Traffic congestion is expected to increase in Seattle’s downtown area with the opening of the Space Needle on Jan. 1, 2018.
But traffic is expected in other areas of the city, too.
A Seattle Department of Transportation study released Thursday found that the city will experience an average of 4.1 more traffic accidents per 100,000 residents during the opening month of the new Space Needl than it did in January 2019.
That’s because the Space is scheduled to open in February 2019.
The study was based on data from the state’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
It did not consider traffic congestion in other parts of the state.
The Space was initially designed to accommodate up to 4,000 passengers per day, but a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce in May said it could be expanded to accommodate 1,000.
The department expects to make more than $200 million in construction costs related to the construction of the structure.