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SR 99 tunnel opening - media resources

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Friday, February 1 - Gov. Inslee to cut ribbon for new SR 99 tunnel this weekend

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Washington State Department of Transportation
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program – 999 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98104
MEDIA ADVISORY – Not for publication                                                                                  
Jan 31, 2019        
Contact: Steve Peer, Communications, 425-301-2023 

WSDOT announces media access to SR 99 grand opening events

SEATTLE – Members of the media are invited to join the festivities celebrating the opening of the State Route 99 tunnel and the future Seattle waterfront. More than 100,000 people have signed up for the weekend events, which include a Saturday morning fun run and ribbon cutting, Saturday access to the tunnel and viaduct and a Sunday morning bike ride.  

Media credentialing

Media will need credentials to access the ribbon cutting, the tunnel and to join others for a final walk of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Credentials are not needed for the HNTB Fun Run/Walk and Cascade Bike Ride. During the run and ride, media will not be allowed in the tunnel or on the viaduct. 
Media can pick up credentials on the following days, times and locations:
Friday, Feb. 1:
Saturday, Feb. 2:

HNTB Fun Run/Walk

What: The 8K fun run/walk takes runners through the tunnel, onto the viaduct and back to the Seattle Center via the Battery Street Tunnel.
When: 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.                
Where: The starting line is near the SR 99 tunnel’s North Portal on Harrison Street and 6th Ave N
Parking: There is limited parking in the area.
Restrictions:  For the safety of the runners, media is not permitted on the course. Please see the route map

Ribbon Cutting

What: Governor Jay Inslee will cut the ribbon for the new SR 99 tunnel.      
When: The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 2. Media is encouraged to arrive at 10:15 a.m. 
Where: Pedestrian access from First Avenue S. and S. Royal Brougham Way.   
Parking: Parking is available to help media with heavy equipment such as video cameras. Please e-mail to request a pass.   
Restrictions: There will be limited space on the media risers, with priority given to television cameras. After cameras, space is first come, first served. 
Pool camera:  King 5 will provide a pool camera for this event. If interested, please contact Greg Thies at  

Tunnel Walk

What: Visitors with free tickets can walk two miles from the north portal to the south portal on the top deck of the tunnel. Shuttle buses will travel the bottom deck of the tunnel for a trip back to the north portal. For those who don’t wish to walk the full two miles, there will be opportunities to walk about 900 feet into the tunnel and walk back to the north portal.
When: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2.   

Community Arts Festival on the Viaduct 

What: Visitors can access the viaduct with entrance points at the Battery Street Tunnel and Seneca Street.
When: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.    

Cascade Tunnel Bike Ride

What: The Cascade Tunnel Bike ride will go through the tunnel, onto the viaduct and back to the Seattle Center via the Battery Street tunnel. This event is sold out.
When: 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.
Where: The ride starts and ends at the SR 99 tunnel’s north portal near Harrison Street and 6th Ave. N.
Restrictions: There will be no media access on the course. Please see the route map