Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program News
March 29, 2018
Crews install the tunnel’s last northbound roadway panel
Earlier this month, Seattle Tunnel Partners installed the last of the 1,152 road panels that together form the tunnel’s lower (northbound) roadway. A double-deck highway now runs nearly two miles end to end inside the tunnel. Our new video shows a special crane lifting the final panel into place.
New video shows “smart” systems in SR 99 tunnel
Seattle Tunnel Partners is now installing and testing the tunnel’s operational and safety systems. Inside the tunnel there will be more than 300 cameras to monitor traffic and security at all times, automatic ventilation systems designed to keep air quality and visibility high, and automated sprinkler systems designed to put out a fire quickly. Together, these new systems will make the SR 99 tunnel one of the “smartest” tunnels ever built. This new video explains how the critical air quality and fire safety systems work together.
Thousands of components that make up the tunnel’s safety and operational systems will be tested at least three times. After the systems are verified, STP will hand the tunnel over to the Washington State Department of Transportation so a different contractor can realign SR 99 and build the final ramp connections to and from the tunnel. Stay tuned to our website for more updates as work progresses.
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