With the viaduct shutdown expected to bring Seattle-area traffic to a crawl, you may be thinking of how to get around the closure.

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The best tool to get the latest information may be the phone in your pocket. A variety of apps will provide the latest information at your fingertips.

KING 5 app (iOS | Android) is a one-stop-shop for traffic information. With notifications, traffic maps, gas prices, and the latest Seattle tunnel news, this app is quite comprehensive.

SDOT Travelers app (iOS | Web) was created by the City of Seattle to "provide commuters with a rich set of features to help them navigate their commutes." Combining cameras, travel times alerts and the ability to bookmark locations you travel to frequently, Travelers is a must-download. The app is only available for iPhone, but a mobile web version is available for users of other smartphones.

King County Trip Planner (iOS | Android) will help those who choose to use mass transit to circumvent delays. Load the app to learn where to board the bus and get information on delays and route changes. Plan your trip before you head out to find the most efficient route.

WSDOT app (iOS | Android) lets save a frequently used route and then check travel alerts that may impact your commute. You can also check cams along the way if you need to make a detour.

Load these apps on your mobile device now to prepare for traffic troubles ahead.

Join KING 5's Seattle Tunnel Traffic Facebook group to stay up-to-date on the latest Seattle tunnel and Viaduct news and get tips to battle traffic during the three-week Viaduct closure in January.