And it’s not a list I mind the viaduct being on.

Wired has put together a list of the 10 highways that need to be torn down – right now. They’re right on target with our own Alaskan Way Viaduct. The structure is 55 years old and ready to go, but a replacement is only partially funded and would require shutting down all traffic for years during construction anyway.

My argument is simple – if it’s going to be closed for years, all the current users will find other modes of transportation anyway. We have a pressing need to get out of our cars, and this is a great opportunity to make that a lot easier. We certainly need more Ballard and West Seattle transit investment in the same timeframe, but that can come later.

Kudos to Wired for noticing!

4 Replies to “Viaduct Tops Wired’s List”

  1. I’m not sure what you mean by

    We certainly need more Ballard and West Seattle transit investment in the same timeframe, but that can come later.

    I think that the viaduct should come down and stay down. But if Ballard and West Seattle aren’t promised that there will be mobility options for them in both the short and long terms, they won’t but into it and they will continue to demand a rebuild. Adding a few 54s, 21s and 18s here and there is not going to mollify these concerns.

    Of course, if we had a monorail, things would be much easier.

    1. I mean, we can always create a transit plan for Ballard and West Seattle. The state isn’t about to do that for us – I just mean we’re not going to get the state rebuild money for transit.

      Personally, I want a plan to build the Green Line, preferably to Link specifications with 2nd Avenue tunneled, on the ballot in 2010. It will be very expensive, but if we try elevation downtown, it’ll be a short and losing fight.

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