Curious How the 99 Tunnel Will be constructed? See its Replica in Pioneer Square

Are you curious how that gigantic 99 tunnel is going to be sculpted? Me too! You can now go see the replica for yourself of the machine that is going to dig under downtown Seattle at Milepost 31, the viaduct museum in Pioneer Square. The replica is 10 feet long, making it 1/35th of the massive machine that will arrive in Seattle early next year. According to the Seattle Pi, the machine will dig deep beneath downtown to help build the 1.7 mile replacement tunnel for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The machine itself is currently being constructed in Japan, and when completed will stretch 300 feet long, 57 feet in diameter, and weight 6,700 tons. It will be shipped to Seattle in 41 pieces, and re-assembled here. The mini-tunnel has a series of buttons you can press to check out how it might appear in action. For an in-depth look at the viaduct project and how it’s going to affect your commute, visit the WSDOT.

Curious How the 99 Tunnel Will be constructed? See its Replica in Pioneer Square

Are you curious how that gigantic 99 tunnel is going to be sculpted? Me too! You can now go see the replica for yourself of the machine that is going to dig under downtown Seattle at Milepost 31, the viaduct museum in Pioneer Square. The replica is 10 feet long, making it 1/35th of the massive machine that will arrive in Seattle early next year. According to the Seattle Pi, the machine will dig deep beneath downtown to help build the 1.7 mile replacement tunnel for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The machine itself is currently being constructed in Japan, and when completed will stretch 300 feet long, 57 feet in diameter, and weight 6,700 tons. It will be shipped to Seattle in 41 pieces, and re-assembled here. The mini-tunnel has a series of buttons you can press to check out how it might appear in action. For an in-depth look at the viaduct project and how it’s going to affect your commute, visit the WSDOT.

SDOT Offers Free Parking Sunday for Mother’s Day

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the City of Seattle are in collaboration with a handful of waterfront restaurants and parking operators to give a salute to their mothers and offer free parking for up to 4 hours this Sunday, from 9am-7pm. The promotion is one of several steps WSDOT and the Seattle Department of transportation are taking to make up for lost off-street parking closures due to the State Route 99 tunnel construction and other work along the waterfront. This Sunday, the waterfront area will be open for business during construction, and visitors taking their Mother’s out can take advantage of more than 1,100 free parking spaces. Parking is available at 5 participating parking facilities, waterfront restaurants are validating parking for many of their lots by showing a receipt. Participating businesses include Alaskan Sourdough Bakery,  The Crab Pot, Elliott’s Oyster House, Ivar’s Pier 54 Fish Bar, and Seattle Aquarium among others. If you’d like to plan ahead, you can find more information about the parking promotion here.