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Northbound off-ramp from SR 99 opening for a new way to access downtown Seattle

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 09:40

Laura Newborn, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program communications,206-805-2871; 206-639-8577 (mobile)

Exit ramp to open in time for Tuesday morning commute

SEATTLE – The end of the holiday weekend brings the start of a new way for drivers and bus riders to get to downtown Seattle from northbound State Route 99.

The new off-ramp near the sports stadiums will open in time for the morning commute Tuesday, Feb. 19.

This new exit ramp leads to a new intersection at South Dearborn Street where drivers can choose to go straight to Alaskan Way and the waterfront, or turn right to access First Avenue for downtown and SODO. This video shows what the choices look like.

In addition to being an important link for travelers, engineers and researchers hope this new ramp will provide a link to something else – earthquake-resistant bridges.

This ramp is the first in the world built with flexible metals and bendable concrete designed to sway with a strong earthquake and return to its original shape. Its innovative design has won regional and national recognition.

After the opening of the new off-ramp, some bus routes will be adjusted. Please see King County Metro’s website for additional information.

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