It was a dark, rainy morning commute riding the bus into downtown. A pretty typical winter commute in Seattle–except for one thing. It was my last ride on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Last night Washington State Department of Transportation closed the venerable structure forever and soon it will be torn down. How I navigate this city will change dramatically.
I’m in another in-between state now: the Seattle Squeeze. For the next few weeks we’ll be forced to find creative ways for moving around this city as connections to Highway 99 are made from the now-closed viaduct to the soon-to-open tunnel.
When the Seattle Squeeze is past, travel will still be messy. You see, the Squeeze is just an early phase of “the period of maximum constraint.” If you think that sounds way more ominous than the cutesy Seattle Squeeze, you’re correct. Maximum constraint is forecasted to last until 2021.
It makes me appreciate my flexible work schedule. And now for another cup of coffee.