SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct open, Aurora Avenue North to close Sunday morning March 3

Posted on Mar 2 2013 5:33 PM

Crews have reopened the viaduct between Denny Way and South Spokane Street after an inspection closure. However, a northbound section of the viaduct between the Western Avenue off-ramp and North Allen Place will be closed Sunday morning for the Hot Chocolate 15/5k run.

The viaduct reopened at 4:45 p.m. Saturday following a semiannual inspection. During the closure, WSDOT and City of Seattle crews also performed routine maintenance and preservation work. WSDOT will release preliminary inspection results on March 19.

Crews completed inspections and maintenance work ahead of schedule, so the viaduct will not close 6 a.m. to noon Sunday as planned.  

Hot Chocolate 15/5k closures

  • Northbound SR 99 /Alaskan Way Viaduct between the Western Avenue off ramp and North Allen Place will be closed 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
  • SR 99 /Aurora Avenue North between Bell Street and North 46th Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

This closure includes the Western Avenue off ramp and the Battery Street Tunnel. The Hot Chocolate 15/5k run will also close sections of Elliott and Western avenues as well as streets near the Seattle Center start and finish points. 

Drivers should expect increased congestion in and near downtown Seattle during these closures and plan accordingly. WSDOT recommends leaving early, carpooling or taking transit. Drivers can check traffic conditions before they leave at Up-to-the-minute traffic information is also available via 5-1-1, the voice-activated driver information line.