Just last night, we reported on another lane restriction on the Spokane Street Viaduct (the section of The Bridge between Highway 99 and I-5) that at the time was noted as starting “soon” – reducing the eastbound 1st Avenue South exit to one lane – and now there’s word it starts Monday. Here’s the official announcement just sent by SDOT:
The First Avenue South off-ramp from eastbound lanes of the Spokane Street Viaduct (the structure that connects the West Seattle Bridge with I-5) will be reduced to one lane for up to five months starting Monday, March 22.
First Avenue South, recently reduced to one lane for southbound traffic, will also be restricted to one lane for northbound traffic from Spokane to Hanford streets, also for up to five months.
The exception is the weekend of March 27-28, when the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for inspection. During that weekend, two lanes on the ramp and northbound First Avenue will stay open to improve access to downtown Seattle.
The lane restrictions are needed for work on the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening project.
The next major milestone in the South Spokane Street Viaduct Project (the structure that links the West Seattle Bridge to I-5) is the permanent closure of the First Avenue South on-ramp to the westbound lanes of the viaduct, tentatively scheduled for May 17.
For information about construction closures for this project and other projects, please visit Construction Closures in Downtown Seattle and SODO at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/sodo_latest.htm