Tunnel Proposal

Opening Speakers


Mayor Luke Bronin

Mayor of Hartford


Andy Bessette
Executive VP & Chief Administrative Officer

Congressman John Larson
Connecticut’s First District

Panel One - The Seattle Tunnel Experience

Bob Donegan
Ivar’s Inc., President

Led business community in shaping Alaskan Way Tunnel Project

David Sowers

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
Deputy Program Administrator for Engineering and Program Management
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project

Paula Hammond
Former Secretary, Washington State DOT
Senior Vice President, WSP

Tim Burgess
Former Seattle Mayor/City Councilmember

Candace Damon
Vice Chairman, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

John Reilly
John Reilly International, megaproject & risk management expert


Panel Two - The Future of Greater Hartford


Chuck Sheehan (Moderator)
Former CEO of the Metropolitan District Commission 

Don Shubert 
Connecticut Construction Industry Association

Carl Bard, P.E.

Former MDC Director of Engineering and ConnDOT Deputy Commissioner

James P. Redeker

Connecticut Department of Transportation

David Fay
President and CEO, Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
Vice President, iQuilt Board of Directors

Scott W. Jellison
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operations Officer
The Metropolitan District Commission

David Griggs

MetroHartford Alliance CEO