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    Expect Delays During Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure
    Posted on 01/14/2019

    Expect Delays During Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure

    Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct for approximately three weeks beginning Fri., Jan. 11 to realign the highway into the new tunnel.

    WSDOT recognizes that closing a major highway will have regional traffic impacts. This is a necessary and planned step toward completing a project that will transform the city and region. The closure will begin at the Battery Street tunnel and extend to the West Seattle Bridge. All SR99 on- and off-ramps will be closed between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel.

    Transportation to Schools

    Virtually all schools will be affected by the closure. Families and staff should plan for increased congestion and longer travel times during the upcoming construction.

    Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department is working to proactively address the three-week closure. Bus drivers will begin their days earlier than usual to arrive at bus stops on time.

    Travel time may be added to bus routes directly impacted. Families will be notified directly (call and individual letter) if your student’s pick up/drop off times will shift during this period.

    Contact the Seattle Public Schools Transportation Call Center for questions or information about your student’s bus route at 206-252-0900.

    Traveling to the District Central Office

    For staff and visitors to the John Stanford Center in the SoDo neighborhood, please note that the stadium on- and off- ramps of SR99 will close on Jan. 4 before the viaduct closure. Therefore, drivers traveling to the JSCEE from points south will need to exit at the West Seattle Bridge, and for drivers traveling southbound, Mercer Street will be the last exit.

    For your future planning, the SoDo exits will disappear entirely when the tunnel opens, replaced by a single stadium/I-5/I-90 exit from the tunnel.

    For additional information, including translated flyers, about the Washington State DOT construction project, visit the WSDOT SR99 Closure webpage.