With the arrival of Bertha—the machine that will dig the pointless and extravagantly expensive SR 99 car tunnel under downtown—users of the Alaskan Way Trail through Pioneer Square should be prepared for intermittent closures and delays as WSDOT moves the obscenely misguided use of public funds into place.
Alert from WSDOT:
Update to bicycle community about Bertha’s arrival and changes to shared-use path along the waterfront in Pioneer Square
Bertha is on her way from Japan to Seattle! As you can imagine, the arrival of the world’s largest-diameter tunneling machine will affect your route near the SR 99 Tunnel project construction zone. We’re here with the information needed to keep you rolling.
The first change will come on Monday, April 1, when the crossover will shift a block south, from South Jackson Street to South King Street.
Once we start unloading Bertha in 41 pieces from a vessel docked at Terminal 46, the path will be temporarily closed at South King Street several times per day. This is necessary to maintain safe path access while we move large equipment across the sidewalk. Police officers will be on site to help direct traffic while we move Bertha’s pieces.
The sidewalk near South King Street offers a great view of Bertha’s arrival point, so we’re expecting that people will gather on the path to catch a glimpse of Bertha being unloaded. Please ride with caution and expect delays if there are crowds.
We expect Bertha’s ship will arrive around April 2, but because sailing times across the Pacific vary with the weather, we will not be able to confirm the arrival date in Seattle until about 24 hours in advance. Our website is a great place to track Bertha’s journey to Seattle and, upon her arrival, the offloading process.
Thank you for your patience. If you have questions or concerns, please email [email protected] or call (888) AWV-LINE (298-5463).