Seattleites say final goodbye to viaduct

Seattleites say final goodbye to viaduct (PHOTO: KOMO News)

All around the waterfront people have been savoring the last moments, watching drivers take the final trips across the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Drivers pulled over on the side of the viaduct honking, celebrating and taking pictures of the historic highway late into the night.

The last day couldn't have been more fitting for a picture-perfect sendoff.

After six decades of carrying drivers through Seattle's waterfront, they bid farewell to the iconic Alaskan Way Viaduct on its last day in service.

"It couldn't have been a more beautiful day to come down here and see it in operation one last time,” said Javis Johns who came to take some last pictures of the viaduct. "It hasn't sunk in yet that so much about Seattle is changing in the last 40 years."

"I will just remember the water and being able to see the ferries and the boat docks,” said Tina Stanley. “I will miss that.”

They took it all in for one last picture, one last selfie and one last drive through.

"It’s really sad, I've been taking it every day coming up on 5 years,” said driver Will Poff.

They're holding onto the memories, but letting go too.

"It's the way to bring people into the city because it's so beautiful, but the structure itself is not,” laughed Patrick Bennett, who was taking some last photos.

With the sun setting on the viaduct, they said goodbye to a road that served them well, while looking forward to the new possibilities.

"In order to get new things going you have to have change,” said Stanley. “And with change comes new.”

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