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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

February 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM

The beginning of the end for the viaduct

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Sketched Feb. 15, 2:12 p.m.
Consider the countdown to the viaduct’s demise officially started.
On Friday, construction crews began demolishing a portion of the First Avenue South northbound ramp next to Qwest Field. It was the first piece of the 57-year-old structure to come down.
Northbound access is scheduled to be restored by April 1, when drivers will access the elevated freeway via a new ramp at South Royal Brougham Way.
Richard Addington, manager at nearby deli, Blazing Bagels (see earlier post), said the changes will be good for the city in the long run, but traffic will be a mess as the viaduct is dismantled.
Brian Honda, owner of Seattle’s historic Triangle Pub, said a lot of free parking under the viaduct has disappeared and fears it will be hard to attract new customers.
I will continue exploring the viaduct over the next few months, capturing soon-to-disappear views and talking to people who live or work nearby. Please share memories and story ideas on my blog or by e-mail.
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Sketch-worthy Seattle. Where should I take my sketchpad next? Do you know of a good sketch story waiting to be drawn? I’d love to learn about it. You can send me your suggestions to gcampanario@seattletimes.com or via Facebook or Twitter.

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