City Viaduct Death Watch!
posted by October 20 at 12:10 PMon
A 25 foot piece of concrete guardrail fell off the Alaskan Way Viaduct earlier this morning after a hit and run accident.
According to Washington State Department of Transportation engineer Ron Paananen, a large vehicle—possibly a delivery truck— hit the guardrail on the Seneca Street offramp, knocking a sizable piece of concrete to the street below.
“It was a solid piece about 25 feet long or so. It’s an old piece of guardrail,” Paananen says. “The railing is not built to the standards we would build railings to today.”
WSDOT crews have removed the piece of guard rail and will close a lane of traffic at some point to install a temporary barrier.
The viaduct was closed over the weekend for a safety inspection.
Photo by cliff1066 via Flickr