HISTORIC ALASKA WAY VIADUCT REOPENED TO TRAFFIC October 31, 2011
(SEATTLE, WA) -- One of Washington State’s most heavily traveled roadways is back in business for the Monday morning commute.
All lanes of Seattle’s historic Alaskan Way Viaduct reopened by 1 p.m. Saturday, almost two days early, and ending the city’s "viadoom" period when the south end of the old viaduct was demolished and this new bypass installed.
The bypass is temporary. It allows the state transportation department (WSDOT) to keep traffic moving on SR 99 while it replaces the old viaduct.
There is a reduced speed limit on the new bypass and that is because of the curves, narrowed lanes and limited shoulders on the bypass.
The bypass will stay in place until the SR 99 tunnel opens at the end of 2015. Construction will start in the SODO area near the stadiums.
Below is a WSDOT animation of what the experience will b e like deriving the new viaduct bypass both north and southbound.