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:

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.

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



North End lane closures next week, April 28-30

The Seattle Department of Transportation will close two lanes of North 105th Street at Evanston Avenue North next Monday and Tuesday, April 28 and 29. The lane closures will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. A single travel lane will be maintained in each direction.

On Wednesday, April 30, only eastbound traffic on North 105th at Evanston Avenue North will be reduced to a single lane, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Motorists should expect some moderate travel delays on these days.

The lane closures next week are needed for the installation of a permanent overhead variable message sign that will provide eastbound motorists real time traffic information (i.e., estimated travel times and notice of accidents ahead). It will be one of two such overhead signs installed as part of SDOT’s North 105th/North Northgate Way Roadway and Signal Improvements Project. (The other overhead sign will be placed on Lake City Way Northeast at Northeast 120th Street.)

The project also includes the repaving the roadway from Greenwood Avenue North to Corliss Avenue North, along with new sidewalks, driveways, and curb ramps. New drainage infrastructure, including new stormwater detention pipes and water quality features will be installed in conjunction with the roadway repaving. All eastbound traffic on North Northgate Way from Aurora Avenue North to Meridian Avenue North has been temporarily closed for this work, as well as a reduction of westbound traffic in the same corridor to a single lane. These closures are expected to remain in place for approximately four months.

The entire project is slated for completion this coming fall. More information about the project and its other elements can be found on the project website at

Admiral Way Ramp on West Seattle Bridge to be closed Saturday, April 26

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will close the ramp at the Admiral Way exit on the West Seattle Bridge on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Last fall a collision took down a utility pole at this location. Seattle City Light completed their repairs, and now SDOT is following up to restore the sidewalk.
On Saturday the crews will close the ramp to remove temporary paving material. During the following week they plan to repave the sidewalk which will not require a ramp closure.

SDOT Celebrates Earth Day by Giving Trees More Room to Grow

Unique support cells will enhance street trees and better treat stormwater

 Today, when people around the world celebrate Earth Day, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) begins work on its first substantial public works project installing Silva Cells, a system that provides the space for large trees to grow with healthy roots in a manner compatible with other infrastructure in the right of way

Today’s work will involve excavating the soil in preparation for installing a total of 738 cells, which will support more than 40 trees along Mercer Street, Aurora Avenue/SR99 and Dexter Avenue as part of the Mercer Corridor construction project. Roughly 10 to 16 four-foot by eight-foot cells will be installed for every London Plane and Scarlet Oak tree that is to be planted.

Trees cleanse the air, filter out pollution from stormwater, reduce run-off that can lead to flooding, provide shade to cool paved surfaces and reduce the heat island effect common in urban environments. The unique design of the Mercer Corridor project allows the use of large scale tree species in limited right of way space, ensuring maximum benefits from each and every tree.

Silva Cells look much like a series of industrial strength coffee tables that support the pavement above while eliminating the need to compact the soil. The space under the structural system allows roots to grow in organic rich soil under the pavement throughout the cells.

While the cells are good for trees, they also have real benefits for protecting water quality. Stormwater can be filtered by soil surrounding a tree and also by soil underneath the pavement which retains the water for longer periods of time after storm events.

A study of trees throughout North America showed the life span of a typical urban tree can be as short as seven years. With these cells, SDOT can help the corridor’s trees live well beyond that timeframe. Making sure trees grow to maturity benefits the environment. Trees increase their growth rates, sequester more carbon and reduce stormwater runoff at an ever increasing level as they age.    

contact:  Peg Nielsen, Communications Office, 206.684.8114