Northbound SR 99 off-ramp near stadiums set to open before Tuesday morning commute

Posted on Feb 18 2019 4:52 PM
The end of the holiday weekend brings the start of a new way for drivers and bus riders to get to downtown Seattle from northbound State Route 99.
 
The new off-ramp near the sports stadiums will open in time for the morning commute Tuesday, Feb. 19.
 
This new exit ramp leads to a new intersection at South Dearborn Street where drivers have several choices: Go straight to Alaskan Way and the waterfront or turn right to access First Avenue. This video shows what the choices look like.
 
In addition to being an important link for travelers, engineers and researchers hope this new ramp will provide a link to something else – earthquake-resistant bridges.
 
This ramp is the first in the world built with flexible metals and bendable concrete designed to sway with a strong earthquake and return to its original shape. Its innovative design has won regional and national recognition.
 
After the opening of the new off-ramp, some bus routes will be adjusted. Please see King County Metro’s website for additional information.

Update: We captured the ramp's construction in a time-lapse video:

 

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