Events Traffic Advisory for Tuesday, May 15 – Sunday, May 20

SDOT is advising travelers to be aware of the following events happening around the city that may affect area traffic. The Mariners play tonight through Sunday at Safeco Field with a day games Wednesday and Sunday. The University District Street Fair is this weekend. WSDOT will lane and ramp closures through the weekend.

EVENTS

TUESDAY, MAY 15:

Mariners vs. Texas Rangers: Seattle Mariners host the Rangers at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 15,000 people are expected to attend.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

Mariners vs. Texas Rangers: Seattle Mariners host the Rangers at 12:40 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 23,000 people are expected to attend.

THURSDAY, MAY 17:

Seattle 17th of May Festival: Annual Ballard neighborhood festival includes a parade celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day. The festival starts at 10 a.m., the parade goes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. About 4,000 people are expected to attend.

Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Seattle Mariners host the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 15,000 people are expected to attend.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

F5 Bike Everywhere Day: Event to celebrate and encourage bicycling as transportation, begins at 6 a.m. Celebration stations will be set up along major travel routes throughout the city.

Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Seattle Mariners host the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 31,000 people are expected to attend.

Paul Simon Concert: The Homeward Bound Farewell tour show at KeyArena starts at 8 p.m. About 12,000 people are expected to attend.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

University District Street Fair:  The 49th annual arts and music fair on University Wy NE between NE Campus Parkway and NE 50th St. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  NE 42nd, NE 43rd and NE 47th streets are closed from Brooklyn Ave NE to 15th Ave NE.  About 20,000 people are expected to attend each day.

Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Seattle Mariners host the Tigers at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 32,000 people are expected to attend.

Stars on Ice: At KeyArena features U.S Figure Skating team members. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. About 4,000 people are expected to attend.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

Nordstrom Beat the Bridge 8K Run and Walk: The annual fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation run starts and finishes at Husky Stadium and crosses the University Bridge. Montlake Boulevard closes to all vehicle traffic at 7:30 a.m. The 8K starts at 8:30 a.m. Here’s a link to the course map. About 11,000 people are expected to participate.

West Seattle 5K Run/Walk: The fundraising event for West Seattle High School will take place along Alki Ave SW starting at 9:20 a.m. About 1,400 people are expected to participate.

University District Street Fair:  The 49th annual arts and music fair on University Wy NE between NE Campus Parkway and NE 50th St. About 20,000 people are expected to attend.

Spring Opener: The Georgetown Car and Bike show fundraiser for Treehouse goes from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Airport Way between Corson Ave S and S Bailey St. About 500 people are expected to attend.

Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Seattle Mariners host the Tigers at 1:10 p.m. at Safeco Field. About 35,000 people are expected to attend.

CONSTRUCTION

WSDOT Closures May 18- 21

Several lanes and ramps will begin to close at 8 p.m. Friday night, May 18, and reopen for the morning commute by 5 a.m. Monday morning, May 21:

  • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will remain open between the West Seattle Bridge and SR 520 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
  • A single lane will remain open each night from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.The following ramps will be closed during the May 18-21 weekend construction:

Ramp closures

  • 5th Ave/Columbia Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 Express Lanes
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street
  • University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Mercer Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 (and Express Lanes)
  • Express Lanes will remain open in the northbound direction all weekend

Seattle City Light Seeks Partner for Georgetown Steam Plant

One of the Curtis vertical turbine generators at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant.

Seattle City Light is searching for a nonprofit organization to operate a self-sustaining center for STEAM education – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – and expand public tours at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant.

“The Georgetown Steam Plant fascinates visitors during monthly open houses, and we see the potential for a much more active use as a museum and cultural center that can inspire and educate people of all ages,” Interim General Manager and CEO Jim Baggs said.

City Light owns the plant, which opened in 1907 to provide power for Seattle’s electric street car system and the Seattle-Tacoma Interurban Railway. It’s builder, Frank Gilbreth, was a great innovator and pioneer in scientific management, motion studies, ergonomics and modern construction. It houses the only two Curtis vertical turbine generators left in place in the world. The plant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a designated National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, a National Historic Landmark and a Seattle Landmark.

More than 7,000 guests have visited the historic building since City Light began opening it to the public once a month in 2014.

City Light released a request for proposals today, seeking interested nonprofit organizations. Under the proposal, City Light would maintain ownership of the steam plant and provide maintenance of the building. The nonprofit partner would take over daily operations of the building, including tours, events and a museum/cultural center focused on STEAM education.

For more information on submitting a proposal, visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/georgetownsteamplant/request-for-proposal.asp

Statements of interest and qualifications are due by July 3 with a partner selection expected by the end of the year.

Lane Closures on Corson Ave S for Georgetown Arterial Paving Project December 8 – 10

SDOT advises travelers of lane closures on Corson Ave S between S Michigan St and Airport Way S, starting the night of December 8. Crews will be building curb ramps on the pedestrian island at S Michigan St and Corson Ave S for the Georgetown Arterial Paving Project. This work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

From 4 p.m. on Friday, December 8 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, travelers can expect:

Northbound lanes on Corson Ave S between S Michigan St and Airport Way S will be closed.

  • Detours will be posted:
    • Travelers on eastbound S Michigan St who want to go northbound on Corson Ave S will be rerouted to S Bailey St, 13th Ave S, Airport Way S, then back to Corson Ave S
    • Travelers on westbound on S Bailey St who want to go northbound on Corson Ave S will be rerouted to S Michigan St, 6th Ave S, S Lucile St, Airport Way S and back to Corson Ave S
  • Southbound vehicle traffic on Corson Ave S will be maintained, though lane restrictions will be in place
    • The southbound lanes of Corson Ave S from the I-5 off-ramp will shift to the east
    • Both left and right turns will be permitted
  • Flaggers and uniformed police officers will assist with traffic around the work zone
  • Sidewalks will remain accessible, with occasional detours for people walking
  • Emergency vehicles will have access through the work zone
  • The work is expected to create construction-related noise, dust, vibration, and asphalt odor

For more information on this project and to sign up for email updates, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_Georgetown.htm

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the construction outreach team at GeorgetownPaving@seattle.gov or leave a voicemail at 206-727-3669.  We appreciate your patience during this work.

Seahawks vs. Atlanta for Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field Tonight, November 20

SDOT advises travelers that the Seattle Seahawks will play the Atlanta Falcons tonight, November 20, at 5:30 p.m. for Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field.

The game is expected to have significant traffic impacts for the PM rush hour commute. Travelers are advised to plan ahead and to expect delays if traveling in and around the city late Monday afternoon and evening. About 72,000 people are expected to attend the game at CenturyLink Field.

For fans attending the game, here are some transportation options:

Visit Metro Online or Metro’s online Trip Planner to find out your options for riding transit to and from the game. When planning your trip, check Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out about any known revisions to your routes.

Sound Transit Link Light Rail: Ride from your nearest light rail station to Stadium Station.

Sounder Train Service: Sounder trains travel between Lakewood and Seattle (with stops in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila) and between Everett and Seattle (with stops in Mukilteo and Edmonds).

Battery Street Tunnel/Aurora Avenue Closure for Paving November 10-11

SDOT advises travelers that crews will close the Battery Street Tunnel/State Route 99 in both directions for roadway paving above the tunnel on Friday night, November 10 to Saturday morning, November 11. Closure of the tunnel is required for grinding work before paving the roadway above the tunnel.

From 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 10 until 5 a.m. Saturday, November 11, travelers can expect:

  • The Battery Street Tunnel will be closed to all traffic in both directions between Western Ave and John St
  • Northbound SR 99 traffic will be required to exit at Western Ave
  • Southbound SR 99 traffic will be required to exit at Denny Way
  • Signed detour routes will be in place
  • The tunnel will be reopened at 5 a.m. while paving above the tunnel is done through 8 a.m.

From 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 10 until 8 a.m. Saturday, November 11, travelers can expect:

  • Aurora Ave will be closed to all traffic between 6th Ave and Denny Way (above the Battery Street Tunnel) for grinding and paving
  • There will be No Parking in the work zone
  • A signed detour will be in place
  • King County Metro bus routes 5, 26, 28 and RapidRide E-Line will be impacted
    • Bus Stop #6235 (behind the Pink Elephant Car wash) will be closed
    • Please visit Metro’s Alerts & Updates page or call 206-553-3000 for additional bus stop information
  • Sidewalk access will be maintained
  • Police officers will be at the intersections of Aurora Ave/6th Ave, Aurora Ave/Denny Way, and 6th Ave/Denny Way to assist with traffic

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.