Laura Newborn, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program communications, 206-805-2871, 206-639-8577 (mobile)
Drivers will be replaced by construction crews, viaduct inspectors and 15/5k racers
SEATTLE – Drivers traveling through downtown Seattle this weekend, Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 2, should expect delays. Long sections of State Route 99 will shut down with the inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, road construction and thousands of chocolate-loving runners.
Washington State Department of Transportation bridge crews will close both directions of SR 99 between Denny Way and South Spokane Street during the day Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, to inspect the viaduct. This is the first of two regularly scheduled, semiannual inspections in 2014. WSDOT will release preliminary inspection results once they are available.
Additionally, from Friday night to Sunday morning, contractor crews working for WSDOT will close both directions of SR 99 from Valley Street to the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to start building future connections to city streets at the north portal of the SR 99 tunnel.
Finally, on Sunday morning, the Hot Chocolate 15/5k race will extend the SR 99 closure north to the Woodland Park Zoo.
WSDOT recommends leaving early, carpooling or taking transit, and avoiding or combining trips during this weekend’s closures. Drivers should also plan to use alternate routes through Seattle, including I-5, which will be free of construction closures this weekend. Drivers can check traffic conditions before they leave at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic. Up-to-the-minute traffic information is also available by calling 511, the voice-activated driver information line.
On Monday morning, expect additional delays and backups on SR 99 and at the Denny Way on- and off-ramps as drivers get used to the extension of the lane reduction south of Mercer Street. The lane reduction will remain in place until the SR 99 tunnel opens.