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Seafair Pirate Run and Torchlight Parade kick off at Seattle Center on Saturday

July 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Seafair Torchlight Parade routeIt’s that time, Seafair activities are starting to pick up steam. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 25th brings the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade  and the Seafair Pirate Run to the streets of Seattle. And, it all starts at Seattle Center, so plan ahead for any traffic and parking issues it may bring along with it.

While up to 300,000 spectators are still grabbing spots to view the parade, the Seafair Pirate Run will be starting and ending at Seattle Center. The 5K/8K run starts at 6:30pm at the Seattle Center. Roughly 4,500 runners will head down the Viaduct to Royal Brougham and back to the Seattle Center to finish just as the parade gets going.

The parade starts at 7:30pm and the route takes it from the Seattle Center down 4th Ave to Pioneer Square. The main viewing area is at Westlake, but parade goers will line the route both north and south of Westlake. Pre-parade staging will occur near the Seattle Center, so expect road closures. Per SDOT:

“The northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m. for the 5 k and 8 K Seafair Torchlight Run races. At approximately 6 p.m. Fourth Avenue will close from Broad Street to South Washington Street, complicating traffic circulation in the downtown area. Fourth will reopen around 10:30 p.m. and routes out of downtown will be congested as the crowds leave the event.”

King County Metrol service will be rerouted and delayed by the events from 3pm to 10:45pm – specifically around the Seattle Center, downtown Seattle, Alaskan Way Viaduct and adjacent areas.

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Bite of Seattle takes over Seattle Center today through Sunday

July 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Bite of SeattleThe annual Bite of Seattle starts today, Friday, at 11am. The free three-day event runs through Sunday night. SDOT estimates 50,000 visitors per day to the event, and that means it’ll impact both traffic and parking.

Here are the hours:

  • 11am to 9pm Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18
  • 11am to 8pm Sunday, July 19

Plus, there are events at Key Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The Seattle Storm plays Atlanta Dream at 6pm on Saturday, July 18th, and Rush is at Key Arena on Sunday night for a show that starts at 7:30pm. 10,000 Rush fans are expected.

Take a deep breath, it’s going to be a busy weekend.

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Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon starts and ends at Seattle Center on Saturday

June 12th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Another summer weekend is bringing more people into the neighborhood. The biggest event of the weekend is the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon tomorrow (Saturday) morning. 26,000 participants are expected per SDOT, but the numbers are even higher from the event organizers: “18,000 runners and walkers, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.”

Also, take note: the Seattle Pacific University commencement ceremony is also on Saturday at 1pm at Key Arena, with 10,000 attendees expected. The two events will overlap, so avoid the area if possible or walk.

Here’s the info on the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon:

Course Map:

Rock n Roll Marathon map

Road Closures:

So numerous, it’s a pdf of a spreadsheet of road closures. Rest assured, many are around Seattle Center, so plan accordingly. The route also takes runners on the Viaduct and out and back on I-90. Getting around is going to be tricky. You can check out an interactive map of road closures online here.

Here’s a snapshot of the pdf, click the image to see the full list in non-ant print:

Road Closures

Remember, deep breaths and pack your patience if you’re driving or biking around Lower Queen Anne tomorrow.

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Komen Race for the Cure starts and finishes at Seattle Center on Sunday

June 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Komen Race 2015Heads up if you have plans that include navigating around the Seattle Center tomorrow – the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is scheduled to start and finish at the Seattle Center. 8,500 people are expected to participate in the race, not including spectators. Both traffic and parking will experience impacts.

The 5K Walk/Run begins at the Seattle Center then heads downtown and back. The race starts at 8am near Mercer and 3rd Ave N, then progresses east on Mercer before hanging a right and heading downtown.

Street closures will run from 6am to roughly 10am – there will be rolling openings beginning at 9am, but since the race ends at Seattle Center at 10am, expect Lower Queen Anne streets to stay closed until after the race end.

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SDOT to discuss 7-way stop and 20 MPH zones at the QACC meeting on Wednesday

June 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The monthly Queen Anne Community Council meets at 7:30pm this Wednesday, June 3rd, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). It’s the usual time and place, but what’s notable about this meeting is the guest speaker – Richard Meredith from SDOT.

SDOT will review two key traffic-related items for Queen Anne: 1) the ongoing discussion on the 7-way stop, and 2) increased traffic and speed of said traffic on Queen Anne. Key to the latter is a proposed 20 mph zone on Queen Anne (see map below, click to enlarge).

SDOT 20 MPH

If you’ve lived on Queen Anne for any amount of time, you’ve likely noticed the increase in traffic that cuts over the hill at rush hour. As a pedestrian, walking at rush hour can be dangerous as drivers speed over the hill via Taylor & 4th Ave N on East Queen Anne and Gilman and Dravus on West Queen Anne to avoid Mercer or Aurora. The morning rush hour is especially dicey as it’s also the time of day when kids are headed to local schools.

The 20mph zone is an SDOT pilot program to create calmer streets on top of Queen Anne. It doesn’t apply to arterials, but rather to narrow neighborhood streets where slower speeds make sense.

SDOT wants to create the 20mph zone, but the Queen Anne Community Council is against it, so attend the meeting to hear both sides and voice your opinions on traffic and how a 20mph zone could impact it. All are welcome to attend.

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Traffic Alert: Barry Manilow at Key Arena tonight

May 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

ManilowPlan ahead for 10,000 Barry Manilow fans coming to the neighborhood tonight. Manilow is performing at Key Arena, and it’s his last multi-city tour. Kudos to Manilow for keeping a set of affordable tickets too:

The GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician’s career skyrocketed to superstardom when his mega hit song, “Mandy,” topped the charts in 1975.  In the spirit of that special year, tickets will be priced to tie into that year and will start at $19.75.  According to concert promoter AEG Live, Manilow insisted that the average ticket price remain low and that a greater range of ticket prices be available.”

The show begins at 7:30pm and runs until 11pm, so expect traffic and parking to be tricky starting around 6:30pm or so.

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Join Queen Anne Greenways meeting tonight to identify 2015 safety priorities

May 26th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Greenways LogoOur friends at Queen Anne Greenways are hosting their monthly meeting tonight, and they need your help! Are there areas of Queen Anne that are or have become dangerous for pedestrians? Nominate them as a project for the group to champion.

Some examples that have been sent to us as blog post ideas:

- Pedestrian crossing areas near Trader Joe’s and Bartell – pedestrians not using the crosswalk

- No crosswalk painted at Newton St (from Pharmaca to Helen’s)

- Need for stop signs at Wheeler St and 4th Ave N

And, from Queen Anne Greenways:

Find out how you can nominate a project and help make it a reality. Is there a street you would like to make safer for pedestrians and cyclists? Is there an intersection you would like to improve? Is there a transportation policy matter that needs to be addressed?

Also, come see what you can do to restore Queen Anne’s 20 mph zone!  Recently, the Seattle Department of Transportation proposed creating a safe and calm traffic zone on top of the hill but the Queen Anne Community Council rejected it.  Help us fight to get it back.

If you have ideas to add, plan on attending Queen Anne Greenways meeting tonight at 400 W Garfield St at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.  (same place as usual, 6:30 PM) to help set priorities.

 

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Teacher Rally today starting and ending at Seattle Center will impact traffic

May 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

A late notice last night from SDOT on a Teacher Rally today that will impact traffic around the Seattle Center and downtown. Here’s what you need to know…

Teachers are picketing select schools today starting at 8am. They’ll then travel via bus to the Seattle Center for an Educator March and Rally for Education Funding. Staging for 70 buses  will take place on roads surrounding the Seattle Center starting at 10am.

At 11am the march kicks off at the Seattle Center Broad Street Green Sculpture Garden. About 2,000 educators, parents, students, and supporters are expected to march from the Seattle Center to Westlake Plaza for a noon rally, then back again to the Seattle Center via 4th Ave N.

The rally/march is expected to end at 2pm, but with 70 buses and 2,000 attendees, expect traffic impacts to last later than 2pm. Here’s the route map to plan your travels:

Teacher Rally Map

 

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5th Ave N closed between Mercer and Republican this weekend

May 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Plan ahead for weekend travels around the Seattle Center, as 5th Ave N will be fully closed between Mercer and Republican beginning at 11pm tonight (Friday, May 15th) through 5am Monday, May 18th.

The closures is to accommodate maintenance hole removal and replacement at 5th Ave N and Republican St, as well as permanent striping on 5th Ave N and on Broad Street. This work is part of the Mercer Corridor Project.

Take note: Key Arena is hosting several commencements this weekend, with 12,500 people expected to attend. Also, the SIFF International Film Festival is underway and hosting events at SIFF Film Center, SIFF Uptown, and McCaw Hall.

Per SDOT:

  • 5th Ave N will remain fully closed to traffic between Mercer and Republican streets through 5am Monday, May 18.
  • One northbound lane on 5th Ave N will be maintained at all times between Denny Way and Mercer Street. The northbound lane will be diverted west at Republican Street and connect to Mercer Street via 4th Ave N.
  • Southbound 5th Ave N will be fully closed between Mercer Street and Denny Way. One southbound lane on 5th Ave N will reopen between Harrison Street and Denny Way when striping on is complete, expected at approximately 11am, Saturday, May 17.
  • Traffic on Broad Street will reopen between 5th Ave N and John Street once striping on Broad Street is complete, expected at approximately 5pm, Saturday, May 17.
  • Police officers will be stationed along 5th Ave N to help facilitate traffic flow.
  • Travelers should use Dexter Avenue North, Queen Anne Avenue North, and 1st Ave N as alternate routes throughout the weekend.

5th N Closure May 15

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Events around Queen Anne this weekend may impact your travels

May 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In addition to the Aurora/99 closure between Valley St and the Battery Street Tunnel, there are three events around Lower Queen Anne that will impact weekend travels around the base of the hill (and perhaps over as well).

Aurora is set to open at 5am on Sunday, but it’ll be closed during Saturday’s Lung Force Walk in South Lake Union – so expect traffic to spill over to our side of Aurora.

Saturday, May 9th: Lung Force Walk, 9am-1pm

The walk is limited to sidewalks and leaves Denny Park at 9am following a 3 mile loop through South Lake Union. The route: Northbound on Westlake Avenue N to Lake Union Park on Valley Street, southbound on Westlake Avenue, eastbound on Mercer Street, southbound on Fairview Avenue N, westbound on Denny Way to Denny Park arriving at 1:00pm. About 650 people are expected to participate.

Sunday, May 10th: Color Run, 7:15am-11:30am

The Color Run:  Mercer Street will be closed at 5:30am between 1st Ave N and 4th Ave N for set-up. Full route closure begins at 7:15am, with race starting at 8am and ending at 11:30am. Begins and ends at Seattle Center. About 9,000 people are expected to participate. Route map here:

Color Run Route

Sunday, May 10th: Neil Diamond Concert at Key Arena:  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m.  About 10,000 are expected to attend.

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Aurora closed between Battery Street Tunnel and Valley this weekend

May 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Aurora Closure May 2015This weekend, WSDOT will be closing all lanes of Aurora/SR99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley St. The lane closures are needed so Seattle City Light crews can remove electrical lines and poles for the Mercer West Project, and so that WSDOT crews can connect a new water main for the SR 99 tunnel project.

The stretch of Aurora will be closed from 10pm Friday, May 8th through 5am Sunday, May 10th. Since there are Mariners games on Friday and Saturday, they’re staggering some of the closure times and opening lanes to help with the traffic flow:

Southbound lanes of SR 99:

  • Closed from 10pm Friday, May 8th, to 5am Sunday, May 10th
  • At least one lane will temporarily reopen 3–10:30pm Saturday, May 9th

Northbound lanes of SR 99

  • Closed from 11pm Friday, May 8th, to 5am Sunday, May 10th
  • Both lanes will temporarily reopen 8:30–10:30pm Saturday, May 9th

Plan ahead and expect more traffic around Lower Queen Anne as drivers detour around the closure.

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Reminder: Part of Taylor Ave N fully closed this weekend

May 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Taylor Ave closureJust a reminder that Taylor Ave N will be fully closed between Ward St and Prospect St this weekend. This weekend’s closure begins tomorrow, Saturday, May 2nd at 7am and runs through 7pm, Sunday, May 3rd.

SDOT crews will be replacing concrete panels in this section of Taylor Ave N. Crews were already working today to cut the existing concrete sections for replacement. A sign is already posted on Boston St, and detour signs are at the ready along Boston and Queen Anne Ave N.

Since this is one of two major arterial routes to Upper Queen Anne from the south, expect more traffic on Queen Anne Ave N this weekend.

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