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Viaduct reopens several days early

May 9th, 2016 by Doree

The Alaskan Way Viaduct has reopened several days early after Washington State Department of Transportation determined the ground remains stable while Bertha tunneled below the surface.

The closure began late on April 28 and was expected to take about two weeks. WSDOT reopened the Viaduct Sunday night.

By Friday, the machine had successfully tunneled through complex soils only 15 feet below the viaduct’s foundation – the closest the machine will come to any structure at any point in its drive beneath Seattle. On Sunday, STP completed installation of the rings beneath this critical location, clearing the way for the final inspection and the early opening of the highway. WSDOT’s 24-hour command center will remain open until the machine has successfully tunneled 385 feet, the distance at which it will be completely clear of the viaduct.

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Crews finishing paving of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd and 105th streets this week

May 4th, 2016 by Doree

This week road crews are finishing final paving on the east and west side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd Street and North 105th Street. Crews will also spend this week and next painting pavement markings, installing signs and other clean-up activities along that corridor. Crews will return in June for any final clean-up, landscaping, and other finish work, such as installing railings.

Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pedestrians may be detoured around work zones, and on-street parking and side street access could be restricted during work hours.

The affected side streets are the east side of N 103rd St, both sides of N 92nd St, and both sides of N 97th St. These side streets will be closed at the intersection with Greenwood Ave N for a few hours each. Only one street will be closed at a time.

Final paving work involves removing old pavement and pouring new pavement, which requires partial closure of driveways and walkways for a few hours. Crews will preserve driveway access by working on one half of a driveway at a time and/or placing a steel plate for drivers to pass over.

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Reminder: Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for two weeks starting at 10 p.m. tonight

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

Don’t forget that starting tonight (Thursday), the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for about two weeks as a precaution while Bertha tunnels underneath it. City and State transportation officials are urging folks to telecommute, go to work earlier or later than usual, take transit, ride their bikes or walk. Just be ready for extra-long commutes.

Transit will be rerouted, so check Metro’s Service Advisories page for more info. You also should sign up for Metro’s transit alerts to get text messages about reroutes.

On-ramps to State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct will begin closing at 10 p.m. tonight, with the road fully closed to all traffic at 12:01 a.m. Friday between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/99closure

Washington State Department of Transportation has a webpage with a list of resources, including links to traffic cameras, estimated travel times, trip planners, bike map, Metro detour maps, and more.

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Metro buses 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E rerouted off southbound Aurora Monday and Tuesday nights

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Metro routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted off of southbound Aurora Avenue North between Dexter Way North and Denny Way overnight Monday and Tuesday due to construction.

The reroutes will happen from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

During this time, heading toward downtown Seattle these routes will travel instead via Dexter Way N, Dexter Av N, 7th Av, Bell St, 6th Av and Wall St, then on to their regular routes.

Heading toward their north end destinations, these routes are not affected and will serve their regular routes and stops.

The lane closures are because Washington State Department of Transportation is installing supports for the overhead signs for the future State Route 99 tunnel. All traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

Closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

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Transit and Sidewalk Project begins work on west side of Greenwood Avenue

April 19th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has finished most of the improvements on the east side of Greenwood Avenue North for its Transit & Sidewalk Project, including new bus islands, and is completing final paving between the roadway and the curb. Crews have now moved on to the west side of Greenwood Avenue.

Crews will install bus islands and curb ramps at N 97th St and N 92nd St, a curb ramp at N 102nd St, and other improvements at N 95th St. Crews plan to start work on the bus islands at N 97th St and N 92nd St first. Installing the curb ramps at N 92nd St and N 97th St, as well as the work at N 95th St, may require a temporary side street closure at Greenwood Ave N. To complete this work safely, crews will set up pedestrian detour routes around the work zone. You may hear noise from construction equipment between 7 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

To accommodate the work, on-street parking will be restricted in the work zone on the west side of Greenwood Ave N and southbound traffic will be shifted to the center lane to make room for a safe work zone. Bicycles will continue to merge with traffic and King County Metro will provide temporary bus stops for N 97th St and N 92nd St. Northbound traffic will use the regular northbound lane.

As equipment and materials become available, crews will:

Pave the areas of the street, walkways, and driveways that were disturbed by construction on both sides of Greenwood Ave N. This work will require temporary partial closures of driveways (east side only) and walkways as crews remove old pavement and pour new pavement. Depending on the size of the driveway, crews will preserve driveway access by working on one half of a driveway at a time or placing down a steel plate for drivers. Property owners will be contacted individually before driveway work begins.

Pave and patch both sides of Greenwood Ave N at N 92nd St to finish previous work performed by Seattle Public Utilities. On the east side of Greenwood Ave N at N 103rd St, the road will also be paved and patched. We may partially close these side streets at Greenwood Ave N during working hours to complete the work.

Plant trees, add soil to landscaped areas, and complete cleanup and other finishing work. This portion of work may continue into June.

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Southbound Aurora Avenue closed from bridge to Thomas Street every night through Thursday, and again next week

April 19th, 2016 by Doree

Washington State Department of Transportation is closing all lanes of southbound Aurora Avenue North/State Route 99 from just south of the Aurora Bridge to Thomas Street from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night through Thursday, and again next week from Monday, April 25, through Thursday, April 28.

Traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

Crews also will close the left lane of northbound State Route 99 between Valley and Raye streets from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

During the closures, crews working for Atkinson Construction will install supports for the overhead signs that will direct traffic to the future SR 99 tunnel. The closures are part of a WSDOT project to build roadway and ramp connections between Aurora Avenue North and the north portal of the tunnel.

These closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

Because of the southbound closures, Metro Routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express, 82 Night Owl for the 4:20 a.m. trip, and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted onto Dexter Way North, Dexter Avenue North, 7th Avenue, Bell Street, 6th Avenue and Wall Street, then on to their regular routes. (Northbound routes will not be affected.)

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Mark your calendars: Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for approximately two weeks starting April 29

April 15th, 2016 by Robin Donovan

Drivers and transit users, pay heed: there are 14 days to get ready for a closure of the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle.  Starting Friday, April 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the viaduct between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

This closure is expected to start prior to the morning commute and last approximately two weeks as the SR 99 tunneling machine Bertha digs underneath the roadway near Yesler Way.

Roughly 90,000 vehicles use the viaduct each day. Because the structure is one of three major north/south highways in the greater Seattle area, WSDOT expects this closure to have a significant effect on the region’s commute.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/99closure

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/99closure

Some options for commuters to consider:

  • Alternatives to driving: Take the bus with King County Metro. Share a ride in a carpool, vanpool or van share. Explore other transit options using the Puget Sound Trip Planner. Remember that while taking transit is a great alternative to driving, buses are expected to be crowded during the closure.
  • Take the water taxi: King County Water Taxi is adding extra trips to and from Vashon Island to Colman Dock. There will be additional parking in West Seattle for the water taxi’s new, larger-capacity boat.
  • Work from home: Many employers offer options to work from home. Even teleworking one day a week will help ease congestion.
  • Adjust the work schedule: If possible, adjusting a work schedule can help avoid the longer commutes. Rush hours will start earlier and end later than normal. Use WSDOT’s travel tools or SDOT’s traveler information page to plan your trips.
  • Consider biking or walking for the last part of a trip into downtown to avoid the heaviest congestion.

 

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Comment on environmental issues for 9002 Greenwood Ave. N. development through April 20

April 7th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is now accepting comments on environmental issues for the housing development planned for 9002 Greenwood Ave. N. Comments must be received by April 20. You can comment online.

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The existing structure on the corner of North 90th Street and Greenwood Avenue North will be demolished for a four-story building with 37 small efficiency dwelling units (studios) and 18 parking spaces. (The single family home just up the hill on North 90th Street is being developed separately into a four-story building with 26 small efficiency dwelling units, plus parking for 13 vehicles.)

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More Aurora Avenue closures near downtown for the next three weeks

April 1st, 2016 by Doree

Drivers should plan on full weeknight closures in one direction of State Route 99/Aurora Avenue North during the next three weeks just north of downtown Seattle.

During the closures, crews working for Atkinson Construction will close one direction of the highway to install street lights, traffic sensors and sign bridges. The closures are part of ongoing work to build the roadway and ramp connections between Aurora Avenue North and the north portal of the SR 99 tunnel.

  • Monday, April 4, to the morning of Friday, April 8: Crews will close all lanes of northbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley Street.
  • Monday, April 11, to the morning of Saturday, April 16: Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Valley to Thomas streets.
  • Monday, April 18, to the morning of Tuesday, April 19: Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North from the Fremont Way North on-ramp to the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Crews will also close the left lane on northbound SR 99 between Mercer Street and the south end of the Aurora Bridge from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, to the morning of Friday, April 22: Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North just south of the Dexter Avenue North exit to the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Crews will also close the left lane on northbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North between Mercer Street and the south end of the Aurora Bridge each night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The closure details listed above could change. For updates, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/King/Seattle.htm. For more information about Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, visit www.alaskanwayviaduct.org.

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