SR 99 Tunnel Project Parking Mitigation Program
The SR 99 Tunnel Project brought the world’s largest tunneling machine to Seattle, but it also brought local neighborhoods a challenge: How do we maintain the vitality of the area during major construction, particularly when that construction removed the on-street parking visitors relied on?
To help answer this question, WSDOT, agency partners and community stakeholders created a program that identifies specific strategies to mitigate the loss of parking in Pioneer Square and the waterfront. These strategies share a goal to help maintain the vitality of the neighborhoods as major commerce hubs and tourist destinations.
For example, we launched a parking website to help visitors find conveniently located, off-street parking for $3 per hour (that’s the same or less than street parking). These spaces are within walking distance of shopping, dining and attractions in Pioneer Square and the waterfront.
A workgroup of Pioneer Square and central waterfront business owners and other stakeholders is providing feedback on mitigation strategies. Workgroup meeting materials are available online.