New SoDo overpass aims to clear congestion in Seattle

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 2:13 PM

A new overpass in Seattle's SoDo district aims to prevent congestion near the Port of Seattle's busiest freight terminals.

The South Atlantic Street overpass gives truck drivers a way around the rail line that often stops traffic for 20 minutes at a time. That bottleneck forces backups throughout the area near the stadiums and sometimes can be felt all the way to Interstate 5 and Interstate 90.

"Freight no longer has to sit there for 20 minutes at a time, stacking up to the freeway and plugging up the ramps," says Matt Preedy, deputy administrator of WSDOT's Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program.

The north leg of the overpass will open to the public after the tunnel opens and will eventually link traffic to a newly rebuilt Alaskan Way and Seattle waterfront.

For more information on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, visit

www.alaskanwayviaduct.org

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