Citing Japan's devastating earthquake experience, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is asking Washington state officials to reassess their resolution to keep the Alaskan Way Viaduct open until 2016 despite its seismic vulnerability. A $3.1 billion project to replace the elevated viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel is continuing, which allows motorists to use the viaduct even as detours are being prepared in anticipation of the viaduct's demolition.

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