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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

‘Ramps to nowhere’ demolition delayed

One of the most visible sections of the “ramps to nowhere” will stay in place a bit longer.

Crews were expected this weekend to start demolishing the section of the unused ramps that fly over Highway 520 near the Washington Park Arboretum.  But the contractor delayed that work in order to continue demolition work on other sections, according to Ian Sterling, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation’s 520 program.

“It’s taking longer than anticipated,” Sterling said.

The state still expects the ramps will be removed by next summer as originally planned, he said.

The “ramps to nowhere” were built for the R.H. Thomson Expressway, a planned crosstown freeway that was cancelled in 1971 after citizen protests.

RELATED: Arboretum’s ramps to nowhere mark successful freeway revolt | Danny Westneat

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