Yes, the Viaduct is serious business. Till Mario Kart drives up…

August 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, Transportation, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

The Alaskan Way Viaduct – its past, present, future – is serious business. And yet sometimes, with the votes, the closures, the traffic, the killer-quake simulation … you might have to laugh, or else you’d cry. So in case you haven’t already seen this on the WSB Facebook page, we’re sharing it here too:

Recent West Seattle arrival Mike S. (from the UK) made the mini-mashup, explaining, “I was really impressed with the video produced by WSDOT showing how the commute into Seattle would look after the nine-day closure. However, I still felt it could be improved – with the addition of Super Mario, in his Mario Kart – so I made some modifications.” (The original is linked from our Monday coverage of the WSDOT announcement about the October 21-31 construction closure.)

ADDED 12:54 PM THURSDAY: Mike wondered what WSDOT would think. They don’t seem to mind – according to this tweet!


  1. Very nice Job Mike

    Comment by clark5080 — 9:44 pm August 31, 2011 #

  2. Brilliant video! Love it!

    Comment by Noelle — 9:48 pm August 31, 2011 #

  3. So excellent! I was hoping he’d take a “short cut” and jump over the barrier onto the severed portion of the bridge, though. Thanks for creating! :)

    Comment by Mandy — 9:49 pm August 31, 2011 #

  4. Mike, You have eclipsed our regulars! Good Fun!

    Comment by Aman — 10:13 pm August 31, 2011 #

  5. Thanks for putting this together. Pop culture meets Seattle infrastructure project. Love it!

    Comment by Carla — 10:41 pm August 31, 2011 #

  6. I was so waiting for the shell to come take him out…

    Comment by Brian — 1:03 am September 1, 2011 #

  7. Typical Seattle driver crowds the lane or goes into the lane next to him with no blinker. LOL! Great job!

    Comment by celeste17 — 6:25 am September 1, 2011 #

  8. :-)

    Comment by bridge to somwhere — 10:29 am September 1, 2011 #

  9. king5 showed it on noon news

    Comment by Diane — 2:36 pm September 1, 2011 #

  10. I’m the one who made the original video. We’ve done plenty of these for washdot. But I love the addition. And I can tell you.. some of the high ups with washdot was emailing the youtube link around.

    Comment by Geoff — 9:39 am September 2, 2011 #

  11. Looks like Mario has adapted to Seattle quite well. Latte in one hand, cell phone in the other and driving as he pleases. As for signaling, everyone knows if a car in Seattle has a turn signal on, it was already on when the car was purchased.

    Comment by Alki-traz — 9:57 am September 2, 2011 #

  12. There’s no traffic because he wipes out all the other drivers with Banana Peels.

    Comment by Jason Gadgets — 6:59 am September 4, 2011 #

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