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Bicycle detour in SODO through June. Know your options.

The multi-use path in SODO which connects downtown to West Seattle will be closed between S Royal Brougham Way and S Atlantic Street from today through early June.  The simplest advice for cyclists is to ride as usual in this area and then follow the clearly marked detour routes. 

For more information on the bicycle detour and long term improvements for walkers and cyclists in this area, click here.   Future improvements include a shared use path on the west side of Alaskan Way S, new sidewalks on multiple streets in this area and a bicycle/pedestrian path on S Atlantic Street between Utah Avenue S and Alaskan Way S as part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

The path is closed and detoured to make room to install the foundation support columns for the new SR 99 roadway south of downtown.  This is part of WSDOT’s SR 99 – S Holgate Street to S King Street Viaduct Replacement Project, which is related to a higher profile project downtown, WSDOT’s S King Street to Battery Street (Central) Project.

Last week SR 99 was reduced to two lanes in each direction from the West Seattle Bridge to the construction area in SODO.  During construction you have many options to get around and help reduce traffic, including biking.  Learn about these options in the May Walk Bike Rider E-newsletter, where you’ll also find useful tips and tools to get around, inspiration and more.