Major Construction on 23rd Avenue South; Southbound Detour to Martin Luther King Jr Way South Begins May 16

SDOT is advising travelers in Judkins Park and the Central Area to prepare for major traffic changes along 23rd Avenue S between South Jackson St and Rainier Ave S.

Crews will close the southbound lanes of 23rd Ave S starting on Wednesday, May 16, between S Jackson St and South Norman St. Southbound traffic in this area will be detoured to Martin Luther King Jr Way S. We expect construction, and the southbound detour, to last for approximately one year. The detour will allow a safe space for construction and equipment in the narrow roadway.

These traffic changes mark the start of construction for Phase 2 of the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project. The project will help enhance safety for people who drive, walk, and take transit on 23rd Ave S between S Jackson St and Rainier Ave S. Customers can continue to access local businesses in the construction area by driving on northbound 23rd Ave S, by walking, and by bike.

Beginning Monday, May 14, travelers can expect the following changes:

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, travelers can expect the following changes:

  • Northbound travel on 23rd Ave S will be maintained between Rainier Avenue S and S Jackson St, through reduced to one lane (except at key intersections); drivers should expect delays
  • Southbound lanes on 23rd Ave S will be closed to traffic at S Jackson St; southbound traffic will be detoured at S Jackson St to Martin Luther King Jr Way S and connect with 23rd Ave S at S Massachusetts St
    • Through-drivers are encouraged to use other arterials prior to S Jackson St, such as E Cherry St and E Yesler Way, to detour to Martin Luther King Jr Way S
    • A left turn lane is being added for vehicles turning from westbound S Massachusetts St to southbound 23rd Ave S to assist with detour operations at that intersection
  • Southbound travel between S Norman St to S Massachusetts St on 23rd Ave S will be open and reduced to a single lane to allow access to homes, businesses, and community destinations
  • Southbound travel will be open from S Massachusetts St to Rainier Avenue S and reduced to a single lane; drivers should expect delays
  • Periodic closures of cross streets through the 23rd Ave S corridor from S Jackson St to Rainier Ave S; these closures will be limited to the extent possible to reduce inconvenience to area drivers and residents
  • All businesses on 23rd Ave S will remain open during construction; please continue to support local businesses during construction!
  • Please visit the website for more information and to view a map of the detour: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_Ave.htm

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed. For more information on this project go to: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_Ave.htm.

Events Traffic Advisory for Tuesday, May 15 – Sunday, May 20

SDOT is advising travelers to be aware of the following events happening around the city that may affect area traffic. The Mariners play tonight through Sunday at Safeco Field with a day games Wednesday and Sunday. The University District Street Fair is this weekend. WSDOT will lane and ramp closures through the weekend.

EVENTS

TUESDAY, MAY 15:

Mariners vs. Texas Rangers: Seattle Mariners host the Rangers at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 15,000 people are expected to attend.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

Mariners vs. Texas Rangers: Seattle Mariners host the Rangers at 12:40 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 23,000 people are expected to attend.

THURSDAY, MAY 17:

Seattle 17th of May Festival: Annual Ballard neighborhood festival includes a parade celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day. The festival starts at 10 a.m., the parade goes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. About 4,000 people are expected to attend.

Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Seattle Mariners host the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 15,000 people are expected to attend.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

F5 Bike Everywhere Day: Event to celebrate and encourage bicycling as transportation, begins at 6 a.m. Celebration stations will be set up along major travel routes throughout the city.

Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Seattle Mariners host the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 31,000 people are expected to attend.

Paul Simon Concert: The Homeward Bound Farewell tour show at KeyArena starts at 8 p.m. About 12,000 people are expected to attend.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

University District Street Fair:  The 49th annual arts and music fair on University Wy NE between NE Campus Parkway and NE 50th St. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  NE 42nd, NE 43rd and NE 47th streets are closed from Brooklyn Ave NE to 15th Ave NE.  About 20,000 people are expected to attend each day.

Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Seattle Mariners host the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 32,000 people are expected to attend.

Stars on Ice: At KeyArena features U.S Figure Skating team members. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. About 4,000 people are expected to attend.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

Nordstrom Beat the Bridge 8K Run and Walk: The annual fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation run starts and finishes at Husky Stadium and crosses the University Bridge. Montlake Boulevard closes to all vehicle traffic at 7:30 a.m. The 8K starts at 8:30 a.m. Here’s a link to the course map. About 11,000 people are expected to participate.

West Seattle 5K Run/Walk: The fundraising event for West Seattle High School will take place along Alki Ave SW starting at 9:20 a.m. About 1,400 people are expected to participate.

University District Street Fair:  The 49th annual arts and music fair on University Wy NE between NE Campus Parkway and NE 50th St. About 20,000 people are expected to attend.

Spring Opener: The Georgetown Car and Bike show fundraiser for Treehouse goes from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Airport Way between Corson Ave S and S Bailey St. About 500 people are expected to attend.

Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Seattle Mariners host the Tigers at 1:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 35,000 people are expected to attend.

CONSTRUCTION

WSDOT Closures May 18- 21

Several lanes and ramps will begin to close at 8 p.m. Friday night, May 18, and reopen for the morning commute by 5 a.m. Monday morning, May 21:

  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will remain open between the West Seattle Bridge and SR 520 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
  • A single lane will remain open each night from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.The following ramps will be closed during the May 18-21 weekend construction:

Ramp closures

  • 5th Ave/Columbia Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 Express Lanes
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street
  • University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Mercer Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 (and Express Lanes)
  • Express Lanes will remain open in the northbound direction all weekend

Update: 6th Ave Closures for Paving Project to Begin Monday, May 14

SDOT is advising travelers of upcoming closures related to the 6th Ave paving project during evening hours on Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is being completed.

From 8 p.m. Monday, May 14, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, travelers can expect:

  • 6th Ave to be closed from James St to Yesler Way while crews complete grinding
  • No access to parking garages on 6th Ave from James St to Yesler Way during work hours
  • The intersection at 6th Ave and Jefferson St will be closed
  • Cherry St will be closed between 6th Ave and 7th Ave
  • The southbound I-5 offramp at James St will be reduced to one lane
  • The southbound I-5 onramp at 6th Ave and James St (Jefferson St) will be closed
  • The northbound I-5 onramp from Cherry St will only be accessible from 7th Ave and James St

From 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, travelers can expect:

  • Partial and lane closures of 6th Ave from Marion St to Yesler Way while crews complete base repairs

From 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 to 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 AND from 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 to 6 a.m. on Friday, May 18, travelers can expect:

  • 6th Ave from Marion St to Yesler Way will be closed while crews complete paving
  • No access to parking garages and loading zones on 6th Ave from Marion St to Yesler Way during work hours
  • Intersection closures on 6th Ave at Jefferson St, Cherry St, Columbia St, and turning southbound on Marion St
  • The southbound I-5 onramp at 6th Ave and James St (Jefferson) will be closed
  • The southbound I-5 offramp at James St will be reduced to one lane
  • The northbound I-5 onramp from Cherry St will only be accessible from 7th Ave and James St as the intersection of 6th Ave and Cherry St will be closed

For more information on this project, please click here. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the construction outreach team at 6thAvePaving@seattle.gov, or (206) 727-3669.

Upcoming Traffic Revisions for the Columbia St 2-Way Transit Corridor Project on May 15 and 19

SDOT is advising travelers that Columbia St will be reduced to one travel lane between 1st and 3rd avenues on Tuesday, May 15, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and on Saturday, May 19, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. as work on the Columbia St 2-way Transit Corridor Project continues. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.

This work is in partnership with King County Metro in preparation to convert Columbia St from a 1-way street to a 2-way transit pathway. This work includes complete street reconstruction to accommodate buses, new signal poles, and curb line changes. This work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

During these lane restriction periods travelers can expect:

  • Columbia St will be reduced to one travel lane between 1st and 3rd avenues
  • Westbound Columbia St traffic will be rerouted between 3rd and 4th avenues
  • Signed detours will be in place
  • One traffic lane will be maintained around the work zone
  • Local access will be maintained
  • Temporary pedestrian detours between 1st and 3rd Avenues
  • There will No Parking or Loading Zones in the work zone during construction
  • Vehicles travelling on Columbia Street may experience delays near the work zone
  • Construction-related noise, dust, vibration, and concrete odor

For more information on this project, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/transit-program/2-way-columbia

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Columbia 2-Way Project team at columbia@seattle.gov, or (206) 316-2545.

Events Traffic Advisory for Wednesday, May 9 – Sunday, May 13

SDOT is advising travelers to be aware of the following events happening around the city that may affect area traffic. The Color Run is Sunday starts and finishes at Seattle Center and takes runners through downtown. WSDOT has weekend closures that include the northbound I-5 off-ramp to West Seattle Bridge/Spokane St/Columbian Way beginning 8 p.m. Friday.

EVENTS

SATURDAY, MAY 12:

Madrona Mayfair: The annual community parade runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alvin Larkins Park 3400 E Pike St to Madrona Playground. About 420 people are expected to attend.

SODO Flea: Monthly flea market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Utah Ave S between S Stacy and S Holgate streets. Utah Ave S is closed from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.  About 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Seven Lions Concert: At WaMu Theater from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. About 7,000 people are expected to attend.

SUNDAY, MAY 13:

The Color Run: The run starts at Seattle Center to downtown and back at 8 a.m. The route starts on Mercer St at 3rd Ave N, east on Mercer St, south on 4th Ave N, east on Republican St, south on 5th Ave N, south on Cedar St, south on 4th Ave to Seneca St, U-turn, north on 4th Ave, west on Denny Way, north on 2nd Ave N onto the Seattle Center campus. All streets are expected to be reopened by 12 p.m.  About 10,000 are expected to participate.

P!nk concert: Pink performs at KeyArena, the Beautiful Trauma World tour show runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. About 12,000 are expected to attend.

CONSTRUCTION

WSDOT Closures May 11- 14

WSDOT will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes near Michigan St at 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, and will wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, May 14. Northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown. All northbound I-5 traffic will be routed through the collector-distributor

lanes. Drivers should note that the collector-distributor is temporarily striped, so the right lane is an exit only to Madison Street. This configuration will remain in place through the summer.

Ramp closures
The following ramps will be closed during the weekend construction:

  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Express Lanes
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street
  • Westbound I-90 to northbound I-5 on-ramp
  • Eastbound I-90/Edgar Martinez Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Dearborn Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5