Monday, September 20, 2010

Alaskan Way Viaduct update

Thursday was the neighborhood meeting to discuss the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The state has begun the preliminary stages for replacing the south portion of the Viaduct. You probably have noticed the cleared lot with construction equipment near the Seneca exit off of Highway 99. The south portion of the viaduct is the first to be replaced with a new overpass and additional street to help avoid lengthy backup due to the railway. See my previous blog for more information. The Viaduct is scheduled to come down in 2015. The proposed tunnel is still awaiting its environmental review, which should be done Oct 28th. The board will need to review the environmental statement for over a year, and an expected decision should be made mid-2011. Pioneer Square and the International District should have no immediate threat. Next year will be the start of construction on parts of the viaduct near the Pioneer Square District. This will force heavy traffic onto 1st Avenue and Alaskan Way waterfront. The SDOT has already completed most of the preliminary work, which should help support the added pressure to some areas. Please visit for more information.


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