Seattle staff is working to try to minimize problems of navigating the Seattle Squeeze during the period of “Maximum Constraint” when the Viaduct comes down and the tunnel is finally opened. Some of us from FNC attended an information session and received this follow-up, which we’re passing on to you:
“Thank you for attending one of the five information sessions about the Viaduct Closure and the Seattle Squeeze. …
“Washington State Department of Transportation and Seattle Department of Transportation fact sheets were handed out at the info session. …
“Here are answers to some of the questions we heard at the information sessions that required more research:
- How late will the King County Water Taxi be operating? A: The additional water taxi runs will be between 6am-7pm, weekdays.
- Will there be weekend runs for the Water Taxi? A: No additional weekend service, except on Feb 2 supporting SR99 Tunnel opening events.
- What will the first stop be after the West Seattle Bridge for the C-Line? Is there a way there could be a stop by the SODO light rail stop (Lander St.) for a light rail connection? A: The first C Line stop will be at 3rd and Columbia. There will be no stops through the SODO area.
- What areas are included in the construction permit revocation from January 4 – February 15, 2019? The Permit Restrictions During SR 99 Closure map shows where right-of-way closures for construction work and curbspace vending in the right of way will not be permitted from January 4 – February 15, 2019. On dark green streets, no closures are allowed. On light green streets, limited closures are allowed. More information is available on the SDOT Construction Use in the Right of Way permitting webpage: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/permits-and-services/permits/construction-use-in-the-right-of-way.
- Will there be discounts on the SR 99 Tunnel toll for seniors and people who are low-income? We will loop back with the group when we hear from Washington State Department of Transportation on this.
“What you can do to plan and prepare
- Stay informed and sign up for alerts – seattle.gov/traffic
- Change your commute – tools at kingcounty.gov/getready
- Are you an employer? – Contact Commute Seattle for a free consultation – commuteseattle.com/sr99/
- Whenever possible, don’t drive alone.
- Leave extra time.
- Share information with your networks.
- Be safe, flexible, creative and patient.
“Questions?” Where to turn:
Seattle Department of Transportation
Twitter:@seattledot and @SDOTtraffic
Washington State Department of Transportation
24-hour Construction Hotline: 1-888-298-5463
Twitter:@BerthaDigsSR99 and #Realign99
King County Metro
Information sent us by:
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Question from the info sessions answered:
“Will there be discounts on the SR 99 Tunnel toll for seniors and people who are low-income?
“There will not be a discount for seniors or low-income individuals. The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) sets toll rates and exemptions http://wstc.wa.gov/. The WSTC determined that there will be exemptions for public transit, emergency responders, highway maintenance vehicles, school buses and qualified private buses, which serve the public or commuters. Thank you again for attending one of the information sessions. Happy Holidays!
Community Engagement Coordinator