What’s Moving Seattle | This Week

Jack White kicks it off in Seattle this week, later followed by Hemp Fest, Hot Sauce, and Halestorm; Oh My! Get in the moment with one of these action options–and act with an informed travel plan (a.k.a. construction aware).

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 13

Featured image by CenturyLink Field | bit.ly/2B3yWM9

Jack White concert: At WaMu Theater.  8 PM – 11 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM.  Estimated attendance: 7,000.

Denny Substation project work has travel impacts to be aware of starting today, through Sunday:

  • August 13 – 15,  7 AM – 3 PMPontius Ave N fully closed, between Republican and John streets, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 13 – 17,  24/7Thomas St will be closed, between Terry and Westlake avenues north, for full roadway restoration.
  • August 13 – 17,  7AM – 3PMThomas St will be fully closed, between Pontius and Fairview avenues north, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 15 – 17, 7AM – 3PMMinor Ave N will be fully closed, between Republican and John streets, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 18 – 19, 9 AM – 7 PMRepublican St will be closed, between Fairview and Minor avenues north, for duct bank installation.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Featured image by Pike Place Market Foundation | pikeplacemarketfoundation.org/events

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 12 PM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market: Annual dinner at the Pike Place Market to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation.  Event hours are 7 PM to 11 PM.  Pike Place will close at 8 AM Friday morning.  Estimated attendance: 1,600.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 7:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 40,000.

Halestorm + In This Moment concert: At WaMu Theater.  8 PM – 11 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM.  Estimated attendance: 7,000.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Featured image by The World is Fun | www.theworldisfun.org

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 10 AM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Big Day of Play: Free event presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation.  At Rainier Community Center and Playfields.  Event hours are 11 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,600.

Hot Sauce Fest: Free event at Ballard Commons Park features the best hot sauces, food trucks and entertainment.  Event hours are 11 AM to 10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,150.

Boogie Up the Block: Free all-day urban arts event in Seattle’s Central District.  Event will close E. Fir St. between 12th Ave. and 14th Ave.  Event hours are 12 PM to 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 300.

Washington Beer BBQ: At SLU Discovery Center.  Event hours are 12 PM to 6 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: At CenturyLink Field.  1 PM – 3 PM.  Estimated attendance: 35,000.

Mercer x Summit Block Party: Free all ages music and art event on Summit Ave. between Mercer and Roy St.  Event hours are 1 PM to 11 PM.  Estimated attendance: 875.

Liberty or Death – Rally Against Left Wing Violence: Rally at Seattle City Hall.  3 PM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 3,000.

Belltown Block Party: Event will close 2nd Ave. between Blanchard and Lenora Streets.  5 PM – 2 AM.  Estimated attendance: 730.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 7:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 43,000.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Featured image by Hempfest | www.hempfest.org

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Viking Dash 5K, 10K, 15K: At Magnuson Park.  Event hours: 9:30 AM to 12 PM.  Estimated attendance: 350.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 10 AM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 1:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 40,000.

 

More Travel Details…

  • August 17 – 19, 24/72nd Ave will be reduced to 2 lanes, from Pike to Union streets, for roadway reconstruction.
  • August 17 – 31, 24/7 | NB 1st Ave S will be closed, from S Washington to Cherry streets, for utility relocation.
  • August 18 – 19, 9 AM – 5 PM | 5th Ave will be closed, between Union and University streets, for construction involving crane work.
  • August 18 – 19, 24/7 | 35th Ave NE will be fully closed, from NE 45th to NE 55th streets, for paving work.

 

Sneak Peak @ Next Week…

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros at Safeco Field:

  • August 20, 7:10 PM – 10 PM
  • August 21, 7:10 PM – 10 PM
  • August 22, 1:10 PM – 4 PM

The Smashing Pumpkins concert at Key Arena, August 24, 7 PM – 10 PM.

Belltown Crush Block Party Beer and Wine Festival, on Bell St between 4th and 2nd avenues, August 25, 3 PM – 7 PM.

The South Lake Union Night Market will close 9th Ave, John St to Denny Way, August 25, 4 PM – 10 PM.

Seattle Children’s Park to Park Swim, from Matthews Beach to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland, August 26, 7:30 AM – 11 AM.

Seattle Marathon Summer 5K/10K Race at Seward Park, August 26, 8:30 AM – 12 PM.

Cosmo 7K and 5K run & walk along Alki Beach in West Seattle, August 26, 9:30 AM – 11 AM.

Kawabe SummerFest! on 18th Ave S, August 26, 11 AM – 3 PM.

Celebrate Little Saigon 2018, at 1025 S King Street, August 26, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

 

 

More Info…

The Seattle Special Events Office has a great collection of calendars to keep you in the know. For updated event and advisory info, check out our Weekender Edition at the end of this week! For more details on travel impacts, visit our construction look-ahead and traveler’s map links, or…

 

Contact us!

Email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623).

Information subject to change. Additional construction

Cooling down hot moving bridges

Dawn breaking on the Ballard Bridge | Photo by David Johnson

 

What do you do when the city experiences three consecutive days of 85+-degree weather?

A. Drink a lot of water

B. Cool off your britches with a pool dunk

C. Cool off moving bridges with a water flush

D. All of the above

 

Admittedly, any of these answers is right – though our Roadway Structures bridge crews focus on “C”. That’s because temperature changes cause steel and concrete to expand and contract, a potential problem for bridges that open and close for passage of marine vessels. Too much expansion can create pinch points, where bridge sections can rub – and therein lies the rub, and reason for the flushing.

 

With this week’s high temps, the cooling truck (like a calming goat, only different) was out Thursday, at all three Ship Canal bridges – University, Ballard, and Fremont – consecutively. The water flushing operations are scheduled when Seattle experiences 2 – 3 consecutive days of at least 85-degree heat. Lucky for us, it didn’t get as hot as THIS looks…

2011 Google Earth Visual | Discover Magazine | blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2011

 

Thanks to everyone for your patience during those 5-10-minute bridge closures! If temps creep up again, expect to see moving bridge gates down, just briefly, for that cooling/flushing truck and our team to work some misty magic!

SDOT Roadway Structures crews using the bridge cooling truck.

 

 

More Ballard Bridge Cleaning | Aug 9

Ballard Bridge | Click for aerial photo Google Map

SDOT Roadway Structures bridge crews are cleaning the Ballard Bridge approach and bascule. Bascule?  A fun word for a device that operates like a balance; in movable bridges it’s the weighty area that counters the force of the raised section when, well, when it’s raised.  Either way, between today and tomorrow it’s all getting cleaned!

 

What you can expect:

Thursday, August 9 | 7 AM – 3 PM

Closure

Crews will take one NB lane of 15th Ave NW across the bridge for equipment and safe space to work.

 

Questions?

To learn more about the bridge team, visit our web site.

Contact

Bridge Operations & Structural Maintenance Manager at paul.jackson@seattle.gov.

 

Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain Seattle infrastructure!

 

Landscaping in Interbay & W Seattle.

Image by Pexels.

We’re improving site lines.

Our Urban forestry team will cut back blackberries and other overgrowths along 15th Ave W, between W Armour and W Ruffner, and work to improve visibility from the off-ramp onto SB 15th.

Image by Google Maps | www.google/maps

 

What you can expect.

Tuesday 7.17, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

 

Closures

The SB outside lane of 15th Ave W will be closed.

 

Tuesday 7.17, 8 AM – 3:30 PM:

 

Closures

One lane from the on/off ramp from/to 15th Ave W will be closed.

 

We’re cleaning up medians.

Image by Google Maps | www.google/maps

We’ll also be cutting back weeds and overgrowth in the medians along Harbor Ave SW next week.

 

What you can expect.

Wednesday 7.18 and Thursday 7.19, 9 AM – 3:30 PM

 

Closures

Both the NB and SB lanes of Harbor Ave SW will shift to the parking lanes, between SW Spokane St and SW Harbor Lane.

 

Thank you for your patience as we maintain Seattle’s greenery!

 

Contact us!

Questions? Email seattle.trees@seattle.gov  or call 206-684-TREE (8733).

Go Zen | I-5 closure this weekend

While I-5 is reviving, so should you.

Does anyone else need to recover from the 4th of July holiday?While I-5 is reviving, here’s an idea…you should take time to revive you and yours!

In case you missed it in our early week edition of What’s Moving Seattle, we announced the next big #ReviveI5 (NB I-5) closure starting this Friday from 8 PM through Monday 5 AM. All NB I-5 lanes from W Seattle Bridge off-ramp to Seneca St will be closed. It happened once already, and Seattle…you were #totallybrilliant! 

 

Staycate with some in-town activities.

Visit for the day or whole weekend!

 

Join this Saturday or Sunday:

 

Relax at:

The Chinatown-International District for the Dragon Fest Saturday and Sunday, in S King St/Hing Hay Park.

 

Have kids?

Participate in Saturday’s Wallingford Family Parade or go be a Viking at the Nordic Museum’s Viking Days! (Norse attire encouraged)

 

Open your mind up to options. Accept and embrace the closure! Join the revival, and bring snacks…we did more than just survive June 1-4. Seattle, you were resilient!

Image by Pixabay.com | Ancient Asian Architecture

If you have to travel north or south, use transit, walk, or bike your way around to reduce congestion stress! If your bus gets stuck in congestion, – be prepared. Have your favorite music, a good book, smartphone game, or a tablet to work on. And if you’re driving, click the alternate routes map to the right, for a larger version.

 

Psych yourself up for delays, and zen out…. knowing that this is the last full Revive I-5 closure of the summer….the final project weekend, Aug. 10-12, is a mere partial NB I-5 reduction. Just a piker.