New 99 tunnel on track for target opening date, on Feb. 4

VIDEO: New tunnel scheduled to open in less than 3 weeks

SEATTLE — Work is moving forward on the new 99 tunnel, with it scheduled to open in less than three weeks.

This, as commuters are wrapping up their first week of navigating their way into the Seattle area without the viaduct.

WSDOT today told KIRO 7 construction is happening 24/7 until the target opening date of Feb. 4.

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This weekend, crews will continue working on the different ramps in and out of the tunnel, including the one near Dearborn Street to the south and Denny Avenue to the north.

David Sowers with WSDOT said what has helped with progress is weather and that there hasn’t been heavy rain in the last week or so to halt construction.

WSDOT also said the Battery Street Tunnel, which is currently still open, will be shut down forever on Friday, Feb. 1.

There will be a grand opening event on Feb. 2 and 3, where the public will be able to walk through the tunnel and on the viaduct.

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