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City of Seattle to celebrate 100th Community Engagement Event | SR 99 Viaduct closure & Seattle Squeeze!

To inform people about their travel options during the SR 99 closure and beyond, the City of Seattle – in coordination with partners at the Washington State Department of Transportation, King County Metro, and Sound Transit – has been actively engaged in briefing communities since early September, throughout Seattle and the Puget Sound region. These events educate people about suggested strategies to navigate or avoid the upcoming challenges to the City of Seattle’s transportation system.

100th for the holidays…

This week, the City celebrates its 100th event at the Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition on Friday, December 7. Join us from 6 – 8:30 PM at Westlake Park for caroling and hot chocolate as we celebrate the holidays and provide visitors with information about the Seattle Squeeze. Figgy Pudding attracts nearly 10,000 people and raises funds for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank.

Finding a new path.

WSDOT Video | The path to demolition for Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle

To continue spreading awareness of the upcoming permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on January 11; the new SR 99 tunnel that will open in early February; and Seattle’s new era of tough traffic over the next five years, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and the Seattle Department of Transportation began hosting information sessions across Seattle last week. At these sessions, community members get the latest details, ask questions, and begin preparing.

Upcoming SDOT/DON briefings (our 95th and 99th, respectively):

Wednesday, December 5
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 6  (99th!)
Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St
6:30 – 7:30 PM

A full list of the briefings hosted by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Seattle Department of Transportation is available here.

Additionally, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is holding a series of information sessions this week to share what to expect during the Viaduct removal; meet members of the team; and have your questions answered (details on WSDOT’s Program Events webpage).

Upcoming WSDOT information sessions:

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
11 AM – 2 PM
Waterfront Space
1400 Western Ave., Seattle, WA

Monday, December 10, 2018
5 – 8 PM
Seattle Center, Armory Loft Room 2
305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA

Preparing together!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! Thank you for your help in informing Seattle about the Seattle Squeeze! For more information on the City of Seattle’s strategy to manage congestion over the next five years, please visit