Seattle viaduct to reopen mid-day Saturday

Oct 28, 2011

Watch as an entire section collapses:

The Washington Transportation Department says Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct will reopen at mid-day Saturday, ending traffic congestion drivers call "viadoom" a day-and-a-half early.

Spokesman Travis Phelps said Friday that work is ahead of schedule on demolition, striping and other work for a bypass.

Seattle Viaduct Demolition Time Lapse:

The elevated section of Highway 99 along the Seattle waterfront shut down the evening of Oct. 21 and wasn't scheduled to reopen until 5 a.m. Monday.

Phelps says commuters have done a good job in finding alternates but traffic often has been congested throughout the Seattle area this week, especially in the afternoons.

The demolition on the southern mile of the viaduct is part of a $3.1 billion project to replace the viaduct with a tunnel under downtown Seattle.