The world’s largest tunneling machine is sinking its teeth into the soil under downtown Seattle.
A state study suggests that even a modest toll would result in traffic diverting away from a tunnel on the Seattle waterfront onto city streets. But the state could meet the $200 million it is contributing to the $3.2 billion replacement project for the aging, earthquake-vulnerable viaduct. The tolls would also pay for maintenance.
We’ve been calling it Viadoom, and it’s been a week of traffic delays. Now WSDOT says we can expect things to open up again on Saturday. Adios to the “viacondios”!
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the nine-day closure of the viaduct will be the longest ever for a Seattle area highway.
There are a lot of activities going on this weekend in Seattle. From Viaduct construction, to Mariner games to Seafair activities, you can expect heavy congestion getting in and out of downtown.