It’s the end of an era for downtown Seattle.
The removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the historic elevated structure that has served Seattle since the 1950’s, will begin in February 2019. This demolition comes after the closure of SR 99 through downtown Seattle for approximately three weeks to realign the highway into the new SR 99 tunnel, which begins on January 11, 2019.
Curious about what’s going to happen with the Alaskan Way Viaduct? WSDOT released their plans in early December for the demolition of the viaduct. Read more on their blog post here.
Important to note: the viaduct will be removed by the contractor in sections, rather than all at once. The waterfront, Pioneer Square, and other neighborhoods will remain open during the project!
Check out WSDOT’s video highlighting the work that needs to be done for the demolition:
It’s the beginning of a new future for Seattle.
This is just the beginning. After the new tunnel opens, Kiewit will also begin filling and sealing the Battery Street Tunnel, and rebuilding Aurora Avenue North between Harrison Street and Denny Way. Those projects are both scheduled to conclude in 2020.
These projects are all part of the Seattle Squeeze, Seattle’s new era of tough traffic that will change the way we get around over the next five years. Everyone needs to have a plan for how they are getting around. Learn more on our About page.
Feeling sad about saying goodbye to the Viaduct? Or are you ready to enjoy the new SR 99 tunnel?
Either way, don’t miss the Step Forward grand opening event on February 2-3, 2019! Participate in an 8K fun run, tunnel walk, family-friendly STEM activities, and a community celebration and art festival on the viaduct, as well as a registered bike ride. Visit www.99stepforward.com to register today!
How are you feeling about the removal of the Viaduct?
Let us know on Twitter: @berthadigsSR99!