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Sep. 14th, 2007 | 12:49 am
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posted by: patgund in abandonedplaces

Several years ago I read about the bridge stubs and "ghost ramps" connecting WA-520 near the western start of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, to what would have been an expressway that was never built.

A couple days ago, I got to see them for myself.......



Construction date on never-used highway bridge. It would have linked a never-built expressway to West-Bound WA-520



As you can see, not even the connection road or ramp to the bridge was built.....



....because if you turn your back, this is all you see.



On the ramp proper. WDOT has "no trespassing" signs all over this ramp and the connecting bridge.



I walked a little way up the bridge. You can see the bolts in the concrete for the guard rails and lamps.



Looking back towards the bridge end. I have NO idea why it got the purple shade it did. Looks kinda cool though. The rest of the colours are true though



Here you see one of two "stubs" that would have linked the expressway with WA-520



And both stubs



Here's the transition bridge from West-Bound WA-520 what would have been the expressway, and is now to Washington Boulevard E. interchange. You see the stub of what would have been a ramp off the bridge



Again, the bridge stubs.



And you see the bridge as it arches over the water and the highway



If you look closely, you can see the bolts intended for the rails.



Again, the purple tinge. This area is now part of the Washington Park Arboretum, and is beautiful. The feeling is that nature stopped the bridge from *quite* touching the ground



Here's a low shot of the connecting bridge



And a higher shot



Originally, this would have continued on as an expressway. Now, it's an Arboretum.



Here you can see the start of the twin bridges. Only the outer portion is used now.



Close up of the bridge stubs.

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Did you hear me, Butterfly?

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from: stardigan
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
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I don't know why half-built roads are so sad. But they are.

Nice photos.

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Aha shake taper jean girl with a motel face

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from: oh_medicate_me
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
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Very cool photos. Why was the expressway never built?

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PatGund

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from: patgund
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 08:17 am (UTC)
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It would have routed thought the Washington Park Arboretum, and the residents rebelled. It was officially canceled in 1972.

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snatchbeast

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from: snatchbeast
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
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I had completely forgotten about that.

I shall visit.

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just jen

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from: 0generator0
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
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I really liked this set of photos.

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takkunmonsoon

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from: takkunmonsoon
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
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I think I may have posted about these before! No photos though. I took a set not long ago, but I lost my film rolls somehow.
you've illustrated these well!


Interestingly, freeways fascinate me, yet I am completely opposed to the construction of new ones. Had I been around in 1972, I'd definitely have protested the Thomson Expressway. Seriously, who builds a freeway through a park like that?

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lessthanextrois

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from: lessthanextrois
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
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That's really neat, different type of abandoned place. Most people wouldn't really think of a road being abandoned like that.
Must have been quite interesting to stand on/etc.

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Barszczow A. N.

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from: orpheus_samhain
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Great photos, thanks! For a moment I thought that this is Poland ;)

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Weather Shy

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from: waitingonsunday
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Great set!

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Feral

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from: dacnomaniac
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I find them very hopeful, reassuring pictures. Thanks.

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Rose

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from: die_kleine_rose
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Awesome. I live around there.

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Kij

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from: kijjohnson
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm guessing the purple has to do with the UW Huskies, whose colors are purple and white. Their stadium is very close to the abandoned bits of bridge, and spraypainting a bridge sounds like a football fan thing to do.

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PatGund

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from: patgund
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Except for one thing....

.....the purple only showed up when I transferred the pictures from my digital to my computer. The purple shading wasn't there in real life.

Maybe it was the Husky aura?? :-)

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Kij

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from: kijjohnson
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh, cool.

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dcart

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from: dcart
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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This is an awesome set. I love the abandoned road sets when they show up and this is one of my favorite among them. Great job.

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Big Rowan Ackison

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from: greensh
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
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These pictures remind me of the Steven King book "Salem's Lot" (shivers down spine). I think of highway exits that don't seem to go anywhere or are barracaded, but you REALLY don't want to go to the vampire infested ghost town.

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Goldenmoon

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from: goldenmoonmodel
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
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awww you too have unfinished roads? we, in quebec city, used to have to of them going into...a wall! it was supposed to go trough the hill, under the city. but they never finished it. and now they're removing it. for the 400th of the city next year.

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Goldenmoon

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from: goldenmoonmodel
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
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oh! and they were built in those years too. so i guess it was hot in the 60's to start something and never finish it:P

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from: janhatesmarcia
date: Sep. 14th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Nature triumphs over humans--love it.

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очень хороший

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from: waiting__hands
date: Sep. 15th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Is this Washington state?

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PatGund

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from: patgund
date: Sep. 15th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Yes it is. Near Lake Washington in Seattle.

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очень хороший

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from: waiting__hands
date: Sep. 15th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
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I wanna go to Washington so badly. My friend grew up in Tacoma

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That's Betsy Jesusita Barefoot to you

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from: coupesetique
date: Sep. 15th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
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I have never had a chance to go exploring around that area but have always been curious about the twin bridges. Thanks for posting!

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from: hattifattener
date: Oct. 17th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
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Seattle also used to have a couple of ramps on the waterfront (the Elliot Bay waterfront, that is. IIRC they were up near Belltown) that just ended in midair. I think they were finally demolished in the early '90s. I can't find a photo of them. One did show up on the cover of a mystery novel at one point.

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