Status of project construction work
Posted on Apr 29 2020 3:08 PM
In March, the Washington State Department of Transportation suspended work on nearly all of its construction projects statewide. This included most Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program construction on the Battery Street Tunnel and the North Surface Streets projects.
Last Friday, Governor Inslee issued new guidance
on the conditions under which low-risk construction may resume. WSDOT is requiring all contractors to develop plans
that adhere to the safety protocols outlined in the Governor’s direction. WSDOT and our contractor Kiewit will work closely to identify which project elements may be resumed, and the safety plans and protocols that must first be in place to protect the safety of crews and the public at large.
Certain types of work deemed critical were exempted from the March work-suspension order. On this project, that work entails:
Installing a water line at South King Street. That work began in early April and continues, with crews working daytime hours and completing work in accordance with CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of crews and the public.
Upcoming weekend work at First Avenue and Seneca Street. This work, at the abutment of the old viaduct off-ramp, requires deactivating the overhead bus trolley wires. This weather-dependent work is planned for May 9-10. Crews plan to work extended daytime weekend hours (6 a.m. - 8 p.m.), and the work will reduce First Avenue to one lane in each direction from 6 a.m. Saturday, May 9 to 6 a.m. Monday, May 11.
Work on the Battery Street Tunnel and Seventh Avenue North remains temporarily suspended. Once plans are in place to address safety protocols, crews will begin working on both projects.