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Seattle: Alaskan Way Viaduct and Tunnel

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Interesting!

 

I've visited this work site twice already in the past 3 months, and all I've ever heard of were only labor disputes/delays.  This takes the project to another level of hurdles especially if it's historically related.  We've heard about these historical problems in Rome and London when they do subway digging work...but Seattle?  I'm guessing it's more glacier related, but I'll be keeping an eye on this one for sure.

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Interesting, but I'd bet it's just a giant rock.  There isn't anything man made that is going to stop that thing.  Unless someone buried a giant steel ball bearing.  But why would anyone build a ball bearing that big?  And if you did, wouldn't you show it off to the world instead of burying it?  I want these questions answered!

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The end of the viaduct is finally here. Starting tomorrow, SR 99 will close and work will begin on the new ramps that connect SR 99 to the new tunnel. About three weeks later, the ramps will be finished and the new tunnel will open. It will take several months to demolish the viaduct.

 

During the three week period when the highway is closed, the transit agencies will run extra buses. There has been an effort to install temporary bus-only lanes on city streets and HOV lanes on highways to discourage solo drivers. Unfortunately they will not be able to run any extra light rail trains because Link is already operating at maximum capacity.

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23 minutes ago, taestell said:

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The end of the viaduct is finally here. Starting tomorrow, SR 99 will close and work will begin on the new ramps that connect SR 99 to the new tunnel. About three weeks later, the ramps will be finished and the new tunnel will open. It will take several months to demolish the viaduct.

 

During the three week period when the highway is closed, the transit agencies will run extra buses. There has been an effort to install temporary bus-only lanes on city streets and HOV lanes on highways to discourage solo drivers. Unfortunately they will not be able to run any extra light rail trains because Link is already operating at maximum capacity.

Now do this to the Shoreway in Cleveland!

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The rubble created by viaduct demolition is being crushed and used to fill the Battery Street Tunnel, a short tunnel that was bypassed once the new tunnel opened:

 

 

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Demolition is now complete and WSDOT has put together this great video explaining all the steps of the demolition project. Skip to 5:56 for the dramatic before-and-after shots.

 

 

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