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

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!

12 Replies to "Yes, the Viaduct is serious business. Till Mario Kart drives up..."

  • clark5080 August 31, 2011 (9:44 pm)

    Very nice Job Mike

  • Noelle August 31, 2011 (9:48 pm)

    Brilliant video! Love it!

  • Mandy August 31, 2011 (9:49 pm)

    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! :)

  • Aman August 31, 2011 (10:13 pm)

    Mike, You have eclipsed our regulars! Good Fun!

  • Carla August 31, 2011 (10:41 pm)

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

  • Brian September 1, 2011 (1:03 am)

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

  • celeste17 September 1, 2011 (6:25 am)

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

  • bridge to somwhere September 1, 2011 (10:29 am)


  • Diane September 1, 2011 (2:36 pm)

    king5 showed it on noon news

  • Geoff September 2, 2011 (9:39 am)

    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.

  • Alki-traz September 2, 2011 (9:57 am)

    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.

  • Jason Gadgets September 4, 2011 (6:59 am)

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

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