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Drivers and bus riders beware: Aurora Avenue lane closure will affect your route downtown

March 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Starting next Tuesday, southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North/State Route 99 will be narrowed from three lanes to two between Republican and John streets, just north of the Battery Street Tunnel.

The closure will last about six weeks as crews relocate utilities before construction of the State Route 99 tunnel’s north portal begins.

Metro Transit will reroute five buses that use this section of southbound SR 99: Route 5, Route 5 Express, Route 26 Express, Route 28 Express and Route 358.

During the lane closure, southbound buses on Aurora will exit at Valley Street. The southbound bus stops on Aurora at Broad and at John streets, plus the one westbound on Wall Street at Fifth Avenue, will not be served. This will affect approximately 385 bus trips a day on Route 5, Route 5 Express, Route 26 Express, Route 28 Express and Route 358.

The southbound detoured buses will turn left from Valley Street to Fifth Avenue North to travel southbound into downtown Seattle, where they will resume regular routing and stops. The buses will not stop along the detour route with two exceptions – they will stop on Fifth Avenue North at both Mercer and John streets.

You can find updated information on Metro’s Construction & Events page.

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