Speak your mind about nine-day viaduct closure

Posted on October 10th, 2011 by Laura Fonda

An architectural rendering of state Route 99's south portal, looking north toward downtown Seattle. This visualization is based on Seattle Tunnel Partner's design-build proposal for the tunnel and is subject to change. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

There will be two meetings about the scheduled Alaskan Way Viaduct closure beginning at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 through 5 a.m., Monday, Oct. 31.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting the meetings, the first of which begins today at 6 p.m. at the West Seattle High School commons at 3000 California Ave. S.W. Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and Matt Preedy of the viaduct replacement project are scheduled to speak. Public comments will be heard at 6:30 p.m.
The second meeting is from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Adams Elementary School at 6110 28th Ave. N.W., in Ballard. Rasmussen and Preedy are scheduled to speak. The public comment period begins at 6:30 p.m.

Closure schedule

  • Northbound SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and South Royal Brougham Way will be closed around-the-clock beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Northbound SR 99 between the South Royal Brougham Way on-ramp and the Battery Street Tunnel will open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for special events at CenturyLink Field.

Southbound viaduct closure

  • Southbound SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge will be closed around-the-clock beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

New bridge construction. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

WSDOT is closing the viaduct during this time so it can begin demolishing part of it. By Oct. 31, both directions through South Downtown will travel on the first of the two side-by-side bridges that are being built next to the viaduct. With traffic flowing on the new bridge, crews can begin demolishing the viaduct’s southern mile and begin constructing the second bridge.

For more information visit Seattle City Council’s SR-99 project site and visit WSDOT AWV site closure commuting options and detailed project information.

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