Weekend traffic update Friday 10/23-10/25

Special Events Advisory for Friday, Oct. 23 -Sunday, Oct. 25

SEATTLE—The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers to be aware of several events happening around the city through the weekend that will affect area traffic.

PRESIDENT OF IRELAND VISIT: The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins will be visiting the greater Seattle area from Wednesday to Saturday. Please be aware of potential traffic issues in and around the city.

SEATTLE HOME SHOW: The Seattle Home Show fall edition is at CenturyLink Field Event Center and runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the weekend.

“R” DAY:  A celebration to benefit KEXP’s new home fund at the Old Rainer Brewery from 5p.m. to 11p.m. About 1500 people are expected to attend.

LIGHT THE NIGHT: The 15th anniversary of the lantern-lit night walk benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The Walk starts at 6p.m. at the Seattle Center, goes around the Center and the sidewalks of South Lake Union.  About 1500 people are expected to walk.

WEST SEATTLE HARVEST FESTIVAL:  A Fall celebration in the West Seattle Junction from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. California Avenue SW will be closed between SW Edmonds and SW Oregon Streets from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. About 500 people are expected to attend.

Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at 4p.m. About 40,000 people are expected to attend.

Seattle Area Traffic News What’s happening on the highway from Renton to Shoreline

Busy weekend of closures and roadwork

Whether you are headed out to find that one-of-a-kind Halloween costume, in search of the perfect pumpkin for carving or you plan to just run errands and gather supplies for a yummy fall soup, be sure to plan around a busy weekend of closures in the Seattle area this weekend. The significant closures include eastbound I-90 down to one lane across Lake Washington and a complete closure of the Montlake Bridge. That’s not all for the Montlake neighborhood. Watch for intermittent single-lane closures around SR 520, and for the westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard to be closed. Want more details? We’ve got you covered, just check outour blog.

Special events to note

But wait, there’s more! Besides a lot of roadwork happening this weekend, you should also be aware of some special events. The Seattle Home Show at the CenturyLink Field Event Center takes place all weekend and the Sounders have a huge game at 4 p.m. on Sunday. All the details, plus other events happening throughout this month, can be found on our calendar.

Sound Transit closure in North Seattle

This is the fourth and final weekend of planned work on Sound Transit’s Northgate Link Extension project near Banner Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street. The North 85th Street/Banner Way Northeast/Northeast 80th Street on-ramp will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, through 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Drivers will follow a signed detour around the ramp closure to access northbound I-5 from Northeast Northgate Way. Some nearby city streets will also be closed or only allow local access.

Looking ahead: Alaskan Way Viaduct closure, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

Your Halloween plans may need a detour. The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed next weekend for its semiannual inspection. That means both directions of SR 99 will be closed between South Spokane Street and the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, and on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Montlake Bridge to close this weekend; ramp and local lane closures also on tap
WSDOT maintenance crews will close the Montlake Bridge in both directions this weekend, along with the westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard and a single lane of the eastbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard. The closure, from 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, will allow WSDOT maintenance crews to begin important safety upgrades to the Montlake Bridge, including replacement of its aging metal decks.

Weather-permitting, crews this weekend will also intermittently close single lanes along East Park Drive East, along westbound East Lake Washington Boulevard between 24th Avenue East and Montlake Boulevard, and along northbound and southbound Montlake Boulevard between East Hamlin Street and East Roanoke Street, in order to complete paving activities.

During the weekend closures:                     

·       The SR 520 mainline will remain open, including its westbound off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard and a single lane of the eastbound off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard.
·       Drivers can access Montlake using the westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard, the open lane of the eastbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard, or via the University Bridge.
·       The Montlake Boulevard U-turn at East Hamlin Street for I-5 access will remain open.
·       Bicycle and pedestrian access across the west side of the Montlake Bridge will remain open.
·       Freeway transit stops will remain open, but other buses will be rerouted around the Montlake area. Check the King County Metro alerts webpage to find out information on your bus route.
·       Marine traffic will be restricted. There will be no Montlake Bridge openings for boats between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. The bridge’s south span will open for boats (with one hour’s advance notice) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Plan ahead: Eastbound I-90 closures also on the docket for this weekend
Please note that this weekend, Oct. 23-26, eastbound I-90 will also be down to one lane. As they have done in the past, contractor crews with the I-90 Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations project will reduce eastbound I-90 traffic to one lane just before the Mount Baker Tunnel from 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Drivers will then be rerouted to the express lanes. Similar eastbound I-90 weekend work earlier this year resulted in added congestion in both directions of I-5. The Sounders are also playing their final regular season home match at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Just like the team will be preparing for the match, fans need to prepare for extra traffic- leave for destinations early and plan out alternate travel routes.

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