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Alaskan Way Viaduct closed Friday, April 29

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 16:57

Laura Newborn, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program communications, 206-805-2871; 206-639-8577 (mobile)

 

Use 99closure.org to plan your commute and plan for this weekend's events

SEATTLE – On-ramps to the State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct will begin closing at 10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, April 28, and the road will close to traffic at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 29, between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all drivers to consider alternate commutes as the closure takes 90,000 vehicles off one of Seattle's two north/south highways. The website 99closure.org has resources and ideas for commuters throughout the Puget Sound region.

"Whether you drive or take the bus or train, everyone should have a backup plan," said Dave Sowers, WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct deputy program administrator. "And make sure you have a plan for the weekend as well. Seattle has Mariners games, a Sounders game and Sunday's May Day activities all scheduled this weekend."

WSDOT, the Seattle Department of Transportation, King County Metro and many other public agencies are working together to help lessen the effects of the closure. They will provide real-time traffic monitoring, police officers at key intersections to keep traffic moving, additional water taxi runs, additional response vehicles to clear accidents and more.

Tips to create a viaduct closure plan:

The SR 99 tunneling machine Bertha will build more than 350 feet of tunnel past Yesler Way to clear all the foundations of the viaduct. WSDOT is closing the road to better monitor the structure and avoid any unplanned closures.

 

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