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  • Traffic alert: Rolling slowdowns on the viaduct May 19-26

    Drivers on northbound SR 99 should plan ahead for daytime slowdowns over the next week as a movie is filmed on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The production will film on the northbound deck the viaduct between South Atlantic Street and Western Avenue. Traffic will not be stopped, but there will be rolling slowdowns as filming moves along the structure. The slowdowns will occur during the hours listed below:

    • Thursday, May 19 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Friday, May 20 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 21 - 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 22 - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 25 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 26 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     

    Visit the Seattle Department of Transportation's blog for additional information about the film production.

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  • May 18 project update: Bertha passes 2,000-foot mark

    Seattle Tunnel Partners resumed mining late Tuesday evening following a break for rest and routine maintenance.
     
    Bertha has now installed 300 concrete tunnel rings and traveled more than 2,000 feet from the launch pit west of the stadiums. Her journey is more than 20 percent complete. She is approaching the start of Zone 3, which will take her beneath the Columbia Street on-ramp to the viaduct and, later, beneath Western Avenue. Look for twice-weekly updates on the Follow Bertha page.
     
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  • May 11 project update: Bertha fully beyond Alaskan Way Viaduct

    Bertha’s passage beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct has officially come to an end, but Seattle Tunnel Partners has decided to continue mining a bit farther before taking a short break.
     
    By early Wednesday morning, crews had tunneled 385 feet since the underground maintenance stop near Yesler Way. That put them clear of the fourth and final viaduct column the machine had to pass to complete its journey under the elevated structure. STP decided to mine beyond 385 feet in order to reach a better location for the machine to stop while crews take a few days to rest after mining around the clock since April 29. 
     
    SR 99 was closed for 10 days while Bertha tunneled beneath the viaduct. WSDOT reopened the highway on Sunday evening based on STP’s tunneling progress and the continued stability of the ground and viaduct. Monitoring of the structure and ground will continue throughout the remainder of the tunnel drive.  
     
    Look for another progress update next week.
     

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    For earlier program updates, please visit our archive page.

     

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  • #99closure feature: Drone footage inside the SR 99 tunnel

    Just a few days before the SR 99 tunneling machine started tunneling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the Washington State Department of Transportation flew a video-equipped drone through the SR 99 tunnel to show Seattle Tunnel Partners’ construction progress. There has been continued interest in seeing what has been built below ground and this video gives a glimpse of the tunnel as well as the nooks and crannies of the complex tunneling machine.

    On an average day, the tunnel is … more

  • The choreography of a concrete pour

    This week, at the south entrance to the bored tunnel, Seattle Tunnel Partners is pouring concrete for a section of the future southbound highway. On one hand, the pouring of concrete (also known as a "concrete placement”) is nothing extraordinary – it’s a common occurrence on a project that will use enough concrete to build nine football stadiums. But their frequency belies the complex choreography that goes into executing each pour successfully. Since concrete plays … more

  • Take a virtual tour of SR 99 tunnel construction

    Keeping the public informed about our work to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct is an important part of what we do every day. Our goal is to give you as much access as possible to this amazing project, which is why we regularly post updates, photos and videos of our progress. We even offer walking tours from our information center, Milepost 31, to a viewing platform that overlooks the pit where tunneling began in summer 2013.

    Unfortunately, there’s one frequently received request … more

  • New narrated video explains Bertha repair work

    As reported elsewhere on our website, work to access and repair the SR 99 tunneling machine is coming along. We’ve heard from some people that Seattle Tunnel Partners’ repair plan is hard to picture. Enter STP’s Chris Dixon, who was nice enough to narrate a video that explains what crews are doing to resume tunneling by March 2015. Watch it on YouTube or download a WMV file.

    Other resources 

    Seattle Tunnel Partners repair work plan (pdf 4.8 Mb) … more

  • What we’re doing to keep traffic moving during the four-day SR 99 closure

    We’ve been asking you to do your part to reduce congestion when SR 99 closes for four days starting Friday night, Aug. 22. That includes things like changing your commute habits and choosing an alternate way to get around.

    But what are we, the agencies tasked with keeping traffic moving during this closure, doing to help? Quite a bit, actually. Here’s a roundup of some of the steps we’re taking to help you and your fellow commuters through the closure.

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  • Traffic shift underway on State Route 99 near the stadiums

    Less than three years ago, crews demolished the southern mile of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. When they did, they shifted traffic onto a new section of State Route 99 south of downtown Seattle.

    Much of that new section of SR 99 is permanent, but the piece west of the stadiums is temporary. This curving stretch of road takes drivers around the SR 99 tunnel construction site and connects to the remaining section of the viaduct near South King Street. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s … more

  • Celebrate Bike Month on our new path

    Just in time for Bike Month, we opened a new permanent connection between the on-street bike lanes south of South Atlantic Street and the shared-use path from South King Street. Here’s a map that shows the improvements, which include:

    A dedicated, 14-foot-wide shared-use path with improved paving.

    Improved lighting.

    A separate northbound and southbound path for more efficient navigation.

    Signs warning of vehicles crossing the intersection of … more