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Published: Friday, January 11, 2019
Prepare for Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure    Print 

Prepare for Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure

Snohomish County, Wash. – On Friday, Jan, 11 at 10 p.m., the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle will permanently close. This sets the stage for potential service delays into and out of Seattle when the next work week starts on Monday, Jan. 14.

The viaduct closure will result in more traffic on I-5 and downtown Seattle streets for three weeks, until the new Battery Street Tunnel opens.

Community Transit anticipates that buses on its 13 routes to downtown Seattle and six routes to the University of Washington will be more crowded than usual, and may get delayed in traffic.

The agency will monitor real-time service impacts, and engage in “active dispatching” based on need. This may involve sending drivers out earlier to ensure their first trip starts on time, reassigning buses to serve routes that are experiencing longer delays, and assigning extra buses to serve express routes that might serve one location where a line of passengers are waiting.

“Our supervisors will be monitoring conditions throughout the day to help dispatchers manage our fleet,” said Martin Munguia, Community Transit’s communications manager. “While it may take passengers longer to get to their destination, we hope they can make better use of their time in our seats than being frustrated behind the wheel.”

The transit agency is offering tips for Seattle commuters to prepare for the viaduct closure:

• Consider not traveling to Seattle if you don’t have to. Telecommute, if that is an option.
• Flex your work schedule to avoid peak commuting times.
• Use our online trip planner or call Customer Care at (425) 353-7433 to get the best trip options.
• Try to plan a trip from your home. Local buses can take you to a transit center where you can catch a direct bus to Seattle.
• Consider taking Route 413 from north Lynnwood. That route has 13 off-peak trips that serve Swamp Creek Park &Ride where there is available parking.
• Try carpooling with co-workers. This may be a great time to look into our Vanpool Program.

Bus schedules, a trip planner, and rider alerts are available at www.communitytransit.org. Follow @MyCommTrans on Twitter for updates on traffic and service delays.


Monday, November 05, 2018
Ferries to honor veterans Ferries to honor veterans
Ferries to honor veterans with moment of silence, POW/MIA flag this weekend

Sunday, November 04, 2018
US 2: Peak Use Shoulder Lane closed US 2: Peak Use Shoulder Lane closed
People who use eastbound US 2 between Everett and Lake Stevens should plan for travel delays as the peak-use shoulder lane will remain closed through Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6.

Monday, October 15, 2018
SR 99 tunnel toll rates SR 99 tunnel toll rates
State Transportation Commission adopts SR 99 tunnel toll rates

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Weekend ferry schedule changes Weekend ferry schedule changes
Nearly all trips to and from Colman Dock will follow a temporary sailing schedule on Saturday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 21

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
closures of I-5 ramps at the 116th Street Northeast closures of I-5 ramps at the 116th Street Northeast
Overnight closures of I-5 ramps at the 116th Street Northeast interchange in Marysville, Aug. 29-30

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Seattle Hill Rd to Close April 20-23 Seattle Hill Rd to Close April 20-23
Seattle Hill Rd to Close between 132nd St SE to North of 136th St SE from April 20-23

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Resurfacing work on several NW Washington highways Resurfacing work on several NW Washington highways
Plan for delays on SR 9, 11, 20, 531 and 539 starting March 19

Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Advisory group to discuss I-405/SR 167 Advisory group to discuss I-405/SR 167
Community members are invited to learn more about on-going and future transportation improvements along the Interstate 405 and State Route 167 corridors.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Amtrak update Amtrak update
Operations to remove the remaining rail cars on and adjacent to the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 will continue through the night.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Next steps for I-405/SR 167 Next steps for I-405/SR 167
Advisory group to discuss next steps for I-405/SR 167 corridor projects, transit performance

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