|Title||Aerial of freeway bridge under construction, Seattle, 1959 |
|Caption||This aerial view shows the initial construction phase of the Tacoma-Seattle-Everett Freeway that was to become Interstate 5 (I-5). Bridge piers stand on either side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The University Bridge sits to the right of the new piers, which were used to construct a 4, 429-foot-long bridge completed in fall 1961.|
Construction of the Tacoma-Seattle-Everett freeway, which opened to traffic in December 1962, took up 6, 600 parcels of land, 4, 500 of them in Seattle. In 1958-59, the Washington State Highway Department paid homeowners fair market value for their homes, then auctioned the buildings for either removal or salvage.
The 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act kicked off the Interstate construction program. Completed in the 1960s, I-5 is the only Interstate highway running from Canada to Mexico.
|Notes||Handwritten on sleeve: HIGHWAYS, Freeway, Seattle, right-of-way, airviews, including bridge site.|
Caption information source: P-I research files; "Building Washington: A History of Washington State Public Works, " by Paul Dorpat and Genevieve McCoy, 1998.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): February 3, 1959.
|Subjects||Bridge construction--Washington (State)--Seattle; Aerial photographs--Washington (State)--Seattle; Lake Washington Ship Canal Bridge (Seattle, Wash.); Express highways--Washington (State)--Seattle; Lake Washington Ship Canal (Seattle, Wash.); Canals--Washington (State)--Seattle; Neighborhoods--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5.3998.1 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 acetate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 600 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |