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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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Mercer Street bicycle path opens tomorrow for Bike to Work month

April 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Mercer Bike PathTomorrow, Friday, May 1st is the first day of Bike to Work month and the first day then new 2-way bicycle path on Mercer St will be open to cyclists.

The path is on the north side of Mercer St between Dexter Ave N and 5th Ave N. It’ll be open throughout the month of May, but heads up, it’ll be closed for 2 weeks in June for work under the 99 bridge (we’ll post as dates firm up).

SDOT has provided these details and reminders:

• The bicycle pathway on the west side of 5th Ave N will remain closed. Southbound cyclists on 5th Ave N may ride in the roadway or use the sidewalk

• Northbound cyclists on 5th Ave N may cross 5th Ave N on the north side of Mercer St to continue north on the 5th Ave N bike lane or east on the new Mercer bike path

• Northbound cyclists on Dexter Ave N are required to merge with vehicular traffic when approaching Mercer St

• Bicycle signal heads will not be activated at this time

• Cyclists are reminded to please yield to pedestrians at intersections and observe pedestrian signals when crossing streets

• For more information about SDOT’s bicycle rules, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikecode.htm

Enjoy cycling on the new path for the kickoff of Bike to Work month and beyond!

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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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