They just installed a new light at the crosswalk at Yesler Way under the Viaduct. It seems to be a temporary thing until the Viaduct comes down.* So for now it’s a pain in the ass to cross. Previously, there was a crosswalk under the Viaduct, and then another one between the Viaduct and the waterfront.
The crosswalk under the Viaduct never had a light until now. This wouldn’t mean much if the lights were coordinated. But they are not. I’m sure it doesn’t actually add much time to the commute but it feels like forever.
This may be a bit of a problem as the days get nicer and more people who live and work in Pioneer Square want to walk to the waterfront. So hopefully it isn’t too long until they either get the Viaduct down or at least synch up the crosswalk lights.
And for the record, this isn’t an anti-viaduct post. I realize my preferred option (Surface/Transit/I-5) would have plenty of construction right now if it had been implemented.
* I emailed SDOT a few questions on Thursday. They never got back.