I’ve been getting press releases on the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure several times a day from WSDOT. There’s even been morning briefings held near the site each day at 4:30 a.m. (sorry, not going).
With two days of weekday commutes under drivers’ belts, it seems they have been paying attention to WSDOT’s calls for “Viadoom” if they don’t take the bus, ride the train, shift work hours or just stay home.
Thank you drivers, but there’s another bunch of heroes out there that should be saluted. They are the crews working for Mowat Construction, the contractor building $1.23 million in improvements to Airport Way South, a major arterial that is handling a lot of detoured traffic.
For several weeks, the northbound direction of Airport Way has been reduced to one lane for the improvement project, but crews worked hard to open an extra lane in time for Monday’s commute.
That extra lane has made a big difference for southend commuters. The stretch of Airport Way running through Georgetown saw a few mild backups prior to the closing of the viaduct, but has been free-flowing since two lanes have been open.
Another round of “thanks” goes to whoever decided to delay the closure of the Airport Way Viaduct that spans the Argo railyard just north of G-Town. Mowat is also the contractor on that $16.68 million renovation project. The original plan was to close the Airport Way Viaduct for 14 months beginning in late August or early September. That would have diverted more than 13,000 drivers onto the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s detour routes (East Marginal Way South, First Avenue South, Fourth Avenue South). Can you say Viadoom?