Recently Answered Questions
Heads up! #REALIGN99 is coming January 11, 2019.
What can I do? Should I freak out? I feel like freaking out!
No need to freak out! We’re in this together. Stay informed – sign up today for alerts and whenever possible don’t drive alone – take transit, ride a bike, form a carpool to visit downtown. When working, be flexible and innovative by working from home, compressing your work week, coming early, or staying late.
Ok, but what are YOU doing?
Here’s how we’ll make the most of the space we have, while the viaduct and SR 99 tunnel are closed:
- Communicate daily with WSDOT
- Share real-time construction and traffic information with web map providers
- Restrict parking to add travel lanes
- Modify permits for construction to open up travel lanes
- Deploy uniformed police officers at key transit intersections
- Support Metro with temporary bus staging and new transit routes through south downtown
- Monitor and adjust to traffic conditions and events 24/7
Is viaduct replacement construction being coordinated with other nearby projects?
WSDOT coordinates with partner agencies on nearly every aspect of the program including overall strategy and management, project schedules, construction and public involvement. Project coordination extends beyond the SR 99 viaduct replacement – coordination with the Seawall Project, the Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project, Waterfront Seattle and many other projects is vital to keeping traffic and construction moving.
Will there be a tunnel grand opening event or public ceremony?
Yes! WSDOT is hosting their Step Forward event on February 2-3, 2019 to experience the new tunnel, say goodbye to the viaduct, and hello to the future waterfront. Visit 99stepforward.com to register for an 8K fun run or bike ride and to get free tickets to access the tunnel and viaduct.
How will people from West Seattle and south King County get to downtown Seattle?
Vehicles heading north on SR 99 will have access to downtown Seattle via an off-ramp to a new Alaskan Way street. The new Alaskan Way will provide several east-west connections to downtown. West Seattle residents can also reach downtown using the Spokane Street Viaduct off-ramp to Fourth Avenue South.
Does King County Metro have any transit information that can help me?
Yes! Click here to visit King County Metro’s new Get Ready website, which provides travel options during the SR 99 closure.
Yikes! If this is the longest duration highway closure our region has ever faced, shouldn’t we be avoiding downtown?
Not at all! Downtown Seattle is open for business, and we encourage you to shop, stay and play with us downtown. We encourage you to find alternatives to driving alone when heading in and out of downtown, and we are here to help. Check out our Tools page to help you get to your next destination.
Got a question for us?
We are here to help! 684-ROAD@seattle.gov