In the last inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, some new cracks were discovered [“Viaduct cracks grow in state’s race against time,” Local News, March 10]. Now the Washington State Department of Transportation has decided to remove the ivy that covers many portions of the viaduct.
I think this is a little late. WSDOT has been inspecting Highway 99 four times a year since the Nisqually earthquake — roughly 40 inspections. What has WSDOT been looking at all these years? My guess is a bunch of leaves. The ivy should have been removed 10 years ago. What an incredible waste of money and waste of time for the poor commuters stuck in traffic for those 40 weekends.
Now they closed the viaduct yet again so they can look at it without the leaves in the way. In the future it would be nice if WSDOT took a closer look the first time.
John Kearns, Seattle