In the early 1900’s Seattle’s waterfront was completely packed with trains trucks and wagons carrying cargo from the ships, and it only got worse once a seawall was extended and made a street called Alaskan way in 1935. The viaduct was mainly built to relieve such traffic. In 1947, Seattle did a traffic study that showed, two new north south routes had to be built, to greatly affect traffic and make an easier commute. While reading the Historic American Engineering Report (HAER) I found, “The traffic analysis identified six reasons why Alaskan Way would be the most effective route:
• It would carry a larger volume of traffic when completed (59,000 vehicles per day, compared to 47,000 on Alternative 2).
• It could be constructed in stages, each of which would be a usable facility.
• It could be constructed to its final length for the least cost because the northern section (Aurora Avenue) was already completed.
• It would have the lowest right of way costs because it could be built mostly on property already owne...
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