May 2 #99closure update

Posted on May 2 2016 12:02 PM

May 2 Evening Update | Updated 8 p.m.

 

Tunneling progress

As of Monday evening, Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 14 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have now excavated 91 feet of the approximately 385 feet of tunnel that must be completed before the Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens to traffic.

Visit our tracking page to see a map showing Bertha’s progress. Going forward, we will update the Bertha tracker one to three times per day. Look for the next update early tomorrow morning.

Evening commute recap

Highways: Drivers did a great job of making plans and finding alternatives to their regular commutes. Commute times around 5pm were close to average for a typical Monday evening. We encourage drivers to keep vigilant and explore commute alternatives (PDF), as we expect heavier commutes as the week progresses.

Seattle surface streets: While midday traffic moved well, downtown Seattle traffic became heavy during the evening commute. A signal issue that disrupted signal timing in places downtown, and several incidents with Metro buses, both contributed to delays.

Mass Transit: King County Metro deployed a number of standby buses to maintain schedules, while the King County Water Taxi’s 5:15 pm sailing from Seattle sold out. The Water Taxi is using a standby vessel to keep sailings on time.


May 2 early update | 12:02 p.m.

Tunneling progress

 
As of Monday morning, May 2, Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 11 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have now excavated 78 feet of the approximately 385 feet of tunnel that must be completed before the Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens to traffic. 
Visit our tracking page to see a map showing Bertha’s progress. Look for another update this evening.
 
Barging resumes
 
As we reported last week, WSDOT has lifted the suspension for cause that halted Seattle Tunnel Partners’ barging operation in January. On Sunday night, crews shifted from trucking away excavated material to removing it by barge. Learn more about STP’s barging operation in this post.
 
Morning commute recap
 
Highways:
 
As expected, this morning’s commute on I-5 started earlier than normal. The heaviest congestion was seen by northbound drivers heading into Seattle with travel times of about 54 minutes from SeaTac.
 
Seattle surface streets:
 
Many drivers are using surface streets coming from the south end, with heavy traffic on First Avenue South and Fourth Avenue South. Increased restrictions to street parking helped keep drivers and bus riders moving better this morning than during Friday morning’s commute.  
 
King County Water Taxi delivering record-level service during Viaduct closure
 
People across the region continue to shift how they commute to avoid peak congestion during the #99closure, and King County Water Taxi is seeing much higher ridership as a result. Boats to and from West Seattle carried more than 7,700 riders during the past three days, more than tripling typical ridership – and there’s still some capacity and parking as travelers consider their commute options for the remainder of the week.
 
Information is posted online about expanded West Seattle parking options and regular sailing times during the 99 closure. West Seattle parking is available along Harbor Avenue Southwest, Southwest Bronson Street and at Pier 2 with connecting shuttles. There also is regular shuttle service between the dock and the community.