Closure scheduled for two weeks but could last longer
By Gwen Davis
The Alaskan Way Viaduct will close at 12:01 Friday. It will remain closed for two weeks. Around 90,000 drivers and 30,000 transit riders will need to make other plans. Congestion is expected to spread for dozens of miles. This article includes information West Seattleites can use to cope with the closure.
WSDOT officials said the closure could in fact last longer since the safety of the viaduct was a primary concern. Any shifting, cracks, settling or obviously issues with the tunneling could cause the closure to be extended.
Driving will be difficult — avoid it if you can. If you have no choice, and are going southbound via Aurora Avenue, the city will let drivers migrate through one lane inside Battery Street Tunnel and then exit to Belltown or Wall Street.