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October 24, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Evening commute backing up worse than morning

Seattle commuters showed their flexibility Monday morning, averting gridlock as crews worked to destroy half of the old Alaskan Way Viaduct. But the evening  commute looked more like the widely forecast viadoom, as cars and buses stacked up on several streets and highways.

The Monday evening commute turned nasty earlier than usual, with the online maps showing stop-and-go traffic from Northgate to downtown just after 3 p.m.

Traffic as far away as Interstate 405 was noticeably worse than normal by late Monday afternoon, with speeds as low as 1 to 15 mph, said said Jim Bak, community relations director for the INRIX traffic-data company. It appears that many drivers coming from south of Seattle to Snohomish County went all the way around the east side of Lake Washington rather than grapple with Highway 99 and Interstate 5 in Seattle, he said.

In addition, speeds on Fourth Avenue South in south Seattle were 13 mph compared with a normal 25 mph.

The southern part of Highway 99 is being destroyed, causing a traffic closure for 90,000 daily vehicle trips, until early on Oct. 31.

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