The dreaded Alaska Way Viaduct closure is only a week away. State Route (SR) 99 will be closed from South Spokane St. to the south end of the Battery St. Tunnel beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, January 11. The closure will be approximately three weeks long as they realign the highway into the new tunnel. During this time, major traffic disruption is expected across the Puget Sound region. Additional ramp closures mean up to six weeks of traffic disruption. If you’re visiting The Polyclinic during the closure, it’s important to make a plan ahead of time and consider your transportation options.
Start Making a Plan
WSDOT is encouraging all commuters to think about changing their regular commute plans. This includes shifting travel times to avoid rush hour, carpooling, and using public transit – particularly light rail and King County Water Taxi. If you have an appointment at The Polyclinic, please consider leaving earlier than usual to adjust to the significant traffic disruption during the closure.
A full list of resources with links to commuting apps, public transit services, biking and traffic information can be found here.
King County Metro Bus Routes Affected
Twelve King County Metro bus routes will be impacted by the closure: 21x, 37, 55, 56, 57, 113, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, and the C Line. Those routes will still have the same destinations and will travel through similar areas, but travel time is expected to increase, and the routes will vary slightly.
More Water Taxi Services in West Seattle
The closure will have the biggest impact on West Seattle residents. To combat the increased traffic, King County Water Taxi will be adding more routes to-and-from West Seattle and downtown during the closure. To learn more, including shuttles to the Water Taxi and parking in the area, visit their website.
The realignment of SR 99 is a multi-step process. After the opening of the tunnel, the viaduct will be removed and bus services in the downtown light rail tunnel with be rerouted to the surface streets.