May 6 #99closure update

Posted on May 6 2016 8:00 PM

May 6 update | Posted at 8 p.m.

Tunneling progress

Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 35 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 234 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 evening.

Morning commute recap

Highways: Traffic on most freeways backed up earlier than normal and was consistently worse than a normal Friday afternoon due to multiple incidents such as collisions in both directions of I-5 in Shoreline, a handful on I-405 and on eastbound I-90 in Mercer Island. Northbound I-5 heading out of Seattle was again faster than normal, but not as fast as all previous afternoon commutes since the viaduct closure began. The commute is taking longer than normal to ease down.

Seattle surface streets: Congestion was heavier than normal on most Seattle surface streets, especially on eastbound West Seattle Bridge, 1st Avenue South, Mercer Street, Denny Way, Northeast 45th Street and Northeast 50th Street. The southbound Aurora Avenue North left-turn lane to Denny Way was open until 3:40 p.m., when it was closed because it was causing backups on Aurora.

Changes and improvements

In response to feedback and traffic conditions, SDOT will remove the southbound left turn restriction at Aurora and Denny for the remainder of the weekend.

Weekend events

Several events happening in Seattle this weekend will affect traffic patterns. We encourage people to plan ahead. Visit our Maps and Resources page for trip-planning tools:

  • Saturday: Montlake Bridge will be closed (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) for the opening day of boating season and the Windermere Cup
  • Saturday: Sounders game at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: Color Run happening. Route snakes from Seattle Center down Fourth Avenue to Seneca Street
  • Sunday: Mother’s Day! If you are heading to the Seattle waterfront, take advantage of up to 4 hours of free parking at participating garages.

 

Bicycles and pedestrian access prohibited on the viaduct

As a reminder, trespassing onto the viaduct is against the law. Police will be patrolling throughout the night. 


May 6 update | Posted at 11 a.m.

Tunneling progress

Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 32 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated  214 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 evening.

Morning commute recap

Highways: WSDOT saw mostly normal Friday morning commute times, with the continuing exception of SeaTac northbound to Seattle experiencing heavy congestion. Eastside commuters faced a 15-20 minute longer commute than a normal Friday, due to multiple closures both directions on I-405.

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. An injury collision on the West Seattle Bridge blocked eastbound lanes, creating heavy backups. SDOT contacted the U.S. Coast Guard to request that swing bridge openings be restricted until 9 a.m. to help with traffic.

Changes and Improvements

In response to feedback and traffic conditions, SDOT is removing the southbound left turn restriction at Aurora and Denny until 3 p.m. today. Traffic engineers will reevaluate at 3 p.m. whether to keep the restriction.

SDOT has installed a portable bike corral at Seacrest Park in West Seattle to help with increased demand for bike parking.

Weekend Events

Several events happening in Seattle this weekend will affect traffic patterns. We encourage people to plan ahead. Visit our Maps and Resources page for trip-planning tools:

  • Saturday: Montlake Bridge will be closed (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) for the opening day of boating season and the Windermere Cup
  • Saturday: Sounders game at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: Color Run happening. Route snakes from Seattle Center down Fourth Avenue to Seneca Street
  • Sunday: Mother’s Day! If you are heading to the Seattle waterfront, take advantage of up to 4 hours of free parking at participating garages.

 


May 6 update | Posted at 4 a.m.

Tunneling progress

Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 31 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 208 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 later this morning.

Stay informed and know before you go

We’re asking travelers to continue using alternate means to get to work. If you’re driving, check traffic conditions before you get on the road. Here's a few viaduct closure commuter tips:

  • Take the bus, train, or water taxi to work. Bus commuters should check to see the changes in place for routes that normally use the viaduct.
  • Commuters can ride free in a vanpool during the 99 closure that has an available seat under the Ticket to Ride program.
  • Bike to work.
  • Adjust your work hours or work from home.
  • Have a backup plan for picking up and dropping off children at daycare and after-school activities.
  • Know before you go – using WSDOT's travel tools or SDOT’s traveler information page.

 

Visit our website often and follow @WSDOT_Traffic and @BerthaDigsSR99 as the #99 closure continues. We’ll be posting regular updates about traffic conditions and tunneling progress.

 

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