Traffic shifting onto new Alaskan Way lanes

SEATTLE — Five new blocks of Alaskan Way between Marion and Union streets on Seattle’s waterfront will be opened overnight.

Lanes will shift east from the current street to a newly rebuilt street.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is opening areas as they are completed in phases.

Here’s what will be open on Tuesday morning.

  • Two lanes in each direction south of Union Street.
  • One lane in each direction north of Union Street.
  • Parking and loading areas and curb space.
  • New wider sidewalks on the east side of Alaskan Way.
  • Landscaped areas.

SDOT will work to shift the lanes from 7 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, when the new section will open.

Access on Alaskan Way will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Columbia and Pike streets.

Alaskan Way will be closed between Pike and Pine streets from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for Seattle Aquarium expansion construction. Vehicles will be redirected to Western Avenue between University and Wall streets.

Officers will be on site to assist with directing traffic.

The new improvements along the waterfront will allow crews to shift their attention west to the park promenade and protected bike lanes.