Last double-decker portion of Alaskan Way Viaduct being taken down

SEATTLE -- It is the home stretch for the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition.Crews started taking it apart piece by piece back in February, and on Friday they were pulling down the final double-decker portion of the viaduct.It's been a long process and a hassle for many who work or live nearby, but those Q13 News spoke to say it will be worth it in the end."I'm ready for this concrete monstrosity just to go away and open up the water view," said Brett Patterson, who takes the water taxi.WSDOT says work to demolish the viaduct is now about 90 percent completed, and the project will finish up sometime in the fall.

'I get goosebumps' -- The SR 99 tunnel, a project a decade in the making, opens Monday

SEATTLE -  It's been a very, very long time coming.“I get goosebumps right now talking about it,” David Sowers of WSDOT said.About a decade has passed since WSDOT penned the contract for the double decker underground tunnel.How can we forget Bertha the tunnel boring machine and all the issues leading to delays and cost overruns?“Labor pains, we’ve seen all the gore,” Sowers said.The labor pains forgotten at least for this moment as the state gets ready to give birth to the tunnel.“It's a very exciting moment for us because we get to share it with the public,” Sowers said.WSDOT released new video on Thursday giving us a peek at what it will be like to drive through the tunnel.The two mile stretch may feel a little claustrophobic at first with only two openings; one by the Seattle Center, the other by the stadiums.“When you get into the meat of the tunnel, it's 11 foot lanes, there is an 8 foot shoulder that's on the West side of the corridor,” Sowers said.Also there are 16 sets of emergency doors and  water pipes throughout in case of a fire.Unlike I-90, the tunnel is equipped with miles of water pipes instead of foam to fight fires.WSDOT also has 300 cameras installed inside the tunnel.Flammable content will never be allowed, and for a little while, Metro buses will not use it.“We wanted to hold back," Terry White of KC Metro said.White says they are still evaluating the timing of traffic.Over the weekend WSDOT will still be working to tie up loose ends to open early Monday.

You'll be driving on styrofoam with new SR-99 off ramp

SEATTLE -- Rebar is going down over a freshly-poured load distribution slab on what will be the new northbound State Route 99 off ramp to Dearborn Street, but it's what's underneath it that's unique.It's the same stuff they use to make styrofoam coffee cups.