State Route 599 marker

State Route 599
Map of King County in western Washington with SR 599 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-5
Defined by RCW 47.17.808
Maintained by WSDOT
Length1.75 mi[1] (2.82 km)
Existed1971–present
Major junctions
South end I-5 in Tukwila
North end SR 99 in Tukwila
Location
CountiesKing
Highway system
SR 548SR 702

State Route 599 (SR 599) is a state highway and freeway in King County, Washington, United States. It is located entirely within the city of Tukwila and travels 1.75 miles (2.82 km) northwest along the Duwamish River between junctions with Interstate 5 (I-5) and SR 99. The freeway has one intermediate exit and follows the Central Link light rail line.

Route description

SR 599 is 1.75 miles (2.82 km) long and travels on a four-lane freeway located entirely within the city of Tukwila in suburban King County.[1] It begins at a Y interchange with I-5 near Foster Memorial Park, approximately 1.4 miles (2.3 km) north of the Southcenter Mall and the terminus of Interstate 405. The interchange lacks connections to the north side of I-5, which are provided by the parallel Interurban Avenue, and has a direct offramp to the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on southbound I-5.[2] The only intermediate junction on SR 599 is a partial cloverleaf interchange at South 133rd Street near several office parks, including the headquarters of BECU.[3][4]

The freeway then travels northwest, following the elevated Central Link light rail tracks to the west and the Duwamish River and the Green River Trail to the east.[5] SR 599 then turns west to travel around a King County Metro bus base, which has a direct onramp to the southbound freeway,[4] and crosses under the light rail tracks at East Marginal Way South. The freeway turns west and intersects Tukwila International Boulevard, which marks the end of SR 599 and where SR 99 resumes.[6] SR 99 continues northwest along the freeway and into Seattle on West Marginal Way.[3]

SR 599 is maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and is designated as a minor route of the National Highway System.[7] WSDOT conducts an annual survey of average traffic volume on the state highway system that is measured in terms of average annual daily traffic, finding in 2016 that approximately 44,000 vehicles use SR 599.[8]

History

SR 599 became a state highway in 1971,[9] but had been part of Washington's older highway system (Primary and Secondary Highways) from 1957 to 1970.[10] The highway, then known as PSH 1 WM, or West Marginal Branch,[10] was built during the 1960s. When it was completed and opened to traffic in June 1968,[11] U.S. Route 99 (US 99) was about to be removed from the system, so when I-5 was completed up to Tukwila, US 99 switched to the route of SR 599. Later on, the current route of SR 599 became known as US 99T (Temporary) and later SR 99T in 1964. In 1971, the highway became SR 599.[9] SR 181 was temporarily routed alongside the freeway on Interurban Avenue until 1971.[12]

Exit list

The entire route is in Tukwila, King County.

mi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
0.000.00 I-5 to I-405 – PortlandSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
0.360.58South 133rd Street / Interurban Avenue  – Tukwila
0.831.34King County Metro South BaseSouthbound entrance only
1.752.82 SR 99 north / Tukwila International Boulevard – SeattleContinues north as SR 99
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b c Multimodal Planning Division (January 3, 2018). State Highway Log Planning Report 2017, SR 2 to SR 971 (PDF) (Report). Washington State Department of Transportation. pp. 1662–1663. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "SR 5 – Exit 156: Junction SR 599/Interurban Avenue" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. February 28, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Google (December 23, 2018). "State Route 599" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "SR 599: Junction Interurban Avenue/S 133rd Street" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. June 15, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Link light rail (Map). Cartography by Bing Maps. Sound Transit. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "SR 99: Junction SR 599/Tukwila International Boulevard" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. January 21, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "2017 State Highway National Highway System Routes in Washington" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  8. ^ 2016 Annual Traffic Report (PDF) (Report). Washington State Department of Transportation. 2017. p. 213. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Washington State Legislature. "RCW 47.17.808: State Route 599". Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  10. ^ a b Washington State Legislature (1957). "172". Session Laws of the State of Washington. Session Laws of the State of Washington (1957 ed.). Olympia, Washington: Washington State Legislature. Retrieved August 10, 2008.
  11. ^ https://cdm16977.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16977coll3/id/369/rec/13
  12. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/tigerzombie/5069068935/sizes/o/

External links

KML is from Wikidata
  • Highways of Washington State
  • Traffic camera for SR 599  – I-5 Interchange (WSDOT)