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Viaductadoomageddon is coming Jan 11

How to survive Seattle's January Traffic Nightmare

December 20, 2018

You've been prepping for the holidays while trying to get ahead at work so you can take a few days off to celebrate, so it's not unthinkable that the last thing you're thinking about is the shutting down of the viaduct in January. Excuses aside, it's really time you had a plan. Even if you don't use the viaduct, it will be an issue if you drive anywhere near downtown. City and King County officials have been all over the news with warnings and suggestions, some of them more plausible than others. So let's break down the details and your options:

The Highway 99 Viaduct Shuts Down for Three Weeks on Fri January 11 at 10 pm.

City officials are suggesting commuters to use vacation days during this time, work from home, and/or to adjust work schedules. If none of that is possible, commuters are urged to either carpool, cycle or walk to work, or make use of the expanded number of busses. If you live in West Seattle, King County Metro is offering shuttle service that will pick you up from home and take you to either the busses at Alaska Junction or the water taxi at Seacrest Park (this service kicked off on Dec 17).

Need even more options? Commute Seattle is a great resource for both employers and employees, as is the City of Seattle's website's fact sheet.

#SeattleSqueeze has the potential to be either a nightmare or the thing that makes us discover a new, smarter way to get around town.