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Alaskan Way Viaduct: Just 2 Lanes In Each Direction In SODO Starting May 16

Beginning May 16, the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct corridor between the West Seattle Bridge and Seattle’s stadiums will be reduced from three to two lanes in both directions. This work is a critical step toward taking down the seismically vulnerable southern mile of the viaduct within the next year.

The southern mile of the viaduct corridor will remain two lanes in each direction through 2013 and possibly longer, until the central waterfront portion of the viaduct is replaced. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is delivering on its commitment to keep SR 99 open during construction; however, lane closures have always been a key part of the plan. The lane reduction provides crews with the space they need to continue construction of the new southbound SR 99 lanes. WSDOT has invested $125 million in alternative routes, transit service and traveler information to prepare for this work.

Viaduct weekend closure
In order to reconfigure this section of the viaduct, WSDOT will close SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel the weekend of May 14 and 15.

  • Friday, May 13 through Saturday, May 14 – All lanes of SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel will be closed starting at 11 p.m., Friday.
  • Northbound SR 99 will reopen between S. Royal Brougham Way and the Battery Street Tunnel at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 – The remaining sections of SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

Lane reductions: May 16 through 2013
SR 99 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction through SODO. Northbound SR 99 will also have a bus-only lane between Spokane Street and S. Lander Street. Information to help drivers plan for the lane reduction and learn about commute alternatives is available here.

Drivers can find regularly updated traffic information for downtown Seattle and SODO through the construction traffic update. Bus riders can sign up for transit alerts at www.kingcounty.gov/metro/signup.

For more information on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement program, visit www.alaskanwayviaduct.org.

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