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Viaduct shutdown: Seattle businesses prepare for gridlock as three-week Highway 99 closure looms

Employees at Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen’s new company lounge Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Seattle, which has been created to use before and between shifts, and to try to make it easier to avoid peak commuting hours for workers. From left: Madeline Pennington, Todd Rotkis, who are both in marketing; and general cousel Loretta Douglas, who is Tom’s daughter. It’s one of many strategies that companies are looking at as they prepare for the traffic nightmare when the viaduct comes down but the tunnel isn’t open yet.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct closes Jan. 11 but the replacement Highway 99 tunnel won't open until three weeks later. The expected traffic congestion has businesses encouraging employees to use other ways to work besides driving alone.

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