May 4 #99closure update

Posted on May 4 2016 8:00 PM
May 4 update | Posted at 7:30 p.m.
 
Tunneling progress
 
Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 25 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 162.5 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. We will provide another update in the morning.
 
Evening commute recap
 
Highways: Congestion on southbound I-5 into Seattle started early due to a collision that blocked the HOV lane near Union Street in downtown for about 15 minutes just after noon. Traffic on all other highways was fairly typical or just slightly slower than normal for a Wednesday afternoon. Northbound I-5 traveling out of Seattle was faster than normal.
 
Seattle surface streets: First Avenue South and Fourth Avenue South were congested throughout the commute because of train blockages on Holgate and Lander earlier in the afternoon. All local streets leading to I-5 were heavier than normal, with the Olive/Howell corridor especially slow because of a high volume of vehicles exiting the parking garages.
 
The U.S. Coast Guard has also asked mariners to limit drawbridge openings during the #99closure to help keep traffic in the city moving. Travelers can also help out by continuing to plan ahead, traveling early or late and by checking traffic conditions before hitting the road.
 
Over the last two days, SDOT recorded over 5,000 cyclists per day across the Fremont Bridge and over 2,300 across the West Seattle Swing Bridge - a new record!
 
Mass Transit: King County Metro routes affected by the closure were running delays of approximately 20 minutes. Standby coaches ran primarily on the 5, 21, 120 and the C line to maintain schedules. Water Taxi sailings to West Seattle still had capacity this evening with no delays.

 

Update 5/4/16 11:10 a.m. - corrected number of rings and distance traveled

May 4 update | Posted at 10:45 a.m.

Tunneling progress

Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 22 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 149 feet of the approximately 385 feet of tunnel that must be completed before the Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens to traffic. This morning, crews have been busy doing maintenance on the machine, which is an important part of the tunneling operation.

Visit our tracking page to see a map showing Bertha’s progress. We will provide another update this evening.

Morning commute recap

Highways:  Wednesday’s commute for northbound drivers started earlier than usual, similar to other mornings we’ve seen during the #99closure. Commutes on SR 167 and I-405 were heavy as well, about 10 minutes above average.

Seattle surface streets: Heavy traffic heading eastbound on the West Seattle Bridge started a bit earlier than normal this morning. First Avenue South and Fourth Avenue South continue to see increased congestion. Continue to plan ahead, travel early or late and check traffic conditions before you hit the road.     

 

Update 5/4/16 11:10 a.m. - corrected number of rings and distance traveled 

May 4 update | Posted at 4 a.m.

Tunneling progress

Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 22 tunnel rings since mining resumed last week. As of 4 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, crews had excavated 149 of approximately 385 feet needed to reopen the viaduct. Visit our tracking page to see a map showing Bertha’s progress. Look for another progress update this afternoon. 

Also, if you missed the drone video we posted yesterday, you can watch it here (links to YouTube).

Know before you go
As the Wednesday morning commute begins, we’re asking travelers to continue to plan ahead and adjust their commutes. Make sure you check travel times before you hit the road this morning. Several incidents yesterday illustrated that a single collision can quickly change the state of traffic. Thanks for your continued patience.