This will be the longest planned highway closure the Puget Sound region has ever experienced. History shows that traffic congestion worsens considerably during a viaduct closure – no matter what roads are traveled. This is why regional transportation agencies are asking everyone to make a plan to get around differently.
Here are a few things that you can do:
- Shift your travel time to avoid the busiest times on the roadway.
- Bike or walk to work or school.
- Start or join a carpool/vanpool.
- Start a telecommute program for employees.
- Use transit, particularly the light rail/Sounder train or King County Water Taxi.
- Stay off the road: work from home, postpone discretionary trips or take time off.
- Be prepared for your new route when the closure ends and the new tunnel opens.
Ideas and resources:
- Ideas for changing your commute or travel habits.
- How WSDOT and partner agencies will help keep people moving during the closure.
- The closure in one overview handout.
After the new tunnel opens in early February, it will take up to two additional weeks to complete a new northbound off-ramp into downtown Seattle – creating traffic disruptions for up to six weeks.