SOUND SLIDESHOW: The Beginning Of The End Of The Alaska Way Viaduct

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On Friday night (Feb. 18th) at 7pm sharp, workers from the Washington State Department of Transportation began the destruction of the northbound on-ramp to the Alaskan Way Viaduct on First Ave South near the stadium district.

The on-ramp is being demolished and replaced by one that will connect northbound Highway 99 to South Royal Brougham Way. WSDOT is hoping to finish work by April 1st, with a new ramp installed by the time baseball season begins.

The viaduct has served as an efficient means of transportation and an eyesore, as well as a source of some of the best city views in the northwest since it first opened on April 4, 1953. Carrying up to 110,000 vehicles per day, the structure was damaged in the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, and is proposed to be replaced by an underground tunnel.

Photographer Francis Zera was on the scene, and he shot the following Sound Slideshow – make sure your speakers are on so you can hear the melodious sounds of the powerful, viaduct-eating excavator:

Click to PlayClick to Play Francis Zera’s Sound Slideshow

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