Seattle Freeway Park; A Scene of Blissful Contrasts

by Donald L. Rigoni, Jr., Asst. News Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 5, Pg. 47-49

Document Type: Feature article


The Seattle Freeway Park was nominated for honorable mention for OCEA. Although not of massive scale and not dramatically innovative in civil engineering design and construction methods, it nevertheless was cited because of its role in urban planning — as a remarkably successful effort to tie together pieces of a central city split by a major freeway. It is built over the freeway and has many waterfalls and fountains, whose white noise masks the noise of the motor vehicles running below. The park covers 400 ft of freeway, and it is integrated with a 630-car garage and a 21-story office tower. While its pioneering aspect could be labeled planning and landscaping, the initiative was taken by engineers in the State Highway Department. The jury called it a landmark in urban engineering.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Parks | Seattle | Washington | United States

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