Seattle's Queen Anne Neighborhood News Blog


President Obama to attend Murray fundraiser at Westin this Friday

October 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Westin Hotel mapPresident Obama will be visiting Seattle this Friday for a fundraiser at the Westin. The event is to raise funds for Senator Patty Murray’s re-election campaign, but few details have been released about the event or streets that will be closed.

Per SDOT, I5 and city streets will be impacted by the visit. Expect some traffic impacts around Queen Anne due to the proximity of the Westin and the ripple effect on Mercer.

→ No CommentsTags: , , ,

Two month closure of one block of Roy St starts Tuesday

September 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

As part of the Mercer Corridor Project, SDOT will be fully closing Roy Street between 4th Ave N and 5th Ave N for 6-8 weeks. The closure begins tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8th. Vehicle traffic will be detoured to Mercer, so expect increased traffic on Mercer St during the closure.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Roy St closure fall 2015

SDOT advises travelers of a full street closure on Roy Street between 4th Avenue N and 5th Avenue N for six to eight weeks beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. This closure will accommodate installation of a large storm water detention pipe beneath Roy Street in September and October. This will help manage storm water flows and reduce the risk of sewer overflows into Lake Union during a heavy rain. It will provide storm water detention for the area, including the North Portal and surface street improvements for the SR 99 Tunnel Project. Travelers through the area can expect the following:

• Beginning Tuesday, September 8, Roy Street will be fully closed between 4th Avenue N and 5th Avenue N and remain closed for six to eight weeks.

• Local access will be maintained to the alley on the south side of Roy Street between 4th Avenue N and 5th Avenue N via eastbound Roy Street. The alley will be southbound only during this closure.

• Vehicles and cyclists traveling on Roy Street will be detoured south to Mercer Street between 4th Avenue N and 5th Avenue N. Please obey all closure and detour signage.

• Street parking will be restricted on this block while work is completed.

• Pedestrian access will be maintained on the south sidewalk along Roy Street.

Comments OffTags: , , ,

Traffic Alert: Bumbershoot starts Saturday and runs through Monday

September 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

BumbershootUPDATE: Bumbershoot starts tomorrow, not today (thanks, migraine).

A late heads up, but if you aren’t aware, Bumbershoot is this weekend at the Seattle Center. The festival starts tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th, and runs through Monday, and 50,000 people are expected each day. You can find out about all the Bumbershoot events and acts here.

Here’s SDOT’s notice about traffic impacts:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers to be aware that Bumbershoot runs this weekend through Labor Day. The annual art, film and music festival takes place at the Seattle Center beginning Saturday, Sept. 5 until Monday, Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. tomidnight daily. About 50,000 people are expected to attend each day. Please travel safely and plan ahead for possible delays.

Expect an increase in traffic around Queen Anne this weekend, which is typical for the summer. Those who are frustrated can take solace in Labor Day weekend signalling the end of big summer event traffic (although there will always be traffic…).

Comments OffTags: , ,

Aurora closure this weekend between Battery St Tunnel and Valley St, plus Aurora Bridge lane closures

August 20th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Heads up for weekend travel plans – Aurora/SR99 will be closed between Valley St and the Battery St tunnel. Here are the details from WSDOT – expect extra traffic on Queen Anne due to detours:

Aurora closure August 2015Starting Friday night, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close SR 99/Aurora Avenue North between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. This closure will give contractor crews the space they need to shift traffic onto roughly 750 feet of new roadway in time for Monday morning’s commute.

The new roadway is actually a bridge. Once the traffic shift is complete, Atkinson Construction crews will work underneath the bridge to complete construction on the northbound ramps and roadways that will connect to the SR 99 tunnel.

Drivers should plan and prepare for additional congestion on nearby streets during this time by using WSDOT’s travel tools or SDOT’s traveler’s information web page.

Closure details:

  • Both directions of SR 99 between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street will close from Friday night, Aug. 21, to Monday morning, Aug. 24.
    • Southbound lanes close at 10 p.m.
    • Northbound lanes close two hours after the Mariners game, to help fans get home from the game.
  • All lanes reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, in time for the morning commute

Additional work on the Aurora Bridge:

  • On Saturday, Aug. 22, WSDOT bridge crews will close up to two right lanes of northbound SR 99 across the Aurora Bridge for maintenance work from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • On Sunday, Aug. 23, WSDOT Bridge crews will close two southbound lanes of the Aurora Bridge from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. to continue maintenance work on the other side of the bridge.

Changes to Harrison Street at SR 99 starting Aug. 24

  • Drivers will no longer be able to enter northbound SR 99 via westbound Harrison Street after SR 99 reopens Monday, Aug. 24. This closure is for additional construction in the area. Access to northbound SR 99 from Thomas and John streets will remain open.
  • Northbound drivers on SR 99 will be able to exit at Harrison Street as they do today.

Here’s a video from WSDOT that shows the plans and what to expect in the future:

Comments OffTags: , ,

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.

Comments OffTags: , , , ,

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.

Comments OffTags: , ,

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.

Comments OffTags: , , ,

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).


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.

Comments OffTags: , , , ,

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.

Comments OffTags: , , ,

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.

Comments OffTags: ,

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.

Comments OffTags: , ,

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.

Comments OffTags: , ,