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February 28, 2019

Views open up on Columbia Street — for the first time in 65 years

Photo by Jon Silver [enlarge]
After the Columbia Street on-ramp is gone, the street will become a two-way bus corridor.

Crews have reopened Post Avenue at Columbia Street, marking a milestone in the demolition of the Columbia Street on-ramp to the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

On Wednesday, the remaining section of the on-ramp ended just west of Western. Much of Columbia between First Avenue and Western remains fenced off and under piles of debris.

At 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, tenants at the neighboring Post apartment building regained access to their parking garage for the first time since Feb. 8 when Columbia Street was closed west of First Avenue. Building managers had arranged for tenants to park at neighboring garages while demolition was underway.

Kiewit Infrastructure West and subcontractor Ferma are doing the demolition work, which started on Feb. 12.

Other active viaduct demolition sites are near Pike Place Market and north of Lenora in Belltown.

The whole 1.4-mile structure is expected to take six months to tear down.

You can follow progress on the demolition on the Washington State Department of Transportation's website at http://bit.ly/2Toyb88.

After the Columbia Street on-ramp is demolished, the street will become a two-way bus corridor.

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