As the new State Route 99 tunnel continues to welcome vehicle traffic, the entire reason for building the new tunnel and embarking on a $3.3-billion project to create a new traffic route under downtown Seattle takes shape: the removal of the aging (it opened in 1953) and vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct along Seattle’s waterfront. 

As crews from Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. demolish the 1.4-mile-long concrete double-decker viaduct, let’s view the first month of work as captured through the lens of the Washington State Dept. of Transportation team: 



Spectators have enjoyed catching a glimpse of the latest work in downtown Seattle. 



Looking north from Lenora Street, the viaduct crumbles away.



Protective netting creates a a different view of the viaduct demolition. 



During demolition, crews remain at the ready with water hoses to keep dust under control.



Looking south as a concrete crusher chews up an outer girder on the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s upper deck between Yesler Way and Columbia Street with the Seattle stadium district in the background. 


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