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Big Bertha is Coming! Temporary closing Seattle Alaskan Way viaduct

If you've never driven on Seattle Alaska Way Viaduct, it's pretty cool. It's like a bridge over the city. On one side is the city, sprawling metropolis that it is, and on the other side is the waterfront and the ocean. There's even parts where the bridges are stacked on top of each other - Southbound traffic on one level, Northbound traffic on the other level.

Unfortunately, it's also really, really old. It's been this major source of political in-fighting for years, since it has needed major repairs and overhauls.

Oh, and they're building a tunnel beneath it. If you haven't heard about Big Bertha, it's pretty cool, too - it's like this tunneling machine straight out of science fiction ;-)

 Anyway, Bertha is digging under the Alaskan Way viaduct this week, so they're shutting it down. 

Yeah.  Good luck commuters!  Good luck tourists!

Transportation Coordinators:
Please forward to your employees as appropriate.
Starting Friday, April 29, transit service and all traffic will be rerouted for about two weeks during a full closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct while tunneling is done beneath it.
Now is the time for you and other employees at your company to make a travel plan.  Below are the top 5 recommendations for what to do:
5.        Allow plenty of extra travel time and expect additional congestion, especially during peak commute times (6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.), which will likely begin earlier and end later than typical rush hours.
4.        If possible, consider leaving early, delaying your trip or working from home to avoid traveling during peak commute times.
3.        Check out for a detailed list of travel options.
2.        Use WSDOT's travel tools or SDOT’s travelers information page to plan your trips. Sign up for King County Metro rider alerts to see if your route is impacted during the closure.
→ 1.        Buses and general traffic will be rerouted. Know your options by going here!  
Stay up-to-date
Bookmark the official website and sign up for major traffic and project alerts on Twitter: @BerthaDigsSR99, @WSDOT_Traffic, @SeattleDOT, @KCMetroBus, @SoundTransit, @MyCommTrans, #99closure
Visit Metro’s Online Regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations.
Thank you for riding and using Metro’s services.

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