Downtown traffic alert: Paving work to affect Viaduct access

From SDOT this afternoon, word of a downtown project that will close the Columbia Street onramp to the Alaskan Way Viaduct from Friday night until (probably) Sunday morning – read on:

This coming weekend, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will
completely repave the intersection at First Avenue and Columbia Street, along with
approximately 100 feet of Columbia Street heading east. The project, added to the
2009 paving program this fall, is expected to wrap up in less than two days time.
Work will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, with paving scheduled to be
complete by Saturday night, October 10. Striping and some touch up work will follow,
with the roadway reopened by 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 11.

To complete this work in the quick turn-around of less than 48 hours, First Avenue
will be closed between Marion Street and Cherry Street; Columbia Street will be
closed at Second Avenue. The Columbia Street on-ramp to the Alaskan Way Viaduct
southbound will be closed from 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and reopen no later than 11 a.m.
on Sunday. In accordance with noise restrictions, there will be no jack-hammering
after 10 p.m.

Detour signs will be posted and uniformed Police Officers will be on site to assist
pedestrians and general traffic. For information or questions about transit
service, please call Metro Transit Customer Information at (206) 553-3000, or visit
Metro Online at:

2 Replies to "Downtown traffic alert: Paving work to affect Viaduct access"

  • Robert October 8, 2009 (3:26 pm)

    Yea! – the asphalt at 1st and Columbia is very baaaad. I’m sure the 54/55 riders will appreciate the repair.

  • squareeyes October 8, 2009 (3:32 pm)

    I just took that onramp Tuesday and commented to my friend about how I really wish they’d repair that stretch of road. This is great news!

Sorry, comment time is over.