Nighttime Work on Fourth Ave S between S Washington St and Jefferson St starting February 20

SDOT advises travelers that starting Monday, February 20, through the morning of Friday, February 24, 2017, complete nighttime closures of Fourth Ave S will take place between S Washington and Jefferson streets. These closures are needed to complete a series of structural components, such as girders and decking, for the new bridge as part of the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

From Monday, February 20 through the morning of Friday, February 24, travelers can expect:

  • Complete nighttime closures of Fourth Ave S from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. between S Washington St and Jefferson St
  • Intermittent noise and lights generated by construction equipment between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Detours for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles. See detour routes here:
  • Metro bus service may also be affected. For information about bus service and Rider Alerts, visit Metro Online at or call 206-553-3000.

This work will improve the safety and reliability of Yesler Bridge while preserving its historical elements.  SDOT appreciates the public’s patience while this work is being done.  If you have questions, please call (206) 684-8684 or email:

For more information on the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project, please visit

Events Traffic Advisory for Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 29

SDOT advises travelers to be aware of the following events happening around the city that may affect area traffic. The Seattle Boat Show begins Friday at CenturyLink Field Events Center. Mariners Fanfest is Saturday at Safeco Field. The Lunar New Year celebration happens in the Chinatown-International District on Saturday and Sunday.


Seattle Boat Show: The west coast’s largest boat show at CenturyLink Field Events Center and Chandlers Cove in South Lake Union. Hours vary. This event runs through Saturday, February 4. About 50,000 people are expected to attend through the weekend.


2017 Mariners FanFest: Fans can run the bases, play catch, and get autographs at Safeco Field. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. About 10,000 people are expected each day.


Wing Luke Museum Lunar New Year Lion Dance: Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Wing Luke Museum at 719 S King St from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. S King St will close between 7th Ave S and 8th Ave S from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. About 500 people are expected to attend.


Lunar New Year Celebration: An annual celebration of Asian cultures with traditional performances, food, a craft fair and kids’ activities. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hing Hay Park and surrounding streets. S King St will close between 6th and 7th Aves S, and Maynard Ave S will close between S Jackson and S Weller Streets from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. About 5,000 people are expected to attend.

May is Asian Pacific American History Month

Seattle is the perfect place to celebrate Asian Pacific American History Month. Asian Pacific Americans have played significant roles in Seattle’s history and there is a thriving community with lots to explore including public art, museums, the Chinatown/International District and everything in between.

Lunch + Learn
Friday, May 13 | 12-1 p.m.
Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Please join us for a special Lunch + Learn, celebrating Asian Pacific American History Month. Artists Akio Takamori, Diem Chau, and Humaira Abid will present their work and how it reflects their cultural heritage. Curated by Ruri Yampolsky, Public Art Program Director, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Please bring your lunch; beverages and food for thought will be provided.

Places to explore:

Chinatown/International District
Seattle’s Chinatown/International District is located southeast of Pioneer Square. The historic district built largely between 1909 and 1929 is listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places. It is home to vibrant storefronts, restaurants, produce markets, and museums.

Parks to explore:

Hing Hay Park
423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Hing Hay Park “Park for Pleasurable Gatherings” is the International District’s primary public square and features an ornate grand pavilion that was a gift from the people of Taipei.

Kubota Garden
9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
The Kubota Garden is a stunning 20 acre landscape blending Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. It was created by Japanese American Fujitaro Kubota in 1927.

Seattle Japanese Garden, Arboretum
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112
Located within the Washington Park Arboretum, this is a spectacular 3 1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.

Cultural Organizations:

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104
Founded in 1966, the museum was named after Wing Luke (1925-1965), the first Asian American to hold public office in the Pacific Northwest.  The Wing explores the culture, art and history of the pan-Asian Pacific American experience and is the first Smithsonian affiliate in the Pacific Northwest as well as an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Their mission is to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of the Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, 98112
The Seattle Asian Art Museum resides in a 1933 Art Deco building in the Olmstead-designed Volunteer Park. Their collection of Asian art includes historic and contemporary Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, Filipino, and Vietnamese art.

Burke Museum
4331 Memorial Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, founded in 1885 is a research and collections based museum dedicated to cultural heritage and biodiversity. The museum’s long term exhibition Pacific Voices features the arts, ceremonies and stories of Asian and Asian American cultures and communities around the Pacific Rim.

Densho is a digital, public history organization. They work to preserve and share stories of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II by recording firsthand accounts, digitizing historical images and documents, and developing classroom resources. Densho’s work is nationally acclaimed with awards from the American Library Association, Society of American Archivists, Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award and the Oral History Association.

5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Opened in 1926, the interior of the 5th Avenue Theatre incorporates design motifs from Imperial China’s Forbidden City, Temple of Heavenly Peace, and Summer Palace.


*Information included from the Visit Seattle’s Cultural Guide

Neighbors invited to International District ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk, focused on several crime hotspots, makes its way to Seattle’s International District on Thursday, Sept. 11. This is the seventh walk hosted by the mayor in neighborhoods around the city.

At the events, community residents, police, and city officials walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it. As a result of these walks, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities have worked – and continue to work – to make improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Watch videos, view photos and read actions taken as a result of these walks at:

International District Find It, Fix It Community Walk: Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
S. King St. and Maynard Ave. S.
Meet at Hing Hay Park (Map)

6:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Short program featuring Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole, and department representatives.

6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Walk commences along the following route:

  • West on S. King St.
  • North on 5th Ave. S.
  • East on S. Jackson St.
  • South on 12th Ave. S.
  • West on S. King St.

7:30 p.m.

Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

Another ‘Find It, Fix It’ walk is scheduled for Sept. 17th on Capitol Hill.

For more information on Murray’s public safety strategy for Seattle, visit