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The Alaskan Way Viaduct, an elevated section of State Route 99 in Seattle, was built in the 1950s, and decades of daily wear and tear took their toll on the structure. Because of the viaduct’s age and vulnerability to earthquakes, replacing was critical to public safety.

The viaduct's central waterfront section was replaced with a bored tunnel beneath downtown Seattle that opened in February 2019.

After the tunnel opened, crews began demolishing the viaduct. The last piece of the viaduct was removed in November 2019.

Battery Street Tunnel decommissioning is expected to be complete in 2020.


The southern mile of the viaduct, near Seattle's port and stadiums, was replaced with a new roadway that has wider lanes and meets current earthquake standards.

For more information about the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, visit www.alaskanwayviaduct.org.

SR 99 Tunnel

SR 99 Tunnel

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