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March 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Saturday Memo: Traffic troubles … No July 4 Sasquatch! … Zags prepare for Arizona

sat_weatherWeather: In the 50s, some showers later. National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: Stretches of Highway 99, Interstate 5, I-405, and some major Seattle streets are partly or fully closed for road work this weekend. It’s likely to be tough going. For example, until 7 p.m. today, the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Highway 99 is closed in both directions so crews can study cracks in the columns and girders. A routine March 1 inspection found new cracks forming, and old cracks lengthening, around the Seneca Street ramp. Mercer Street will be closed from Seattle Center to Dexter Avenue North until 6 p.m. today, while Highway 99 will be closed approaching Mercer, until noon Saturday — so bridge girders can be installed on Aurora Avenue North spanning the new Mercer East corridor. Read details of other closures here.

Early report on helicopter crash: National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report says the KOMO-TV helicopter began rotating counterclockwise during takeoff, making a full 360-degree revolution as it rose slightly before pitching forward in a “nose-low attitude.” Read more about the report, released Friday night.

July 4th weekend of Sasquatch! canceled: The planned second installment of the Sasquatch! Festival, scheduled for July 4th weekend, has been canceled. The festival will keep its traditional Memorial Day weekend plans. Jeff Trisler, president of Live Nation Seattle, said in Friday news release that the second weekend “was not embraced.”

 Gonzaga wins: Gonzaga knocks off Oklahoma State, 85-77, to win its NCAA tournament opener for the sixth straight year. But top-seeded Arizona awaits on Sunday. Arizona. Uh-oh. But, as reporter Bud Withers writes, “Opinions, like brackets, are ever so cheap in March, and analysts took about five seconds Sunday to project No. 9 seed Oklahoma State as a potentially killing matchup for top-seeded Arizona. That’ll be difficult, with the Cowboys due to be half a continent away in Stillwater.” Read more of Withers’ coverage.

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