Come Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets with Us!

Neighborhood groups and the City of Seattle are teaming up again this year to create fun for residents on local streets and to support nearby businesses through the Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets program. The kick-off event will be Sunday, May 18 in West Seattle’s Alki neighborhood. Additional events will take place between May and August in Ballard, Greenwood/Phinney Ridge and the Rainier Valley.

In its seventh year, Celebrate Summer Streets events open up roads to pedestrians and bicyclists, offering people a way to celebrate the spirit and personality of their neighborhood. Each of the four events is organized in partnership with a local group.

“Families need affordable recreation opportunities that help build communities,” explained Goran Sparrman, interim director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. “Through the leadership of local community groups, Summer Streets promotes our neighborhoods and encourages people to walk and bike.”

Celebrate Summer Streets partners for 2014 include Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, Zipcar, the Greenwood/Phinney Chamber of Commerce, the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce and the West Seattle High School PTSA. City agencies, such as the Seattle Police Department, and Seattle Parks and Recreation are also partners in this effort.

Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets is modeled after similar successful events held in New York; San Francisco; Portland; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Bogota, Colombia.

There will be a variety of activities and entertainment at each event. Children and adults can enjoy riding their bicycles on the street without having to worry about their safety around cars. Kids can enjoy participating in art activities such as drawing with chalk or painting on the street.

Below is the calendar of events for the year:

  • Alki

May 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Alki Avenue Southwest, between 57th Avenue Southwest and 63rd Avenue Southwest

  • Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike to Work Day and Summer Streets Party

May 29, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bergen Place Park and 22nd Avenue Nothwest between Northwest Market Street and Ballard Avenue Northwest

  • PhinneyWood

August 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Greenwood Avenue/Phinney Avenue from North 67th  Street to North 87th Street

  •  Rainier Valley

August 16, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Rainier Avenue South from South Alaska Street to South Brandon Street

For more information, please contact Jonathan Dong at 206.233.8564 or jonathan.dong@seattle.gov.

An event-full weekend ahead!


It’s that time of year when weekend fun abounds. The coming  days, May 16 – 18, offer activities for all ages in locations throughout Seattle ranging from professional sports and fund- raising races to ethnic cultural events and annual street celebrations. For details about these and many other events, please see the following schedule.

The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages event-goers to consider joining the effort to reduce air pollution by 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, carpool, bicycle, or even walk – if feasible.

Friday, May 16
Seattle Storm vs. Los Angeles Sparks:  7 – 9:30 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
5,000 attending
Expect congestion on the west side of the Seattle Center.

Tales of Hoffman Seattle Opera:  7:30 – 11 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,900 attending
Expect congestion on Mercer Street.

Saturday, May 17
45th Annual University District Street Fair: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
25,000 expected
Streets closed from 2:30 a.m. Saturday – 2:30 a.m. Monday:  University Way NE between NE 50th Street and NE Campus Parkway; NE 47th Street, NE 43rd Street, NE 42nd Street, and NE 41st Street between 15th Avenue NE and Brooklyn Avenue NE.
For more information please see:  http://udistrictstreetfair.org/

Western Governors University Graduation Ceremony
:  10 a. m. – 12 Noon
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,900 attending
Expect congestion on Mercer Street before and after the ceremony.

A glimpse of China – Art and Culture Festival:  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Armory Stage/Dance Floor, Seattle Center
1,000 attending
Expect heavier traffic on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Seattle Norwegian 17th of May Parade:
 6 p.m.
Parade staging on streets around Adams Elementary School (26th Avenue NW and NW 62nd Street) from 3 – 7 p.m.
4,500 attending
Parade route closed from the 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Parade route: starts at 24th Avenue NW and  NW 62nd Street; south on 24th to NW Market Street; east on Market to 22nd Ave. NW; south on 22nd to Ballard Ave. NW; disperse north and south on Ballard Ave. NW; parade staging will be on streets around Adams Elementary School (26th NW & NW 62nd) beginning at 4 p.m.  http://www.17thofmay.org/parade.html

Tales of Hoffman Seattle Opera:  7:30 – 11 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,900 attending
Expect congestion on Mercer Street.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes:  7 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
50,000 attending
Expect congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the match.

Sunday, May 18:
Nordstrom Beat the Bridge 8K Run & Walk:  Run: 8:30
Staging at Montlake Boulevard and Pacific Street NE
11,000 participants
Streets closed from 7:30 – 11 a.m.: Montlake Boulevard NE between NE 44th Street and NE Pacific Street for staging and all streets along the run route.
8K run route: starts at Montlake Boulevard NE and NE Pacific Street; heads south on Montlake across the Montlake Bridge to E Roanoke Street; west on Roanoke to W Montlake Place E; south on W Montlake to 19th Avenue E; south on 19th to E Lynn Street; west on Lynn to Boyer Avenue E; northwest on Boyer to Fuhrman Avenue E; northwest on Fuhrman to the University Bridge – crossing  north on the bridge to NE Campus Parkway; east on Campus Parkway to Brooklyn Avenue NE; south on Brooklyn to NE Pacific Street; east on Pacific to NE Pacific Place; east on Pacific Place to Montlake Boulevard NE; north on Montlake to NE 44th Street; makes a U-turn and finishes in Husky Stadium. Note: The University Bridge will go up at approximately 8:50 a.m. and stay up for approximately five minutes.
Drivers will encounter a rolling slowdown on the race route as participants move along; prepare for delays and plan accordingly.
For more information about the race please see:  http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk-Blueprint/Chapter-JDRFNorthwest4700?pg=informational&fr_id=2215&type=fr_informational&sid=1082

45th Annual University District Street Fair: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
25,000 expected
Streets closed from 2:30 a.m. Saturday – 2:30 a.m. Monday:  University Way NE between NE 50th Street and NE Campus Parkway; NE 47th Street, NE 43rd Street, NE 42nd Street, and NE 41st Street between 15th Avenue NE and Brooklyn Avenue NE.
For more information please see:  http://udistrictstreetfair.org/

West Seattle 5K Run and Walk:
9:20 a.m.
Alki Avenue
1,600 participants
Run and walk route: starts on Alki Avenue SW at 60th Avenue SW; moves  east on Alki to Anchor Park (1100 Alki Avenue SW), makes a u-turn and returns to the start of the race.
For more information please visit:  http://westseattle5k.com/

Alki Seattle Summer Streets Party:
 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Alki Avenue
1,500 attending
Streets closed from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Alki Avenue SW between 63rd Avenue SW and 56th Avenue SW.
The West Seattle Water Taxi will continue to operate; the Don Armeni Boat Ramp will be open.
For more information, please see:  http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/summer_alki.htm

Stars on Ice:  4 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
8,000 attending
Expect congestion on the west side of the Seattle Center.
For more information please see:  http://www.keyarena.com/events/detail/stars-on-ice-2014-tour

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114

Section of eastbound North 125th Street to be closed May 16 to 22

The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the eastbound lanes of North 125th Street between Aurora Avenue North and Ashworth Avenue North from Friday, May 16, through Thursday, May 22, including the weekend, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The closure will enable crews to install curbs, ramps, and sidewalks in conjunction with SDOT’s Aurora RapidRide Pedestrian Improvement Project.  Westbound traffic will NOT be impacted by this closure.

During this closure, eastbound traffic on North 125th Street will be detoured as follows:

  • North on Aurora Avenue North
  • East on North 130th Street
  • South on Meridian Avenue North
  • West on North 128th Street
  • South on Densmore Avenue North

Also during this time period, the east curb lane on Aurora Avenue North just north and south of North 125th Street will also be closed.

The Aurora RapidRide Pedestrian Improvement Project is a collaborative effort with King County Metro to install a number of new sidewalks on Aurora and some of its side streets, along with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) mandated curb ramps at intersections along Aurora.  The project included the installation of a new traffic signal at North 95th Street and Aurora Avenue North.  The project also includes the installation of kiosks at various locations on Aurora to permit Metro to display bus travel schedule information.  These pedestrian improvements are being installed to support Metro’s recently begun RapidRide Line E service.  More information about the project can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/aurora_rapidride_sidewalks.htm.

 

 

 

 

Citywide traction spot repairs, May 15-28

The Seattle Department of Transportation will grind the concrete street surface streets to improve traction for safety at multiple locations around the city from May 15 through May 29. Work will take place during weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. with the exception of some weekend work, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dates for each location are subject to change depending on work progress or other factors. Flaggers will be on site at road closures to provide local access and guidance. The locations were selected based on traction vulnerability due to heavy rain, snow or ice.

The following describes the scheduled roadway closures:

May 15-16:
NW 80th Street between Eighth Avenue NW and Third Avenue NW (local access only)
Work zone is NW 80th Street between Eighth Avenue NW and Sixth Avenue NW.
Eastbound traffic detoured via Eighth Avenue NW, NW 65th Street, and Third Avenue NW.
Westbound traffic detoured via Third Avenue NW, NW 85th Street, and Eighth Avenue NW.

May 17-18:
Olson Place SW between SW Cambridge Street and First Avenue South (one lane of traffic open in both directions)
Work zone is in the northbound lanes of Olson Place SW between Fourth Avenue SW and Second Avenue SW.

May 19:
N 80th Street between Greenwood Avenue N and Linden Avenue N (local access only)
Work zone is N 80th Street between Dayton Avenue N and Fremont Avenue N.
Eastbound traffic detoured via Greenwood Avenue N, N 55th Street, and Linden Avenue N.
Westbound traffic detoured via Linden Avenue N, N 85th Street, and Greenwood Avenue N.

May 20-21:
SW Genesee Street between SW Avalon Way and Delridge Way SW (local access only)
Work zone is SW Genesee Street between SW Avalon Way and 30th Avenue SW.
Eastbound traffic detoured via SW Avalon Way, SW Yancy Street, 28th Avenue SW, SW Andover Street, and Delridge Way SW.
Westbound traffic detoured via Delridge Way SW, SW Andover Street, 28th Avenue SW, SW Yancy Street, and SW Avalon Way.

May 22-23:
SW Charlestown Street between 49th Avenue SW and California Avenue SW
(local access only)
Work zone is SW Charlestown Street between 47th Avenue SW and 45th Avenue SW.
Eastbound traffic detoured via 49th Avenue SW, SW Admiral Way, and California Avenue SW.
Westbound traffic detoured via California Avenue SW, SW Admiral Way, and 49th Avenue SW.

May 27-28:
W Dravus Street between 28th Avenue W and 20th Avenue W (local access only)
Work zone is W Dravus Street between Whalley Place W and 25th Avenue W.
Eastbound traffic detoured via 28th Avenue W, W Blaine Street, Thorndyke Avenue W, and 20th Avenue W.
Westbound traffic detoured via 20th Avenue W, Thorndyke Avenue W, W Blaine Street, and 28th Avenue W.

Paving on Market Street next two weekends

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close NW  Market Street/N 46th Street from Third Avenue NW to Phinney Avenue  the next  two weekends while department crews replace worn concrete panels in the roadway.  The closures will be from 7 a.m. on Saturday,  May 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 and again on Saturday, May 10 at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.  The detour route to the nearest arterials will be as follows: Eastbound travelers will go to Third Avenue NW, then to Leary Way NW,  and then up N 39th Street to Phinney Avenue N.   Westbound motorists will be encouraged to take Fremont Avenue N to N 39th Street and then down to Leary Way.   Westbound traffic can also take Phinney Avenue N to Greenwood Avenue N then N 85th Street (Truck Route). There will be local access through this area for folks who live here.

 Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114