Weekend traffic: No large events; several construction closures

Traffic impacts in the Emerald City this weekend will likely be mostly construction related—there are no major special events scheduled. Several ongoing construction projects by SDOT and WSDOT will be…well…ongoing (in addition to long term SR99 Tunnel and Elliott Bay Seawall projects). Light rail service and the downtown bus tunnel will be closed on Saturday. Temperatures are forecasted to fall below freezing at night, so bundle up!

Here are the details:

SR 520 (WSDOT): Crews will close both directions of SR 520 between Montlake Boulevard Northeast and I-405 from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/King/Seattle.htm

Mercer Corridor (SDOT): Mercer Street, Fifth Avenue North, and Taylor Avenue North will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Mercer will be closed from Dexter Avenue North to Fourth Avenue North; Fifth Avenue North will be closed from Republican to Roy streets; and Taylor Avenue North will be closed from Roy to Mercer streets. A third eastbound lane on Mercer between Fifth and Ninth avenues will open to traffic no later than 5 a.m. Monday, marking a milestone for this project.  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm

Downtown bus Tunnel and Central Link Light Rail: Tunnel and light rail stations will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 15th. King County Metro will be operating replacement bus service on surface streets.  http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Alerts

Pacific NW Ballet: The Pacific NW Ballet will perform at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. An audience of up to 2,500 people is expected for each performance. http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/event_detail.aspx?eid=413892

You can warm up on a nicely heated metro bus and check out the new project featuring poets from the diverse communities in Seattle. Visit: http://poetryonbuses.org/ to find out about the bus routes and the poets showcased by this wonderful project.

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