FIRST POST-VIADUCT COMMUTE: What you need to know for first Monday of #Realign99

One last round of reminders tonight, after an uneventful weekend post-Alaskan Way Viaduct shutdown, with the first 99-less commute hours away:

(Live webcam showing work by south tunnel entrance. See other construction cameras here)

WHAT’S CLOSED: Highway 99, between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel: The Viaduct is closed forever; the Highway 99 tunnel will be open the morning of February 4th if all goes well. Finishing the pre-tunnel exit ramp for NB 99 traffic to downtown (at Dearborn – here’s the explanatory video) is projected to take at least another week after that.

Metro routing. All the routes that used the Alaskan Way Viaduct are using temporary new “pathways” to get downtown. (Here’s the map.)
-The temporary bus lane painted on the eastbound bridge and 4th Avenue is now officially in effect.
-Maritime openings of the low bridge are supposed to be kept to a minimum during morning peak hours and part of the afternoon (7-10 am and 2-5 pm). (Bridge openings are tweeted here.)

-Two boats on the West Seattle run (Doc Maynard and San Juan Clipper), both with 200+ capacity – here’s the schedule, including Vashon (which is on its regular schedule):

-Doubled free Water Taxi shuttle service (see the schedules here)
-Parking at Pier 2 (Harbor/Florida – here’s a map) with a free shuttle to the dock
-Overnight parking restrictions on Harbor between Fairmount Avenue and Don Armeni Boat Ramp, meant to ensure more street-parking spots for WT riders
-Extra bicycle parking at Seacrest
-Remember the Free Waterfront Shuttle once you get downtown (see the maps here).

-As long as you are traveling either to or from The Junction or Seacrest, and are in the service area, Ride2 might be an option for you. (See the map, times, etc. on the Ride2 website.)

-The city plans to station uniformed police officers at key locations from SODO to downtown – see the list and maps here. (And note that the city says the plan is subject to change at any time.)

-We’ll be starting by 5:30 am and will see how that goes. We’ll have a crew at the Water Taxi dock monitoring the situation there, as well as at the desk here watching/listening to the traffic/transit situation. We’ll also, as we did during the last weekday Viadoom, have running PM coverage for starters. Something to report to us? (Not while you’re at the wheel, of course!) 206-293-6302, text or voice.
-If you have questions or observations, please share those when you can – we’ll be participating in media briefings between the am and pm commutes.
-In addition to the cameras we will feature during ongoing coverage, our 24/7 traffic-cameras page is here.

9 Replies to "FIRST POST-VIADUCT COMMUTE: What you need to know for first Monday of #Realign99"

  • Hoku January 13, 2019 (9:04 pm)

    Thank you! Appreciate the upcoming coverage. We don’t know what our new reality is and the experts are making their best guesses. Hoping it’s not as painful as anticipated. This will likely be a challenge in some way for everyone we interact with during our day and beyond. Remember to be patient with and kind to everyone. We’re all being affected.

  • Mj January 13, 2019 (10:32 pm)

    Weather is for sun on Monday!  And if you are heading to and from the south use West Marginal Way and SR-599 or other routes, avoid the Spokane Street viaduct that is going to be jammed up with WS residents not going south.

  • mok4315 January 13, 2019 (10:33 pm)

    WSB, you are a treasure to this community. 

  • bolo January 13, 2019 (10:36 pm)

    My prediction is that the 4th Ave. offramp from the West Seattle Bridge E/B is going to back up hugely unless SDOT adjusts the automatic signal timing at the bottom of the offramp. The far right lane can turn right (north) on a red light after stopping and it is safe to proceed but that is now a bus-only lane.

    The center lane is for everyone else, but must wait for the green to turn right. The current signal timing is programmed for long red, and short green.

    My other prediction is that bus-only lane will be filled with VIP SOVs. Actually, not VIP, more like MITEE (More Important Than Everyone Else).

  • Nwmama January 13, 2019 (11:07 pm)

    Anyone know if marination is adjusting their hours so we can get coffee and a bite while we wait for the water taxi?

    • WSB January 13, 2019 (11:26 pm)

      I don’t know if it’s an adjustment but … they have signage touting breakfast weekdays 7-11 am.

  • Jim January 13, 2019 (11:17 pm)

    I’m planning to depart Cafe Fiore at 7:15 as I often do. If traffic is a mess I’ll turn around and go home. I’m kind of hoping for a traffic day since we haven’t had any snow days over the past few years.Be patient and calm unless you’d prefer to be anxious and disruptive.

  • Orwell January 13, 2019 (11:49 pm)

    The bus route maps are impossibly abstruse to me.  Is it just me?  Sigh, I’ll just get on the ride and see where I end up.  This approach seems consistent with all the other City  “planners” proposals, for which we have paid $$multi-millions.  Imho, all would be total chaos if it were not for WSB’s reporting.   WSB has the most concise, comprehensible, most thoughtfully and intelligently organized coverage in the entire region.  WSB should be the ‘go to’ source internationally on this issue and win important awards.  Just saying…

  • Eddie V January 13, 2019 (11:59 pm)

    I’m taking the day off to watch the fun unfold. 

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