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Southbound Aurora Avenue North back to normal, Broad Street ramp to close for 60 days

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Date:  Thursday, April 12, 2012

Contact: Travis Phelps , WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, (cell) 206-462-0554 (Seattle)

SEATTLE – One lane opens, but the Broad Street exit ramp closes. That's what State Route 99 drivers can expect tonight, April 12, when crews reopen the far right lane of southbound Aurora Avenue North between Republican and John streets. The lane has been closed since early March for utility relocation related to the SR 99 tunnel project.

The two right lanes of southbound SR 99 between Roy Street and Denny Way, along with the southbound exit to Denny, will be closed tonight between 7 p.m. and 5 a. m. to allow city crews to remove the concrete barrier.

With Aurora Avenue North restored to three lanes, the southbound exit to Broad Street will be closed through June so that the Gates Foundation can complete underground electrical work.

"Road construction can be a complicated dance," said Matt Preedy, deputy administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. "Coordination and strong partnerships between neighboring projects are vital to keeping traffic moving without slowing down critical infrastructure work."

After the Gates Foundation construction work is completed on the Broad Street ramp, SR 99 tunnel crews will return in mid-June to the finish their work in the far right lane of southbound Aurora Avenue North, between Republican and John streets. At that time, the lane will close again for up to eight weeks.

Drivers can find regularly updated traffic information for downtown Seattle through the construction traffic update.

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