You have options when SR 99 loses one lane each way
The Alaskan Way Viaduct will lose one lane in each direction in SODO starting Monday May 16. Portions of the viaduct will be closed the weekend before May 16 for crews to set up the new lane configuration. SDOT's SODO construction webpage provides current status of projects and impacts.
Be part of the solution and use your options to get around during construction.
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· These viaduct routes connect downtown to
o West Seattle: 21X, 37, 54, 54X, 55 and 56X
o White Center: 21X, 54, 54X, 113 and 125
o Burien: 120, 121 and 122
· Great insider bus tips for West Seattle are provided by the West Seattle Blog. (Scroll down to second blue box.)
· Transit improvements in the area provide more and faster bus service.
o Over 45 more bus trips during commute times were added on routes 21, 22, 54, 56 and 121. More bus service is proposed for October.
o A bus-only lane on northbound SR 99 in SODO between the West Seattle Bridge and the new two-lane section of SR 99 will be in place by May 16. (Click map to right.)
o A bus-only lane and signal priority on Columbia St were added to reliably move buses between downtown's 3rd Ave transit spine and the southbound onramp to the viaduct.
West Seattle Water Taxi
· Avoiding traffic altogether and taking the boat sounds better than ever, especially for sporting events. Free bus shuttles in West Seattle connect the water taxi to neighborhoods and shops.
· Bike routes through SODO will remain open throughout viaduct construction, but will have detours at times, so just follow the detour signs. Most detours will be between S Atlantic St and S Royal Brougham Way (just west of Safeco Field), while some may extend north to S King St. Keep current with changes to bike and pedestrian routes here.
· Consider using the new bike lanes on the new E Frontage Rd just a half block east of Alaskan Way S between S Atlantic St and S Royal Brougham.
Vanpools, other options and programs
· Bookmark this resource about all your options and resources during construction.
Repairs to storm grates improve cycling routes
The City has taken another step to proactively improve cycling conditions. Seattle Public Utilities inventoried which storm grates along bike routes have safety concerns and is fixing or replacing the ones it identified as highest priority. 700 grates have already been replaced in this ongoing effort.
|Old storm grate |
|New storm grate |
Better bike connections from King St Station area to I-90 and SODO Trails
SDOT recently installed bike lanes and sharrows in the Chinatown-International District along 6th Ave S between S Jackson St and Seattle Blvd S. This connects the King Street Station area to points east and southeast via the S Dearborn St bike lanes, which lead to the I-90 bike trail. Directional signs guide bicyclists between this new facility and the SODO Trail, which runs along the light rail line from Stadium Station to Lander Station. The Seattle Bike Blog provides a map and details on the project's contraflow bike lane on the one-way portion of 6th Ave S near Uwajimaya.
New sidewalk to Mt. Baker Light Rail Station
The new sidewalk on S McClellan Street, between 24th and 25th Avenues S, replaces a walkway sorely in need of repair. This provides a better connection to Beacon Hill up the hill west of the LINK light rail station.
Monorail extends hours with 7:30 a.m. weekday start time
As of May 2, the Monorail starts one hour earlier on weekdays and switched to its summer schedule. The new hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Expanded hours provide more options for trips between downtown and Seattle Center, Uptown residences and Uptown employers such as the Gates Foundation.