As anyone traveling around the area might have noticed, the Alaskan Way Viaduct was closed during the weekend of October 16 – 17th between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the semiannual inspection of the structure. Crews were able to complete the work early, and re-opened the viaduct just before 1 pm on Sunday.
The public had a rare opportunity to get an up-close look at the viaduct by joining a walking tour on Saturday morning. The attendees met at the bottom of the 1st Ave S. and Railroad Ave. ramp to be led up to the upper deck roadway. Once there, staff from WSDOT and SDOT was available at three stations to talk about construction to replace the viaduct’s south end, the latest news regarding replacing the central waterfront section of the viaduct, including the proposed bored tunnel and the Central Waterfront Project. They were also able to see some of the items that were unearthed during the archeological excavations in May 2010, just west of Pioneer Square. The 122 participants left with a greater understanding of the program and an overview of what is ahead of us. WSDOT expects to have the results from the inspection on Friday, October 22nd. To see more photos from this event visit WSDOT’s Flickr page.