SEATTLE -- When the Alaskan Way Viaduct reopened Sunday after another weekend closure, one southbound stretch of State Route 99, just south of the Viaduct,was reduced to one lane -- and it will remain that way for over ayear.
The southbound stretch, which is less than a mile long,islocated south of the Viaduct. It runs from the West Seattle Bridge to South Idaho Street. It will remain a one-lane roaduntil June 2014, according to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
There will be two lanes for northbound traffic along the same stretch.
This is all part of a $9.2 millionproject to replace the old timber bridge that supports that part of SR99. The bridge resembles a vintage wooden roller coaster, rattling with each vehicle that passes over. It was built in 1956 as a temporary bridge, WSDOT said, so it is long overdue to be replaced.
Drivers who use that stretch of SR99 are not excited about the project or its length.
I will avoid it at all costs, one driver told KING 5.
It's gonna affect me, saidanother driver who lives on Vashon Island. I'll live with it.I love my island.
That driverplanned on testingtraffic for a few days before deciding on whether a detour would be faster.
In a statement, WSDOT said the existing capacity can handle the commute without significant backups. Southbound traffic will be most affected from 6 to 8 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., WSDOT added.
For more information on the project, visit WSDOT's website: