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" "I leave West Seattle every morn- ing at 7 o'clock ... and I come down Admiral Hill" a man in the crowd said. "Is it going to take me until 8 o'clock to get to I-5?" "Yes," someone in the crowd quipped, leading to a swirl of laugh- ter. "A common question that we get is 'What should people expect for travel times?'" Preedy said. "And all we can say at this point is that all depends .on how well people respond to take alternate modes, to leave earlier, to delay their trips, to not travel at all. "If nobody changes how they operate, nothing will move," Preedy added. "If the majority of people change how they operate, things may not be that bad." Preedy displayed a slide with suggestions on how West Seattleites can alter their commute (he asked that everyone do this at least one of the nine days to help "free up road use for those that can't change"): Carpool, vanpool, vanshare Take the bus, water taxi, light rail, train, bike Work from home Adjust your work schedule (work later or earlier to avoid the rush hours) Use alternate routes where pos- sible Plan for delays and added travel time Listen to radio traffic reports and use electronic message boards to get up to the minute information (those boards will be up on Fauntleroy, Avalon and 35th) Delay or reschedule discretion- ary trips For those who need to make that commute downtown, Preedy said instead of using the Viaduct, people will need to take either the 1st Ave S. or 4th Ave S. exits off the West ........................ Seattle Bridge. Preedy said existing construction projects on Ist and 4th Ave will continue during the clo- sure, but they will open up lanes as much as possible during that time to help traffic flow. Headed South, Commuters wilt need to work their way to East Marginal Way S., then take the Lower Spokane-St. Swing Bridge. Preedy Said the US Coast Guard has agreed not to operate the swing bridge from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the closure, except in the case of emergencies. Preedy also suggested trying out your alternate route before the clo- sure begins to become comfortable with it before bumper-to-bumper traffic begins. Preedy said $135 million has been spent on educating and informing the public, including forums like this and informational signs on Fauntleroy, Avalon and 35th displaying expected delays during the nine,day closure. They plan to have "incident response trucks" stationed on the West Seat, tie Bridge throughout the closure to qu!ckly respond to and clean up and wrecks. SPD traffic officers will help guide 1st and 4th Ave traffic as well. A good place to start for compre- hensive information on the closure is visiting WashDOT's website on the project at Projects/SR99/HolgateToKing/Via- ductNineDayClosure.htm. Preedy also encouraged anyone With specific questions on their personal commute from any neigh- borhood in West Seattle to either call the Viaduct Closure hotline at 1-888-AWV-LINE or email at via- During the closure, visit Wash- DOT's What's Happening Now website ( - ects/SR99/HolgateToKing/Current- Work.htm) and keep up with the news (including the West Seattle Herald), Preedy said media will be issued press releases with the latest information throughout the closure. Councilmember McDermott encouraged West Seattleites to share the information they have on navi- gating the closure "with your neigh- bors, your friends, your co-workers, the people you ride the bus with - even your enemies. Share it with everybody you can find because we all need to get the word out to as many people as possible" He shared the story of Carma- geddon, a week-long closure of a major highway in Los Angeles. "Because of their strong plan- START RIGHT. START HERE. www, 4747 44th AVE SW (206) 932-0450 r ning and getting the word OUt and people hearing that message, Car- mageddon didn't materialize," McDermott said. "Tonight we are here to talk about what may be termed Viadoom" After the presentation, McDer- mott described his plans for alter- nate transportation from his home in the Morgan Junction. "Depending on what my exact schedule is in each day it will :waterfront section to the new SR 99 bridge." They will also build a new southbound SR 99 off-ramp to S. Atlantic St. and the existing ramp to S. Royal Brougham Way will close. From the WashDOT website, "We're almost finished building the first Of two side-by-side bridg- es that will replace the viaduct's southem mile. On Oct. 21, we will close SR 99 and begin demolishing revolve largely around the water part of the viaduct. When SR 99 taxi, which will run earlier with more runs all day, (use the King County Shuttle Service) and also -changing my hours," he said. "Going in early, whatever it takes" "On a normal day from my house it will take a bus ride to a shuttle to the water taxi ... and it's going to be more than worth it" What exactly is happen- ing during the nine-day closure? Preedy took a moment to clear up the misconception that the entire viaduct is coming down during the closure. Only the southern mile is coming down so they can fin- ish building a four-lane bypass to "connect the'viaduct's central reopens to traffic on Oct. 31, both directions through SODO will trav- el on the new bridge. We can then finish demolishing the viaduct's southern mile without disrupting traffic on SR 99 and begin building the second new bridge." 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