Tracking Progress

Latest tunnel progress

Tunneling is complete, but much work remains before the SR 99 tunnel is ready for traffic. Click through the graph below for the progress of various elements of tunnel work. This information is updated monthly; progress reporting lags behind completed work.

Last updated on December 6, 2017

The interior structures are the walls and roadway decks that make up the double-deck highway within the tunnel. Also tracked here is the work to build the highway in Bertha's launch pit and disassembly pit.

    Distance completed
(of 9,270 total feet)
Percent completed
Southbound west walls (upper half) + east walls 6,588 feet 71%
Southbound west walls (lower half) 7,901 feet 85%
Southbound roadway 9,162 feet 99%
Northbound walls 9,270 feet 100%
Corbels 9,270 feet 100%
Northbound roadway 2,400 feet 26%
Launch pit 96% 96%
Disassembly pit 70% 70%
Cross section diagram of tunnel's interior structures
Map of tunnel route through downtown Seattle

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Last updated on December 7, 2017

The SR 99 tunnel will have 16 electrical rooms spaced along the tunnel alignment. These rooms contain and route the systems for powering the tunnel's lights, traffic control, cameras, and other safety and operational systems.

Installing the rooms involves pouring the concrete for the ceiling and walls, installing equipment and conduit, and connecting the rooms to each other and the tunnel's operations buildings.

Tunnel rendering cross-section showing the location of an electrical room
Map of tunnel alignment showing location and status of electrical rooms

Last updated on December 7, 2017

As the roadway decks are built, crews can install the tunnel’s mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems. These include fire protection and tunnel lighting, and the wire mesh and hangers for hanging the lights and signs.

  Key MEP components* Distance completed (of 9,270 total feet) Percent completed
Hangers (NB) 7,900 feet 85%
Hangers (SB) 4,450 feet 48%
Lighting (NB) 7,350 feet 79%
Lighting (SB) 2,664 feet 29%
Mesh and fire proofing (NB) 7,527 feet 81%
Fire suppression (NB) 6,935 feet 75%
Mesh and fire proofing (SB) 3,947 feet 43%
Fire suppression (SB) 2,664 feet 29%
Cross section of tunnel showing parts of interior structures and utilidors

*This list is not exhaustive

Map showing tunnel alignment through downtown Seattle

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