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October 23, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Photos: Alaskan Way Viaduct starts to come down

On Sunday, parts of the southern end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct started to come down as the state prepares to replace the aging structure with a deep-bore tunnel. The viaduct is closed for nine days during demolition. After the closure, the waterfront portion of the viaduct will be open for traffic for another four years, until the tunnel is completed by the start of 2016. Seattle Times photographer John Lok shot the beginning of the demolition today.

Marek Gruszecki holds a piece of the Alaskan Way Viaduct while he snaps a few photos of the continued demolition of the roadway. "It's a piece of history, it is a piece of my life. I was always speeding through it hoping it wouldn't fall down," said Gruszecki, who drove the Viaduct to get to his work as an engineer in South Seattle for about 17 years. "It's a monumental moment in Seattle history, and I wanted to witness it. It took a long time, didn't it?" Gruszecki said he had come down to scout out a new route to get to work.

The Seattle skyline is seen behind the southern end of the viaduct.

Workers spray part of the southern end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Heath, of Seattle, came down to document the continued demolition of the southern end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. "It's my way of sort of paying respect to it," she said. "I'm gonna miss it." "The older I get, the harder it is for me to embrace change. I would've been happy to have the viaduct for the rest of my life, but I must accept it," she added.

A portion of the southern end of the viaduct comes down on Sunday.

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