Traffic advisory: Walk everywhere this weekend

Let the hectic weekends begin! Saturday morning, 4,000 supporters will march for the March of Dimes for Babies from the Seattle Center to downtown and back.  Later, at noon on Saturday, 10,000 people are expected to line the Mountlake Cut to watch the start of boating season with the traditional Opening Day Boat Parade. Sunday will be the first of twelve Bicycle Sundays for which Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed for an expected turn-out of 10,000 cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

Of course, to make this a true springtime weekend, there will be three (!!) Mariners baseball games and a Sounders Soccer match and many other events including Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the Fiesta 5K Ole and the traditional Celebration Birth of Buddha Parade.

To ease traffic congestion, the Seattle Department of Transportation encourages drivers to consider getting to their chosen events by alternate modes of transportation – Metro Transit, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.

For more details about the weekend events, please see the following schedule:

Friday, May 4
Seattle Mariners vs Minnesota Twins:  7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
26,000 attending
Anticipate traffic congestion on surrounding streets before and after the game.

Saturday, May 5
March of Dimes March for Babies: 9 a.m.
Seattle Center grounds
4,000 participants
March route: starts at Seattle Center grounds; exits Center at Second Avenue N and Mercer Street; heads east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; then south on Fifth to Cedar Street; west on Cedar to Second Avenue; south on Second to Spring Street; makes a  u-turn at Spring and then moves north on Second back to the Seattle Center; expect congestion along the route.

Opening Day Boat Parade and Windermere Cup: Race – 10:20 a.m.; Boat Parade –12 noon
Montlake Cut, Portage Bay, and Union Bay
10,000 attending
The Montlake Bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. The Fremont may open more frequently than usual due to heavy boat traffic.  Expect congestion in the vicinity around the University of Washington.

Celebration Birth of Buddha Parade: 10 a.m.
Hing Hay Park
900 participants
Parade route: starts at Hing Hay Park at Maynard Avenue S and S King Street; moves north on Maynard to S Jackson Street; east on S Jackson Street to the Red Apple Supermarket parking lot at 23rd Avenue S.  Seattle Police will escort.

Cinco de Mayo: 7a.m.  – 11:59 p.m.
Tacos Guaymas at Green Lake
850 expected
Street closed:  Second Avenue NE between Woodlawn Avenue NE and E Green Lake Way N for beer garden; expect congestion in the area.

Fiesta 5K Ole: 9:30 a.m.
Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill (race starts and ends)
1,700 participants
Race begins leaves Volunteer Park at 14th Avenue E and E Prospect Street; goes east on Prospect to 15th Avenue E; north on 15th to E Howe Street; west on Howe to Federal Avenue E; south on Federal to Prospect Street; east on Prospect to 12th Avenue E; south on 12th to E John Street; makes a u-turn, then north on 12th back into Volunteer Park.  Expect congestion in the area.

Seattle Sounders vs Philadelphia Union: 1:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
34,000 attending
Plan on congestion in the area surrounding the stadium before and after the match.

Seattle Mariners vs Minnesota Twins: 6:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
22,000 expected
Expect congestion before and after the game in the surrounding area.

Sunday, May 6
Bicycle Sunday (First of 12): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8 – 10,000 bicyclists expected
2.5-mile section Lake Washington Boulevard is closed to cars from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Mount Baker Beach, about a half-mile south of the I- 90 Floating Bridge and Seward Park.  There will be no parking allowed during the closure; homeowners will have in and out access.

Mobile Food Rodeo: 12 noon – 7 p.m.
2,500 expected
Streets closed from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.:   N 35th Street between Phinney Avenue N and First Avenue NW. Expect congestion in the area.

Seattle Mariners vs Minnesota Twins:  1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
25,000 attending
Plan on congestion in the surrounding area before and after the game.

Courtesy our beloved SDOT

Weekend traffic advisory

Westlake Avenue N. Lane Closure on Sunday
One northbound lane of Westlake Avenue North will be closed near the south end of the Fremont Bridge (around Halladay Street) on Sunday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to no later than 5 p.m. The closure will allow volunteers to work safely for an Earth Day event.

Fairview Ave. N weekend lane restriction postponed to Sunday
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announces the postponement of the Saturday, April 21 lane restrictions on Fairview Avenue N due to multiple events occurring in the Seattle area.  This work has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 22.

Fairview Avenue N has a single southbound lane closed between Mercer Street and Republican Street this week and on Sunday, April 22 to accommodate underground electrical work. This closure will also restrict the center left-turn lane on the Mercer Street off-ramps onto southbound Fairview Avenue N. Closure hours are 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. weekdays, and from 12:01 a.m. to 12 midnight on Sunday. One left-turn lane from the Mercer Street off-ramps onto southbound Fairview Avenue N will remain open at all times.

Reminder: Ballard Bridge closed at night this weekend
Painting continues on the Ballard Bridge this weekend. Night closures are scheduled for 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday, and from midnight on Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday morning. This is the second weekend of nighttime closures for painting, and the Seattle Department of Transportation plans to close it next weekend as well.

Thursday Traffic Advisory

Mercer Corridor Project (East Phase):
Upcoming Fairview Avenue N Weekend Closures begin March 30

The Seattle Department of Transportation reminds travelers of the upcoming weekend closures of Fairview Avenue N. Full weekend closures of Fairview Avenue N between Mercer Street and Republican Street will occur the following weekends– March 30 – April 2, and April 13 – April 16. Closure hours are scheduled for Fridays at 7:30 p.m. to Mondays at 5:00 a.m. Please note the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will remain open at all times. Vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle detour maps are available on the project website.

Upcoming Tree Removal on Fairview Ave. N: March 30 – April 2
During the March 30 – April 2 weekend closure, the existing trees along Fairview Ave. N between Mercer Street and Republican Street will be permanently removed to accommodate the widening of Fairview Avenue N and construction of additional street improvements. Unfortunately, the City cannot replant these specific trees in their original locations due to lack of space, however, the project does plan to plant two new trees within the project area for every tree removed. Additionally, over 10,000 new shrubs and other plants will ultimately be planted throughout the project area.

As the project moves through various stages of construction, the team will be continually looking for ways to minimize tree impacts. Overall, trees that do not need to be removed to accommodate roadway widening and improvements, and that are not at risk of damage or becoming a public safety hazard during construction, are being kept in place and will have tree protection placards posted on them to indicate their protected status.

For more information on the planned improvements as part of the Mercer Corridor Project, please visit the project website.

Saturday March 31 Event Traffic
At 8:30 a.m., approximately 1,700 participants and parade-goers will begin assembling for the traditional rite of spring – the Magnolia Little League Parade. Lasting approximately one hour, the parade gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Escorted by Seattle Police, the Little Leaguers will march east on W McGraw Street from Westmont Way W. to 32nd Avenue W; turn left and head north on 32nd to W Smith Street and then enter Magnolia Playfield.

In the evening, at 7 p.m., the Seattle Sounders will take on the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field before a crowd of about 34,000. Motorists can expect traffic to be congested on the streets around the stadium before and after the match.

Ballard Bridge lane closures Sunday for filming

A warning to weekend commuters: a commercial being filmed on the Ballard Bridge this Sunday, March 27 from 6 to 10 a.m. will block the southbound lanes of the bridge for most of the morning.

“We will have the right southbound lane blocked up to the draw span and will be opening and closing the bridge several times during the shoot,” says location manager Doug du Mas. “Traffic across the bridge will be controlled by Seattle Police and people should expect delays. I suggest using the Fremont Bridge instead during these hours.”