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October 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens two days early

The Alaskan Way Viaduct reopened Saturday with a new landscape and a two-lane configuration. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

The southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct reopened today shortly after 11 a.m., more than 40 hours earlier than expected when the state announced the nine-day closure for demolition and detour work. The northbound lanes opened at 12:45 p.m.

Drivers now will use  a new viaduct overpass at the train tracks in Sodo. Then the detour curves through a 25 mph zone. The speed limit for the entire Viaduct, including the waterfront, has been reduced to 40 mph. The detour will remain in effect until the start of 2016, when the state is scheduled to open a downtown bypass and stadium interchange, altogether a $3.2 billion replacement for the 1950’s vintage elevated highway.

Click here to read a recent story with links about the tunnel project, including what was accomplished during the weeklong closure.

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