#Realign99: The Largest Highway Closure in Puget Sound History is Coming Jan 11
The Washington State Department of Transportation is urging Seattle-area travelers, employers and organizations to prepare for the upcoming #Realign99 three-week SR 99 closure. This will be the longest major highway closure to ever hit the Puget Sound Region.
Before opening the new SR 99 tunnel, WSDOT will close SR 99 through downtown Seattle for approximately three weeks. Additional ramp closures before and after the main closure will mean travelers, especially those commuting to downtown from the south and west, may face up to six weeks of travel disruption. The closure is currently planned to begin on Jan. 11, 2019.
How you can help
We will need your help to get through the #Realign99 closure. Below are a few are resources to help you prepare for the closure.
Ways to avoid congestion:
Each and every trip, even just one adjusted trip per week, makes a difference. WSDOT is asking commuters to plan ahead and adjust commute habits where possible.
- Shift travel times: Avoid commuting during the busiest periods
- Stay off the road: Work from home, postpone discretionary trips, maybe even take a vacation
- Stay and play: Explore downtown businesses, restaurants, shows, and more while you wait out the worst traffic
- Use transit, particularly light rail and the King County Water Taxi
- Share the ride: Register for a Vanpool or Rideshare with King County Metro
- Walk or bike
- See more ideas on our SR 99 Travel Alternative flyer. (Also available on the Alaskan Way Viaduct #Realign99 Highway Closure webpage.)
Know before you go:
- Set back-up plans for picking up and dropping off children at school, reaching appointments on time, and meeting commitments such as deliveries or event attendance.
- Before heading out the door, get real-time traffic information about the SR 99 closure on your phone with the WSDOT traffic app and by tracking #Realign99 on the WSDOT Traffic Twitter feed.
Then and now
When SR 99 closed in 2016 to tunnel underneath the viaduct, we saw broad and significant congestion throughout the Puget Sound. Since then, Seattle has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. With 85,000 more people in King County than were here in 2016, we expect long backups on not only I-5, but also other regional highways and alternate routes into Seattle, particularly during peak commute times.
WSDOT and its partner agencies are implementing a variety of measures to keep people and goods moving, but we need your help. Please share these resources and information with your colleagues, employees, customers, neighbors, friends, etc.
REMINDER: This closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is permanent. When SR 99 reopens, travelers will use the new SR 99 tunnel – a direct route from the stadiums to the Space Needle that will forever change the way people travel through downtown Seattle. WSDOT will be developing additional tools to help drivers navigate the new SR 99 tunnel and will post that information on their website and Twitter feed.
- Website: 99Tunnel.com
- Twitter: @BerthaDigsSR99 #Realign99http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/realign99