(More photos/video added Sunday night)
Thinking about going over to walk on The Viaduct before its southern mile goes away forever? (Remember, the demolition involves “only” the southern mile, approximately Holgate to King Street – the central section won’t come down until the tunnel’s done, no earlier than end of 2015.) Among those already up there is traffic ace Tracy Taylor from our “Viadoom” coverage partners at KING 5 News, and she’s sending back a stream of photos you can check out here – including the top pic. Also via Twitter, she says it’s not too crowded, and the parking situation is pretty good. It’s open for walking till 12:30 pm – details here – then from 1-2 pm, politicians celebrate in their own way, with the roster including King County Executive (and West Seattleite) Dow Constantine. And if you can’t get there … WSDOT has time-lapse demolition images online.
ADDED 11:38 AM: More of the photos others are sharing – Cara just sent a few, including this:
And from Jodi, her kids Robbie and Cameron:
A different angle. (Every time we walked The Viaduct for Race for the Cure, we thought it was cool to peer down through the “joints,” too!)
ADDED 1:08 PM: Frank shared this photo of Oliver and Maya, with their souvenir:
ADDED 1:56 PM: The Rat City Rollergirls, you’ll recall – who have several West Seattleites in their ranks – co-won the contest for a semi-“private” half-hour on The Viaduct. WSDOT tweeted this photo:
Everybody seems to have their own reason for taking one last look. Viaduct project executive Matt Preedy headed up with his kids Aidan, 10, and Rowan, 6:
And then, once upon the deck, how do you celebrate when a project hits a milestone six months ahead of its original schedule?
Thanks to Fiona Preedy for those photos.
ADDED 7:33 PM: Our partners at the Seattle Times published this video of the Seattle Cossacks motorcycle-stunt team, the other “co-winners” of the Viaduct-access contest:
9:56 PM UPDATE: Also from the Times, here’s today’s wrapup from transportation reporter Mike Lindblom, who was reporting live via Twitter during today’s event. WSDOT estimated the number of Viaduct visitors at 3,200. Meantime, more photos from WSB’ers:
That’s from Rob A. Johnston of Walkabout Wolf Photography. And Renee sent this photo of son Oliver with an explanatory sign:
ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Cathy Doser of Renton shared these two views, in a different vein of VIaduct nostalgia – first one from 1989 (note the Kingdome!), second one more recent:
And on Sunday, Liesbet T was one of the last people to leave:
WSDOT shared this photo of a Viaduct visitor who traveled in style:
Still adding photos – do YOU have one to share?