Alaskan Way Viaduct and Cable Bridge, Washington

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Alaskan Way Viaduct
Spans Seattle
Lanes 2×3
Total length 3,450 + 1,220 meters
Main span ? meter
Bridge deck height ? meter
Opening 04-04-1953
Traffic intensity 71,000 mvt/day
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According to, the Alaskan Way Viaduct was a United States overpass located in the city of Seattle. The viaduct consisted of two parts of approximately 3,450 + 1,220 meters. State Route 99 ran over the viaduct. The viaduct near the center has been replaced by the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel.


The Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct actually consisted of two separate viaducts. The South Viaduct was located in the Seattle Harbor area and was approximately 1,220 meters long. There was a connection to the West Seattle Bridge. This part of the viaduct has 2×2 lanes. This is followed by an approximately 900 meter long section at ground level, after which the second, actual Alaskan Way Viaduct began.

The second part went first through the harbor area, and further north along the center of Seattle. The overpass separated Downtown Seattle from Puget Sound and had 2×3 lanes. Parts of the viaduct were double-decked. This viaduct was 3,450 meters long. The overpass had some connections to downtown Seattle. On the north side, the viaduct connected to the Battery Street Tunnel.


The demolition of the viaduct in 2019.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct was built in the early 1950’s as a quick route along Downtown Seattle. The viaduct opened to traffic on April 4, 1953. Shortly afterwards, the connecting Battery Street Tunnel also opened. The viaduct was originally only a bypass of the center, entrances and exits were constructed in the 1960s. In the early 1960s, Interstate 5 was built parallel to the Alaskan Way Viaduct, providing traffic on two north-south routes through Seattle. The viaduct was damaged during the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake.

The viaduct was in poor condition and could not withstand earthquakes. It also formed a visual barrier between downtown and the Seattle waterfront. That is why the viaduct was replaced by the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel between 2012 and 2019. This is a bore tunnel. The viaduct was last in use on January 11, 2019. The tunnel opened to traffic on February 4, 2019, after which the viaduct was demolished.

Traffic intensities

In 2012, 71,000 vehicles drove over the Alaskan Way Viaduct every day. More than half of the traffic had no origin or destination in downtown Seattle.

Cable Bridge

Cable BridgeEd Hendler Bridge
Spans Columbia River
Lanes 2×2
Total length 763 meters
Main span 229 meters
Bridge deck height 15 meters
Opening 09-1978
Traffic intensity 18,000 mvt/day
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The Cable Bridge, also known as the Ed Hendler Bridge is a cable- stayed bridge in the United States, located between Pasco and Kennewick in eastern Washington state. The bridge spans the Columbia River.


The Cable Bridge is 763 meters long and has no bridges. The main span is 229 meters. The bridge has two H-shaped pylons 72.9 meters high. The bridge deck is 24.3 meters wide and is 15 meters above the Columbia River. The bridge has 2×2 lanes but no emergency lanes. State Route 397 runs across the bridge between the towns of Pasco and Kennewick.


On October 21, 1922, the first bridge over the Columbia River, the Pasco–Kennewick Bridge, opened at this site. This was a cantilever truss bridge with a main span of 132 meters. It was the first bridge over the middle section of the Columbia River and replaced a ferry service. US 410 originally ran across the bridge, until this number was dropped in 1967. The bridge was originally a toll road until 1931, to recoup the construction costs. Washington State took over management of the bridge in 1931. In 1968, the bridge was sold for $1 to the towns of Pasco and Kennewick.

In the late 1960s, plans began to form for a new, wider bridge. A new design was chosen, the cable- stayed bridge. Although cable-stayed bridges had been used on a fairly large scale in Europe for about 15 to 20 years, the concept was new to the Americans. The bridge opened to traffic in September 1978 and was the first cable-stayed bridge in the United States. It was not until about 10 years later that cable-stayed bridges began to be used on a larger scale elsewhere in the country.

The old bridge from 1922 was demolished in 1990. The bridge is named after Ed Hendler, an insurance salesman and later mayor of Pasco, who died in 2001.

Traffic intensities

18,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Cable Bridge, Washington

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