Fast work ends Seattle's 'Viadoom' 2 days early

October 29, 2011 - 5:20 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A heavily used highway in Seattle that was shut down for construction has reopened to traffic nearly two days early.

Demolition crews finished work ahead of schedule on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which is one of three main north-south routes through the metro area and typically carries 110,000 vehicles a day.

State Transportation Department spokesman Travis Phelps says operational lanes opened around 12:45 p.m. Saturday. The original plan had the highway closed for nine days.

The early opening should be good news ahead of a University of Washington football game on Saturday at Husky Stadium and a Seahawks game Sunday at CenturyLink Field, which is adjacent to the viaduct.