Only 1 week until viaduct closure
When the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for demolition after the evening commute Jan. 11, commuters will experience the longest major highway closure the Puget Sound region has ever experienced – roughly three weeks. How will you #GetReady? Visit kingcounty.gov/getready to review your options and find out which routes are affected.
Maximizing your time: If adjusting your schedule, working at an alternative location, teleworking, or taking vacation are options for your job for any of this period, please discuss these beforehand with your supervisor. KCIT has created a telework resources site that answers many questions employees might have about working remotely.
Need help with your commute plan? We are here to assist you in navigating your rideshare options. Have you thought about sharing your commute? Metro’s Ridesharing solutions can help you get around:
- Vanpool: Join an existing Metro group, new riders are FREE during the SR 99 closure or start your own– five members gets you on the road. Everything is covered!
- Vanshare: Connect to the Water Taxi for free! Find two others to ride with and start a vanshare– includes parking, gas and insurance. Your vanshare commute is FREE during the closure.
- Carpool: Save money on commuting costs, enjoy some company on your commute, and help reduce congestion. We have partnered with ride-matching companies to offer discounted trips for riders and bonuses for drivers! Whether you’re riding to a Park & Ride or to the office, check out these amazing incentives.
Questions specific to the options listed above? Connect with the Rideshare team
Share Your Story, Win Prizes: During the viaduct closure, the will be collecting the most creative and fun stories for how King County employees are commuting to work during closure. We will share the best stories on the King County Facebook page and winners will get REI gift cards and fun Metro swag!
Did you JUMP on an electric bikeshare to get to the lightrail for the first time? Share it! Got your breakfast snatched by a seagull while waiting for the Water Taxi? Snap a pic, it’s going on the Facebook page.
Make the most of Fleet: If using a Fleet vehicle. consider extending vehicle reservations in Fleet’s Dispatch Reservation System, also known as INVERS, by 30-60 minutes to allow for additional travel time. Your agency will not be billed for the extra time unless it is used. If you have any questions related to the use of county vehicles during the closure, please contact your supervisor.
Don’t forget that the Employee Transportation Program is here to help you plan and explore your options. Contact us with your questions!
This is a map of the SR 99 closure through downtown Seattle. For more information visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/realign99.