City We’re #5! We’re #5! We’re #5!
posted by April 8 at 7:55 AMon
Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct is #5 on Popular Mechanics list of “The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now.” Says the mag…
After an earthquake in 2001 damaged the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a traffic artery in Seattle, inspectors found that some supports had subsided 5 in., weakening the structure. Options included fixing the elevated roadway and replacing it with a tunnel or improved surface roads. There’s still no decision. Meanwhile, as many as 110,000 vehicles travel on the compromised structure each day.
We won’t do anything, of course, until it actually falls down and dozens of people are killed and injured. Until then, we’ll shore up the damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct with Seattle-style process—i.e. hot air, non-binding votes, and dithering elected officials.
Thanks to Slog tipper Kendra.