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Alaskan Way Viaduct

Posted on October 20th, 2008 by Djordje.

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Semiannual Inspection

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers perform a semiannual inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, due to be torn down in 2012. The viaduct, built in 1953, carries 100.000 vehicles a day. The 2001 Nisqually earthquake damaged the viaduct and shook and seawall. It is said that another earthquake of the same scale would have very serious consequences, and it could possibly take the viaduct down. The whole issue is very controversial. On one side there are people who propose that it be repaired. The DOT claims that the viaduct is in such a bad shape that the only way to repair it would be to rebuild it. Which is something many oppose, primarily real estate developers who see the opportunity to develop the area the viaduct occupies. The final solution is yet to be determined. What is known is that the work to take down the viaduct on central waterfront is beginning in 2012.

My take on this is that the viaduct is one very ugly structure. But I will miss it once it’s gone. And so will many Seattlites who consider the viaduct their own landmark. Driving northbound on a sunny day is the most beautiful scenic drive in the city. However, I can’t forget those people whose bedrooms are so close to the viaduct they can touch it. It is nice looking at the cityscape from the car, but just imagine sleeping in one of those buildings near it.

The story on the viaduct is an ongoing one that will last until the viaduct is gone.

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