Folks getting fired up for Fourth of July Festivities

Over the next four days there’s plenty of fun planned for folks of all ages in communities throughout the City. In order to enjoy the action, drivers should plan on delays associated with the events. Please see the schedule of events below.

The Seattle Department of Transportation, however, encourages motorists to join the effort to reduce air pollution by not driving alone and trying one of the many alternate forms of transportation available – Metro Transit, the Sounder, Link light rail, West Seattle Water Taxi, the Seattle Streetcar, the Seattle Monorail, (links provide holiday schedules).

 

Thursday, July 3

Storm vs. L.A. Sparks: 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

5,000 attending

Expect normal congestion on the west side of the Center.

 

Firecracker 5000 Race: 11:55 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Center grounds – starts and ends at Memorial Stadium (Fourth Avenue and Republican Street)

1,400 participating

Race route: starts at Fourth Avenue N and Republican Street; heads north on Fourth to Mercer Street; east on Mercer to Ninth Avenue N; south on Ninth to Republican Street; west on Republican to Eighth Avenue N; south on Eighth to Thomas Street; west on Thomas to Dexter Avenue N; north on Dexter to Mercer Street; west on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; south on Fifth to Broad Street; west on Broad to Denny Way, west on Denny to First Avenue N; north on First to Mercer Street; east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; south on Fifth to Republican Street, west on Republican into Memorial Stadium. Traffic shouldn’t be impacted too much given the late hour of the event. For more information, please see:

http://www.promotionevents.com/Firecracker/info.htm

 

Friday, July 4

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Center for Wooden Boats and Lake Union Park

4,000 attending

Expect congestion in the area at the south end of the lake.

For more information, please see: http://cwb.org/events/festival/   -More-

 

Admiral Fourth of July Kids Parade: 10 a.m.

Parade assembles at 44th Avenue SW and Sunset Avenue SW

1500 participants

Parade route: Starts 44th Avenue SW and Sunset, heads south on Sunset to SW Atlantic Street; east on Atlantic to Palm Avenue SW; north on Palm into Hamilton View Point Park. Drivers can expect congestion in the area.

For more information, please see: http://www.westseattlejuly4parade.com/

 

Seafair Summer Fourth: 10:20 pm.

Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park

65,000 attending

Gates open at 12:00 Noon;

12 Noon: Neighborhoods to the north of Gas Works Park (from N 40th Street south to N Northlake Way) closed to all but Local Access;

Expect heavy congestion in the neighborhoods surrounding Lake Union.

For more information, please see: http://www.seafair.com/AnEvent.aspx?ID=24&SecID=1018

 

Saturday, July 5

The Color Festival: 12 Noon – 5 p.m.

Next 50 Plaza, Seattle Center

5,000 attending

Expect heavier traffic on Fifth Avenue.

 

Storm vs. Chicago Sky: 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

5,000 attending

Expect normal congestion on the west side of the Center.

 

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Center for Wooden Boats and Lake Union Park

2,000 expected; event hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; expect congestion in the area.

For more information, please see: http://cwb.org/events/festival/

 

Wallingford Family Festival Parade: 11 a.m.

Lincoln High School – gathering and staging

1,500 attending

Lincoln High School at Interlake Avenue N and N Allen Place; north on Interlake to N 45th Street; east on 45th to Bagley Avenue N; north on Bagley into Meridian Park.

Expect congestion in the area.

For more information, please see: http://visitwallingford.org/conference/65th-annual-wallingford-family-parade-festival/

 

Wallingford Family Festival: 12 Noon – 5 p.m.

Meridian Park

850 attending

For more information, please see: http://visitwallingford.org/conference/65th-annual-wallingford-family-parade-festival/

 

Sunday, July 6

Seattle Reign vs. Boston Breakers: 4 – 6 p.m.

Memorial Stadium, Seattle Center

3,000 attending

Expect heavier traffic on Fifth Avenue.

 

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Center for Wooden Boats and Lake Union Park

2,000 attending

Expect congestion in the area at the south end of the lake.

For more information, please see:   http://cwb.org/events/festival/

 

Special Notes

Seattle’s on-street parking is free on Friday for the Fourth of July Holiday.

If you are heading into Seattle on I-5 in the evening of July 4, be prepared for heavy congestion, along with evening lane and ramp closures on southbound I-5. At approximately 9 p.m., the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will begin closing the following:

  • The southbound I-5 off-ramp to Roanoke Street
  • The Boylston street on-ramp to southbound I-5
  • The southbound I-5 exit-only lane and off-ramp to Mercer Street

The closures will be complete by 10 p.m. The ramps and lane will reopen at the conclusion of the fireworks display. WSDOT closes these ramps to ease congestion and prevent drivers from stopping on I-5 to watch the fireworks. The closures also provide troopers with a secure zone to work from as they monitor traffic and keep it flowing smoothly during the fireworks display.

The Seattle Department of Transportation wishes you and yours a happy and safe holiday!

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114

 

Mercer Corridor Project: Pedestrians & bicyclists shift to south side of Mercer rescheduled to July 3

Pedestrians and bicyclists being shifted to the south side of Mercer Street rescheduled for tomorrow, July 3

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announces that sidewalk changes for bicyclists and pedestrians on Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N originally scheduled to occur today,  July 2, have been rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, July 3.

Beginning tomorrow, July 3, pedestrians and bicyclists will be shifted from the north side of Mercer Street to the south side of Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N.

Travelers can expect the following changes:

  • The new sidewalk on the south side of Mercer Street will be in place between Fifth Avenue N and Aurora Avenue N and a temporary pathway will connect pedestrians and bicyclists from Aurora Avenue N through the work zone to Dexter Avenue N.
  • No pedestrian access will be allowed on the north side of Mercer Street between Taylor Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N.
  • Travelers headed to and from South Lake Union from the Uptown neighborhood should use the south side of Mercer Street to Fifth Avenue N, rather than Taylor Avenue N.
  • When the project is complete in fall of 2015, a new sidewalk and a separated bicycle path will be in place on the north side of Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N.
  • More information about pedestrian and bicycle access during construction can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercer_maps_detour.htm.

As a reminder, crews will not be working during the holiday weekend. For your safety, please follow detour routes and cross the roadway only at designated crossings.

More information may be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.

Contact:  Marybeth Turner, Public Relations Supervisor, 206.684.8548

 

Mercer Corridor Project: Pedestrians and bicyclists shifted to the south side of Mercer Street on Wednesday, July 2

Beginning Wednesday, July 2, pedestrians and bicyclists will be shifted from the north side of Mercer Street to the south side of Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North. Travelers can expect the following changes:

  • The new sidewalk on the south side of Mercer Street will be in place between Fifth Avenue North and Aurora Avenue North and a temporary pathway will connect pedestrians and bicyclists from Aurora Avenue North through the work zone to Dexter Avenue North.
  • No pedestrian access will be allowed on the north side of Mercer Street between Taylor Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North.
  • Travelers headed to and from South Lake Union from the Uptown neighborhood should use the south side of Mercer Street to Fifth Avenue North, rather than Taylor Avenue North.

When the project is complete in fall of 2015, a new sidewalk and a separated bicycle path will be in place on the north side of Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North. More information about pedestrian and bicycle access during construction can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercer_maps_detour.htm.

As a reminder, crews will not be working during the holiday weekend. For your safety, please follow detour routes and cross the roadway only at designated crossings.

More information may be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.

Contact:  Marybeth Turner, Public Reations Supervisor, 206.684.8548

Paving California Avenue SW and Fauntleroy Way SW this Saturday

On Saturday, June 28, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be working in the intersection of California Avenue SW and Fauntleroy Way SW. During the work hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the SDOT crew will grind down the surface layer and repave the street. The sidewalks will not be impacted and two crosswalks will remain open at all times. Police Officers will assist pedestrians and re-direct vehicle traffic around the work zone. This project is weather-sensitive.

Cpntact:  Peg nielsen, 206..684.8114

Summer kicks off with runners, rockers and Solstice frolickers

Music, runners, and merriment abound over the next few days. The huge annual Rock’n’Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, which features bands along the 26- and 13- mile run and walk courses, warms up tomorrow with the Marathon Expo taking place at CenturyLink Field. The Fremont Fair gets underway Friday attracting crowds of 20-25,000 on Saturday and Sunday to the Fremont business district. The ever-popular Fremont Solstice Parade officially marks the start of summer in Seattle on Saturday afternoon. Also on Saturday, in West Seattle there’s the Morgan Junction Community Festival for people and their pooches! Late Saturday, the annual Honk! Fest West in Georgetown is expected to draw out thousands of music lovers. For Seattle Storm fans, the team takes on the San Antonio Silver Stars on Thursday and the Washington Mystics on Sunday.

The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists to consider joining the effort to reduce air pollution by not driving alone and trying one of the many alternate forms of transportation available – Metro Transit, the Sounder, Link light rail, West Seattle Water Taxi, the Seattle Streetcar, the monorail, carpool, bicycle, or even walk – if feasible.

Thursday, June 19

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon Expo: 12 Noon – 7 p.m.

CenturyLink Field Event Center

5,000 attending

Expect congestion in the surrounding area.

For more information please see: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/seattle/expo

 

Seattle Storm vs San Antonio Silver Stars: 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

5,000 attending

Expect normal congestion on west side of the Center grounds before and after the game.

 

Friday, June 20

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon Expo: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

CenturyLink Field Event Center

15,000 attending

Expect congestion in the surrounding area.

For more information please see: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/seattle/expo

 

Fremont Fair: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fremont Business District

800 attending

Fair takes place on streets within the following boundaries: First Avenue NW on the west; N 36th Street on the north; Fremont Avenue N on the east; N 34th Street/N Canal Street on the south. Streets will be closed from 1 p.m. on Friday, June 20 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 22.

Motorists should expect heavier traffic on streets adjacent to the Fair.

For more information, please see: http://www.fremontfair.org/

 

Saturday, June 21

Rock N Roll Marathon & Half Marathon: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

13 and 26 mile courses start and end at the Seattle Center

20,000 participating

Streets near the Center, such as Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue, will be closed from 2 a.m. to Saturday afternoon.

Closed from 5 a.m. – 4 p.m.: SR-99/Alaskan Way Viaduct northbound between S Idaho Street and Roy Street.

Closed from early morning into early afternoon: I-5 and I-90 ramps at Columbia, Dearborn and Rainier streets; I-90 express lanes; the downtown core area from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue; Rainer Avenue S and Lake Washington Boulevard.

Streets along the 26 – and 13 – mile routes closed from the early morning and will re-open once all participants have moved through.

Motorists should plan on delays around the Seattle Center and along the race route throughout the morning and into the afternoon. Please see the race website for details including the complete list of road closures and times and course map at:  http://seattle.competitor.com/

 

Morgan Junction Community Festival: 10 a. m. – 7 p.m.

Morgan Junction Park and Washington Federal parking lot

600 + expected

No street closures, but traffic may be congested in the surrounding area.

Please see the following website for more information: http://www.scribd.com/doc/148248111/Morgan-Junction-Community-Festival-2014

 

Fremont Fair: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Fremont Business District

25,000 attending

Fair takes place on streets within the following boundaries: First Avenue NW on the west; N 36th Street on the north; Fremont Avenue N on the east; N 34th Street/N Canal Street on the south. Streets will be closed from 1 p.m. on Friday, June 20 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Motorists should expect heavy traffic throughout the area on streets adjacent to the Fair.

For more information, please see: http://www.fremontfair.org/

 

Fremont Solstice Parade: 3 p.m.

Fremont District

22,000 attending

Streets on the parade route will close from 2:30 – 6 p.m.

Parade route: begins at NW 36th Street and Leary Way NW; east on 36th to Fremont Place N; south on Fremont Place to Fremont Avenue N; south on Fremont Avenue to N 34th Street; east on 34th to Stone Way N; south on Stone to N Northlake Way; east on Northlake into Gas Works Park.

Expect heavy congestion in the area; and plan to park at a distance and walk to the event. http://fremontartscouncil.org/

 

Fremont Solstice Celebration Festival: 3 – 9 p.m.

Gas Works Park

2,000 attending

Expect congestion in area surrounding the park.

For more information, please see:   http://fremontartscouncil.org/

 

City University Graduation Ceremonies: 4 – 7 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

5,000 attending

Expect heavier traffic on streets on the west side of the Center before and after the event.

 

Honk! Fest West – Georgetown: 6 – 10 p.m.

Heart of Georgetown

2,000 attending

Streets closed for festival from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: 12th Avenue S between S Vale and S Harney Street.

Expect congestion on surrounding streets. For more information please see:   http://honkfestwest.com

 

Sunday, June 22

Fremont Fair: event hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fremont Business District

10,000 expected

Fair takes place on streets within the following boundaries: First Avenue NW on the west; N 36th Street on the north; Fremont Avenue N on the east; N 34th Street/N Canal Street on the south. Streets will be closed from 1 p.m. on Friday, June 20 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Motorists should expect heavy traffic throughout the area on streets adjacent to the Fair.

For more information, please see: http://www.fremontfair.org/

 

Seattle Storm vs. Washington Mystics: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

5,000 attending

Expect normal congestion adjacent to the Key Arena before and after the game.

 

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, Communications Office,  206.684.8114