Some Transportation Alternatives For Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is warning that the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure, which begins this Friday (Oct. 21) is expected to affect traffic throughout the Seattle area.
In addition to traffic congestion on the West Seattle Bridge, Aurora Avenue, and in SODO, you can also expect delays on SR-509, SR-99, I-5, the floating bridges, and local streets.
“If you can travel by bus, bike, water taxi, carpool or vanpool, or telecommute, it takes vehicles off the roadways and helps everyone travel more quickly and smoothly,” said Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond. “Still, it will be very important that you allow for extra travel time no matter how you are getting around, and consider traveling outside of the peak commute times.”
Please be aware that bus tracking programs lose accuracy when buses are rerouted or significantly delayed, so your favorite smartphone apps may not be reliable during this time. More information about the closure and the affect on bus travel is available online.
Short-term reroutes for Metro’s 21 Express, 37 southbound, 54, 54 Express, 55, 56 Express, 113, 120, 121, 122, and 125.
During the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct that starts at 7:30 p.m., this Friday, Oct. 21., 11 Metro bus routes that currently travel on the viaduct will be rerouted via Fourth Avenue South in the SODO area and Third Avenue in downtown Seattle. These short-term reroutes affect Metro’s 21 Express, 37 southbound, 54, 54 Express, 55, 56 Express, 113, 120, 121, 122, and 125.
Bus stops on Columbia and Seneca streets at Second Avenue will be temporarily closed during this time. When the viaduct reopens, those 11 routes will begin using the new viaduct bypass currently under construction.
Traffic congestion on the north end of the viaduct is also likely to cause delays for Metro routes: 5, 15, 16, 18, 26 Express, 28 Express, and 358.