Tree Work Impacting Parking near Green Lake

West side of Meridian Ave N, N 50th to N 55th, May 6-8

Seattle Department of Transportation Urban Forestry crews this week begin pruning trees in the Green Lake neighborhood, along the west side of Meridian Avenue N between N 50th and N 55th streets. Tree crews will work May 6-8, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., one block at a time. Street parking will be restricted in the immediate work area and parking opened back up as work is completed.

The SDOT Urban Forestry crews will be moving through the Green Lake neighborhood over the next few weeks, caring for city owned trees in the right of way, though parking impacts will be less significant than along Meridian. The Urban Forestry team prunes approximately 3,000 trees across Seattle each year.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206..684.8114

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

Anchors away, longer delay: Seattle boating season means more bridge openings

When boating season opens, so do the bridges. With the 2014 season kicking off this weekend, drivers should expect additional delays on both the State Route 520 Bridge and the State Route 513 Montlake Bridge.

On Saturday, May 3, the Montlake Bridge will close to vehicle and foot traffic from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to allow about 900 boats to sail through the Cut as part of Opening Day of Seattle’s boating season.

During the bridge closure, crews will also close the westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard and the left-turn lane of the eastbound SR 520 off-ramp to northbound Montlake Boulevard.

A special opening of the east navigation channel beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 1, to accommodate vessels up to 59 feet tall will lessen traffic impacts for drivers on the SR 520 floating bridge this weekend. WSDOT will keep the channel open until just before midnight Sunday, May 4.

Boaters will notice changes to the west navigation channel as well. A newly placed pontoon on the west side of Lake Washington has required the west channel to be narrowed from more than 200 feet wide to 120 feet.

Drivers will see frequent openings of the SR 520 drawspan again this summer due to Coast Guard rules requiring the Washington State Department of Transportation to open the bridge for boats more than 45 feet tall. Marine openings of the SR 520 Bridge are prohibited Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m., except on federal holidays excluding Columbus Day.

In addition to electronic highway message signs advising drivers of an SR 520 opening, text and email alerts provide a two-hour notice.

WSDOT also keeps the east navigation channel open on Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day, Seafair weekend and Labor Day weekend. The floating bridge’s west navigation channel is always open.

Hyperlinks in this press release
• Opening Day: http://www.nwboatinfo.com/Events-Opening-Day.html
• Channel configurations: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/2F2C0654-B998-4E2C-9939-03D84E14B2CA/0/520_NavChannels_OpeningDay2014.pdf
• SR 520 bridge openings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwBphEAAHF4
• Sign up for email and/or text alerts for SR 520 bridge openings: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOT/subscriber/new?
• SR 520 drawspan information: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/BridgeAndLandings/DrawspanInfo.htm

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

 

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