Seattle Waterfront Daily Brief
Updates, announcements and waterfront story ideas are posted here daily. For interviews, quotes, photos, stories, videos or background, please contact us. We are set up to reply almost immediately to media inquiries during Period of Maximum Constraint. We would love to provide you with all you need to excite your readers, viewers and fans about the transformation underway at the Seattle waterfront!
Seattle, WA - January 17, 2019: Yesterday was another beautiful, mild, calm day along the Seattle waterfront. Traffic remained light with plenty of parking under the viaduct. The 300 new street parking spots under the viaduct are expected stay at least for the rest of this year. WSDOT is demolishing the viaduct block by block to minimize disruption to traffic, parking and business.
Seattle, WA - January 16, 2019: Period of Maximum FREE Waterfront Shuttle. Traffic along Alaskan Way remained lighter than usual yesterday with plentiful parking under the viaduct. The FREE Waterfront Shuttle has seen a 40% uptick in ridership this week. On January 7, hours were extended for the shuttle on North & South loops. More info on the free shuttle at: https://www.seattlewaterfront.org/seattle-waterfront-parking/#shuttle
Seattle, WA - January 15, 2019: Period of Maximum Solitude? While temperatures reached near record highs the last 3 days, crowds on Seattle's waterfront seemed to reach record lows. One local merchant observed, "I've never seen it this empty. It might be the best time of year to visit. Between the silent viaduct and non-existent crowds, it's simply surreal, beautiful and calm."
Traffic was light yesterday all over Seattle with half-empty parking lots and deserted streets. Businesses are all open and the views have been stunning over Elliott Bay with the snow-capped Olympics as the backdrop.
Seattle, WA - January 14, 2019: Today is the first work day with "viaductless" commute. To help Seattle commuters, waterfront workers and visitors, Seattle Historic Waterfront Association has created a dedicated waterfront webcam page at: https://www.seattlewaterfront.org/live-seattle-waterfront-views-webcams/
Seattle, WA - January 13, 2019: The crowds and traffic were light on the Seattle waterfront yesterday. Onlookers gathered near the Seahawks' CenturyLink Field to watch and record the start of viaduct demolition. WSDOT Construction Notices and Detours page has more information.
Seattle, WA - January 12, 2019: The viaduct closed to traffic last night 90 minutes late because a party broke out on the top deck as the last passing motorists stopped to revel. Seattle Times published an excellent article about it here: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/goodbye-viaduct-the-highway-closes-for-good-after-66-years-on-seattles-waterfront/
Seattle, WA - January 11, 2019: Tonight at 10PM, the viaduct (Highway 99) will be closed to traffic permanently along the Seattle waterfront. Details of closure at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/realign99
Seattle, WA - January 10, 2019: The Seattle Historic Waterfront Association welcomes media assistance to help spread the message in yesterday's press release (pdf).
Seattle, WA - January 9, 2019: The longest major highway closure in Puget Sound history begins 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. State Route 99 (the viaduct) will be closed permanently from South Spokane Street to the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.
On February 4, 2019, the new tunnel is expected to open for traffic. The three weeks between viaduct closure and tunnel opening have been coined "Period of Maximum Constraint". WSDOT updates on the closure can be found at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/realign99
Seattle, WA - January 8, 2019: Any business owner concerned about the impact on employees getting to and from work during Period of Maximum Constraint is invited to contact Commute Seattle, which is holding a meeting today. Details at: https://commuteseattle.com/calendar/
Seattle, WA - January 7, 2019: Today the FREE Waterfront Shuttle extends its hours on North/South loops. Learn more at: https://www.seattlewaterfront.org/seattle-waterfront-parking#shuttle