May 6 update | Posted at 11 a.m.
Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 32 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 214 feet of the approximately 385 feet of tunnel that must be completed before the Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens to traffic.
Visit our tracking page to see a map showing Bertha’s progress. We will provide another update this evening.
Morning commute recap
Highways: WSDOT saw mostly normal Friday morning commute times, with the continuing exception of SeaTac northbound to Seattle experiencing heavy congestion. Eastside commuters faced a 15-20 minute longer commute than a normal Friday, due to multiple closures both directions on I-405.
Seattle surface streets: As we have seen in previous mornings, traffic heading into Seattle is heavy on First Avenue South, Fourth Avenue South and on the West Seattle Bridge. An injury collision on the West Seattle Bridge blocked eastbound lanes, creating heavy backups. SDOT contacted the U.S. Coast Guard to request that swing bridge openings be restricted until 9 a.m. to help with traffic.
Changes and Improvements
In response to feedback and traffic conditions, SDOT is removing the southbound left turn restriction at Aurora and Denny until 3 p.m. today. Traffic engineers will reevaluate at 3 p.m. whether to keep the restriction.
SDOT has installed a portable bike corral at Seacrest Park in West Seattle to help with increased demand for bike parking.
Several events happening in Seattle this weekend will affect traffic patterns. We encourage people to plan ahead. Visit our Maps and Resources page for trip-planning tools:
- Saturday: Montlake Bridge will be closed (10 a,m. – 3 p.m.) for the opening day of boating season and the Windermere Cup
- Saturday: Sounders game at 7 p.m.
- Sunday: Color Run happening. Route snakes from Seattle Center down Fourth Avenue to Seneca Street
- Sunday: Mother’s Day! If you are making downtown or Pioneer Square plans, take advantage of up to 4 hours of free parking at participating garages.
May 6 update | Posted at 4 a.m.
Seattle Tunnel Partners has installed 31 rings since mining resumed last week. Crews have excavated 208 feet of the approximately 385 feet of tunnel that must be completed before the Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens to traffic.
Visit our tracking page to see a map showing Bertha’s progress. We will provide another update later this morning.
Stay informed and know before you go
- Take the bus, train, or water taxi to work. Bus commuters should check to see the changes in place for routes that normally use the viaduct.
- Commuters can ride free in a vanpool during the 99 closure that has an available seat under the Ticket to Ride program.
- Bike to work.
- Adjust your work hours or work from home.
- Have a backup plan for picking up and dropping off children at daycare and after-school activities.
- Know before you go – using WSDOT's travel tools or SDOT’s traveler information page.