Preparing for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure

The Alaskan Way viaduct is scheduled to close for three weeks beginning the evening of Jan. 11, 2019. This closure is expected to cause major traffic congestion and delays, particularly in the south and central ends of the city.

To prepare, we want to encourage all employees and students to begin thinking now about their commutes and work schedules through the duration of the closure. We also encourage supervisors to be as flexible as possible when working with affected students and employees. Below are some options that we hope will help you as you plan your commute and work schedule.

Adjusting work hours
Employees are encouraged to work directly with their immediate supervisors to develop a mutually agreed-upon work schedule that adheres to union contracts. Examples of the options available to employees and supervisors include flexible work hours, telecommuting and working from an alternate location when possible.

If you have specific questions about your options during this time, please contact a member of North’s Human Resources team:

Jennifer Dixon

 Sylvia Juarez

Carpooling and other Transportation options
WSDOT and its partner agencies have compiled a list of trip planning resources to help commuters during the closure. For details, please visit the WSDOT project page.

The Seattle Colleges’ Transportation Planning group has also decided to allow all employees to purchase both a parking permit AND an ORCA card, for winter quarter only. The current policy limits each commuter to one or the other, but in order to allow employees as much flexibility as possible, we are waiving this policy for Winter quarter 2019.  If this interests you, please follow the instructions below.

How to obtain:

  • Please obtain the appropriate form from North Transportation Coordinator, Chris McDivit, in the Transportation Office located in College Center CC1252 or via email at   
  • If you have payroll deduction for an annual parking permit, you must obtain the ORCA card directly from your campus cashier.  Cost is $51, one-time fee.  Please let the cashier know you already have payroll deduction for the parking permit.
  • If you have payroll deduction for the ORCA card, and wish to purchase a parking permit, you would also obtain the appropriate form from your campus transportation office, and pay at the cashier, for the appropriate type of permit you wish to obtain, and you will receive a quarterly permit.  Again, please let the campus cashier know you already have payroll deduction for the ORCA card.
  • The payroll deductions will continue as normal for as long as you wish them to, but the quarterly parking permits expire at the end of the quarter and the ORCA cards will be blocked after the first week of Spring Quarter.
  • PT faculty or quarterly staff who wish to purchase both may also do so at the campus cashier.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Chris McDivit at 206-934-0060 or You may also contact Jeff Keever, Seattle Colleges District Transportation Coordinator, at

Thank you in advance for your help in planning! We know this closure presents a tricky commute for many of us and we aim to be as flexible as we can in accommodating schedules.

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 at 15:48:44

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