Less than a month to go until Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct closes

History shows highway closure will be a major challenge

By Laura Newborn

On Friday night, Jan. 11 2019, State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle will shut for good. That will mark the start of roughly three weeks of intensive construction work to transfer the roadway into the brand new SR 99 tunnel.

We know, it goes to be rough. This may be the longest street closure the Puget Sound area has ever experienced. More than 90,000 automobiles journey the viaduct every one day and historical past exhibits that congestion worsens somewhat throughout a viaduct closure – no topic what roads you journey on shut to Seattle.

That’s why planning forward is so important. Reducing journeys throughout the closure will assist everyone. Any modifications you'll be able to make – regardless of whatever if it’s making an attempt a mode of transportation different than driving, making an attempt to sort a carpool, teleworking or canceling non-necessary journeys – will make a difference. We realize this isn’t a threat for everybody all of the time, but every one little bit helps.

While we can’t predict precisely what visitors will seem to be like throughout the closure, historical past does supply us a few perception into what we would possibly expect.

Looking again for info

Let’s use 2016 as a guide. From April 29 to May 8 of that year, SR 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closed because the tunneling gadget Bertha crossed beneath into downtown Seattle. We know many commuters heeded the name to swap their commutes. For instance, the King County Water Taxi to and from West Seattle saw a 130 percentage leap in riders. But we also know that commutes have been rougher on all highways shut to Seattle. They began earlier, and so they lasted longer. The similar was true for Seattle metropolis streets.

The graphs under present a few of the information and you'll be able to see extra from that closure on our web site (pdf 2 mb).

The backside line? If you intend on traveling anyplace close to Seattle throughout the three week closure, believe altering the way you get round (pdf 649 kb). If you can, work from home, attempt bus, faded rail or Sounder trains, take the Water Taxi, share a ride, stroll or motorcycle if it’s handy to you.

If you'll be able to switch your regimen even for as low as at some point a week, it'll reduce the pressure in your pals and on yourself.


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