Another Chapter in the Epic Saga

Gather ‘round children, and I will spin you a tale as old as time itself: Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct. Originally completed in 1953, the Viaduct was created to alleviate traffic congestion from trucks, trains and wagons bringing cargo to and from the Port of Seattle. Transportation studies showed that the best way to control port traffic was to have two north-south corridors running between downtown and the waterfront: the Viaduct was created first because the City of Seattle already owned the land, and I-5 was added in the 1960’s.

The Viaduct was the first tunnel designed by the City of Seattle Engineering Department, as well as the first example of a tunnel using forced-air ventilation.
The Viaduct was the first tunnel designed by the City of Seattle Engineering Department, as well as the first example of a tunnel using forced-air ventilation.

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