SEATTLE - Some of the preliminary work needed to prepare for the upcoming three-week closure of Highway 99 through downtown Seattle will begin in two weeks - earlier than originally planned, state transportation officials said Thursday.
At the same time, the state Department of Transportation announced drop-in sessions will be held for neighbors of the construction project will be held next week and the week after.
The three-week closure of the highway itself will begin Jan. 11, when the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Battery Street Tunnel are shut down, and end the week of Feb. 3-9, when the new tunnel opens. During the closure, crews will realign the highway access to and from the new tunnel. It will be the longest major highway closure the Puget Sound region has ever seen.
The preliminary work will begin in about two weeks, as follows:
Transportation officials say now is the time for residents to start planning how they will get around during the closure, dubbed "Realign99."
After the closure, crews will begin removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, filling the Battery Street Tunnel, and rebuilding Aurora Avenue North between Denny Way and Harrison Street.
Neighborhood drop-in sessions will start next week for neighbors interested in learning what to expect when that phase of construction starts, as follows:
More information about the Highway 99 closure and realignment can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/.