Grads, Grads and more Grads and that’s not all!

Drivers need to plan ahead and pack patience

The sold-out Mariners versus Yankees game is just hours away, as well as the first of many graduation ceremonies and community events taking place over the next three days. Drivers will find the events far more enjoyable if they plan ahead to avoid traffic delays associated with all the activities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists to consider helping out the effort to reduce air pollution by parking the car at home and opting for 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 12

Seattle Mariners vs. NY Yankees: 7:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

40,000 attending

Expect exceptionally heavy traffic towards the end of the evening commute in SODO and Downtown areas as well as on all major arterials and highways leading into stadium area.

 

Mercer Island High School Graduation: 7 – 10 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

3,000 expected

Expect heavier traffic on west side of Center grounds.

 

Friday, June 13:

Issaquah High School Graduation: 1 – 4 p.m., 5 – 7 p.m., 8 –10 p.m.

Key Arena

3,000 Expected at each ceremony

Expect heavy traffic throughout the day on west side of Center grounds.

 

College of Built Environment Graduation:  4:30 – 6 p.m.

Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center

1200 attending

Expect congestion along Mercer Street adjacent to the Hall.

 

Concerts at the Belltown Artwalk: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Belltown

215 attending

Streets closed from 6 – 10 p.m.: Bell Street between Third and Second avenues.

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Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers: 7:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

23,000 attending

Expect heavy traffic in surrounding SODO area before and after the game.

 

PNW Ballet Next Step: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

McCaw Hall, Seattle Center

2,900 attending

Expect congestion along Mercer Street adjacent to the Hall.

 

Saturday, June 14:

Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day (with Performers): 9 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Cal Anderson Park Community Lot

150 +/- attending

Foot traffic could be somewhat heavy at 11th adjacent to the Park so you may encounter slight delays getting through at that location. For more information please see: capitolhillgaragesale.com

 

Art on the Fly: 12 Noon – 6 p.m.

Street fair in the South Lake Union neighborhood

2,000 attending

Streets closed from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.: Terry Avenue N between Republican Street and Harrison Street.

For more information please see: http://art-on-the-fly.org/

 

Seattle Pacific University Graduation: 1 – 4 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

10,000 attending

Expect heavy traffic before and after on streets adjacent to the west side of the Center grounds.

 

PNW Ballet School Performance: 2 – 4 p.m. 7 – 9 p.m.

McCaw Hall, Seattle Center

2,900 attending each show

Expect congestion along Mercer Street adjacent to the Hall.

 

Seattle Pride Picnic: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Volunteer Park

2,000 attending

Expect congestion near the park. For more information, please see: http://www.seattlepride.org/pride-parade/pride-picnic/

 

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers: 7:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

28,000 attending

Expect congestion before and after game in surrounding SODO area.

 

Georgetown Carnival: 12 Noon – 10 p.m.

Georgetown

10,000 attending

Streets closed from 6 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.: Airport Way S between Corson Avenue S and 13th Avenue S. Portions of side streets west of Airport Way S will also be closed

For more information visit: http://www.georgetownmerchants.org/georgetown_carnival_2014.html

 

University of Washington Commencement: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Husky Stadium, University of Washington

40,000 attending

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area surrounding Husky Stadium due to the heavy congestion and subsequent closures which will be set up to accommodate the traffic arriving and departing the parking area between noon and 6:00 pm. Please consider taking the University Bridge or the Ship Canal (I-5) bridge instead of the Montlake Bridge.

For all the details and closure information please see: http://www.washington.edu/graduation/ceremony/

For Metro Transit service re-route information go to: http://www.kingcounty.gov/metro or call (206) 553-3000.

 

Roosevelt Neighborhood Parade: 2 – 3 p.m.

Roosevelt Neighborhood streets

180 participants

Parade route: Starts at NE 68th Street and 12th Avenue NE; west on 68th to Roosevelt Way NE; south on Roosevelt to NE 64th Street; east on 64th to 12th Avenue NE; north on 12th to NE 69th Street; east on 69th to 15th Avenue NE; north on 15th to NE 70th Street; east on 70th to 20th Avenue NE; south on 20th to NE 68th Street; west on 68th to 15th Avenue NE; south on 15th to NE 66th Street; west on 66th to 12th Avenue NE; north on 12th into Roosevelt High School parking lot.

Seattle Police will escort. Expect a rolling slowdown as parade moves along the route.

 

Sunday, June 15

Seafair Kickoff: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Media event at Westlake Park

400 attending

A small bike parade towing wooden hydroplanes will take place on Fourth Avenue, Olive Way, Fifth Avenue and Pine Street. Expect slight delays throughout the general area.

 

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers: 1:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

33,000 attending

Expect heavy traffic in surrounding SODO area before and after the game.

 

Seattle University Commencement Ceremonies: 9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

10,000 attending Undergraduates’ Ceremony 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

5,000 attending Graduates’ Ceremony 3 – 5 p.m.

Anticipate heavy traffic on all streets near the west side of the Seattle Center.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, Communications Office, 206.684.8114

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming up: The annual Race for the Cure and more

Friday through Sunday, May 30 – June 1, there’s plenty in the way of action and performances to take in – Mariner baseball, Sounders Soccer, The Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green concert, and James Taylor and his All Star Band. In addition to all those events, Sunday morning 10,500 participants will take part in the one mile and 5K Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure.

Motorists should allow extra time for the heavier traffic associated with these events and, in particular, the Komen Race which will likely create delays in the general between the Seattle Center and Downtown Seattle. For details about these events, please see the schedule below.

Friday, May 30

Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: 7:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

23,000 attending

Expect heavier traffic than usual during the Friday afternoon commute on I-5, SR 99 and arterials feeding into the SODO area.

 

Lionel Richie/CeeLo Green concert: 7:30 – 11 p.m.

Key Arena

10,000 attending

Expect heavier traffic especially during the peak afternoon traffic between the I-5 Mercer off-ramps and the Seattle Center.

 

PNW Ballet Giselle performance: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

McCaw Hall

2,900 attending

Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue.

 

Saturday, May 31

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: 1 p.m.

CenturyLink Field

34,000 attending

Expect the usual heavier traffic in Pioneer Square and surrounding the stadium before and after the match.

 

PNW Ballet Giselle performance: 2 – 4 p.m. and 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

McCaw Hall

2,900 attending each show

Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue.

 

A Night at the 5th Gala: 5 – 11:30 p.m.

5th Avenue Theatre – Fifth Avenue and Union Street

550 attending

Closed from 5 – 11:30 p.m.: Two left lanes on the east side of Fifth Avenue between University and Union streets.

Seattle Police will assist. For more information please see: http://www.5thavenue.org/support/events-gala#a-night-at-the-5th-gala

 

Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: 7:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

32,000 attending

Expect the normal heavier traffic adjacent to and around the stadium in SODO.

 

James Taylor and his All Star Band Concert: 8 – 11 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

6,500 attending

Expect heavier traffic on the west side of the Seattle Center.

 

Sunday, June 1

Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure: 8 – 9:15 a.m. Runners /walkers leave staging area

Staging: Mercer Street and Second Avenue N

10,500 participants

5K routes: Starts on Mercer Street at Second  Avenue N; heads east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; south on Fifth to Cedar Street; west on Cedar to Second Avenue; south on Second to Seneca Street; U-turn at Seneca and moves north on Second back to end at Thomas Street.

1 mile route: Starts on Mercer Street at Third Avenue N; then east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; south on Fifth to Cedar Street; west on Cedar to Second Avenue; north on Second to end at Thomas Street; Expect congestion for several hours along the route. For more information please see: http://www.komenpugetsound.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/race-information/#RaceSchedule

 

Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: 1:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

35,000 attending

Expect the normal heavier traffic adjacent to and around the stadium in SODO.

The Seattle Department of Transportation reminds event-goers to consider leaving the car at home 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.

 

Contact:  Peg Nielsen,Communications Office, 206.684.8114

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercer Corridor Project: Broad Street Permanently Closing Sunday Evening, June 1

Two-way operations begin on Mercer from Fifth to Ninth Avenues N

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that Broad Street will permanently close to traffic between Ninth Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N the evening of Sunday, June 1.While necessary to complete major roadway improvements, the closure will create significant traffic disruptions along the Mercer Corridor. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and expect lengthy travel delays due to the Broad Street closure and drivers adjusting to two-way operations on Mercer Street.

Broad Street permanently closing

Beginning the evening of Sunday, June 1, Broad Street will permanently close to traffic between Ninth Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N as Mercer Street opens for the first time to two-way traffic connecting I-5 to lower Queen Anne. The permanent closure of Broad Street is necessary to allow for additional construction associated with the Mercer Corridor Project and WSDOT’s Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project. The closed portion of Broad Street will be used to widen Mercer Street in its final configuration of three lanes in each direction between I-5 and Fifth Avenue N and for the SR 99 North Access Project which will build connections onto adjacent surface streets from the future SR 99 bored tunnel.

New traffic conditions begin Monday, June 2

Beginning Monday morning, June 2, commuters should take note of new travel conditions throughout the corridor. Mercer Street will be open to two-way traffic between I-5 and Elliott Avenue W and Broad Street will be permanently closed between Ninth Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N. All travelers are advised to plan ahead for their commute and use alternate routes where possible as the number of vehicles using eastbound Mercer Street will increase. Changes through the corridor will include:

  • Mercer Street will have two lanes in each direction between Queen Anne Avenue N and Ninth Avenue N.
  • Access to Seattle Center and Queen Anne will be a direct route via westbound Mercer Street from I-5.
  • Roy Street will have one lane in each direction between Queen Anne Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N.
  • Queen Anne Avenue N will have one northbound lane and two southbound lanes between Roy and Mercer Streets.
  • Left turns from westbound Mercer Street onto southbound Fifth Avenue N will be available.
  • Left turns from eastbound Mercer Street onto northbound Dexter Avenue N will not be allowed for approximately one year.
  • Access to northbound SR 99 from eastbound Mercer Street will be via southbound Dexter Avenue N onto westbound Thomas Street.

The project team understands the first few days of the transition will require additional surveillance throughout the corridor. SDOT will continue to monitor signal timing and message traffic conditions via our project listserv and website. Additional mitigation measures will include:

  • Observing traffic flow and adjusting signal timing as conditions change throughout the corridor.
  • Uniformed police officers stationed at key intersections to facilitate traffic flow.
  • Additional signage and alternate route information will be available in advance.

The previously announced weekend construction impacts for May 31-June 2 are detailed below:

Closure of northbound Queen Anne Avenue N at Roy Street: May 31 – June 1

Beginning Saturday, May 31 at 4:00 a.m. through Sunday, June 1 at 5:00 a.m., access to northbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be fully closed to traffic from Roy Street to accommodate roadway striping and final two-way signal conversion. During the closure:

  • Access to northbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be closed to traffic at Roy Street. Travelers heading north from westbound Roy Street will be detoured onto southbound Queen Anne Avenue N and then right onto Mercer Street to proceed north on Second Avenue W. Travelers from Downtown should use First Avenue N to westbound Mercer Street and Second Avenue W or Fifth Avenue N and Taylor Avenue N to access Queen Anne.
  • Southbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be reduced to two lanes between Roy and Mercer streets.
  • Access to Queen Anne Avenue N from eastbound Roy Street will be closed. Turns onto westbound Roy Street from southbound Queen Anne Avenue N will not be allowed.
  • Uniformed police officers will be placed at the intersection of Roy Street and Queen Anne Avenue N to facilitate traffic flow.

Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Ninth Avenue N converting to two-way traffic June 1 – 2:

On Sunday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m. following the Race for the Cure, crews will begin converting the final section of Mercer Street to two-way traffic between Fifth Avenue N and Ninth Avenue Nand permanently closing Broad Street. During the conversion:

  • Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic between Fifth Avenue N and Ninth Avenue N. As intersections are converted to two-way traffic, roadways will be re-opened.
  • Uniformed police officers will be placed at impacted intersections along Mercer Street between Fourth Avenue N and Ninth Avenue N to facilitate traffic flow and direct vehicles around the closures.
  • Denny Way and First Avenue N will remain fully open.
  • Broad Street will permanently close to traffic between Ninth Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N once Mercer Street re-opens with two-way traffic between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N (the evening of Sunday, June 1).

Please plan ahead and expect significant traffic delays.

More information about alternate routes during construction may be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm. Contact:  Richard Sheridan, Communications Director, 206.694.8540

 

 

CANCELLATION NOTICE: Events tonight and tomorrow may impact your travels

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises motorists to keep a few events in mind which could impact their travel times today and tomorrow (May 28 and 29). 

Please ignore the following traffic warning as Lady Gaga just cancelled her performance due to “horrible Bronchitis”:  Tonight, Lady Gaga’s artRAVE concert at the Key Arena from 7:30 –11 p.m. will produce heavier traffic around the Seattle Center before and after the entertainer’s ARTPOP Ball. Motorists may be especially impacted in the late afternoon commute from the I-5 Mercer off-ramps to the Seattle Center when the expected 13,000 Gaga fans start heading in for the concert.  Tonight, Lady Gaga’s artRAVE concert at the Key Arena from 7:30 –11 p.m. will produce heavier traffic around the Seattle Center before and after the entertainer’s ARTPOP Ball. Motorists may be especially impacted in the late afternoon commute from the I-5 Mercer off-ramps to the Seattle Center when the expected 13,000 Gaga fans start heading in for the concert.   Also in that same general time frame, traffic will likely be heavier than usual approaching the SODO District as some 14,000 baseball lovers converge on Safeco Field for the Seattle Mariners’ 7:10 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Tomorrow, May 29, the annualBike to Work and Summer Streets Party takes place just off Market Street in the heart of Ballard from 4 – 8 p.m. A crowd of 800 is expected to attend the event. The following streets will be closed from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: 22nd Avenue NW between NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue NW, and Ballard Avenue NW between 22nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street. Motorists can expect considerable congestion in the Ballard Business District and on adjacent streets. For more details, please see http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/summer_ballard.htm.

Also tomorrow evening, the Seattle Mariners will once again take on the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 p.m. With 14,000 Mariners devotees coming to Safeco Field, drivers in the SODO area should plan on the usual heavier traffic during the evening commute.

SDOT encourages motorists to help protect the environment, save money and reduce their stress by 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.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114

Photo Enforcement cameras coming to five schools

To improve pedestrian safety, contractors working for the City of Seattle will be installing photo enforcement cameras at five locations during May and June. They will be located near the following schools: Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family School in West Seattle, Dearborn Park Elementary in Southeast Seattle, Bailey Gatzert Elementary in Central Seattle, and Eckstein Middle School in Northeast Seattle.

The cameras will issue citations to drivers that exceed the school zone speed limit of 20 mph. The school zone speed limit is in effect for typically one hour in the morning as students arrive at school, and one hour in the afternoon when the school day ends. Flashing beacons have been installed to emphasize the times when the school zone speed limit is in effect. The cameras will issue warnings for 30 days beginning September 2 and will start issuing citations in early October.

Contact:  Marybeth Turner, Public Relations Supervisor, 206.684.8548