May 5 #99closure update

Posted on May 5 2016 4:00 AM

May 5 update | Posted at 8:00 p.m.

Tunneling progress

Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 29 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 195 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: Although congestion started earlier than normal, travel times were at or just slightly above normal (by up to 15 minutes) for a Thursday afternoon. There were no significant blocking incidents. The one exception continues to be northbound I-5 from Seattle to Lynnwood, where traffic has been significantly lighter than normal since the viaduct closure began.

Seattle surface streets: Protests at 5th Avenue and James Street and 7th Avenue and Stewart Street slowed the afternoon commute downtown, especially for transit trying to access the express lanes on-ramp at 5th Avenue and Cherry Street. With the exception of southbound congestion on 1st Avenue South and 15th Avenue West, traffic on most streets was just a little worse than normal.

Mass Transit: Riders experienced delays on King County Metro bus routes affected by #99closure. Standby coaches ran primarily on the 5, 21, 120, 121, 123 and the C Line to help maintain schedules. The Water Taxi continues to see strong ridership to West Seattle; however, some capacity remained with no schedule delays.

As a reminder, live traffic maps can help you make informed travel choices as you are about to hit the road. We appreciate commuters’ continued patience and support through this closure.

 

May 5 update | Posted at 11 a.m.

Tunneling progress

Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 27 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 182 feet which is nearly halfway through 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 this evening. 
 
Morning commute recap
 
Highways:  Thursday’s northbound commutes into Seattle and Bellevue started early and extended into the late morning hours. Commuters on the Eastside encountered additional congestion due to an emergency expansion joint repair on northbound Interstate 405. Even with repairs taking only 20 minutes, that back-up created a bumper to bumper jam on I-405. This is just a reminder that during the #99closure, all commuters need to expect the unexpected and plan for possible delays each day.
 
Seattle surface streets: As we have seen in previous mornings, traffic heading into Seattle is heavy on First Avenue South, Fourth Avenue South and on the West Seattle Bridge. Trucks waiting to enter the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 46 extended south on East Marginal Way South, slowing drivers and buses. 
 
WSDOT, SDOT and King County continue to work together to monitor traffic conditions and discuss any adjustments during conference calls held three times per day. We appreciate drivers’ patience during this closure and encourage everyone that can to explore alternate travel modes and avoid the peak commute hours.
 

 

May 5 update | Posted at 4 a.m.

Tunneling progress

Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 26 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 175 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 this afternoon.

Get ready for Thursday’s commute

We're continuing to urge commuters who have made changes to keep using alternative means to get to work, and for those who have not made changes to consider doing so, as traffic remains challenging throughout the Puget Sound Region. Our resources page can help you plan your commute.