// Things That Also Cost What the Tunnel Costs

$4.2 Billion is a lot of money. How much is it? Here is an incomplete list of other things that cost that much:scrooge_mcduck

  • 19 of Sarah Palin’s “Bridges to Nowhere”
  • The Gross National Product of Malawi
  • The Ford Motor Company (as of Nov. 17, 2008)
  • Total Federal Department of Energy investment in Smart Grid Technology
  • $9,042.22 Checks for Every adult Seattle citizen
  • Half of Obama’s Entire National High Speed Rail Investment
  • 198,982 Toyota Priuses
  • 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
  • One Half the Annual Apple Crop of Washington
  • Doubling the Salaries and Halving the Class Size in the Seattle Public Schools for 10 years
  • 10 Years Of Full Metro Funding, Which Could Carry 1.2 Billion People Over That Time, Compared With 292 Million Over the Viaduct

Tunnel quotes

“It's coming down in 2012. I'm taking it down--the middle. That's the timeline. I'm not going to fudge on it. And if we don't have some alternative by then, boy are we going to have a mess on our hands because it's coming down.”
said Governor Christine Gregoire [who now plans to leave the viaduct in place until 2015] (in Seattle Post-Inelligencer)