SR 99 Tunnel Grand Opening: 5 things to know before you go

By Steve Peer

There's a celebratory pale at equally ends of Seattle's new SR 99 tunnel. We're internet web hosting a family-friendly Grand Opening occasion on February 2 and 3 so friends can discover the brand new tunnel and take pleasure in one final go to at the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Here's what's going on:

Saturday, February 2

The weekend social gathering starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with an 8K fun run. The run, beginning within the shadow of the Space Needle, will take runners by means of the brand new tunnel, onto the viaduct or even by means of the Battery Street Tunnel. Later that morning, we are going to cut the ribbon for the brand new tunnel and release sports which will final all afternoon. Visitors have the possibility to:

Walk by means of and read extra concerning the modern day SR 99 tunnel
Take facet in STEM sports at equally ends of the brand new tunnel
Walk alongside the Alaskan Way Viaduct and think the brand new waterfront
Enjoy an arts pageant and hear to reside tune at the viaduct
Enjoy delicacies from meals trucks
More than 25,000 have already signed up for the 8K Fun Run through the tunnel and on the viaduct - sponsored by HNTB.

Sunday (SOLD OUT)
The weekend concludes Sunday morning, February 3 with a 12.5-mile motorcycle journey by way of the tunnel (traveling north and southbound) and onto equally ranges of the viaduct. 12,000 folks signed up for the journey – putting a listing for the greatest motorcycle journey in Washington state

How to utilize your visit

These occasions are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the past, present, and destiny of the Seattle waterfront in a single afternoon. But if you are coming, you have got to be prepared.
Similar to the 2016 SR 520 Grand Opening, we’re expecting big crowds for the Step Forward event.

Even if you already have a free ticket, you'll need to be prepared: 5 things to know:
  • If you've signed up, show up. 
  • Be certain to get to the occasion inside 15 minutes of the time you signed up for. For example, in the occasion you happen to signed as much as tour the tunnel at 12:30 p.m. and do no longer present up till 1:15 – you might ought to wait in line. The tickets have been issued throughout time slots to higher handle crowd flow.
  • If you do no longer have a loose ticket, there might be strains for non-ticketed guests. We trust the greatest arrival window for un-ticketed visitors might be among 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. We plan to deal with all un-ticketed guests, however, we're no longer capable to ensure entry if the wait extends previous the 6:30 p.m. stop time.
  • Take public transportation. You do no longer desire to get stuck. There is constrained parking close to the occasion entrances but lots of transit options, adding the monorail. And be counted that the #Realign99 closure is nonetheless on, so that you ought to be prepared.
  • Be a nice visitor! We count on crowds. Please be affected person and considerate of others. We desire you to get pleasure from all of the events, but be counted there are others who desire to come subscribe to you, so please make room for them so that everybody can get pleasure from the event.
  • Plan to stroll a lot. The tunnel is two miles lengthy and the viaduct is set 1.5 miles. Be certain to hydrate, gown safely and plan to spend much of time in your feet. The viaduct street floor isn't inside the greatest condition, so plan to put on comfortable, strong strolling shoes.


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