Roads Scholar: Story of the Alaskan Way Tunnel Premieres Tonight

Lauren Mang

Bertha, the hulking, 7,000-ton earth-drilling machine that's expected to start boring a tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct any day now, is getting loads of attention lately. (During a recent editorial meeting, we all had a good debate on whether or not we'll be able to feel the digging from our SoDo offices. I say yes. We'll keep you posted on that front.)

Tonight, the Seattle Channel will premiere a special on Seattle's mechanical, tunnel-making ladyfriend called Digging Toward the Future: The Story of the Alaskan Way Tunnel. The special, hosted by Brian Callanan, will take an in-depth look at the project and its impacts on business, tourism, transportation and the city's waterfront:

Go behind the scenes with Bertha. Get tips on how to navigate traffic impacts and learn how you can weigh in on the waterfront redesign. Plus, learn more about the tunnel and waterfront work on our show web page, which includes links, video and resources you need to stay up-to-date on the project, including road-closure information.

So grab your popcorn, put on your Bertha-themed pjs (I predict they're coming soon to a novelty store near you), and turn to channel 21 at 8:30 p.m.