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Title: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Bruce on September 01, 2018, 02:55:02 AM
Just a heads-up that the new SR 99 Tunnel should finally be open in October. I hope we can have a few of us locals (and perhaps those from further out) meet up for the opening ceremonies/walkabout/whatever WSDOT is planning, and perhaps a day-after drive through the new toll tunnel.

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UPDATE: Reserve your free tickets at http://99stepforward.com/ and we'll try to coordinate on the day of. Let's walk the tunnel and viaduct all together as a group, and perhaps go on a tour of town afterwards.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: jakeroot on September 01, 2018, 08:04:04 AM
I'll definitely be there!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: Max Rockatansky on September 01, 2018, 09:23:21 AM
The funny thing is that I generally find 99 over the Viaduct to be a way more viable way of getting past downtown over I-5, especially southbound.  Hopefully the tunnel actually does something to improve traffic flow, granted it was built largely due to quake damage on the Viaduct. 
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: jakeroot on September 01, 2018, 10:32:31 AM
The funny thing is that I generally find 99 over the Viaduct to be a way more viable way of getting past downtown over I-5, especially southbound.  Hopefully the tunnel actually does something to improve traffic flow, granted it was built largely due to quake damage on the Viaduct.

Should be better than today's viaduct. No fewer lanes, but no downtown exits or entrances. Basically a giant bypass road.



Bruce, did WSDOT actually announce any intention to host a gathering? Even if they don't, I think it would be cool to have a get-together and ride thru for any and all interested.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: Max Rockatansky on September 01, 2018, 10:34:40 AM
The funny thing is that I generally find 99 over the Viaduct to be a way more viable way of getting past downtown over I-5, especially southbound.  Hopefully the tunnel actually does something to improve traffic flow, granted it was built largely due to quake damage on the Viaduct.

Should be better than today's viaduct. No fewer lanes, but no downtown exits or entrances. Basically a giant bypass road.



Bruce, did WSDOT actually announce any intention to host a gathering? Even if they don't, I think it would be cool to have a get-together and ride thru for any and all interested.

That should help somewhat, those ramps on the Viaduct were worthless anyways.  When do demolition on the Viaduct start?  Any word if the US 99 BGS will be preserved?
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: jakeroot on September 01, 2018, 10:52:07 AM
The funny thing is that I generally find 99 over the Viaduct to be a way more viable way of getting past downtown over I-5, especially southbound.  Hopefully the tunnel actually does something to improve traffic flow, granted it was built largely due to quake damage on the Viaduct.

Should be better than today's viaduct. No fewer lanes, but no downtown exits or entrances. Basically a giant bypass road.

That should help somewhat, those ramps on the Viaduct were worthless anyways.  When do demolition on the Viaduct start?  Any word if the US 99 BGS will be preserved?

You may want to check out the dedicated thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=12173.0 (especially some of the recent pages)

The viaduct removal will start very soon after the tunnel opens, and will take six months. Removal of the Battery Street tunnel, also starting after the tunnel opens, will take about 24 months.

According to Bruce, on the other (linked) thread, there are currently no plans to preserve the US-99 BGS. But, WSDOT is open to preserving it, just not on their dime. The space-age gantries on the north end of the viaduct are being preserved.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: cjk374 on September 01, 2018, 07:02:22 PM
The funny thing is that I generally find 99 over the Viaduct to be a way more viable way of getting past downtown over I-5, especially southbound.  Hopefully the tunnel actually does something to improve traffic flow, granted it was built largely due to quake damage on the Viaduct.

Should be better than today's viaduct. No fewer lanes, but no downtown exits or entrances. Basically a giant bypass road.

That should help somewhat, those ramps on the Viaduct were worthless anyways.  When do demolition on the Viaduct start?  Any word if the US 99 BGS will be preserved?

You may want to check out the dedicated thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=12173.0 (especially some of the recent pages)

The viaduct removal will start very soon after the tunnel opens, and will take six months. Removal of the Battery Street tunnel, also starting after the tunnel opens, will take about 24 months.

According to Bruce, on the other (linked) thread, there are currently no plans to preserve the US-99 BGS. But, WSDOT is open to preserving it, just not on their dime. The space-age gantries on the north end of the viaduct are being preserved.

Why save the gantry and not the sign? Am I the only one confused about this?  :confused: :confused:
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: Max Rockatansky on September 01, 2018, 07:03:54 PM
The funny thing is that I generally find 99 over the Viaduct to be a way more viable way of getting past downtown over I-5, especially southbound.  Hopefully the tunnel actually does something to improve traffic flow, granted it was built largely due to quake damage on the Viaduct.

Should be better than today's viaduct. No fewer lanes, but no downtown exits or entrances. Basically a giant bypass road.

That should help somewhat, those ramps on the Viaduct were worthless anyways.  When do demolition on the Viaduct start?  Any word if the US 99 BGS will be preserved?

You may want to check out the dedicated thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=12173.0 (especially some of the recent pages)

The viaduct removal will start very soon after the tunnel opens, and will take six months. Removal of the Battery Street tunnel, also starting after the tunnel opens, will take about 24 months.

According to Bruce, on the other (linked) thread, there are currently no plans to preserve the US-99 BGS. But, WSDOT is open to preserving it, just not on their dime. The space-age gantries on the north end of the viaduct are being preserved.

Why save the gantry and not the sign? Am I the only one confused about this?  :confused: :confused:

Itís a US 99 shield located on one of the ramps:

https://flic.kr/p/JTAuKJ
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: cjk374 on September 01, 2018, 07:07:27 PM
I remember you posting that picture elsewhere. I live the sign. Seattle needs to try to save that small part of their history...both sign & gantry.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: Max Rockatansky on September 01, 2018, 07:20:11 PM
I remember you posting that picture elsewhere. I live the sign. Seattle needs to try to save that small part of their history...both sign & gantry.

I did a whole series on the Gribblenation Facebook page on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the previous roadways that led to it being built.  There was a little bit of speculation as to when US 99 proper was moved to the Viaduct that was never resolved, itís all on the Northwest Board.

Hell Iíd love to have the sign if I was local enough and had the means to remove it.  The Viaduct and US 99 had a huge role in the history of local transportation in Seattle, it would be a shame to see the sign go.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: jakeroot on September 01, 2018, 10:17:23 PM
If I know WSDOT, they'll make it as difficult as possible to acquire the sign. They have a pretty strict "recycle" policy.

The gantry and the sign are separate installations.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: Bruce on September 04, 2018, 01:26:39 AM
The funny thing is that I generally find 99 over the Viaduct to be a way more viable way of getting past downtown over I-5, especially southbound.  Hopefully the tunnel actually does something to improve traffic flow, granted it was built largely due to quake damage on the Viaduct. 

This trick only works outside of peak hours. The viaduct is heavily congested because it carries a big chunk of West Seattle's traffic (which will now be forced to divert onto other streets), so it may work  as a shortcut in the future.

As far as I'm aware, WSDOT plans to host a public celebration for the viaduct sometime in October. As soon as I learn of the date or details, I'll post in here.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: cl94 on September 04, 2018, 11:16:03 AM
I have a feeling WSDOT would be willing to sell the sign to someone if they're willing to pay current scrap value for it. Offer $1-200 and see if they're willing to part ways with it.

Wish I could make this thing, but sadly, I cannot. Was out there last month, though, and the tunnel looked nearly done from what I could see.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: jakeroot on September 05, 2018, 07:24:31 PM
I have a feeling WSDOT would be willing to sell the sign to someone if they're willing to pay current scrap value for it. Offer $1-200 and see if they're willing to part ways with it.

Wish I could make this thing, but sadly, I cannot. Was out there last month, though, and the tunnel looked nearly done from what I could see.

That would be my expectation. Of course, we'd need to find a way to transport it, pay to have it removed, etc. At least as I understand it.

The tunnel is indeed very close to opening. Long time coming...
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - October 2018
Post by: Hurricane Rex on September 06, 2018, 12:48:40 AM
Unless thia is delayed to Thanksgiving weekend, there is probably no way I can attend due to college obligations and cross country season starting soon.

LG-TP260

Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: Bruce on September 17, 2018, 10:52:46 PM
WSDOT has announced that the viaduct will close on January 11, 2019, and the tunnel will open approximately three weeks later.

More time to plan if you want to head up here. Dates are not final, however, and are dependent on weather.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/library/advisories-and-updates/sr-99-tunnel-to-open-in-early-2019
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: Bruce on November 01, 2018, 05:41:06 PM
The grand opening for the tunnel will be February 2, 2019. Free sign up here: http://99stepforward.com/

So we should have a non-car (gasp) meetup on that day and a drive-thru shortly afterwards, if we're gonna do this. I plan to do the entire tunnel and viaduct (in that order).
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 03, 2018, 04:30:26 AM
Got my tickets for the event.

Happy to meet on-foot! My plan will be to park at one of the downtown garages (would park on street but...time restrictions) and then walk to wherever the festivities take me (apparently on a shuttle to the north at one point).
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: compdude787 on November 05, 2018, 01:29:19 AM
I've got my tickets too. Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: corco on November 05, 2018, 12:35:22 PM
I should probably swing up for this- count me in!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: SSOWorld on November 05, 2018, 07:13:22 PM
I'll just sit back - unfortunately, I won't get a chance at driving the viaduct.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: Alps on November 05, 2018, 11:39:57 PM
I've put my tickets aside. Now to find the cheapest flights to the West Coast.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 06, 2018, 01:27:37 AM
This is certainly shaping up to be quite the meetup. At least by PNW standards.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - January 2019
Post by: Bruce on November 08, 2018, 01:02:17 AM
This is certainly shaping up to be quite the meetup. At least by PNW standards.

Yeah, our isolated little corner of the country will get our time in the spotlight.

Anyone want to volunteer their cars for a driving tour of some highways, assuming that our out-of-town visitors are staying for the Sunday as well? I don't think we'd have time for anything more than a dinner together after the tunnel/viaduct walk.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 08, 2018, 02:29:20 AM
I could probably arrange a vehicle.



Anyone else doing the bicycle ride on Sunday?
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on November 08, 2018, 12:34:11 PM
I'm going to be spending time with various folks so I won't be around for a tour. I could do a brunch before the ribbon cutting.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: kevinb1994 on November 08, 2018, 07:17:47 PM
Due to cost and distance plus inclement weather, weíre out.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Hurricane Rex on November 09, 2018, 10:44:07 PM
Why running club. I have a track meet that was just scheduled in Seattle the week after this meet. That may put costs into question considering I'm surviving off of top ramen :bigass:

LG-TP260

Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Highway63 on November 14, 2018, 12:24:00 AM
OK, I really need to get to Washington state again, and this seems like a really good reason to do so. But I need more clarification on what and how we would be meeting.

Some of you mention getting tickets; are those time-sensitive and is there a specific time to shoot for? How will there be a meetup if people have different ticket times? Would the meetup be Saturday only, the day of the walking, or Sunday too, with driving? Hearing the horror stories from Mom, I want to drive in Seattle as little as possible.

I want to be in on this, but second-round vacation requests are due Thanksgiving so I'd like more information.

(And it looks like plane/car will set me back $650 before I set foot in a restaurant or hotel. Yowza.)
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on November 14, 2018, 12:55:06 AM
OK, I really need to get to Washington state again, and this seems like a really good reason to do so. But I need more clarification on what and how we would be meeting.

Some of you mention getting tickets; are those time-sensitive and is there a specific time to shoot for? How will there be a meetup if people have different ticket times? Would the meetup be Saturday only, the day of the walking, or Sunday too, with driving? Hearing the horror stories from Mom, I want to drive in Seattle as little as possible.

I want to be in on this, but second-round vacation requests are due Thanksgiving so I'd like more information.

(And it looks like plane/car will set me back $650 before I set foot in a restaurant or hotel. Yowza.)
http://99stepforward.com/ (http://99stepforward.com/) I plan to be at the ribbon cutting, then catch a shuttle north, check out the old viaduct/tunnel and walk the new tunnel back south. Based on the schedule of events, I'm assuming that any meetup would be limited to seeing each other at the ribbon cutting and a post-event dinner.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Bruce on November 14, 2018, 03:20:10 PM
I wouldn't be able to attend on Sunday, unless someone decides to drive 40 miles out of the way to pick me up. We should definitely do dinner together, though it would be better to find a place a bit out of downtown where food gets cheaper.

Generally, Sunday driving in Seattle isn't particularly bad. Trying to drive on a weekday during "rush hour" (which bleeds into each other, thanks to the express lanes) is pretty bad if you're not used to city gridlock. A few streets may be closed for the event, construction, or other activities, so just keep Google Maps handy.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on November 14, 2018, 07:56:05 PM
I wouldn't be able to attend on Sunday, unless someone decides to drive 40 miles out of the way to pick me up. We should definitely do dinner together, though it would be better to find a place a bit out of downtown where food gets cheaper.

Generally, Sunday driving in Seattle isn't particularly bad. Trying to drive on a weekday during "rush hour" (which bleeds into each other, thanks to the express lanes) is pretty bad if you're not used to city gridlock. A few streets may be closed for the event, construction, or other activities, so just keep Google Maps handy.
Yeah I was only going to be there Saturday. I assume that's the preferred day given the ribbon cutting.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 15, 2018, 03:10:29 AM
I thought the only thing happening Sunday was the bike ride? Which I am doing, as I previously mentioned.

For the record, my tickets are for 1230-1530. It also mentions meeting at Portal A first for the tunnel walk, then the viaduct walk after that.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Bruce on November 15, 2018, 03:35:30 AM
I have tickets reserved in the earliest three slots, but I'm going to try and join the media scruff at the ribbon-cutting before joining you guys (one of several groups I want to walk the tunnel with...going to be tough to juggle everything, but this is a challenge worth taking on).
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 15, 2018, 04:37:59 AM
I have tickets reserved in the earliest three slots, but I'm going to try and join the media scruff at the ribbon-cutting before joining you guys (one of several groups I want to walk the tunnel with...going to be tough to juggle everything, but this is a challenge worth taking on).

I shall imagine that you probably know, for example, your STB guys a bit better than you know us, so I certainly wouldn't be heartbroken if you joined someone else. But I'm always up for meeting new faces! Even if only for a bite.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on November 15, 2018, 04:43:16 PM
I thought the only thing happening Sunday was the bike ride? Which I am doing, as I previously mentioned.

For the record, my tickets are for 1230-1530. It also mentions meeting at Portal A first for the tunnel walk, then the viaduct walk after that.
I have the same tickets you do, so we should definitely coordinate. I think you may be conflating the existing Broadway tunnel with the new tunnel, because the last activity is to walk the new tunnel 2 miles back to the south end where the ribbon was cut.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 15, 2018, 07:03:38 PM
I thought the only thing happening Sunday was the bike ride? Which I am doing, as I previously mentioned.

For the record, my tickets are for 1230-1530. It also mentions meeting at Portal A first for the tunnel walk, then the viaduct walk after that.

I have the same tickets you do, so we should definitely coordinate. I think you may be conflating the existing Broadway tunnel with the new tunnel, because the last activity is to walk the new tunnel 2 miles back to the south end where the ribbon was cut.

Sounds good.

I didn't think I was reading that right. As long as someone out there is herding us, I'll be okay.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: compdude787 on November 17, 2018, 02:31:51 AM
So, just to be clear, this (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viaduct-tunnel-access-tickets-49301312553?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewevent) is the ticket I have. It has viaduct access first, and then tunnel access. Is this the same ticket that you guys have, Jakeroot and Alps?
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 17, 2018, 02:44:31 AM
So, just to be clear, this (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viaduct-tunnel-access-tickets-49301312553?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewevent) is the ticket I have. It has viaduct access first, and then tunnel access. Is this the same ticket that you guys have, Jakeroot and Alps?

Looks the same to me!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: compdude787 on November 17, 2018, 11:20:47 PM
So, just to be clear, this (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viaduct-tunnel-access-tickets-49301312553?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewevent) is the ticket I have. It has viaduct access first, and then tunnel access. Is this the same ticket that you guys have, Jakeroot and Alps?

Looks the same to me!

Awesome, thanks! I thought it would be quite appropriate to say one last goodbye to the viaduct before walking thru the tunnel.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 18, 2018, 06:41:17 PM
So, just to be clear, this (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viaduct-tunnel-access-tickets-49301312553?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewevent) is the ticket I have. It has viaduct access first, and then tunnel access. Is this the same ticket that you guys have, Jakeroot and Alps?

Looks the same to me!

Awesome, thanks! I thought it would be quite appropriate to say one last goodbye to the viaduct before walking thru the tunnel.

Absolutely. That's why I'm doing the bike ride on Sunday. I'll look back on my childhood twenty years from now, and be glad I got to use and see the viaduct. There's lots of bridges in the Seattle area that have been demolished that I would love to have seen; glad this won't be one of them! Its time has come, but history is history, and it served its purpose well.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: ErmineNotyours on November 20, 2018, 12:10:06 AM
I've just signed up too.  Hope we can see each other.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 20, 2018, 12:56:06 AM
Can't remember how these road meets are usually organized, but I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces myself.

As was mentioned earlier, depending on how many of us end up on the same ticket, a full meetup may be relegated to a dinner afterwards or something. But that's better than nothing!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: BloonsTDFan360 on November 21, 2018, 11:30:41 PM
I'm planning to take a day trip up to Seattle to see you guys. I will take Amtrak Cascades to get up there, and would only be in town for roughly 12pm-6pm. Would that be enough time? Also, I wonder if I should bring my bike along (wished I can do the bike ride Sunday, but it doesn't fit into my schedule).
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on November 22, 2018, 04:42:19 AM
I'm planning to take a day trip up to Seattle to see you guys. I will take Amtrak Cascades to get up there, and would only be in town for roughly 12pm-6pm. Would that be enough time? Also, I wonder if I should bring my bike along (wished I can do the bike ride Sunday, but it doesn't fit into my schedule).

I think that will be sufficient time to see the sights and make the walks. Perhaps leaving too early for a dinner meetup, but no time has been set just yet; stay tuned!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Highway63 on December 12, 2018, 01:42:31 AM
I have a viaduct/tunnel ticket for 1:30, the earliest available. I do not understand why they are not running shuttles in both directions (website says south to north only).

Airplane ticket and car rental has been arranged.

LET'S DO THIS. (Meaning, if there's going to be an evening meetup of some sort, plans would be good.)
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Bruce on December 13, 2018, 10:31:27 PM
I have a viaduct/tunnel ticket for 1:30, the earliest available. I do not understand why they are not running shuttles in both directions (website says south to north only).

Airplane ticket and car rental has been arranged.

LET'S DO THIS. (Meaning, if there's going to be an evening meetup of some sort, plans would be good.)

I believe that the shuttles are just the regular parking shuttles that the Downtown Seattle Association runs on the waterfront, which are one-way loops.

It will be much easier to park outside of downtown and take the bus in/around downtown on the day of the event. 50K+ expected, which means things will be packed.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: compdude787 on December 15, 2018, 12:29:17 PM
I told my family that I was going down to this event and now they all want to go. So I'll probably be bringing them all down there with me.

EDIT: I had to switch to the 1:30 timeslot in order to get the 10 tickets for everyone in my family since the 12:30 time slot is sold out.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: BloonsTDFan360 on December 16, 2018, 02:04:43 AM
Lil update, I got my tickets a couple days ago. 12:30pm sold out, so I have viaduct/tunnel tickets for 1pm and 1:30pm just in case.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Bruce on December 25, 2018, 02:16:19 AM
It might be worth organizing a viaduct last ride a few days before the final shutdown on the 11th. There's only two full weekends left.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: compdude787 on December 26, 2018, 10:52:04 PM
Best to do it sooner rather than later, and preferably when it's not raining. It's supposed to be partly sunny on Sunday.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on January 09, 2019, 05:07:21 PM
I'm going to be in Seattle pretty much all day tomorrow and Friday (driving Lyft, my job). If anyone is in the city and wants to meet up for a drive through or something, definitely send me a message. AARoads PM, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I'm happy to drive through it as much as anyone wants, though the turnaround is all the way down at Diagonal Ave, so it's not a quick drive!



Are we thinking about putting together a Facebook event for this meeting? Or something informal on here? If something on here, we might want to use the chat function the day-of so we can find each other prior to any sort of official meetup, especially if two or more people are on the same schedule (since the itinerary is slightly different for some of us).

If we all want to have a larger meetup, somewhere downtown in the evening might be our best shot. Occidental Park, one of the piers, Victor Steinbrueck Park, Seattle Center, etc. Or since we might all be hungry, we can set up a food location instead (which might make more sense). Since WA has really restrictive rules on alcohol-serving establishments, meeting at a true pub will only work if we're all 21. Doubt that's the case.

If not a restaurant, Occidental Park is great since it's reasonably close to the viaduct/tunnel, 3rd Ave busway, King Street Station, and the Pioneer Square Link station.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on January 09, 2019, 05:16:45 PM
I'm going to be in Seattle pretty much all day tomorrow and Friday (driving Lyft, my job). If anyone is in the city and wants to meet up for a drive through or something, definitely send me a message. AARoads PM, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I'm happy to drive through it as much as anyone wants, though the turnaround is all the way down at Diagonal Ave, so it's not a quick drive!



Are we thinking about putting together a Facebook event for this meeting? Or something informal on here? If something on here, we might want to use the chat function the day-of so we can find each other prior to any sort of official meetup, especially if two or more people are on the same schedule (since the itinerary is slightly different for some of us).

If we all want to have a larger meetup, somewhere downtown in the evening might be our best shot. Occidental Park, one of the piers, Victor Steinbrueck Park, Seattle Center, etc. Or since we might all be hungry, we can set up a food location instead (which might make more sense). Since WA has really restrictive rules on alcohol-serving establishments, meeting at a true pub will only work if we're all 21. Doubt that's the case.

If not a restaurant, Occidental Park is great since it's reasonably close to the viaduct/tunnel, 3rd Ave busway, King Street Station, and the Pioneer Square Link station.
I can meet up for breakfast, but that's it. After the tunnel I head down to Portland.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on January 09, 2019, 05:22:08 PM
I can meet up for breakfast, but that's it. After the tunnel I head down to Portland.

Ahh, that's right. A brunch/breakfast meetup would be a solid plan too. Are you driving or riding transit?
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Highway63 on January 16, 2019, 12:48:29 AM
I would be up for a brunch/breakfast thing assuming I am back in the area by the morning. But if the ribbon cutting is at 11:30 will there be time to do anything before needing to get to a place to park?
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on January 16, 2019, 03:35:08 PM
I would be up for a brunch/breakfast thing assuming I am back in the area by the morning. But if the ribbon cutting is at 11:30 will there be time to do anything before needing to get to a place to park?
Park first, eat near the ribbon cutting, walk over. Well, I'm not seeing anything that's normally open that early, so maybe not, unless someone volunteers to cook and we all pay him back.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on January 30, 2019, 12:30:45 AM
There's been talk of an old sign at the ferry terminal just north of the ribbon cutting, so I'll be up there rather early. Also, my flight gets in around 8:30 and I'm just going across the street to the hotel from there, so if anyone wanted to meet Friday night, that can work. If interested, please respond to one of the below:
* Saturday: Planet Java Diner, 72 S Washington St., let's say 9:30 AM and we can walk down from there around 10:45.
* Friday: Mecca Mediterranean, 16324 Intl Blvd., around 9:00 PM (need to get up there from a scheduled landing of 8:25).

If I don't see votes, I may not be at either place, so please speak up!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on January 30, 2019, 01:24:13 AM
If interested, please respond to one of the below:
* Saturday: Planet Java Diner, 72 S Washington St., let's say 9:30 AM and we can walk down from there around 10:45.
* Friday: Mecca Mediterranean, 16324 Intl Blvd., around 9:00 PM (need to get up there from a scheduled landing of 8:25).

I will definitely plan on that Saturday breakfast.

Friday should work too, as long as I'm in Seattle that night for work. I'll know for sure by tomorrow and will post back here.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: ErmineNotyours on January 30, 2019, 11:42:57 PM
The breakfast sounds good.  I have my ticket for the 12:30 entry.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: compdude787 on January 31, 2019, 01:17:23 PM
Yeah that sounds like a good place for breakfast. I ended up with tickets for the 1:30 timeslot so that I can walk the viaduct and tunnel with everyone in my family. But I will join you guys for breakfast and to see the ribbon cutting.

It looks like the weather is shaping up to be partly sunny with only a 10% chance of rain, so I'm happy about that. I'm really looking forward to this; it's going to be a lot of fun getting to meet you guys!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on January 31, 2019, 03:41:28 PM
The breakfast sounds good.  I have my ticket for the 12:30 entry.
I'm also 12:30 but want to catch the ribbon cutting at 11:30. So it sounds like the official meetup will be breakfast.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Bruce on January 31, 2019, 09:02:10 PM
Scratch that, I may be able to make the breakfast...or at least walk through during the earliest tunnel slot with everyone. I do have other obligations that will have to be made later in the day, so I might walk the viaduct with another group.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on January 31, 2019, 10:55:42 PM
I am out for dinner Friday. Ended up in Seattle today instead of tomorrow. Dinner with family tomorrow.

Definitely will be great to finally meet some new faces! Saturday should be a blast.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Bruce on January 31, 2019, 11:18:54 PM
We should have a way of coordinating besides this thread. Telegram, Twitter, SMS/MMS...any will do.

Also, if anyone is driving past Marysville to make the breakfast, perhaps you could pick me up? Otherwise I'll be taking a very early bus to be on time.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on January 31, 2019, 11:39:35 PM
@AlpsRoads
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: compdude787 on February 02, 2019, 11:18:12 AM
Alps, jakeroot, Bruce and Erminenotyours: I just sent you a PM with my phone number.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: BloonsTDFan360 on February 02, 2019, 02:37:56 PM
I am on my way to Seattle right now. I realize I am a bit crunched on time, but the least Iím hoping for is to say hi to you fellow roadgeeks. Where are you guys right now and what medthod of communication are you guys using?

I brought someone along with me so my ticker time is now 1:30.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on February 02, 2019, 04:49:12 PM
It is, in fact, Bro-um. Two syllables.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on February 02, 2019, 05:00:07 PM
It is, in fact, Bro-um. Two syllables.

Who confirmed it?



I am on my way to Seattle right now. I realize I am a bit crunched on time, but the least Iím hoping for is to say hi to you fellow roadgeeks. Where are you guys right now and what medthod of communication are you guys using?

I brought someone along with me so my ticker time is now 1:30.

Awesome! What's your sitrep? (As in, what are you doing right now?)

I am currently riding a bus to the north portal to walk the viaduct. Already walked the tunnel.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Bruce on February 03, 2019, 12:32:14 AM
It was nice putting faces to usernames. It's a bit unfortunate that we had to split up for the actual walk, but I think we'll have plenty of time to chat during our next roadmeet.

My only regret is not being able to snag one of the tote bags with the commemorative logo on them.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: jakeroot on February 03, 2019, 01:04:20 AM
Crap, I didn't even know that was a thing. Oh well!

It was indeed great to see everyone, hopefully not for the last time!
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on February 03, 2019, 06:11:27 PM
It is, in fact, Bro-um. Two syllables.

Who confirmed it?
Local police officer who was old enough to know the announcer.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: BloonsTDFan360 on February 04, 2019, 10:12:33 PM
Awesome! What's your sitrep? (As in, what are you doing right now?)

I am currently riding a bus to the north portal to walk the viaduct. Already walked the tunnel.
Apologies for being late with this post, but at the time you posted, I was at the front of the line at the Seneca Street entrance to the viaduct. I've wanted to do the viaduct first then the tunnel. Ended spending a huge portion of my time at the viaduct (never been on it before) that we only had a little bit of time for the tunnel. It's alright I didn't get to see you guys. Seattle is so beautiful, we'll be back for spring break to check out more of the tunnel.
Title: Re: Seattle (SR 99 Tunnel) - February 2, 2019
Post by: Alps on February 05, 2019, 10:43:58 PM
Awesome! What's your sitrep? (As in, what are you doing right now?)

I am currently riding a bus to the north portal to walk the viaduct. Already walked the tunnel.
Apologies for being late with this post, but at the time you posted, I was at the front of the line at the Seneca Street entrance to the viaduct. I've wanted to do the viaduct first then the tunnel. Ended spending a huge portion of my time at the viaduct (never been on it before) that we only had a little bit of time for the tunnel. It's alright I didn't get to see you guys. Seattle is so beautiful, we'll be back for spring break to check out more of the tunnel.
I did the opposite - I've driven the viaduct a few times and it's just a big concrete monolith, so I only went as far as the interesting NB signs and then made my way back. Spent a lot more time photoing the tunnel.