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Part of Taylor Ave N fully closed this weekend and next

April 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Taylor Ave closureTaylor Ave N will be fully closed between Ward St and Prospect St both this weekend and next. This weekend’s closure begins tomorrow, Saturday, April 25th at 7am and runs through 7pm, Sunday, April 26th.

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 and next.

The work will continue and be completed next weekend during another full closure from Saturday, May 2nd at 7am through 7pm, Sunday, May 3rd. Local access will be maintained during the closure.

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We Day Seattle is Thursday at Key Arena; expect increased traffic from chartered buses

April 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

We Day Seattle returns to Key Arena tomorrow, Thursday, April 23rd, hosting 11,500 attendees that will arrive by private bus service between 8am and 10am, and depart between 2pm and 4pm. A heads up for traffic around Key Arena during the morning and early evening rush hours.

What’s We Day? According to their web site, We Day is “an annual series of stadium-sized events, We Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers… with tens of thousands of youth to kick-start a year of action through We Act. You can’t buy a ticket to We Day—you earn it by taking on one local and one global action.”

Kids who attend this year’s We Day Seattle 2015 will hear from a wide variety of celebrities from sports, acting, performing, as well as from inspirational speakers. Local celebrities include Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Seahawks players Doug Baldwin, Luke Wilson, and Bobby Wagner, local band The Head and the Heart, and more.

We Day MapTraffic-wise, here’s what you need to know from SDOT:

Buses will be staged at Smith Cove Cruise Park Terminal 91.

Buses will use curb lanes for drop-offs between 8-10am and pick-ups between 2-4pm at the following locations:

  • east side of 1st Ave N between Thomas and Republican
  • south side of Republican between 1st Ave N and Warren Ave N
  • east side of Warren between Republican and Mercer
  • south side of Mercer between Warren and 5th Ave N
  • east side of 4th Ave N between Mercer and 5th Ave N
  • west side of 2nd Ave N between Thomas and Denny Way
  • both sides of Thomas between Warren and 5th Ave N
  • east side of Warren between Thomas and John streets

Plan ahead for increased traffic from the busses and 11,500 attendees. It’ll be crowded around Key Arena and the surrounding streets.

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Key Arena events and PNB’s Swan Lake tonight and Saturday will impact traffic

April 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Apologies for the late notice for tonight, but hopefully Facebook and Twitter will help spread the word.

This event is tonight at Key Arena:

Plus, there’s also Swan Lake at McCaw Hall tonight, Friday, April 10th – and Saturday and Sunday too:

And, Saturday, it’s PNB plus this concert that’s going to draw 10,000 people:

Chris Tomlin concert on Saturday, April 11 from 7pm to 11pm there are about 10,000 people expected to attend.

Heads up if you’re driving around Lower Queen Anne tonight or tomorrow, there will be extra traffic and less on-street parking.

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Controlled chaos at the 7-way stop caught on video

April 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

As confusing as it may be to some, the 7-way stop is a Queen Anne landmark of sorts. Sure, there have been recent efforts to change it and make it safer for nearby Seattle Country Day School – but, it tends to operate fairly smoothly. Perhaps because everyone tends to be extra cautious or forgiving (depending on time of day – rush hour is never harmonious, regardless of location).

A reader (thanks, Chris!) posted a video of the 7-way stop to our Facebook page, and it’s worth a look. An overhead aerial view of the traffic flow at rush hour shows how the traffic flows, and which routes are most popular – click the image below for the video:

7 Way Stop video

Stay tuned for any news on changes to this intersection, and in the meantime, enjoy the controlled chaos of the 7-way stop!

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Traffic is going to snarl our streets this weekend

March 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Reddit Traffic MapRemember the traffic nightmare from the overturned fish truck on 99 this past Tuesday? All routes on the traffic maps were red. (See a Redditor’s map of Tuesday’s carmageddon to the right).

Same with last Friday’s NCAA tournament at Key Arena – red everywhere on the map around Queen Anne, SLU, and downtown. Well, get ready, here we go again.

Emerald City Comicon starts today and runs through the weekend. It’s a pretty big deal and draws 20,000 visitors each day to the Washington State Convention Center. There’s also a Professional Bull Riding event at Key Arena tonight (Friday) and tomorrow evening – 6,000 people attending each event.

For comparison, last week’s NCAA games drew 14,000 people per game and traffic was awful. Yet, somehow, the traffic overlords decided this weekend was a good weekend to have this slew of road closures:

March 27-March 30: Aurora Lane Closures between Valley & Highland
7pm Friday, March 27 to 5am Monday, March 30: northbound and southbound lane closures on Aurora between Valley and Highland

March 28-30: SR99 Viaduct closed for semi-annual inspection
10pm Friday, March 27 to 5am Monday: closed between the Battery St Tunnel and Valley St
Sunday, March 29: Closed between Spokane St and Battery St Tunnel

March 28-29: Fremont Bridge full closure
Midnight – 7am Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, bridge will be closed to traffic. Pedestrians and bicycles will be allowed 5 minute long crossing periods at 1:20am and 2:20am.

March 27-30: Westbound I-90 Detour
11pm Friday to 5am Monday, all westbound I-90 traffic between Bellevue Way and Rainier Ave S will be routed to the express lanes.

Get ready, the traffic will spill over into the neighborhood, and we’ll all essentially be trapped for the weekend (unless you want to fight the traffic). Pack your patience, and watch out for drivers trying to find their way through our streets as they avoid road closures and traffic backups.

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Traffic Alert: Part of Dexter Ave N closed until Sunday; lane closures through late April

March 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Dexter Closure March 21So many traffic and event announcements this week, this Dexter Ave N closure (between Aloha and Mercer) got away from us. The closure started this morning at 6am and runs through 8am tomorrow, Sunday morning. Plus, starting on Monday, Dexter Ave N will have nightly lane closures between 8pm and 5apm, Mondays through Thursdays, until late April.

Here’s the rundown from SDOT:

Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed between Aloha and Mercer streets beginning 6am Saturday, March 21 through 8am Sunday, March 22.

  • Vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to Ninth Avenue N.
  • Pedestrians may use the east side of Dexter Avenue N between Roy and Republican streets.
  • Westbound Mercer Street will be reduced to one lane between Ninth Avenue N and SR 99. One lane will remain open at all times.
  • All lanes on eastbound Mercer Street will be open.

Nighttime lane restrictions on Dexter Avenue N begin March 23

Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed between Aloha and Mercer streets nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. This closure will begin Monday, March 23 and is expected to continue weekly through late April. Travelers may expect the following during the closures:

  • Vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to Ninth Avenue N.
  • Pedestrians may continue to use the east side of Dexter Avenue N between Roy and Republican streets.
  • All lanes on Mercer Street will be open.

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March Madness takes over Key Arena starting Friday

March 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Key Arena NCAAThis year, Key Arena is hosting the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship second and third rounds (you can check out their new floor decor to the right).

That means March Madness comes to Seattle, and to our Lower Queen Anne streets. 14,000 people are expected at each game, so prepare for traffic and parking challenges.

The games kick off tomorrow, Friday, March 20th. Four games are scheduled for Friday, two for Sunday (times TBD for those games):

Friday, March 20

  • Northern Iowa vs. Wyoming at 10:40am
  • Louisville vs. UC Irvine at 1:10pm
  • Iowa vs. Davidson at 4:20pm
  • Gonzaga vs. North Dakota State at 6:50pm

Sunday, March 22

  • Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
  • Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Keep in mind that while these games will snarl traffic, they also bring in business. Key Arena gets a big nod, and local restaurants will surely benefit too. Just plan your travels accordingly, and get ready for March Madness!

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Traffic Alert: Starbucks shareholder meeting at McCaw Hall on Wednesday morning

March 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Mercer St GarageHeads up for traffic impacts tomorrow morning around Lower Queen Anne. The Starbucks Annual Shareholders Meeting is being held at McCaw Hall on Wednesday, March 18th from 10am to noon.

Doors will open at 8am, so expect traffic volumes to be higher than usual heading into and around Lower Queen Anne. Plus, traffic heading out of our neighborhood around noon-2pm.

Starbucks expects approximately 2,500 people to attend the meeting. Plan ahead if your commute takes you by McCaw Hall or the garage across the street (Starbucks is advising shareholders use the Mercer Street Garage for parking).

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Remember to thank your Metro Bus driver on Wednesday (and every other day too)

March 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Transit Driver Appreciation DayNot to hammer home mom’s advice, but please and thank you go a long way – and tomorrow is your chance to join in on a King County-wide initiative to thank the hard-working Metro Bus drivers that get us to and from our destinations and navigate the mess that is Seattle traffic.

Wednesday, March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, and it’s easy to participate. How? Just say “thank you” to your Metro Bus drivers. It’s that simple.

Maybe you want to go the extra mile? Do you have a driver on one of our Queen Anne routes that goes above and beyond for passengers? There’s a way to give Metro the heads up on these drivers via an online commendation form.

Or, just say “thanks” tomorrow when you take the bus. It’s just that easy!

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St Patrick’s Day Dash is Sunday

March 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

St Pats 2015 RouteTomorrow, Sunday March 15th, is the annual St Patrick’s Day Dash and kids’ run, both starting at the Seattle Center. As with other road races that start and/or finish at Seattle Center, the Dash will impact local streets in the morning hours.

SDOT estimates that 13,000 people will attend tomorrow’s race, with staging on Mercer St between 1st Ave N and 4th Ave N. The Race starts in four 10-minute interval waves beginning at 8:30am. The staging area will be closed from 6am to 11am, and expect road closures along the mapped route.

Also, watch out for kids around the Seattle Center as the Kids Dash starts at the same Mercer staging area and finishes near the Seattle Children’s Museum:

St Pats Kids 2015

The Irish Festival finishes up tomorrow at Seattle Center, so wear your green to cheer on the runners and catch some Irish culture too – free admission, runs from 10am to 6pm. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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WSDOT delays Aurora lane closures, northbound Monday overnight closure still on

March 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Aurora NB Closure March 2015WSDOT has apparently re-thought its plans to close lanes on Aurora as we reported yesterday. The impacts from bus traffic was a key factor, as stops along the route would back up traffic. WSDOT still plans to do the work, just at a later date (so stay tuned).

Here’s the update from WSDOT. Note, a full night-time northbound closure is still happening tonight:

WSDOT postpones long-term lane closures on SR 99/Aurora Avenue North

The Washington State Department of Transportation is postponing plans for long-term lane closures on State Route 99 originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 11.

These closures were needed to install several large sign foundations for the SR 99 North Access project. While this work must occur, it will be rescheduled to a later date in an effort to minimize impacts to the traveling public. The public will be alerted in advance of any future lane closures.

Full closure of northbound SR 99 tonight [Monday]

Contractor crews still plan to close northbound SR 99 to straighten the curve in the highway near Mercer Street.

Tonight, SR 99 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street.  All lanes will open at 6 a.m. in time for the morning commute.

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Long-term lane closures on Aurora begin this week

March 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Aurora Lane Closures March 2015Starting Monday, March 9th, WSDOT will begin work on the portion of Aurora/99 between Valley St and the Aurora Bridge, resulting in approximately 12 weeks of lane closures that will impact traffic. Also, note that northbound Aurora will be closed to all traffic from 10pm Tuesday, March 10th to 6am, Wednesday, March 11th.

Here are the key details:

- Monday, March 9th: preliminary work

- Tuesday, March 10th: full overnight closure (10pm to 6am) of northbound 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street

- Wednesday, March 11th: 8 weeks of northbound lane closures and 12 weeks of southbound lane closures, details below:

Northbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North

  • One lane closed for approximately 8 weeks between Valley St and the Aurora Bridge
  • Two lanes will remain open to traffic during peak travel times.
  • Buses will travel and stop in the right lane with other vehicle traffic.
  • An additional lane may close at night and during some weekend days.

Southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North

  • One lane will be closed for approximately 12 weeks between the Aurora Bridge and Valley Street.
  • Two lanes will remain open to traffic during peak travel times.
  • The bus-only lane restriction will be lifted; buses will travel and stop in the right lane with other vehicle traffic.
  • An additional lane may close at night and during some weekend days.

Per WSDOT, the long-term lane closures are expected to cause additional congestion and backups on Aurora, especially during peak commute times. Buses will travel and make stops in the outside lanes with other vehicle traffic. The southbound, bus-only lane will be open to all traffic during this work.

Plan ahead, leave early, and pack your patience.

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