Weekend Traffic: Opa! Seahawks and Sounders are back

Fall is in the air and the weather is becoming less certain. When planning your trips around the city this weekend, in addition to the weather, keep in mind the Seahawks and Sounders are back in town, and several construction projects will affect traffic. The Heart and Stroke Walk will take place at the Seattle Center and on downtown streets on Saturday morning, and a festival on Capitol Hill will be hosted by Seattle’s Greek community throughout the weekend.

The West Emerson Street overpass, just south of the Ballard Bridge, is closed for 12 weeks starting today for renewal of the roadway surface. This weekend, 15th Avenue West will be closed nightly to allow crews to replace a girder on the Emerson Street overpass that has been damaged when hit by tall trucks. On Friday and Saturday the street will close at 8 p.m. and reopen at 9 a.m. the next morning. If needed, the street will also close on Sunday and Monday nights. For details and detour maps, see the project Web page, www.seattle.gov/transportation/15thAveWestOverpass.htm.

Construction for the Seawall project resumed on the central waterfront last week. While some waterfront businesses are closed during the construction, many waterfront destinations remain open, including the Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises, the Great Wheel and Pier 57, Colman Dock, and also businesses on the east side of Alaskan Way. The ferry entry point has shifted to just south of Madison Street. Alaskan Way remains open with two-way traffic under the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Traffic flaggers will assist vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists around work areas when utility work crosses the roadway or pathways. http://www.waterfrontseattle.org/construction/map

Eastbound and westbound Mercer Street between Fifth and Ninth avenues will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting at 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the next morning through the morning of Oct. 11 for water line installation The southbound side of Dexter Avenue North is down to one lane at night in the block between Roy and Mercer, on the same dates and at the same times.

Avoid the stress of driving and reduce air pollution this weekend –ride your bike, walk, or consider using public transportation and leave the driving to someone else:

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

St. Demetrio’s Greek Festival

  • 2100 Boyer Avenue East
  • Event hours 12 – 9 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 1,000

http://www.seattlegreekfestival.com/

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps

  • CenturyLink Field
  • 7 p.m. kickoff
  • Estimated attendance: 50,000
  • Expect slow traffic and congestion

http://www.soundersfc.com/matchday/transportation/guide

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11

Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk

  • Seattle Center
  • The festival starts at 7:30 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 6,000
  • The route for the 5K walk leaves from Seattle Center at Second Avenue North and Mercer Street, proceeds east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue North, south on Fifth to Cedar Street, west on Cedar to Second Avenue, then south on Second to Union Street, takes a U-turn at Union and heads north on Second returning to the Seattle Center grounds.
  • The route for the one mile walk leaves from Seattle Center at Second Avenue North and Mercer Street, heads east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue North, then south on Fifth onto Thomas Street, and west on Thomas onto Seattle Center grounds.
  • Expect congestion along the route and surrounding areas due to the event and closures on Mercer Street.
  • Drivers accessing the Memorial Stadium parking lot should use the Harrison Street entrance and exit only.

http://pugetsoundheartwalk.kintera.org/

St. Demetrio’s Greek Festival

  • 2100 Boyer Avenue East
  • Event hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 2,500

http://www.seattlegreekfestival.com/

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12

Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys

  • CenturyLink Field
  • Sunday, Oct. 12
  • 1:25 p.m. kickoff
  • Estimated attendance: 67,000.
  • Expect slow traffic and congestion.

http://www.seahawks.com/gameday/transportation-guide/index.html

St. Demetrio’s Greek Festival

  • 2100 Boyer Avenue East
  • Event hours: 12 – 7 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 1,000

http://www.seattlegreekfestival.com/