Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What can I do? Should I freak out? I (still) 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.
How did #Realign99 go?
Great job everyone! Thanks to the changes you made to how and when you get around, we got through the longest closure of a highway in the Puget Sound Region without total gridlock. We saw more people biking, taking the water taxi, teleworking and changing their travel times. While there were definitely challenging times and commutes, by working together, we got people and goods where they needed to go.
Should I go back to my old ways of getting around?
Please don’t! Your changes made a difference and there are more travel changes and challenges on the horizon! 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.
Is the Seattle Squeeze over?
No! Construction of private and public projects continue to place constraints on our roadways and the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct temporarily closes streets and travel lanes around the demolition sites. Construction impacts will continue to constrain travel until LINK light rail opens to Northgate (2021), the East Side (2023) and Lynnwood, Redmond and Federal Way in 2024.
What is the next big thing?
Tolling in the SR 99 could start as early as summer 2019 but an exact date has not yet been announced. Once tolling starts, rate will range from $1 to $2.25, depending on the time of date, with a Good to Go! Pass.
What is the City of Seattle doing about these changes?
Here’s how we’ll make the most of the space we have to keep downtown travelers moving during the Seattle Squeeze:
- Communicate daily with each other to monitor and adjust to traffic conditions and events 24/7
- Share real-time construction and traffic information with web map providers so they can keep your favorite travel apps up to date
- Encourage people to shop and visit downtown
- Continuing to plan other projects to improve downtown pedestrian experiences and connections to transit. Find out more at OneCenterCity.org.
Other initiatives from City of Seattle departments include:
#ShoptheSqueeze: On March 15, 2019, the Office of Economic Development and the Seattle Department of Transportation launched #ShoptheSqueeze, a social media contest encouraging locals to post about their favorite Downtown small businesses and the alternative transportation options they use to visit them. Every week, winning posts will receive prizes like $100 pre-loaded ORCA cards and Visa gift cards. Our campaign mascots, Simon the Sasquatch and Pearl the Squirrel, will deliver family-friendly campaign messaging about important transit milestones, ideas for creative commuting, and photo contest details. To join the fun, follow @SeattleEconomy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For more information and full contest rules, visit www.seattle.gov/shopthesqueeze.
Access & Attract: Seattle Center encourages visitors to determine their best walking, cycling or transit route in advance, building in time to travel to the area for their activity. Their Access & Attract campaign includes a new online resource, Find Your Ride, that provides ideas, information and incentives on accessing Seattle Center. A new video lays out the many ways for people to find their way to Seattle Center. Information on current road construction affecting access to Seattle Center and alternate routes may be found on the Seattle Center Transportation Updates webpage.
How long will it take to demolish the Viaduct?
Demolition of the Viaduct is underway and expected to take about six months to complete. Removing the viaduct will be unavoidable disruptive and result in temporary street and lane closures. WSDOT has a weekly demolition tracker that you can follow to see how this effort is going!
What other changes are happening on downtown streets?
Keep your eyes peeled and stay informed as we continually monitor and adjust to traffic conditions and events. For your best information, sign up for traffic alerts and follow SDOT on Twitter at @seattledot.
Got a question for us?
We are here to help! 684-ROAD@seattle.gov.