Traffic Advisory for Week of November 24 – 30, 2014

This holiday week is filled with big events including the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holiday Tree and Star Lighting, five races including the Amica Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon. There are also two Key Arena concerts, and a Sounders match.

On Sunday the Amica Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon will have closures and detours throughout the city beginning at 7:15 a.m. with streets expected to reopen by 2:15 p.m. About 15,000 participants are expected. Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed due to the marathon runs.

The Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade on Friday begins downtown at 8:45 a.m. followed by the Westlake Tree Lighting and Macy’s Star Lighting and Fireworks festivities commencing at 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014:

Bastille Concert at Key Arena: English alternative rock band Bastille plays the Key Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. with an estimated attendance of 8,000.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014:

Usher Concert at Key Arena: Usher performs his current UR Experience concert on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30p.m. with an estimated attendance of 10,000.

THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 2014:

Seattle Turkey Trot: The run benefits the Ballard Food Bank with an estimated 3,000 participants. The run starts at 9 a.m. staging at Loyal Way Northwest between 31st Avenue Northwest and 32nd Avenue Northwest. The route goes south on 32nd Avenue Northwest; then west on Northwest 77th Street; south on 34th Avenue Northwest; then west on Northwest 57th Street; northwest on 37th Place Northwest; then north on the Burke-Gilman Trail and curb lane along the east side of Seaview Avenue Northwest and finishes at Golden Gardens Park.

FRIDAY, Nov. 28, 2014:

My Macy’s Holiday Parade: The parade starts at 8:45 a.m. at 7th Avenue and Pine Street. The parade route goes west on Pine Street to 5th Avenue; then south on 5th Avenue to University Street; then west on University Street to 4th Avenue; north on 4th Avenue to Macy’s (between Pine and Olive streets). An estimated 23,000 people are expected to attend.   The following streets will close at 7:30 a.m. for parade staging: Pine Street between Boren Avenue and 7th Avenue: 9th, 8th, and 7th avenues between Olive Way and Pike Street.  All streets will reopen by 11 a.m. (with the exception of Pine Street between 5th and 4th avenues, which will remain closed until the end of the Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony).

Westlake Tree Lighting ceremony and Macy’s Star Lighting and Fireworks show: The tree lighting festivities at Westlake Center Plaza begins at 5 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony happens at 5:35 p.m. The Fireworks show at Macy’s starts 5:40 p.m. at 4th Avenue and Pine Street, weather permitting. Streets will reopen once pedestrian traffic disperses. The following streets will close beginning at 4 p.m. for the event: 4th Avenue between Union Street and Olive Way; 5th Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street; Pine Street between 6th and 3rd avenues; Pike Street between 3rd and 5th avenues. 25,000 are estimated to attend.


Seattle Marathon 5K Race: The run starts at 8:30 a.m. with about 1,300 participants expected.   The staging area is at 5th Avenue North between Republican and Harrison streets. The route goes south on 5th Avenue to Cedar Street, then west on Cedar to 2nd Avenue. Then south on 2nd Avenue to University Street with a U-turn at University Street and north on 2nd Avenue onto Seattle Center grounds, then north onto Mercer Street east on Mercer to 4th Avenue North, and finishing south on 4th Avenue into Memorial Stadium.

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon: The run starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison Street at 10 a.m. with an estimated attendance of 3,800. The staging area is on 5th Avenue North between Republican and Harrison streets. The route travels south on 5th Avenue North to Broad Street, then west on Broad Street to Denny Way, then west on Denny Way to 2nd Avenue North, then north on 2nd Avenue to Republican Street, west on Republican Street to Mercer Street, then east on Mercer to 4th Avenue North, then southbound on 4th Avenue North into Memorial Stadium. All streets expected to be reopened by 11 a.m.


Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon: The marathon and half-marathon starts and finishes at Seattle Center with an estimated 15,000 participants. Runners and walkers leave in four separate waves between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. All streets are expected to be reopened by 2:15 p.m. I-90 express lanes will be closed between Seattle and Mercer Island from 4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Metro buses in multiple Seattle neighborhoods, including downtown Seattle, Seattle Center, Capitol Hill and the I-90 and Rainier areas will be rerouted or delayed due to street closures and traffic congestion associated with the Seattle Marathon. For route and details, please follow link:


Sunday, Nov. 30, Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game at 6 p.m. 50,000 people are estimated to attend.




One northbound Aurora lane closed until collapsed sewer is fixed

Seattle Public Utilities

One northbound lane of Aurora Avenue, between Ward and Comstock Streets, will remain closed for up to two weeks as Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) works to repair a broken sewer line.

All southbound lanes are now open, day, for the duration of the project.  Night time—after 7 p.m.—lane closures will be announced as the repair work progresses.

All repairs had been expected to be finished this evening; but SPU crews, who have been working since Monday to fix the sewer, have unearthed a collapsed section of pipe, along with grout and sludge.

“We had hoped we could clear the line without digging, but the problems we have been finding are making this repair job considerably more challenging,” said Jeff Fowler, construction management director for SPU.

Fowler said the sewer line appears to be more than 50 percent blocked and sewage is overflowing. Crews have been placing pump and bypass equipment in the center lanes on Aurora. The pump is sucking sewage from the broken and clogged pipe and divert it back into an unobstructed part of the system.

“I certainly understand the frustration of motorist trying to get through the area. We are working to clear the blockage and repair the pipe as soon as possible. The last thing we want is for sewage to start backing up into homes,” Fowler said.

SPU crews investigating a sewer overflow on November 13 determined that the overflow was the result of a blockage in the line along Aurora Avenue, leading in turn to the current repair work. The cause of the collapsed section of pipe, and the source of the slurry and sludge remain under investigation.

Workers had been attempting to remove the grout and sludge from the sewer, using a sharp tool inserted through the maintenance hole, but the discovery of the collapsed section of pipe means they will have to excavate to and replace the existing pipe, instead.

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Weekend Traffic Advisory

Two major closures to be aware of for this weekend: One lane in both directions of Aurora Avenue North remains closed from Ward to Comstock streets, and both directions of 15th Avenue West will close Saturday night at 9 p.m. with northbound and southbound detours in place between West Emerson and West Dravus streets. There are also several events including the Magnolia Village Fall Fest Friday evening, UW Huskies play the OSU Beavers for the final home game at Husky Stadium Saturday at 7:30 p.m, and on Sunday the Seahawks take on NFC West rival and division leading Cardinals at Century Link at 1:05 p.m.


Magnolia Village Fall Fest: the event will close West McGraw Street between 32nd Ave. West and 33rd Ave. West from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; event hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; estimated attendance is 850.

Aurora Ave North Lane Closures: One southbound and one northbound lane on Aurora Avenue from Ward to Comstock streets remains closed. Seattle Public Utilities work continues and updates will be made when available.


UW Huskies vs. OSU Beavers at Husky Stadium 7:30pm

Husky Band Friday Night Rally & Procession: Husky band and supporters will follow a procession through Greek Row prior to Saturday’s game; 9:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.; approximately 200 participants; police officers will escort.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Concerts at Key Arena at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

15th Avenue West will be closed at 9 p.m. to all traffic between West Dravus and West Emerson streets in order to complete work on the West Emerson Overpass Repair Project. All lanes will reopen by Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7 a.m. Both north and southbound traffic on 15th Avenue West will have a signed detour route between West Dravus and West Emerson streets that uses West Dravus, 20th Avenue West, Gilman Avenue West and West Emerson.


Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals at Century Link Field 1:05 p.m.; estimated attendance is 67,000.

Green Lake Gobble: the 5k and 10k run/walk is clockwise around Green Lake; estimated participants: 2,000.

The run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m.; staging area: West Green Lake Way North between East Green Lake Way North and North 63rd Street near the Aqua Theater. The closure begins at 8:30 a.m.; the course starts adjacent to the Aqua Theater; west on West Green Lake Way North to Aurora Avenue North and onto the Green Lake trail; off trail and onto West Green Lake Drive North; east on West Green Lake Drive North to East Green Lake Drive North; east on East Green Lake Way North; south on East Green Lake Way North to approximately Kenwood Place North; west onto Green Lake trail and finish at Aqua Theater. 10k repeats this route. More info:


Sunday, Nov. 23rd, vs. Arizona Cardinals; 1:05 p.m. kickoff; estimated attendance: 67,000.


Saturday, Nov. 22nd, vs. Oregon State Beavers; kickoff 7:30 p.m.: estimated attendance: 70,000.


Saturday, Nov. 22nd – Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts; start at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m; estimated attendance: 20,000.