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Prepare for Travel Impacts Downtown on 1st Ave S and 3rd Ave

Buses on 3rd Ave in Downtown Seattle


The #SeattleSqueeze continues this week, as demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and construction of new ORCA transit card readers impact travel to and through downtown. Read on and plan ahead for your next trip downtown!


July 1 – August 4: NB Bus Stop Closure at 3rd Ave and James St


The bus stop at 3rd Ave and James St will be closed as part of construction to add new ORCA transit card readers at every transit stop on 3rd Ave between Yesler Way and Denny Way. Metro routes 3, 5, 17, 18, 19, 24, 26, 27, 28, 33, 37, 40, 41, 62, 116, 118, 119, 124, 131, 132, 304 & 355 will instead use a temporary stop located one block north on northbound 3rd Ave just south of Cherry St. Find more information and sign up for service alerts on Metro’s website.


ORCA Card Reader and Real-Time Information Sign on 3rd Ave


June 27: Lane reductions on 1st Ave S and Alaskan Way


The viaduct demolition contractor Kiewit is working on the viaduct’s remaining southern section around South Dearborn Street. Crews will need safe work space to remove the viaduct, which means lane reductions and sidewalk closures for people walking, biking and driving in the area. The map and the list below contain the planned roadway changes over the next several weeks.


  • Tomorrow: First Avenue reduces to one lane in each direction near CenturyLink field, south of South Dearborn Street. This narrowing will not extend past South Royal Brougham Way.
  • July: Streets between Yesler Way and South Dearborn Street will close at Alaskan Way while crews remove the viaduct running overhead.
  • Week of July 8: Railroad Way South closes both directions for four days.
  • Week of July 12: Yesler Way closes beneath the viaduct.
  • August: South Dearborn Street closes while crews remove the viaduct overhead.


You can follow progress by subscribing to Friday construction email updatesbrowsing the interactive tracker, and checking out photos of the work on Flickr.