Watch: Seattle’s waterfront now looks better than ever
As many of you have probably noticed, Seattle’s waterfront is undergoing a pretty massive change right now. The Alaskan Way Viaduct is currently being demolished, opening up a new waterfront district. The project, which started mid-January, looks to be going along rapidly. We’re stoked- we were getting kind of sick of a giant concrete snake taking up prime real estate.
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) May 21, 2019
So far, practically all of the section between University Street and Cherry Street is gone. All that’s left is a single section still standing to support a footbridge to the ferry terminal. After Memorial Day, crews will return to the viaduct and start to work their way south at Yesler Way.
Fortunately, the number of commuters in Highway 99 is approaching the level of the Viaduct, which is a good sign that it is an adequate replacement. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, roughly 80k drivers use the tunnel on weekdays.
Of course, the best future is one where major thoroughfares aren’t required in metropolitan cities. But, we have a sneaking suspicion that won’t be a reality for quite some time. So, in the meanwhile, we’re happy with a prettier waterfront area and taking the tunnel when we need to.