Unexpected Productions and THE Improv School will be operating regular hours. Stay in town and see a show.
Starting at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, both directions of SR 99 through downtown Seattle will close for at least three weeks as crews work to realign the roadway into the new tunnel. For about a month ALL traffic through Seattle will be on surface streets or I-5. Beginning in February, when the new tunnel opens, there will be no entrances or exits to Downtown from SR99. We all need to prepare for traffic congestion and increased travel times to and from Downtown.
- Friday, January 4, at 10 p.m., the SR 99 on-ramp and SR 99 off-ramp will close near the stadiums.
- Friday, January 11 at 10 p.m., both directions of SR 99 through Seattle will close for at least three weeks as crews work to realign the roadway into the new tunnel. Anticipate for about a month, that all traffic through Seattle will be on surface streets or I-5.
- Early February,new SR 99 tunnel opens. Date TBA.
Learn More: Helpful links to explore!
- Alaskan Way Viaduct Demolition
- Viaduct Demolition Sequencing Map
- The latest news from WSDOT
- From the City: How you get around is changing
Learn More about the New SR 99 Tunnel opening in early February:
The tunnel is a direct, 2-mile trip underneath downtown Seattle. Tunnel entrances and exits, near Seattle’s Space Needle to the north and the stadiums to the south, work differently than the entrances and exits on the viaduct. The tunnel will be free to use when it first opens. After the tunnel opens, it could take weeks or months for traffic patterns to settle down as drivers try different routes to and from their destinations.
The Washington State Department of Transportation created four new videos to help drivers navigate the changes the new tunnel brings. The videos show:
- Driving north to and through Seattle with the new SR 99 tunnel
- Driving south to and through Seattle with the new SR 99 tunnel
- Getting to northbound 99 from in and around Seattle with the new SR 99 tunnel
- Getting to southbound SR 99 from in-and-around Seattle with the new SR 99 tunnel