The New Year will ring in a new era of tough traffic. Beginning with the permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on January 11, 2019 until the new SR 99 tunnel opens to traffic in early February, travelers will experience the longest major highway closure the Puget Sound Region has ever seen. It’s being called the “Seattle Squeeze”.

OLS and the City of Seattle are working together to help manage congestion, limit the impact on commuters and businesses, and keep downtown open for business.

What you can do:

  • Be prepared for your new route when the SR 99 tunnel opens.
  • Talk to your employer about shifting your travel time if possible.
  • If you can, explore alternative commutes like biking, walking, carpool, vanpool, or transit, particularly light rail and King County Water Taxi if you can access it.
  • Avoid driving by yourself downtown, but remember, downtown remains open for business!
  • If you can, work from home, or postpone discretionary trips.

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