What’s Moving Seattle | Weekender

Like we said earlier this week, this weekend is hot! But wait, there’s more….there’s preparing for Monday! What’s happening Monday, you ask?

 

How you get around downtown is changing.

On Monday, we’re optimizing bus service on 3rd Ave by extending bus-only hours. In other words, 3rd Ave will be dedicated for buses and bicyclists from 6 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week.

As the Washington State Department of Transportation plans for a full three-week closure as early as this fall, of SR 99 downtown – the Alaskan Way Viaduct – and the opening of a new SR 99 tunnel under downtown, we’re ramping up our strategy to deal with the traffic impacts in and around downtown.

Today, 3rd Ave is reserved for buses and people biking during the busiest weekday commute times (6-9 AM & 3-6:30 PM, M-F); starting Monday, 3rd Ave from Stewart St to just south of Yesler Way will be reserved for buses and bicyclists, 6 AM – 7 PM, seven days a week. So what does this mean for you? Get the details in our latest SDOT blog.

So have fun this weekend while also remembering this Monday change! The Seattle Police Department will cite people violating new restrictions in the coming weeks, but in the beginning, you’ll see officers educating people driving.

 

More AWV-related work.

Remember those construction ahead points we noted Aug. 3? Here’s an update…

 

Utility vault installation:

Through August 21, one WB lane on Madison St will be open, with all other lanes closed between Western Ave and Alaskan Way. The Office of the Waterfront is finishing installation of a vault to maintain utility service to area businesses, once the Alaskan Way Viaduct is demolished.

 

Installing new traffic signals/markings:

WSDOT expects construction for the Alaskan Way Traffic Switch to wrap up on or around Sept. 27, 2018. Crews are working north from the former ferry queuing lanes near Marion St, into current waterfront parking up to Pike St. They’re installing new traffic signals and marking new traffic lanes to prepare Alaskan Way for 2-way traffic (to be moved out from underneath the viaduct).

 

Other:

Pier 62/63 will impose lane restrictions on Alaskan Way through 8/31/2018 during non-peak travel times.

Columbia 2-way project is substantially complete and final inspections are underway. This project repaved Columbia St before it is converted to 2-way between 1st Ave and 3rd for bus routes, coming from West Seattle after the Alaskan Way Viaduct is demolished.

 

Rainier Tower construction impacts.

Crane installation:

Image by Rainier Square | www.rainiersquare.com

On August 18, 5th Ave will be closed between Union and University streets to install the project’s third tower crane. Use 2nd and 3rd avenues for SB travel.

 

Pouring concrete:

September 7 at 10 PM through September 8 (possibly until Sept. 9) there will be full closures of 4th Ave, Union St, 5th Ave, and University St around the project to pour 11,000 cubic yards of concrete – over 1,000 trucks will deliver to the site that weekend.

 

Other impacts include the continued daily closure of one lane on Union St, 6 AM – 5 PM;  transit lane closure on 4th Ave, 6 AM – 3 PM daily; and sidewalk closures 24/7 on all frontages (Note: Rainier Square building is accessible).

 

Utility construction.

Image by Seattle Streetcar | seattlestreetcar.org

Streetcar utility work continues with the roadway now open between S Jackson and S Main streets, both NB and SB!

 

Next up:

  1. Full closures of 1st Ave S, Cherry to Washington streets, through 8/24/18 – alternating closures of SB 1st Ave and EB Cherry St to help move SB traffic off 1st.
  2. NB 1st Ave S, Main to Washington streets, reopens 8/24/18; NB 1st Ave S, Washington to Yesler will remain closed; Yesler to Columbia closed thru Sept. 28.
  3. Closures of 1st Ave SB between Cherry St and Yesler Way are limited to weekdays between 9 AM and 3 PM.  The closures are necessary to connect buildings on the west side of 1st Ave to the new water main.

 

Monday Mariners.

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros at Safeco Field:

  • August 20, 7:10 PM – 10 PM
  • August 21, 7:10 PM – 10 PM
  • August 22, 1:10 PM – 4 PM

 

More construction news.

Olson Pl SW and 1st Ave S project continues.

This is the 3rd of 4 weekends crews are working 7 AM to 9 PM daily to install traffic signaling at Olson Pl SW and 1st Ave S. Expect lane closures as the team continues 12-hour days to try to finish the project by Aug. 26!

 

Other news:

The Seattle Special Events Office has a great collection of calendars to keep you in the know. For updated event and advisory info, keep an eye on On the Move. For more details on travel impacts, visit our construction look-ahead and traveler’s map links, or…

 

Contact us!

Email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623). For more information on travel impacts, check out our construction look-ahead and traveler’s map links.

 

Information subject to change. Additional construction or events may be planned in the Seattle area.

Pilot Streetlight Project to Begin in Pioneer Square & Pike Place Market

Starting this August, Seattle City Light will be piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in the downtown Seattle area. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. City Light is inviting customers to provide their feedback on the pilot LED fixtures.

The utility is testing LED fixtures in the following areas:

  • Pioneer Square: 2nd Avenue South between South Washington and South Jackson streets
  • Pike Place Market: 1st Avenue and Pine Street


Benefits of the pilot project:

  • The new LED streetlights will enrich the quality of lighting, improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and maintain the historic nature of Seattle’s lighting districts.
  • LEDs reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing as well as when they are in use. Additionally, about 20,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions per year are the result of fewer service vehicle trips.
  • The pilot program provides an opportunity for community feedback that may affect which fixture will be chosen.


What you can expect:

  • Maintenance power outages are not planned for this work.
  • Customers can expect some traffic impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures. Parking may be impacted within the immediate area.
  • The test fixtures at Pine Street and 1st Avenue are temporary and will be removed at the end of the pilot project. The original globe fixtures will be reinstalled.
  • If the test fixtures at Pioneer Square are not approved, they will be scheduled for removal, following the decision by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.
  • Once the data has been collected and presented, City Light will select an approved fixture. A replacement schedule will then be developed to address all globe streetlights in City Light’s service territory.


From August 15 – 31, customers can provide their feedback on the pilot fixtures by accessing the surveys below:

For more information, customers can contact Carol Anderson, Project Manager at (206) 733-9961 or carolj.anderson@seattle.gov.

Visit seattle.gov/light/atwork for the latest updates on these projects and others in your neighborhood.

What’s Moving Seattle | This Week

This week in Seattle.

It’s all about safety and community this week, through maintenance of key interstates; Seattle communities gathering for National Night Out; and Pearl Jam banding together twice in their hometown (here!) to fight homelessness! We love Seattle XXOO.

 

Monday, August 6

Images by Google Maps | www.google.com/maps

As previewed, this week leads with overnight interstate repair work, for a safe and connected Seattle:

 

Tuesday, August 7

Image by Seattle Police Department | bit.ly/2M3aUWI

Seattle Night Out: Seattle residents gather tonight all across the city, to mark this annual crime prevention night. Thanks Seattle Police Department for sponsoring Seattle Night Out!  Tweet your community power pics to share neighborhood pride!

 

Wednesday, August 8

Image by Pearl Jam | pearljam.com

Pearl Jam The Home Shows are tonight and Friday night, 7:30 – 11:30 PM at Safeco Field. Attendance each night is estimated at 45,000.

 

Thursday, August 9

Image by Seahawks Football | www.seahawks.com

The Seattle Seahawks play a pre-season game against the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field, 7 – 10 PM. SODO will be PACKED, with 60,000 attendees expected.

 

Friday, August 10

Image by SLU Block Party | www.slublockparty.com/

South Lake Union Block Party at SLU Discovery Center, 12 PM to 11 PM, an estimated 3,000 people will attend!

Panic! At the Disco concert at KeyArena from 7 PM to 10 PM, with approximately 12,000 people expected.

Pearl Jam The Home Shows concert #2 at Safeco Field, 7:30 PM – 11 PM, with a cozy 45,000 estimated attendance.

Alison Wonderland concert at WaMu Theater from 8 PM to 11 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM!  Expect an audience of about 7,000.

NB I-5 partial closure set for overnights starting tonight. From 8 PM to 5 AM, August 10 – 13, NB I-5 from Michigan St. to SR 520 will be reduced to 2 lanes. NOTE: the express lanes will be closed in both directions during this time. Expect delays and seek to plan around, if you can!

Office of the Waterfront is installing a utility vault on Madison St, between Western Ave and Alaskan Way, working 6 day weeks (Sundays off) now through August 18, 7 AM – 5 PM on weekdays and 9 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays  (and until 10 PM Saturdays, if needed). The work requires a full closure of Madison Street, Western to Alaskan, Aug. 10 – 13 overnights. Local access will be maintained.

Image by Google Maps | www.google.com/maps

 

 

Saturday, August 11

Image by Fred Hutch Obliteride | www.obliteride.org/

Obliteride: Join or cheer on the 25-, 50-, and 100-mile rides and 5K walk, to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Riders will leave UW’s E-1 parking lot in waves between 7 AM and 9:30 AM, with the 5K walk following the last wave. Riders and walkers finish at Gas Works Park.  Estimated attendance: 3,000.

SODO Flea: Monthly Market on Utah Ave S, between S Stacy St and S Holgate St, 10 AM – 4 PM.  Estimated attendance: 1,000.

SPF30 – Sub Pop Records 30th Anniversary Festival: Wear your sunscreen for this free music festival celebrating Sub Pop Records‘ 30th Anniversary, along West Seattle’s Alki Beach.  Event hours: 12 PM – 10 PM; estimated attendance: 30,000.

Daryl Hall & John Oates + Train concert: at KeyArena.  7 PM – 10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 10,000.

 

Sunday August 12

Image by Lake Union 10K | www.lakeunion10k.com/

Lake Union 10K: 10th Anniversary Lake Union 10K run or walk along the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail.  Race starts and finishes in Lake Union Park, with course running clockwise around the lake.  7:30 AM – 11 AM.  Estimated attendance: 1,200.

Magnolia Village Car Show: on W McGraw St, between 32nd and 34th avenues W; from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.  Estimated attendance: 800.

BEGO Ethiopian Heritage Arts & Music Fest: Festival celebrating Ethiopian music, culture, art, and food. On E. Cherry St. between 23rd Ave. and MLK Jr. Way.  Festival hours: 11AM – 10PM.  Estimated attendance: 900.

Othello International Festival: Annual community festival at Othello Park (4351 S. Othello Street).  Festival hours: 12 PM – 6 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

Greaseball: Annual free all-ages community event to showcase home-built, old-school hot rods, custom chops, rat rods, bobbers, vintage motorcycles, and more.  Event will close the roadway at 5606 1st Ave S from 12 PM to 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 1,000.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: at CenturyLink Field.  7 PM – 9 PM.  Estimated attendance: 35,000.

 

More Info.

Check out our Weekender Edition at the end of this week, for updated event and advisory info! For more details on travel impacts, check out our construction look-ahead and traveler’s map links, or…

 

Contact us!

Email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623).

Information subject to change. Additional construction

Piquing Your Interest with Peak Transit, ALL Day

4th Ave S Transit transformation

Today we begin spot improvements on 4th Ave, between S Royal Brougham Way and S Jackson St, to take the existing transit-only lane from peak-period to 24/7 operation. The change will help 37 bus routes  along this heavily traveled corridor to be more efficient and available!

What you can expect:

Starting Wednesday, August 1 | 12 AM – 6 AM

Closure

Impacts from construction will be minimal, with work performed along 4th Ave S on weekends, overnight.

 

General

We expect that sometime in September, the 4th Ave NB right curb lane between S Royal Brougham Way and S Jackson St, will be transit-only for through-traffic, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ,improving service for the following routes:

 

  • King County Metro41, 76, 77, 111, 114, 150, 177, 178, 190, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 301, 308, 312, 316
  • Community Transit402, 405, 410, 415, 417, 422, 424
  • Sound Transit510, 511, 512, 513, 522, 545, 550, 554, 590, 594, 595

 

If you’re driving along this corridor, remember, you may still use the transit-only lane to turn right onto Seattle Blvd!

 

Questions?

Check out our website for more info on the Spot Improvements program! Or, contact Jonathan Dong at 206-233-8564 or Jonathan.dong@seattle.gov.

 

Thank you for your understanding!

 

What’s moving Seattle this week?

This week in Seattle.

Time flies when you’re…well–actually, time seems to fly regardless.

And there goes July… Wait, What!?

Wednesday, August 1

Featured image by Seafair Fleet Week & Boeing Maritime Celebration | bit.ly/2ArSmtV

Seafair Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration: Tour the US Navy USS Momsen and USS Somerset at Pier 90, and the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Whitehorse at Pier 69, for free from 9 AM to 3 PM. Expect traffic congestion along the Waterfront.

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros: #TrueToTheBlue wrap up this 3-game series at Safeco Field; 7:10 PM – 10 PM. Estimated attendance: 36,000.

Construction: WSDOT will close 3 right lanes of NB I-5 for repair work, 9 PM – 5 AM, from Denny Way to SR 520.

 

Thursday, August 2

Featured image by Seattle Art Fair | seattleartfair.com

Seattle Art Fair: Enjoy preview day at CenturyLink Field Event Center with 2,000 attendees expected during the 3:30 PM – 6 PM and 6 PM – 9 PM sessions.

Seafair Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration: Tour the US Navy USS Momsen and USS Somerset at Pier 90, and the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Whitehorse at Pier 69, for free from 9 AM to 3 PM. Expect traffic congestion along the Waterfront.

Blue Angels & I-90: The I-90 floating bridge will close 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM and 1 PM – 2:45 PM for Blue Angels practice flights.

Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays:  The Mariners kick off a 4-game series at Safeco Field, 7:10 PM – 10 PM. Estimated attendance: 30,000.

 

Friday, August 3

Featured image by Seafair | www.seafair.com

Seafair Weekend Festival: Festivities in Genesee Park and along Lake Washington Blvd run from 8 AM to 6 PM. Attendance is estimated at 50,000, so try alternatives to driving.

Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Festival Rally: This celebration of African American community in the northwest features music, food, culture, and family fun! Hours are 10 AM to 8 PM Friday, at Judkins Park. About 4,500 attendees expected over the weekend.

Seattle Art Fair: At CenturyLink Field Event Center.  Fair hours are 11 AM to 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

Blue Angels & I-90: The I-90 floating bridge will close 12:55 PM – 2:45 PM, for the first Boeing Seafair Air Show of the weekend!

Seafair Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration: Tour the US Navy USS Momsen and USS Somerset at Pier 90 from 2 PM to 7 PM, and the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Whitehorse at Pier 69, from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Magnolia Summerfest: This 2-day festival features an art show, craft booths, and activities at the Magnolia Community Center and Magnolia Playfield at 33rd Ave W & W Smith St.  Hours are 3 PM to 11 PM Friday.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays: The Mariners are home for game 2 in this 4-game series, 7:10 PM – 10 PM. Estimated attendance is 38,000.

 

Saturday, August 4

Image by United States Navy Blue Angels | bit.ly/2LJH6hF

Blue Angels & I-90: The I-90 floating bridge will close 12:55 PM – 2:45 PM for day 2 of the Boeing Seafair Air Show!

Seafair Weekend Festival: Festivities in Genesee Park and along Lake Washington Blvd run from 8 AM to 9:30 PM Saturday. Attendance is estimated at 50,000, so try alternatives to driving.

Seafair Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration: Tour the US Navy USS Momsen and USS Somerset at Pier 90, and the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Whitehorse at Pier 69, for free from 9 AM to 12 PM. Expect traffic congestion along the Waterfront.

Museum of Flight Jet Blast Bash: Enjoy the air show from this annual 2-day family festival, with fast planes, fast cars, music, food and fun on the Blue Angels flightline, 10 AM to 4 PM.

Lake City Summer Festival: Annual summer festival on NE 125th St. between Lake City Way NE and 25th Ave. NE.  Festival hours are 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Estimated attendance: 5,400.

Seattle Art Fair: At CenturyLink Field Event Center.  Fair hours are 11 AM to 7 PM Saturday.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Festival Rally: Annual festivities celebrate African American community in the northwest with bands, fashion shows, sports competitions, and more! Hours are 12 PM to 8 PM Saturday, at Judkins Park.

Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Parade March: Saturday’s parade starts at 1 PM, at 23rd Ave and E Union St.  The route heads SB on 23rd; W on S Jackson St; and SB on 20th Pl S into the Festival at Judkins Park.  Estimated attendees: 1,075.

Magnolia Summerfest: This festival at the Magnolia Community Center and W. Smith St.  Festival hours are 3 PM to 11 PM Friday.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

Lake City Summer Festival Parade: Annual parade on Lake City Way NE between NE 135th and NE 125th streets.  This year the parade will turn on NE 125th St, and head west to 26th Ave NE.  Kid’s Parade: 6 PM; Dog Parade: 6:30 PM; Grand Parade: 7 PM.  Estimated attendance: 5,400.

Greatest Party Known to Humankind: An estimated 4,000 people celebrate biking in the streets of Georgetown, 6 PM Saturday until 2 AM Sunday. Note: Airport Way, from Corson Ave S to 13th Ave S, will close to vehicle traffic: 12 PM Saturday – 3 AM Sunday.

Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays: The Ms are at Safeco Field again, for game 3 in this 4-game series, 7:10 PM – 10 PM. Estimated attendance: 45,000.

 

Sunday, August 5

Image by Seattle Mariners | www.mlb.com/mariners

Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Our Mariners wrap up this 4-game series with an afternoon at Safeco Field, 1:10 PM – 4 PM, followed by a Run Around the Bases for fans age 14 and younger! Heads up: 44,000 people expected.

Seafair Weekend Festival: Festivities in Genesee Park and along Lake Washington Blvd run from 7:30 AM to 6 PM Sunday. Attendance is estimated at 75,000, so try alternatives to driving.

Seafair Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration: Tour the US Navy USS Momsen and USS Somerset at Pier 90, and the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Whitehorse at Pier 69, for free from 9 AM to 3 PM. Expect traffic congestion along the Waterfront.

Museum of Flight Jet Blast Bash: Enjoy the air show from this annual 2-day family festival, with fast planes, fast cars, music, food and fun on the Blue Angels flightline, 10 AM to 4 PM.

Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Festival Rally: Annual festivities celebrate African American community in northwest featuring Music, Food, and family fun! The festival runs from 12 PM to 7 PM Sunday, at Judkins Park.

Blue Angels & I-90: The I-90 floating bridge will close 12:55 PM – 2:45 PM, for the last day of the Boeing Seafair Air Show!

Seattle Art Fair: At CenturyLink Field Event Center.  Fair hours are 11 AM to 6 PM Sunday.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

 

 

Next week preview.

August 6 – 8: NB I-5 from the Ship Canal Bridge to NE Ravenna Blvd, 3 right lanes closed overnights from 9 PM to 5 AM.

August 6 – 8: NB I-5 from Denny Way to SR 520, 3 right lanes closed overnights from 9 PM to 5 AM.

August 6 – 9: WB I-90 from Island Crest Way to Rainier Ave S will be fully closed from 10:30 PM to 4:30 AM.

August 8: Pearl Jam concert at Safeco Field, 7:30PM.

August 8: Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts pre-season game at CenturyLink Field, 7 PM.

 

More Info.

Check out our Weekender Edition at the end of this week, for updated event and advisory info! For more details on travel impacts, check out our construction look-ahead and traveler’s map links, or…

 

Contact us!

Email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623).

Information subject to change. Additional construction or events may be planned in the Seattle area.