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What you need to know to avoid traffic tie-ups on your way to and from Seattle Center.
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January 2019 marks the beginning of a new period in downtown Seattle transportation mobility, with the permanent closure of the SR-99 Viaduct this month and opening of the SR-99 Tunnel in early February. With it comes the reknitting of Harrison St. across Aurora Ave., creating a new connection between Seattle Center and South Lake Union. The reconnecting of John and Thomas streets will happen in 2020. 
 
Please note that 1st Ave N. Garage is now closed. Mercer Street Garage, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues North, and 5th Ave N Garage, between Republican and Harrison Streets, remain open for public use.
 
Arena construction will start soon. For more information on this transformational project, visit: New Arena at Seattle Center.    
 
To avoid traffic slowdowns, consider all transportation options as you route your way to and from Seattle Center. Several Metro bus routes serve the Center, and Seattle Center Monorail provides a speedy connection between Seattle Center and the Sound Transit/Metro Station at Westlake. Here is what to expect in the upcoming weeks:
  
Beginning Jan. 4 at 10pm: The northbound on-ramp near the stadiums will close. This ramp connects approximately 12,500 vehicles each day from South Royal Brougham Way to northbound SR 99.
   
Beginning on Friday, Jan. 11 at 10pm: The SR-99 Viaduct will close for approximately three weeks, and then permanently, to prepare for the opening of the SR-99 Tunnel. The Battery Street Tunnel will remain open through Feb. 1. Drivers should plan ahead for this period of heightened traffic congestion and allow extra driving time to reach their destinations, especially near morning and evening commute times. Also consider other transportation options, such as Metro bus service and Link Light Rail, using Seattle Center Monorail as a convenient connection between the Westlake station and Seattle Center. Learn more at: Seattle Traffic.
 
Saturday, Jan. 19, mid-morning-mid-afternoon: Seattle Womxn's March 2019 will begin at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, proceed down Pine St. to 4th Ave., to Cedar St., to 5th Ave. to Harrison St., where it enters Seattle Center campus. It will close streets along its route. Organizers expect 75,000 participants.  
 
Early Feb. 2019: The SR-99 Tunnel will open. Downtown entrances/exits at Seneca Street and Western Avenues will no longer exist. Drivers enter the tunnel southbound from 6th Ave. N. and exit northbound SR-99 at Republican St. Harrison St. will open across Aurora Ave. N. shortly after tunnel opening for an improved connection between Seattle Center and South Lake Union. Please check back here for updates and information on how these road changes affect access to Seattle Center.        
 
Waterfront Construction: Traffic on Alaskan Way S./Alaskan St. is shifted to beneath the Viaduct between S. King St. and Pike St. Traffic is shifted to the east side of Alaskan Way between Pike and Virginia streets.Vehicle, pedestrian and bike ferry access is affected, so heed to the directional signage. Seawall construction stretches from Pike to Virginia Street. Daytime and evening construction will occur. Sidewalk access will be restricted along the west side of Alaskan Way. Access to Seattle Aquarium, Waterfront Park and businesses will remain open.


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