Traffic: Trouble. Among the weekend closures: Highway 520, northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct and Battery Street Tunnel (big backups were frustrating drivers early this afternoon), I-90 express lanes (until 2 p.m. today). Did we mention the street blockages and traffic from the Fremont Fair? King County Metro Transit says more than 40 bus routes will be delayed or detoured today, so riders should look up their routes on Metro’s service alert page. Details on the road closures in and around Seattle.
Soccer star Hope Solo arrested: Solo was jailed overnight on investigation of domestic violence. Police responded to a 911 call for a disturbance at a Kirkland home. The account from police says, in part: “As officers made contact, they observed visible injuries on Solo’s 17-year-old nephew and on Solo’s sister. After receiving statements of the persons involved, Officers determined that Solo was the primary aggressor and had instigated the assault.” She is scheduled to appear in court Monday. More of the story, here, from reporter Jennifer Sullivan.
Darrington rodeo and … just in time, an open road: The stretch of Highway 530 near Oso damaged in the March 22 mudslide reopened to two-way traffic Friday evening. Perfect timing, as the Darrington Timberbowl Rodeo, attracts crowds today and Sunday. The event, as reporter Jack Broom writes, is the first big test of a state-aided campaign to help mitigate financial losses from the mudslide that killed 43 people, buried a neighborhood and severed a state highway. The Darrington Rodeo Grounds are three miles west of Darrington on Highway 530. Rodeo events start at 2 p.m., but the grounds will open for breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. More information: http://darringtonrodeogrounds.com or see “Darrington Horse Owners Association” on Facebook.
Fremont Fair, solstice celebrations: An annual, quirky Seattle favorite features music, kids’ activities, food, beer gardens, decorated arts and crafts vendors and, new this year, ticketed concerts on the main stage. Saturday’s Solstice Parade ends at Gas Works Park, collaborating with Honk! Fest West hosting live music, art activities and food vendors at Gas Works from 4 to 9 p.m. More on the event.
Pricey hotel: Wait, $410,000 a room? The former Red Lion Hotel in downtown Seattle sold this week for $130.7 million, which comes out to nearly $410,000 a room, the highest price ever paid in the metro area, according to hotel experts. Reporter Sanjay Bhatt explains that the record price for the 319-room Red Lion, now known as Motif Seattle, “could quickly be surpassed by the pending sale of the 120-room Hotel 1000. ”
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