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The Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for good on Friday.
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The Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for good on Friday.
Credit: KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

We've been arguing about the viaduct since before it was even built

Kim Malcolm talks with Leonard Garfield about the history of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, and why it's been an ongoing source of controversy from the very start.

Garfield is executive director of Seattle's Museum of History and Industry.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct first opened to traffic on April 4, 1953. On January 11, the viaduct will close forever. The new Highway 99 tunnel will open in February.

Listen to the interview by clicking the play button above.