Coming up: March for Babies and Parades of Boats and Bees

This Saturday, May 3, the annual March of Dimes for Babies will get underway at 9 a.m.  with  5,000 participants walking from the Seattle Center through downtown and back.  At noon on Saturday, the annual Opening Day of Boat Season, a parade of boats begins to move through the Montlake Cut, Portage Bay and Union Bay with at least 9,000 people standing by watching the spectacle. On Sunday morning at 11 a.m. a parade of bees – well sort of – it’s the West Seattle Bee Festival and Parade that’s supporting community fun, bees and the environment. Motorists should expect congestion associated with these and several other weekend events. For additional information, please see the following schedule.

Friday, May 2
STIFF Opening Night Film:  6 – 11 p. m.
Opening night movie shown on an outdoor screen.
315 expected
Streets closed from 6 – 11 p.m.:  University Way NE between NE 52nd Street and NE 53rd Street.    For more information please see:  http://trueindependent.org/schedule/

Saturday, May 3
March of Dimes March for Babies:  9 a.m.
Seattle Center – starts and ends
5,000 participants
Walk route: Participants leave Seattle Center at Second  Avenue N and Mercer Street; head 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; makes a u-turn at Seneca and then heads north on Second back to Seattle Center.
Expect congestion along the route and on surrounding streets.  For more information please see: http://www.marchforbabies.org/eventsite.asp?registration=1&EventID=15293&si=&ReturnWalker=&EditTeam=&change=&SeId=&w=&pg=&prefill=&u=&cid=&g=&r=&p=&walkselection=

ifest (Independent Game Developers):
  10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Armory Stage and Dance Floor, Seattle Center
1,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Opening Day Boat Parade and Windermere Cup:
10:20 a.m. race and 12 Noon parade
Montlake Cut, Portage Bay, and Union Bay
9,000 expected
Montlake Bridge closed: 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.
Expect congestion in the vicinity around the University of Washington.  For more information please see:  http://www.seattleyachtclub.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=286491&ssid=164134&vnf=

Fiesta 5K Ole!:   9:30 a.m.
Volunteer Park – starts and ends
5,500 participants
Run leaves Volunteer Park at 14th Avenue E and E Prospect Street heading east on Prospect to 15th Avenue E; then moves north on 15th to E Howe Street; west on Howe to Federal Avenue E; south on Federal to Prospect Street; east on Prospect to 12th Avenue E; south on 12th to E John Street; makes a u-turn and then goes north on 12th back into Volunteer Park.
Expect congestion in the area.  For more information please see: http://www.fiesta5kole.com/

Mobile Food Rodeo (International District):  5 – 11 p.m.
Food Truck festival with a beer garden
5,000 attending
Streets closed 12 Noon – 12 Midnight:  S King Street between Fifth Avenue S and Maynard Avenue S, and Sixth Avenue S between S Jackson Street and S Weller Street.
Expect congestion in the surrounding area.  For more details, please see:  \http://www.mobilefoodrodeo.com/getting-there/

Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union:  7 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
34,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the stadium before and after the match..

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

Sunday, May 4
West Seattle Bee Festival and Parade: 11 a.m.
West Seattle Elementary School
550 participants
Streets closed from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.:  31st Avenue SW between SW Graham and Bataan Place SW.
Parade route starts at West Seattle Elementary School at 31st SW and SW Holly Street; moves north on 31st to Lanham Place SW; north on Lanham to SW Graham Street; east on Graham into High Point Commons Park.
Seattle Police will escort.  Expect a rolling slowdown as parade moves along.  For more information please see:  http://www.westseattlebeegarden.com/

Mobile Food Rodeo (Fremont): 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fremont
5,000 expected
Streets closed 6 a.m. – 12 Midnight:  N Canal Street between Phinney Avenue N and First Avenue N.
Expect congestion ion surrounding  area.  http://www.mobilefoodrodeo.com/getting-there/

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

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, Communications Office, 206.684.8114

Fourth Avenue Bridge over Argo Rail YardCurb lane closures, May 2

Painting of the pedestrian and traffic railings on the Fourth Avenue South Bridge over the Argo Railroad Yard in SODO, which started on Saturday, April 19, will finish on this coming Saturday, May 2. Work on Saturday will require rolling closures of the curb lane in both the north- and southbound directions between 7 a.m. and noon.

Crews working from a pickup truck in the curb lane will work on one side of the street before switching to the other. Only a short length of the curb lane will be closed at any one time, with the closure “rolling” along the bridge as the work progresses. Three of the four lanes will remain open while the crew paints the steel railings on the bridge. The sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will remain open throughout the work.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is repainting this bridge, as well as the First Avenue South Bridge over the same Argo Railroad Yard, as part of the city’s ongoing asset preservation effort that provides for the periodic painting of each of SDOT’s structural steel bridges.

Coming up: A variety of events to enjoy

Rain or shine – there’s plenty to do over the next few days. Tonight the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) ), which has grown from an idea hatched by three teenagers to a film festival with over 700 submissions from 30 countries, holds its opening night screenings at the Cinerama Theatre. Starting tomorrow and through the weekend, there are two other festivals, three baseball games, two soccer matches, one dash, and one expo.    No significant traffic issues are anticipated, but motorists should expect and plan on potential delays associated with the events. For details, please read the following information.

Thursday, April 24
National Film Festival for Talented Youth) NFFTY Opening Night:  7:30 p.m.
Cinerama Theater (4th and Lenora)
900 attending
The curb lane along Fourth Avenue will be used for drop-off and pick-up for the event.
For more information about the event, please see:
http://www.nffty.org/event/opening-night-gala?back=5334

Friday, April 25
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival:  Events all day
Multiple locations at Seattle Center
500 + attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Magnolia Springfest:
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
320 participants
Expect congestion on streets adjacent to the event area.
Streets closed from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.:  W McGraw Street between 34th and 32nd Avenue W.

Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers
:  7:10
Safeco Field
28,000 attending
Expect normal congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

Saturday, April 26
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival:  Events all day
Multiple locations at Seattle Center
500 + attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Seattle Pet Expo:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Exhibition Hall
8,000 attending
Expect heavier traffic particularly on Mercer Street.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado:  1 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
34,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic prior to and after the match on surrounding streets in SODO.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
:  6:10
Safeco Field
25,000 attending
Expect normal congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

Sunday, April 27
Top Pot Doughnut Dash: 8:30 a.m.
Green Lake Park and adjacent streets to the Park
2,500 participants
Run starts and finishes near the Green Lake Community Center and basketball courts going clockwise around Green Lake, partly on the street and partly on park trails.  Motorists may want to plan to avoid area surrounding the lake.
http://promotionevents.com/TopPot5K/Info.htm

Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival:  Events all day
Multiple locations at Seattle Center
500 + attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
:  1:10
Safeco Field
21,000 attending
Expect normal heavier traffic surrounding Safeco before and after the game.

Seattle Reign FC vs Houston Dash: 4 – 6 p.m.
Memorial Stadium, Seattle Center
3,000 attending
Traffic may be more congested on Mercer Street and Broad streets.

Traffic Note
Mercer Corridor Project:  Saturday morning to Monday morning, April 26 – 28: Full closure of the Fifth Avenue N and Mercer Street intersection.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, Communications Office, 206.684.8114

 

Bridge Painting – Fourth Avenue Over Argo Rail Yard Rescheduled

Painting of the Fourth Avenue South Bridge over the Argo Railroad Yard in SODO, previously scheduled for the evenings of April 15-17 has been rescheduled due to rain.  The work, which will require the closure of both the northbound and southbound curb lanes, will instead take place this coming Saturday, April 19, from 7 a.m. until midnight.

The lane closures are needed to enable the crew to paint the steel railings on the bridge.  (The crew is also painting the structural steel components on the underside of the roadway.)  One travel lane in each direction will be maintained, and the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will remain open.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is repainting this bridge, as well as the First Avenue South Bridge over the same Argo Railroad Yard, as part of the City’s ongoing asset preservation effort that provides for the periodic painting of each of the City’s structural steel bridges.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.6584.8114