SR-99 Tunnel

SR-99 Tunnel Threatens South Lake Union’s Light Rail Future

Boosters of the SR-99 tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct promised transit improvements to Seattle voters, hoping to win their favor. It turns out,...
A rendering of an orchard concept for the future park planned at the Battery Portal Site in Belltown. During the next year there will be opportunities for the public to contribute design ideas for the future park. (Credit: Recharge the Battery)

Battery Portal: A New Park for Belltown

It's official, Belltown is getting a new park at the Battery Portal Site as part of the Waterfront Seattle project. At about three acres,...
I-5 through Northgate section of Seattle. Northgate Station rises on the right.(Photo by Doug Trumm)

The Law of Induced Demand: Road Widening (and I-976) Invites Congestion

The four-billion-dollar-and-counting SR-99 tunnel was supposed to relieve congestion. It's been open nine months, but people getting around on Seattle streets and highways probably...
The entrance portal to the new SR-99 tunnel was filled with pedestrians during a special event before the grand opening.

Seattle Squeeze 2.0? SR-99 Tolling Could Divert Traffic to City Streets

Motorists have been able to use the new four-billion-dollar SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel for free since it opened February 4th. That will...
The entrance portal to the new SR-99 tunnel was filled with pedestrians during a special event before the grand opening.

Viadoom Never Came but Squeeze Tightens Its Grip on Seattle Post-Tunnel

On Tuesday, the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) coalition released a post-mortem report on the three-week viaduct closure and proclaimed the success of non-car...
Inslee holds the scissors and other high-level officials look on outside the SR-99 tunnel in February 2019.

An Elegy for a Tunnel Ribbon Cutting

After Ian Frazier Greetings, friends! We've gathered hereto cut the ribbon, give a cheer-it's time to open, rise and shinethe buried tunnel ninety-nine. Oh, the group...

Durkan Tries for Last Word on SR-99 Tunnel Controversy

Mayor Durkan defends building for car infrastructure even while admitting that "People in Seattle like transit." Viaduct is closed? On the bus, nose in a book I...

Coming Tunnel Off-Ramp Adds to Danger for People Biking on Dexter Avenue

Next week, when the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) opens its new tunnel underneath downtown Seattle as a new SR-99, the northern exit...