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Author Topic: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel  (Read 115292 times)

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Re: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
« Reply #800 on: September 25, 2019, 01:07:29 AM »

When will the project be completed, meaning everything cleaned up, landscaping in place, signals and signs installed, etc.?

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2023. There are a lot of elements (including new streets and bridges) that have to be lifted into place.

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Re: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
« Reply #801 on: September 25, 2019, 06:46:29 AM »

When will the project be completed, meaning everything cleaned up, landscaping in place, signals and signs installed, etc.?  Rick

Plus what about the boulevard part of the project?
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Re: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
« Reply #802 on: September 25, 2019, 09:35:28 AM »

The definitive viaduct video from WSDOT:

The difference is as clear as night and day, and I stand by the post I made before it:
I must admit, downtown Seattle looks a million times better without the viaduct!
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Re: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
« Reply #803 on: September 25, 2019, 01:32:03 PM »

I must admit, downtown Seattle looks a million times better without the viaduct!

Yes!

Almost the same view as from the viaduct can still be had from several points along 1st Ave. and Pike Place Market.  On the whole, it's probably better that people get out and walk to enjoy the view rather than watch the view while they are driving.
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Re: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
« Reply #804 on: September 29, 2019, 01:33:08 PM »

Agreed, the highway served its purpose, and well, but it was time to move on.  When that structure was built, that was an industrial and port wasteland.  Now it is the center of the city's 'vibe'.

Also, until the bypass tunnel was built a century or so ago, mainline railroads used Alaska Way, 'street running' style, too.

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Re: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
« Reply #805 on: September 29, 2019, 03:38:19 PM »

Also, until the bypass tunnel was built a century or so ago, mainline railroads used Alaska Way, 'street running' style, too.

Yeah, Alaskan Way was nuckin' futs for a while. Many freeways were designed to cut off the nice areas from the industrial or poor areas, but the viaduct was purely designed to pass over the craziness of the old road, even after the tunnel opened. Of course, it was also designed to tie into several other freeways, and that never happened. But it served its primary purpose quite well for a very long time.
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Re: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
« Reply #806 on: October 01, 2019, 03:50:01 PM »

Also, until the bypass tunnel was built a century or so ago, mainline railroads used Alaska Way, 'street running' style, too.

Yeah, Alaskan Way was nuckin' futs for a while. Many freeways were designed to cut off the nice areas from the industrial or poor areas, but the viaduct was purely designed to pass over the craziness of the old road, even after the tunnel opened. Of course, it was also designed to tie into several other freeways, and that never happened. But it served its primary purpose quite well for a very long time.


It also doesn't help that people didn't care for the waterfronts in most cities until the 70s.  They were where the docks were, and the dock workers, which were seen as lower people.  People also didn't care much for views, as the water was often polluted and smelled bad.  So all the things that people didn't want were along the waterfront, which explains all the freeways built along waterfronts.


And the Railroad tunnel, was one of the biggest reasons that those pro-99 Tunnel were so gung-ho, as we knew it would work, and knew how safe they were.  Then again, it would have been a lot cheaper and faster to do the original cut-and-cover Tunnel/Seawall under Alaskan Way that was proposed starting in the mid-90s.
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Re: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
« Reply #807 on: October 09, 2019, 03:20:25 PM »


Tolling to start in the tunnel on November 9, 2019. Get your Good to Go! transponder ready!
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