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Alaskan Way Viaduct

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Welcome to the Pike Place Market's Communication Center. We will update this page weekly with information relevant to our Market merchants, vendors and entertainers.



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Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure and Beyond

Pike Place Market will remain open for business. The PDA’s goals are to:

  • Have staff available to keep operations running smoothly.
  • Continue to creat an enjoyable atmosphere for all Market customers.
  • Work with our businesses to ensure that service deliveries continue to function.
  • Continue marketing outreach to ensure locals know we are open for business with accessible parking options.

We know this will be a challenging time. Below are maps, a timeline, a list of key dates and helpful sites all aimed to keep your business updated.


Key Dates: Mark Your Calendars! 

  • Date TBA: Anticipated Feb 18: The new northbound off-ramp to Alaskan Way at the south portal opens (one to two weeks after Feb. 4th).
  • February 15 - July: Viaduct Removal Begins, visit the interactive tracker to see where consturction is currently. 
    - Western Street will be closed at intersection with Columbia St. from 2/8 to 3/9.

  • Friday, January 4at 10 p.m.: SR 99 on-ramp and SR 99 off-ramp will close near the stadiums.
  • Friday, January 11 at 10 p.m.: Both directions of SR 99 through Seattle will close for at least three weeks as crews work to realign the roadway into the new tunnel. Anticipate for about a month, that all traffic through Seattle will be on surface streets or I-5.
  • Saturday, January 12Seneca St. between 1st Ave. & 3rd Ave. to convert into one-way street headed westbound.
  • Monday, January 14On-street parking restrictions for key downtown streets.  (see map)
  • Sunday, January 27: WSDOT begins to fence off the Battery Street Tunnel’s south portal
  • Thursday, January 31: Pike Place Market SURFACE LOTS CLOSE (50 Lenora Surface lot and 30 Blanchard Surface lot) 
  • February 2-3: SR 99 Step Forward Events
    Saturday, February 2: Tunnel to Viaduct 8K Run/Walk 
    Sunday, February 3: Tunnel Bike Ride
    Crews begin fencing off the parking lot located east of the Lenora Street Pedestrian Bridge and just north of Lenora Street under the viaduct. This will establish a work zone for demolition equipment.
  • February 4: New SR 99 tunnel IS OPEN. 
    Access to downtown only at Pioneer Square/Stadium District or Seattle Center/South Lake Union.
    The new northbound off-ramp to Alaskan Way at the south portal won’t open for one to two weeks after the tunnel.

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Learn More: Helpful links to explore! 

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Learn More about the New SR 99 Tunnel:

The tunnel is a direct, 2-mile trip underneath downtown Seattle. Tunnel entrances and exits, near Seattle’s Space Needle to the north and the stadiums to the south, work differently than the entrances and exits on the viaduct.The tunnel will be free to use when it first opens. After the tunnel opens, it could take weeks or months for traffic patterns to settle down as drivers try different routes to and from their destinations. 

The Washington State Department of Transportation created four new videos to help drivers navigate the changes the new tunnel brings. The videos show:

Other Downtown Seattle Projects:


Takeover Our Instagram

The PDA's Instagram account is a great way to reach a wide audience for free. We have almost 100,000 followers and our Instagram Stories traditionally get seen by 3,000 to 4,000 people. 

Please read the rules and guidlines below, then click here to apply to Takeover Our Instagram Stories account



  • Be positive! Be creative! Show your personality while also showing off your brand and Pike Place Market.
  • Show your day. Be real.
  • Create memorable moments; interviews with coworkers and/or tips for the audience. 
  • Provide a unique experience. 
  • You can use 1 location and up to 6 hashtags on a slide. Mentions and hashtags make your story more visible. 
  • The PDA has final approval of photos and videos that get uploaded to our account. 

How To

Step 1: Apply here.

Step 2: We will review your application and reach out. 



Co-op Advertising Program 

The Pike Place Market PDA will announce a NEW Co-op Advertising Program for 2019 in February.

This program was created to allow Market tenants to receive reimbursements of up to 50% for qualifying paid advertisements placed for your business. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for tenants in good standing with the PDA. 

  • Daystall and Farm: Receive up to $350 annually (in 2018) 
  • Commercial: Receive up to $700 annually (in 2018) 

If you have questions, please contact the PDA Marketing department.