City What You’re Voting For If You Vote For a New Viaduct
posted by February 12 at 17:18 PMon
As I’ve reported before, the new viaduct is not a “rebuild.” To comply with modern earthquake standards, the new viaduct would have to be significantly taller and much wider than the current structure. According to WSDOT’s own specifications, the new elevated structure would be, on average, 71 percent bulkier than the existing viaduct; in some places, it would be twice as big. Today, a group of architects including leaders of the American Institute of Architects released drawings of what the the new viaduct would look like—again, following WSDOT’s own specifications. Here’s the viaduct at Washington Street, in Pioneer Square:
And a cross-section, with the outline of the existing viaduct in red:
Still want a new elevated freeway on our waterfront?