The Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program is led by the Washington State Department of Transportation in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, King County, the City of Seattle and the Port of Seattle. Each jurisdiction is responsible for its own projects’ management, environmental work, design and construction.
The state is responsible for leading or funding 30 of the projects that will work together to reshape the SR 99 corridor. Construction on our first project started in 2007, when crews stabilized four viaduct columns that settled following the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake. Since then, 25 projects that are led or funded by the state have been completed, with several more in progress or set to break ground soon.

State-led/funded improvements

Schedule of current and future projects from the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program.

Project descriptions:

  • Bored Tunnel: This contract with Seattle Tunnel Partners includes the bored section of the new SR 99 tunnel, the tunnel’s interior structures, and the operations buildings at each portal. Work began in 2011. 
  • SR 99 Connections: This contract with Scarsella Brothers Inc. made the final connections between the tunnel’s portals and SR 99, necessary to open the tunnel to traffic.
  • South Access: Surface Street Connections: Scheduled to begin in 2019, this contract will complete surface street improvements near the tunnel’s south portal.
  • SR 99 Viaduct Demolition, Decommissioning and Surface Street Project: Scheduled to begin in early 2019, this contract will demolish the viaduct, decommission the Battery Street Tunnel, and reconnect Aurora Avenue North intersections near the tunnel’s north portal.
  • Waterfront Seattle Construction: To be built by the City of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront beginning in 2019, this project will build the new Alaskan Way street along the waterfront after the viaduct is demolished.