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Seattle survives Day 1 of 'Viadoom' traffic

Seattle commuters survive Day 1 of 'Viadoom' traffic after major highway closure By The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) ' Seattle commuters have survived their first weekday commutes following the closure of one of the city's main north-south highways.

Transportation officials reported heavier than usual traffic during the Monday morning and evening commutes on some arterial streets and other major highways ' including Interstate 5 ' as commuters dealt with the new reality.

Morning and evening sailings on a water taxi linking West Seattle and downtown were packed. Afternoon commuters began lining up for seats at 3 p.m. Buses were reported full as well.

Authorities began a nine-day closure of the elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct Friday evening. The aging, earthquake-vulnerable highway normally carries 110,000 vehicles a day. It's being partially demolished as part of a $3.2 billion project to replace it with a tunnel under downtown Seattle.

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