Spokane Street Viaduct relief: New ramp may open next week

(SDOT aerial photo of new ramp, July 31st)
Since the final touches are in progress – namely, concrete curing – on the new 4th Avenue South offramp from the eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct (aka the West Seattle Bridge between 99 and I-5), we checked today with SDOT to see if they have an opening date for the ramp, which in turn would be reopening day for the eastbound lane that’s been closed for 3 weeks. SDOT’s Marybeth Turner confirms the big day “may” be next week – but the exact date isn’t set yet. (If it does happen next week, that’s one-third shorter than the “up to 6 weeks” lane-closure timetable first projected.) P.S. A reminder that we have area traffic cameras – including the closest ones to that area – “live” on the WSB Traffic page, including the city’s semi-new Junction and Lincoln Park-area cams, along with links to traffic alerts from a variety of sources.

4 Replies to "Spokane Street Viaduct relief: New ramp may open next week"

  • benjamin August 10, 2010 (12:50 am)

    So, when will we be able to get back on the viaduct from 4th avenue? or anywhere other than 99 or I5?

    • WSB August 10, 2010 (1:42 am)

      Fall 2011, at this point, when the new 1st Avenue on/offramp is done. Of course, we can always hope for sooner – SDOT notes it was originally projected the 4th Avenue offramp wouldn’t be ready till late this year.


  • Vanessa August 10, 2010 (8:15 am)

    The kids have already named this the Costco exit.

  • Alki Area August 10, 2010 (8:26 am)

    Good for them! So far, for those who follow these things, this entire Spokane viaduct project has been ahead of schedule. Nice after all the Brightwater type messes to see that stuff can be done on time (under time) and on budget (or below). I’m amazed how fast this thing is progressing. The new ramp from 1st Ave is under construction, the new west bound bridge is coming up quick, the 4th ave ramp looks to be open in 4-5 weeks not 6. Nice once and a while to have good construction news.

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