In the words of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, “we’re building a better city.” Before these improvements are complete, however, Seattle is scheduled to experience some growing pains. Seattle transportation is expected to experience congestion and delays as several major public and private construction projects impact citywide flow and access.
Read on for more information on upcoming projects. If you are visiting Seattle or planning to visit Seattle during these times and have questions about how this may affect your stay, please contact our Visitor Information Center at email@example.com or by calling (866) 732-2695.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently demolished the overhead roadway known as the Alaskan Way Viaduct and re-routed traffic through a new tunnel beneath downtown Seattle.
The new SR-99 Tunnel is open to all traffic! Please note, there are no downtown exits from the new tunnel.
Now through July 2019: Alaskan Way Viaduct/SR-99 demolition
Beginning Saturday, March 23, all buses that use the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will permanently relocate to surface streets. This is a planned changed to convert the transit tunnel to rail only, as well as accommodate Washington State Convention Center additional facility construction.
About 800 more buses will travel daily on downtown streets, and about 37,600 daily riders will be affected, including the 11,000 people who catch their bus downtown during the evening rush hour.
15 bus routes will change what bus stops they serve. To keep buses and riders moving, the City of Seattle is building a new bus lane on 5th and 6th Avenues and Metro will launch all-door boarding on 3rd Avenue, which means you can tap your ORCA card and board any bus door.
To find out if your bus route is affected, click here.
Construction is underway on a 252,166-square-foot additional convention center facility on the site bordered by Pine and Howell Streets, and Ninth and Boren Avenues. Construction is currently underway and continues for the next three years; the new facility opens in spring 2022.
This $700 million renovation of the arena on the Seattle Center campus in Lower Queen Anne will bring the complex up to NHL and NBA standards. Construction begins in early 2019 with extensive excavation and related truck traffic, and is expected to be complete in 2020.
One Center City Near-Term Action Plan
The result of a public-private partnership formed to ensure that Center City continues to thrive throughout the coming years of construction and growth
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