During the 2001 Nisqually earthquake motorists continued to drive over the damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct until the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) closed the Viaduct hours later. WSDOT plans to install nine (9) gates at entrances to the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Within minutes of a future earthquake, the gates will seal off the roadway and prevent motorists from driving on the structure that may be damaged during a quake. The Alaskan Way Viaduct carries approximately 110,000 vehicles per day.
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