The Alaskan Way Viaduct is permanently closing. Before the new tunnel opens, crews need 3 weeks to build essential connection points.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) was built in the 1950s as an elevated portion of the SR 99 highway along Seattle’s waterfront. Its age coupled with decades of wear and tear have made the structure vulnerability to earthquakes. Demolition is critical to public safety. WSDOT will begin tearing it down as early as this fall.
January 11, 2019 | WSDOT will close SR 99 for approximately three weeks to build roadway and ramp connections to realign SR 99 and open the new tunnel.
Early 2019 | The new 2-mile stretch of SR 99 tunnel opens to traffic.
In 2019 | After the tunnel opens, AWV demolition begins by the waterfront, the tunnel will be decommissioned, and Aurora Ave N connected.
By 2019 | Built by the City of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront, the new Alaskan Way street will transform Seattle’s new waterfront.
Summer 2019 | The SR 99 Tunnel will eventually be tolled. Rates will be determined this fall.
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Bus service in the tunnel has been scaled back in recent years. Still, some of the region’s busiest bus routes operate there today. Bus service in the tunnel are ending to allow for increased light rail service.