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Best Way to Get to Hwy 99 in Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia?

Best Way to Get to Hwy 99 in Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia?

Old Jun 13th, 2006, 06:52 PM
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Best Way to Get to Hwy 99 in Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia?

Hi, I'm coming up from Portland next weekend, and would love to bypass I-5 if I could...I remember taking Hwy 99 a few years ago, and finding it a great alternative to busy I-5--trouble is, I don't remember where I picked it up from I-5!...anyone know/can recommend the best place/city to venture from I-5 onto Hwy 99? Thanks!
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Old Jun 13th, 2006, 07:09 PM
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Hwy 99 is a non-freeway from Tacoma up to around Sea-Tac airport. I don't think you want to be on that section. You just need to stay on I-5 to just past SeaTac, then take Exit 156 which is highway 599. 599 will join 99, which is the viaduct to downtown Seattle.
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Old Jun 13th, 2006, 07:18 PM
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Perfect! Thanks a million--great to get advice from a Seattle expert.
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Old Jun 13th, 2006, 08:11 PM
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No, I'm not a Seattle expert. Just good at map reading, and have been to the area a few times. The locals can tell you if the traffic is actually better on 99 than on I-5 into Seattle. I have no idea.
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Old Jun 13th, 2006, 08:41 PM
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Yes, it's the way to go between Seatac and either downtown Seattle OR the west side of the city. If you are trying to go through the city, or to the half east of I-5, stick to I-5.
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Old Jun 14th, 2006, 06:29 AM
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Traffic would have to unusually horrible or at a stand-still on I-5 to make 99 a better route imo. The old highway 99 has so many traffic lights and very low speed limit, pretty slow going.
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Southbound, 99 ends at Fife...so delete Olympia from this discussion.
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Old Jun 14th, 2006, 09:28 AM
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There is no good reason to get off I-5 unless you are headed for Queen Anne Hill or Magnolia.

Grit your teeth and move over to the right lane as you approach city center.
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Old Jun 14th, 2006, 12:28 PM
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I'm headed to the Holiday Inn on Dexter, very close to the Needle, so I just thought Hwy 99 would be better on a busy Father's Day travel day/weekend...I stayed at the wonderful Edgewater a few years ago, and found bypassing the Seattle stretch of I-5 a welcome and scenic (especially the Alaskan Way viaduct, adjacent to Elliott Bay) diversion...thanks again, everybody!
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Old Jun 14th, 2006, 01:49 PM
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The best route is on I-5. Take the Mercer Street exit, which is the first exit on the left after you go under the Convention Center.
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Old Jun 14th, 2006, 03:14 PM
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Six and half a dozen. One thing to note is that the Mariners are playing day games against the Giants on both Saturday and Sunday, so if you take 99 you run some small chance of congestion down by Safeco Field.

The Holiday Inn actually backs onto Aurora/99, so it could well be faster to use 99 to get to the hotel than using I-5 and going through the Mercer Mess.

The easiest freeway-friendly way to get from I-5 to 99 is to take the main airport exit from I-5 (SR 518) and continue west past the airport to SR 509 (go north) which is also a freeway that ends up in south Seattle, then after a few blocks of surface street becomes SR 99 (Viaduct.) You'll get the great view of the Sound, skyline, stadiums, cruise ships, etc. Go through the Battery St. Tunnel just past the Pike Market and stay to the right because the Holiday Inn will be coming up almost immediately on your right. Quick as can be.
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