Updates on Regional Impacts

We’re live! On January 3, the Seattle Department of Transportation launched the Department Operations Center (DOC), providing coverage 24/7 during the closure of SR 99 through downtown Seattle until February 2019. Staff from across the department will be either on-call or in the DOC in downtown Seattle to address incidents, coordinate across agencies, and ensure […]

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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 […]

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Bridge Notices for SR 99 Closure

To accommodate increased roadway traffic during the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on January 11, 2019, the Coast Guard has changed the operating schedule for four bridges in Seattle from January 11, 2019 to February 9, 2019, based on a request from SDOT Roadway Structures. Spokane St Bridge across the Duwamish Waterway Who: No […]

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Freight Maps

WSDOT published a set of maps detailing the freight routes around the north and south portals of SR 99. These maps show the routes now that the SR 99 tunnel has opened.

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On December 11, King County Metro and the City of Seattle, along with our partners at WSDOT, announced that beginning December 17, Ride2 will be available to people who live, work, or play in West Seattle. Enjoy on-demand rides to and from Metro buses at the Alaska Junction and the Water Taxi at Seacrest Park! This announcement comes just […]

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It’s the longest highway closure in the history of the Puget Sound Region. On January 11, 2019, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is permanently closing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, and the new SR 99 tunnel opens three weeks later in early February. As WSDOT says, “It’s a challenge we don’t take lightly, and […]

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The words “Seattle Squeeze” are buzzing around the region. Beginning with WSDOT’s permanent closure of the Alaska Way Viaduct on January 11 and continuing over the next three years, Seattle is entering a new era of tough traffic. Private and public megaprojects will continue to reduce capacity on our City streets and contribute to gridlock. […]

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Hey, Seattle! Want to learn more and prepare for the SR 99 closure and beyond? The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Seattle Department of Transportation are hosting information sessions around Seattle beginning Monday, November 26 to help you prepare for upcoming changes to how we get around Seattle. These information sessions will provide an opportunity […]

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Goodbye Viaduct, Hello Waterfront!

Weekend Celebration, February 2-3, 2019 Earlier this week, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced that they will partner with the City of Seattle to host a grand opening celebration on February 2 and 3, 2019 to mark the final days of the viaduct, the completion of the new State Route 99 tunnel and […]

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Do you know there’s an app for that…Transit, that is? We’re kicking this off with a couple of #SeattleDidYouKnow (s): #SeattleDidYouKnow Back in September, we added over 300 bus trips each week on popular bus routes across Seattle, including 32 trips during the weekday’s busiest times to help alleviate crowded bus routes? #SeattleDidYouKnow The days […]

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Starting January 11, 2019, the Puget Sound region will experience the longest closure of a major highway it has ever experienced. Soon, Seattle will bid a final farewell to the seismically vulnerable SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct  (the elevated portion of the highway next to the waterfront). It’s time to #GetReady. Traffic will get worse […]

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Continuing preparation for AWV closure. Today, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the launch of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Response Team. It includes the hiring of a national expert; increased staffing operating citywide 24/7; and new response trucks equipped with red lights, sirens, and digital messaging signs. “As we build a better city, we must […]

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24/7 Transportation system monitoring & real-time traffic operations. To help manage congestion and prepare for the new era of tough traffic that will begin with the WA State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) three-week closure of the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct starting January 11, 2019, we initiated a 24/7 Transportation Operations Center (TOC) on October 10.   […]

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