NFR Viaduct

Philonius

Active Member
#17
I was heading back to W Seattle Wednesday night and went out of my way to make one more trip on the old structure. I've always liked the tunnel option, because as cool as it is driving north on the old behemoth, the waterfront will be so much nicer without its dark, looming, noisy presence. But it's actually going to kind of suck for getting to Ballard or Magnolia.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#18
Now you are all going to tell me that the tunnel is earthquake proof.. I can see a Earthquake happening and the tunnel filled with cars and the tunnel walls crack and the sound comes rushing in. Lots of dead people.

Wasn't the Waterfront built on back fill?? Also how many lanes is that tunnel wide??
Sort of like chasing blue lines the answer to your concerns are readily available if you look. Do you think prior to designing and building the tunnel no one thought about any of this shit?
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#19
I am working in west seattle next door to EWA fly shop....

Today during a morning break, a co-worker talked about it being the last day, we stopped work and left early so he could cruise it and reminisce.

We did a job recently on the old maritime bldg next to viaduct. Its all gonna be sweet real estate when the viaduct is gone and all cleaned up.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#20
Sort of like chasing blue lines the answer to your concerns are readily available if you look. Do you think prior to designing and building the tunnel no one thought about any of this shit?
Could be. They have been doing a lot of crazy shit in Seattle lately.
 

SHD

Active Member
#24
The viaduct had history and soul; a crusty element that is largely disappearing from Seattle. I like history, soul and crusty. This town is all about out with the old and in with the new. Tacoma is looking more and more appealing these days...
 

FinLuver

Active Member
#25
Sort of like chasing blue lines the answer to your concerns are readily available if you look. Do you think prior to designing and building the tunnel no one thought about any of this shit?
My opinion on that...
Yes and they didn't give a rip what happens to you and I.
Human Nature = Just Do It...
Even if it is not good...and we know it. ;)
 
#26
I drove across it yesterday and my first thought was that I am going to miss this view. I grew up on Bainbridge Island and always got a kick out of seeing the ferries coming and going as I drove by to head to work. Progress is necessary, but that view, I will miss. The tunnel won’t do anything to alleviate traffic, as two lanes going to two lanes doesn’t fix the bottleneck, but at least we won’t have to worry about the viaduct collapsing in an earthquake, and the waterfront will see a huge transformation. For the better, likely, but we will have to wait and see.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#27
Commuted from BI to my job in Seattle from '79 into '85, often by bicycle, and rode underneath all that concrete for some of the way. I no longer give a raggedy rodent's ass about the traffic problems there, but I'm glad that the viaduct is finally coming down and will be no more. It was always too much ugly conrete! Always. Too much. Ugly concrete. Even before when I was a student at the U of W back in 68/69. As far back as I can remember...into the mid 1950's...too much ugly concrete! GOOD RIDDANCE!
 
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#28
Thankfully this day never came:

I have to admit that I always got a tiny bit freaked out driving on the lower deck. It gave me visions of the Bay Bridge pancaking when the earthquake hit during the 1989 world series. I will miss the dark funkiness on the waterfront, though. And after watching that video, I'll never again relax while eating chowder at Ivar's.
 
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#29
Now you are all going to tell me that the tunnel is earthquake proof.. I can see a Earthquake happening and the tunnel filled with cars and the tunnel walls crack and the sound comes rushing in. Lots of dead people.

Wasn't the Waterfront built on back fill?? Also how many lanes is that tunnel wide??
Nothing is "earthquake proof" and yes there is a lot of fill down there but the tunnel goes under it into solid ground.
 

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