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Public invited to celebrate WSDOT’s Milepost 31 information center before it closes

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:00

Laura Newborn, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program communications, 206-805-2871; 206-639-8577 (mobile)

Plus, share your viaduct memories to win a chance to tour the new tunnel

SEATTLE – After a successful run, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s award-winning information center Milepost 31 will close its doors on Nov. 25, 2017. The public is invited to a farewell celebration and final talk about the State Route 99 Tunnel Project on Thursday, Nov. 2.

“We want to thank our community partners for their contributions over the last six years,” said Joe Hedges, program administrator for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. “With their help, we created a gathering spot in the Pioneer Square neighborhood where people could learn about the unique history of this great neighborhood and get an inside look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project.” 

For six years, Milepost 31 has hosted nearly 80,000 visitors from more than 80 countries, sharing stories of the land that became Pioneer Square and the transformative program that is replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. 

Since the center opened in December 2011, WSDOT conducted hundreds of public tours, hosted more than 50 monthly speaker events during Pioneer Square’s First Thursdays, held youth engineering days and offered “Bike above Bertha” tours highlighting the historical, archaeological and engineering aspects of this megaproject.

Milepost 31 will remain open for tours and visitors until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. As part of the closing celebration, WSDOT will draw names for an exclusive tour of the new SR 99 tunnel. Anyone interested can enter the drawing in person at Milepost 31 or online.

Milepost 31 was created under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to meet WSDOT’s commitment to keep the Pioneer Square Historic District vibrant during construction of the new SR 99 tunnel.

The center is closing as work on the project winds down. The tunneling machine Bertha finished mining in April. The new tunnel is expected to open by early 2019.

Milepost 31 closing celebration
When: Thursday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.with a brief presentation at 6 p.m.
Where: Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. South, Seattle WA 98104
Details: Free parking is available for First Thursday Art Walk patrons in Pioneer Square. Visit www.FirstThursdaySeattle.com for more information about garages.

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