New SR 99 off-ramp to downtown opens Tuesday

VIDEO: State to open important offramp on SR 99

SEATTLE — The new off-ramp from northbound State Route 99 at South Dearborn Street will be open in time for Tuesday's morning commute, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced Monday.

The new exit will provide a more direct connection to downtown for commuters who live in West Seattle and points south.

They have had to continue taking alternate routes since the new tunnel beneath downtown opened Feb. 4.

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The project was more complicated than the other realignment work for the new tunnel and was also delayed a few days because of the snow.

King County Metro which has rerouted 12 bus lines, including the C line, since the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Jan. 11 -- says those lines will return to SR 99 using the new off-ramp Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, work continued Monday to demolish the old Columbia Street on-ramp to the viaduct.

Crews are also taking apart the roadway near the now-closed Battery Street Tunnel.

Demolition will move along the waterfront and take about six months.

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