Making The 8 Less L8! | Today – 8/28

One of the busiest stretches of Denny Way, eastbound from Fairview Ave E to Stewart St, is about to get a new transit-only lane—dedicated to moving many people efficiently. The project is part of a larger effort to address the historically late King County Metro Route 8, which serves an estimated 10,000 riders per weekday.

Diagram of new Denny Way configuration, Fairview Ave to Stewart St.

 

Work starts this afternoon, August 24, to transform one underutilized westbound lane of Denny Way for eastbound general-purpose traffic to Capitol Hill and dedicating the middle eastbound lane of the resulting three, to mass transit around the biggest single bottleneck that Route 8 experiences. The area is already bordered by construction projects, so crews can sometimes use will use the existing lane closures.

 

Route 8 currently runs 6 buses an hour per direction in peak periods. Separating the lane of cars turning right onto Yale to get to I-5 is expected to reduce lane merging friction and reduce congestion headed east on Denny Way to Capitol Hill.

 

Route 8 WB on Denny Way, at Aurora | Image by Cait Sith Productions, Caitsith810 – YouTube

 

Comprehensive and coordinated planning over the last four years has focused on better reliability for this key route in this location, and on sections of Route 8 in Lower Queen Anne, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. Besides enhanced Route 8 reliability, the change is also expected to benefit riders by:

  • Keeping more buses running on time, which in turn…
  • Reducing bus-bunching (jamming up at a bus stop);
  • Reducing wait times at important transfer locations (e.g. Capitol Hill Link); and
  • Making transit a more attractive travel option for crosstown travel in some of Seattle’s densest neighborhoods.

 

Capacity for mobility is critical, as Seattle growth continues, from 608,660 people in 2010 to more than nearly 730,000 in 2018 (click chart image for more details).

Seattle population growth chart | https://bit.ly/2MwIxAj

 

Much of the employment growth in downtown Seattle since the recession has been in South Lake Union, and Route 8 is a crucial connection for residents to access jobs, cultural destinations, and housing in central Seattle.

 

Crush loads…

The seated capacity of Metro’s 60-ft articulated coaches is 56 passengers, with a so-called ‘crush load’ equating to about 90- riders. As Route 8 riders likely know, crush loads are frequent during afternoon peak periods on this section of Denny, as are long wait times. Speeding up bus travel also provides operational savings to Metro and City-funded bus service.

 

#Make8LessL8!

The new bus lane is one piece of a set of improvements intended to enhance Route 8 speed and reliability. Although the changes are not expected to completely solve the reliability problems currently experienced on Route 8, together they should offer noticeable improvement.

Denny Substation Project, Aug 23, 2018 | Image by Seattle City Light | seattle.gov/light/dennysub | John St on left; Denny Way on right.

 

Originally expected to be installed last year, we accommodated Denny Substation construction needs and are now implementing the design. The reconfiguration project is expected to finish Tuesday, August 28.

 

What you can expect:

This afternoon crews begin placing and bagging (until project completion) new signage between Fairview and Stewart.

Beginning at 7 AM Saturday, August 25, the team will hydro-blast (weather & equipment dependent) the street surface to remove existing street configuration markings; and then paint the new lines.

The moving operation will create additional, temporary lane closures through Saturday afternoon. Work is scheduled again Monday and Tuesday, 9 AM – 3 PM, to complete the project.

 

August 24, Friday | Noon – 3 PM | Closures
Crews need 1 – 2 rolling lane closures, and at times may be able to use those already in place for construction on both sides of Denny Way.

 

August 25, Saturday | 7 AM – 3 PM | Closures
As crews progress with mobile operations, there will be 1 – 2 rolling lane closures.

 

Monday August 27 and Tuesday, August 28 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Closures
Expect rolling lane closures during work hours, to finish project.

 

Thank you for your patience during this mobile operation!

 

Contact us!

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

What’s Moving Seattle | This Week

Ed Sheeran. 50,000 people. Just puttin’ that out there. But that’s Saturday. For more on other events and projects moving Seattle around, read below; and remember to check out our Weekender edition for any updates to what we know today!

 

MON-THURS, AUGUST 20-24

8/21/18 image of SR 99 Tunnel Connections South | by OxBlue for www.wsdot.wa.gov

Excavation work is closing 1st Ave S, from S King St to Railroad Way, nightly from 10 PM to 5 AM, through Thursday morning, as nearby SR 99 Tunnel Connections South work continues.

NB I-5 is closing 3 left lanes from Ship Canal Bridge to Ravenna, 9 PM to 5 AM nightly, through Thursday morning.

WSDOT has more details on active I-5 projects in King County. The final weekend closure for Revive I-5 is set for Sept 14 – 16

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21

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

Seattle Mariners are up against the Houston Astros again at Safeco Field.  First pitch: 7:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 22,000.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22

Image by Seattle Opera | bit.ly/2LeBhnb

Seattle Opera presents The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at McCaw Hall on Wednesday, 7:30 PM to 11 PM.  Estimated attendance: 3,000.

Seattle Mariners are up against the Houston Astros for the 3rd time this week, at Safeco Field.  First pitch: 1:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 34,000.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Image courtesy of KeyArena | www.keyarena.com

Smashing Pumpkins are at KeyArena!  7PM – 10PM.  Estimated attendance: 10,000.

Seattle Opera presents The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at McCaw Hall on Friday, 7:30 PM to 11 PM.  Estimated attendance: 3,000.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

Image by Century Link Field | www.centurylinkfield.com

The Ed Sheeran North America Tour 2018 comes to CenturyLink Field Saturday night. Gates open at 5 PM for this 7 PM to 10 PM show.  Estimated attendance: 50,000 fans!

SLU Night Market is back, on 9th Ave N between Denny Way and John St, 4 PM to 10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 1,000.

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Yesler Terrace Park at 835 Yesler Way, Saturday. Event hours: 11AM to 3PM – with a ribbon cutting at noon.  Estimated attendance: 400.

Belltown Crush Block Party brings the beer and wine festival to Bell St, between 4th and 2nd avenues.  Event hours: 3 PM to 7 PM.  Estimated attendance: 700.

Seattle Opera presents The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at McCaw Hall on Friday, 7:30 PM to 11 PM.  Estimated attendance: 3,000.

 

SAT & SUN, AUGUST 25-26

Addition rendering image by WSCC | www.wsccaddition.com

Olive Way will be closed at Terry and detoured to Howell St for demolition work, Aug 25 & 26, as part of the project to build an addition to the Washington State Convention Center. Utility work continues through the fall, with the  bus layover loop at 9th Ave, between Olive and Pine streets, now open. Meanwhile, multiple lanes of Boren Ave from Howell to Olive remain closed overnight (8 PM – 5 AM), to install a large electrical vault under the street.

NB SR 99, Spokane St to Western, is closed near Battery Street Tunnel this weekend, from 10 PM Friday through 5 AM Monday. Traffic is expected to be detoured to 4th .

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

Image by Seattle Storm | http://storm.wnba.com/

The Seattle Storm has a WNBA Playoff Game at KeyArena on Sunday. Tip-off and opponent TBA.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Seattle Children’s Park to Park Swim, from Matthews Beach to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland, starts at 7:30 AM, and wraps up by 11 AM.

Seattle Marathon Summer 5K/10K Race is at Seward Park, 8:30 AM to 12 PM.  Estimated attendance: 900.

Cosmo 7K run and 5K run & walk is Sunday along Alki Beach, in West Seattle; 9:30 AM to 11 AM.  Estimated attendance: 1,000.

Kawabe SummerFest! kicks off at 11 AM and runs through 4:30 PM, on 18th Ave S, between S Main St and S Washington St. Estimated attendance: 475.

Celebrate Little Saigon at the annual festival, 11 AM – 7 PM Sunday. Enjoy Vietnamese-American food, culture, and entertainment!  Event will close S King St between 10th and 12th avenues south. Estimated attendance: 350.

 

Sneak Peak @ Next Week…

Image by Seahawks Football | www.seahawks.com

August 30 | Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders, CenturyLink Field

August 31 – September 2 | Bumbershoot at Seattle Center.

August 31 – September 3 | PAX West at WSCC (9th Ave, Pike to Pine, closed)

September 14 – 17 | Partial NB I-5 closure, details TBA.

 

More Info…

The Seattle Special Events Office has a great collection of calendars to keep you in the know. For updated event and advisory info, check out our Weekender Edition at the end of this week! 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). Information subject to change. 

 

Burke-Gilman & Ship Canal Trails Repairs | 8/21-26

BGT bike riding family | TIA International Photography

We are planning to do some spot repairs on the Burke Gilman and Ship Canal Trails starting on Tuesday, August 21st. Click on the maps below for larger versions, showing work areas. Here’s to smooth connections!

 

Burke-Gilman Trail: 8/21 & 8/24-26

Image by Google Maps | google.com/maps | click for larger view

What you can expect:

8/21 | BGT spot 5 location (see map above) closed 9 AM-3 PM; people biking detoured to N 34th St.

8/24-26 | BGT area 6 closed, 7 AM – 7 PM each day, Stone Way N to Phinney Ave N; signed detour to N 34th St.

8/25 | BGT spots 1 & 2 closed at site from 9 AM-3 PM, detour to parallel neighborhood streets from NW 36th St to NW 40th St.

 

Ship Canal Trail: 8/22 – 8/24

Image by Google Maps | google.com/maps | click for larger view

What you can expect:

8/22 | SCT spots 1 – 5 locations (see map above) closed 9 AM-3 PM; detour to Nickerson from 3rd Ave N to 3rd Ave W.

8/23 | SCT spots 1 – 5 locations closed 9 AM-3 PM; detour to Nickerson from 3rd Ave N to 3rd Ave W.

8/24 | SCT spot 6 on W Emerson Pl: trail closed at site 9 AM-3 PM; detour to N side of W Emerson Pl, 21st – 19th avenues W.

 

Contact us!

If you have questions about this work, email us at construction.coordination@seattle.gov or call 206-684-ROAD (7623). Information subject to change. 

Thank you for your understanding while we work to maintain Seattle’s trail system!

 

 

What’s Moving Seattle | This Week

Jack White kicks it off in Seattle this week, later followed by Hemp Fest, Hot Sauce, and Halestorm; Oh My! Get in the moment with one of these action options–and act with an informed travel plan (a.k.a. construction aware).

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 13

Featured image by CenturyLink Field | bit.ly/2B3yWM9

Jack White concert: At WaMu Theater.  8 PM – 11 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM.  Estimated attendance: 7,000.

Denny Substation project work has travel impacts to be aware of starting today, through Sunday:

  • August 13 – 15,  7 AM – 3 PMPontius Ave N fully closed, between Republican and John streets, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 13 – 17,  24/7Thomas St will be closed, between Terry and Westlake avenues north, for full roadway restoration.
  • August 13 – 17,  7AM – 3PMThomas St will be fully closed, between Pontius and Fairview avenues north, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 15 – 17, 7AM – 3PMMinor Ave N will be fully closed, between Republican and John streets, to complete pavement markings.
  • August 18 – 19, 9 AM – 7 PMRepublican St will be closed, between Fairview and Minor avenues north, for duct bank installation.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Featured image by Pike Place Market Foundation | pikeplacemarketfoundation.org/events

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 12 PM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market: Annual dinner at the Pike Place Market to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation.  Event hours are 7 PM to 11 PM.  Pike Place will close at 8 AM Friday morning.  Estimated attendance: 1,600.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 7:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 40,000.

Halestorm + In This Moment concert: At WaMu Theater.  8 PM – 11 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM.  Estimated attendance: 7,000.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Featured image by The World is Fun | www.theworldisfun.org

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 10 AM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Big Day of Play: Free event presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation.  At Rainier Community Center and Playfields.  Event hours are 11 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,600.

Hot Sauce Fest: Free event at Ballard Commons Park features the best hot sauces, food trucks and entertainment.  Event hours are 11 AM to 10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,150.

Boogie Up the Block: Free all-day urban arts event in Seattle’s Central District.  Event will close E. Fir St. between 12th Ave. and 14th Ave.  Event hours are 12 PM to 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 300.

Washington Beer BBQ: At SLU Discovery Center.  Event hours are 12 PM to 6 PM.  Estimated attendance: 2,000.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: At CenturyLink Field.  1 PM – 3 PM.  Estimated attendance: 35,000.

Mercer x Summit Block Party: Free all ages music and art event on Summit Ave. between Mercer and Roy St.  Event hours are 1 PM to 11 PM.  Estimated attendance: 875.

Liberty or Death – Rally Against Left Wing Violence: Rally at Seattle City Hall.  3 PM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 3,000.

Belltown Block Party: Event will close 2nd Ave. between Blanchard and Lenora Streets.  5 PM – 2 AM.  Estimated attendance: 730.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 7:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 43,000.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Featured image by Hempfest | www.hempfest.org

Seattle Gift Show: At Washington State Convention Center.  Show hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.  Estimated attendance: 6,000.

Viking Dash 5K, 10K, 15K: At Magnuson Park.  Event hours: 9:30 AM to 12 PM.  Estimated attendance: 350.

Hempfest: 27th annual cannabis festival at Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront.  Festival hours are 10 AM – 8 PM.  Estimated attendance: 30,000.

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers: At Safeco Field.  First Pitch: 1:10 PM.  Estimated attendance: 40,000.

 

More Travel Details…

  • August 17 – 19, 24/72nd Ave will be reduced to 2 lanes, from Pike to Union streets, for roadway reconstruction.
  • August 17 – 31, 24/7 | NB 1st Ave S will be closed, from S Washington to Cherry streets, for utility relocation.
  • August 18 – 19, 9 AM – 5 PM | 5th Ave will be closed, between Union and University streets, for construction involving crane work.
  • August 18 – 19, 24/7 | 35th Ave NE will be fully closed, from NE 45th to NE 55th streets, for paving work.

 

Sneak Peak @ Next Week…

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

The Smashing Pumpkins concert at Key Arena, August 24, 7 PM – 10 PM.

Belltown Crush Block Party Beer and Wine Festival, on Bell St between 4th and 2nd avenues, August 25, 3 PM – 7 PM.

The South Lake Union Night Market will close 9th Ave, John St to Denny Way, August 25, 4 PM – 10 PM.

Seattle Children’s Park to Park Swim, from Matthews Beach to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland, August 26, 7:30 AM – 11 AM.

Seattle Marathon Summer 5K/10K Race at Seward Park, August 26, 8:30 AM – 12 PM.

Cosmo 7K and 5K run & walk along Alki Beach in West Seattle, August 26, 9:30 AM – 11 AM.

Kawabe SummerFest! on 18th Ave S, August 26, 11 AM – 3 PM.

Celebrate Little Saigon 2018, at 1025 S King Street, August 26, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

 

 

More Info…

The Seattle Special Events Office has a great collection of calendars to keep you in the know. For updated event and advisory info, check out our Weekender Edition at the end of this week! 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).

Information subject to change. Additional construction

Cooling down hot moving bridges

Dawn breaking on the Ballard Bridge | Photo by David Johnson

 

What do you do when the city experiences three consecutive days of 85+-degree weather?

A. Drink a lot of water

B. Cool off your britches with a pool dunk

C. Cool off moving bridges with a water flush

D. All of the above

 

Admittedly, any of these answers is right – though our Roadway Structures bridge crews focus on “C”. That’s because temperature changes cause steel and concrete to expand and contract, a potential problem for bridges that open and close for passage of marine vessels. Too much expansion can create pinch points, where bridge sections can rub – and therein lies the rub, and reason for the flushing.

 

With this week’s high temps, the cooling truck (like a calming goat, only different) was out Thursday, at all three Ship Canal bridges – University, Ballard, and Fremont – consecutively. The water flushing operations are scheduled when Seattle experiences 2 – 3 consecutive days of at least 85-degree heat. Lucky for us, it didn’t get as hot as THIS looks…

2011 Google Earth Visual | Discover Magazine | blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2011

 

Thanks to everyone for your patience during those 5-10-minute bridge closures! If temps creep up again, expect to see moving bridge gates down, just briefly, for that cooling/flushing truck and our team to work some misty magic!

SDOT Roadway Structures crews using the bridge cooling truck.