After 65 years, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closing. Find out how to navigate Seattle traffic

Viadoom: 2019 Viaduct Closure

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MyNorthwest Staff

The Alaskan Way Viaduct officially starts to come down

After initial delays related to snowstorms, the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct finally began Friday, as crews started work to disassemble almost a mile and a half of roadway.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Thousands say goodbye to viaduct, hello to tunnel

With the new SR 99 tunnel opening on Monday morning, there are still a handful of events to look forward to through the weekend to herald its arrival.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Inside the new ‘state of the art’ SR 99 tunnel

Come Monday, we'll finally be getting a state-of-the-art tunnel that has high-tech fire suppression systems, traffic cameras, and even transitional lighting that changes based on the time of day.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

It’s official: Date set for opening of tunnel, end of Viadoom

Viadoom will officially come to an end on schedule, marked by the opening of the SR 99 tunnel on Monday, Feb. 4.
3 years ago
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KIRO Radio Newsdesk

Workers race against the clock to finish new SR 99 tunnel

On Jan. 12, Viadoom officially began, and with it, work to realign SR 99 to connect to the recently-constructed tunnel under downtown Seattle. But can crews finish before the Feb. 4 deadline?
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

What to expect for the final week of Viadoom

We're closing in on the final week of Viadoom, and it's time to make your final preparations. 
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Halfway through Viadoom as the opening of the tunnel looms

We're now roughly halfway through the partial closure of SR 99 in Seattle, as the timeline to get the new tunnel remains on schedule. How has the first week and a half gone so far? Let's dive in.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Viadoom Week 2: Live updates from the afternoon commute

The Wednesday morning commute began with a semi-truck collision in Tacoma, blocking all northbound and southbound lanes, before Viadoom could even start.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Viadoom’s worst traffic yet hits as Week 2 commutes begin

Viadoom's first week was surprisingly manageable, as commuters adjusted their schedules enough to keep congestion to a minimum. But will the second week bring the same results? Let's find out. 
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Viadoom Day 5: Traffic snarled by car fires, crashes, and protest

After three relatively light days of traffic, the afternoon commute on the fourth day of Viadoom quickly became the worst drive of the week, thanks to rain and a handful of collisions. Friday morning's commute started off with fire.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Rainy weather brings the worst traffic of Viadoom yet on Day 4

The first thee days of Viadoom went OK aside for a few bumps in the road. A new factor could change things, however -- the weather. The rain returns Thursday.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Viadoom day 3: High-speed chase snarls I-5 early in the afternoon

The first two days of Viadoom have seen drivers experiencing traffic that was lighter than expected, but don't let that fool you: The worst is yet to come.
3 years ago
Biking Fremont Bridge Viadoom...
MyNorthwest Staff

City reports massive increase in biking as Viadoom begins

Viadoom traffic has been easier than expected, as commuters change their habits. Is a huge increase in biking across Seattle the reason?
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Day 2 of Viadoom: Another easy day, but don’t get comfortable yet

After a relatively light day of traffic on the first day of Viadoom, Tuesday was much the same, aside from a few incidents that slowed the commute into Seattle.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

A final Viadoom pep talk for your morning commute

Here to help get with your last-second preparations is KIRO Radio's resident traffic guru, Chris Sullivan, who has a little advice as you brave your morning commute.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Viadoom begins: Initial traffic manageable, but Day 2 could still be ‘awful’

The Alaskan Way Viaduct closed to traffic for good Friday night and now drivers must deal with the effects of losing the waterfront freeway. This is a real-time account of Seattle traffic.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

One other thing to avoid during Viadoom: Spreading germs

Viadoom has started and that may push a lot of people onto mass transit, which can have certain ramifications amid cold and flu season. One Seattle doctor has a few tips for riders.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Sentimental Seattleites party on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in one last traffic jam

Horns blasting, fireworks, and people were dancing on the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Seattle's waterfront for its permanent closure Friday night.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

A final farewell to the Alaskan Way Viaduct

As the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for good, let's take a look back on some of the finer (and not so fine) aspects of the structure that's graced Seattle's waterfront for the better part of over half a century. 
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

By land, by rail, or by sea: How to beat Seattle’s Viadoom

If you're trying to beat Viadoom, aka the Seattle Squeeze, then you are going to have to be creative and learn new ways to get around the region.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Viadoom commute: How will train service be affected by the viaduct closure?

Do you commute to work every day on light rail or the Sounder train? This will be a decent option during Viadoom to get into downtown Seattle, especially if you live in the south end.
3 years ago
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Ron Upshaw

What do we do with the waterfront after the viaduct is gone?

After the viaduct is taken down, we'll be left with a choice: What do we do with one of the most beautiful waterfronts in the country?
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Mayor Durkan: Viaduct closure is ‘going to affect everybody’

As Seattle gears up for the permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Mayor Jenny Durkan and the region's transportation authorities had some final words leading into the big day on Friday.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

The best ways to get into downtown Seattle during Viadoom

Viadoom is coming and there’s nothing we can do about it, except try to drive around. Starting this Friday, Jan. 11, Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct will close without a replacement for three weeks.
3 years ago