Dec. 16 project update: Get ready for the year of the north portal
As we get set to flip the calendar, there’s no doubt about it: 2017 will be a big year at the north portal.
Yes, Bertha is scheduled to arrive here in June 2017, but there’s much to look forward to before that day comes. In fact, some important changes could take place before the start of the new year.
Several new street connections are set to open soon near the future north portal operations building. The opening of these new roadways, as well as additional sidewalks in the area, will increase mobility and create new connections to nearby city streets.
The extension of Sixth Avenue North between Harrison and Mercer streets is slated to open in late December. Harrison Street, between Taylor Avenue North and SR 99/Aurora Avenue North, will open shortly after. Only right turns will be permitted to and from southbound SR 99 at Harrison Street. Details are shown in the map below.
These new connections are among the final steps in our North Access Project, which built new roadway connections to the future tunnel. Contractor Atkinson Construction will be wrapping up work over the next few weeks.
This map shows traffic changes that will be happening soon near the tunnel's north portal.
This map shows the reconnected street grid near the north portal at the end of the program.