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October 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM
While the hectic summer construction season has come and gone, road closures never cease.
This time, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is undergoing its semiannual inspection and a few blocks away, Aurora Avenue North will close near Seattle Center, so workers can install a sewer line for the Mercer West project.
- All lanes of the Viaduct from South Spokane Street to the Battery Street Tunnel will close from 5 a.m Saturday to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 6 a.m Sunday to 6 p.m. Sunday. Crews normally check for cracks in the 50-year-old concrete, check for any sinking in the columns, and sometimes replace the road stripes or signs. Part of the Viaduct sagged more than 5 inches following the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake, and was reinforced; and early next year, a deep-bore tunneling machine is scheduled to pass below the Viaduct at Yesler Way.
- Aurora Avenue North from the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley Street will close all weekend, from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. But east-west Mercer Street will remain open.
The state and city transportation departments say they coordinated the closures to disrupt traffic only one weekend, rather than several weekends.
July 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM
The University Bridge will close for about 10 minutes each hour during the day so it can be flushed to keep it from getting too hot, says the Seattle Department of Transportation.
There could be some maintenance headaches if the bridge gets too hot and expands.
The closures will continue until the early evening when it gets cooler.
December 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM
Two lanes of southbound Interstate 5 at Federal Way are closing this weekend — the most disruptive of at least eight Seattle-area lane closures the next few days.
The I-5 work will occur from 8 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday, where I-5 meets Highway 161, the Enchanted Parkway area. The carpool lane and left general-traffic lane will be blocked, while crews work on the drainage system and extend a pipe beneath the roadway. The pipes are meant to clear away runoff that is a byproduct of the Federal Way Triangle project, according to Broch Bender, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
An average 167,000 cars a day pass the Triangle in the two directions of I-5. DOT says drivers should plan for delays, and check the online Seattle Traffic Map.
In other locations:
* Denny Way will be reduced to one lane each direction at Sixth Avenue North on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Fairview Avenue North will close from Mercer Street to Valley Street for underground electrical installation from Saturday at 8 a.m. until Monday at 5 a.m. Traffic will be detoured, and the South Lake Union streetcar taken out of service.
* The westbound West Seattle Bridge exit to Delridge Way will close Saturday from 5:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., to replace a live-stream traffic camera.
* Eastbound I-90 traffic at the Mount Baker Tunnel will be shifted into the center Express lanes from 11:59 p.m. Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday, for lighting maintenance in the tunnel.
* On the Montlake Bridge, one lane each direction will close Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for deck repairs.
* Highway 520′s right westbound lane will close near Foster Island from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday for inspection.
* And on I-405 in Renton, the right northbound lane will close from sunrise to noon Monday through Thursday, so crews can grind uneven pavement on the shoulder before the next freeze. The state Department of Transportation is trying to prevent puddles that can turn icy, at the site pictured here.
September 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM
Some road closures and several events in Seattle this weekend could cause some traffic tie-ups, so the Seattle and state transportation departments are urging you to plan ahead.
The Mariners and Sounders are playing in Sodo, there’s a gymnastics show at KeyArena, and the St. Demetrios Greek Festival will be in full swing in the Montlake neighborhood.
Couple those with the closure of the 520 floating bridge from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday and a few other road closures, and you might find yourself in a traffic jam.
– The 520 floating bridge will be closed in both directions Saturday and Sunday from Montlake Boulevard in Seattle to Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Along with that will be the last full closure of Lake Washington Boulevard East through the Washington Park Arboretum from 6 a.m. to no later than 5 p.m. each day Saturday and Sunday. The closure will extend from Foster Island Road on the north to East Madison Street on the south.
– The I-5 on- and off-ramps will be closed at Mercer Street from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday. (The I-5 on-ramp at University Street will also be closed to provide more efficient traffic flow around the closed Mercer Street exit lane.)
– Traffic on Pike Street in Seattle will be detoured at Broadway from 5 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday to allow construction of the First Hill Streetcar. Traffic will be maintained on Broadway, but no left turns will be allowed at Pike Street. East and west traffic on Pike will be required to turn right at Broadway.
Sporting events to be aware of include:
A Sounders match at Century Link Field at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Three Mariners games at Safeco Field: 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
August 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM
The Blue Angels are here for this weekend’s Seafair celebrations, and that means intermittent closures of Interstate 90.
The precision flying team will roar over Lake Washington in practice sessions Thursday and Friday and put on shows Saturday and Sunday.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires the state Transportation Department to close I-90 while the Blue Angels perform, for the safety of both drivers and pilots.
Interstate 90 will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in both directions — including the mainline and express lanes — between Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island.
Here’s the schedule of closures:
- Thursday: 9:45 a.m. – noon & 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. (Practice)
- Friday: 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
- Saturday: 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Full show)
- Sunday: 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Full show)
Also, I-90 ramps in those areas will close up to one hour in advance of the I-90 closures.
Drivers are advised to travel early or choose other routes, including I-405 or State Route 522.
The precision flying squadron is here for this weekend’s Seafair celebration.
June 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM
May 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM
The deadly shootings at a cafe in Seattle’s U District and the manhunt for the gunman in the shooting death of a woman near Town Hall in downtown Seattle has led to lockdowns at community centers in Greenlake, Ravenna/Eckstein and Delridge.
Our community partner the West Seattle Blog reports that Hope Lutheran, Seattle Lutheran and Tilden schools are in locked down as a precaution as a result of the manhunt in the area.
Metro has rerouted Routes 120 and 125 off Delridge Way Southwest between Southwest Orchard Street and Southwest Andover Street in both directions because of the manhunt.
In an unrelated case, yet it’s news in a similar vein, The Vancouver Sun reports that the RCMP has shot a man possibly connected to a double murder in Burnaby, B.C.
December 22, 2011 at 7:39 PM
For the Christmas holiday, some businesses and most public services will keep limited hours over the weekend. A list of what’s open and closed from Saturday, Dec. 24, through Monday, Dec. 26:
- Parking rates in Seattle are unchanged Saturday but parking is free Sunday and Monday.
- All state liquor stores are open Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Sunday. Most are open Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a list of stores open Monday, go to bit.ly/sg1qMo.
- Garbage and recycling pickup schedules in Seattle, Bellevue and many other municipalities are unchanged. Customers who subscribe to curbside food- and yard-waste pickup services in Seattle can include Christmas trees and greens to be hauled away for free from Dec. 26 to Jan. 8.
- Metro bus routes will operate on reduced Sunday service hours from Sunday, Dec. 25, through Friday, Dec. 30. For more information, go to 1.usa.gov/tCuJzN.
- Washington state ferry routes for Seattle-Bainbridge, Mukilteo-Clinton and Point Defiance-Tahlequah will operate on reduced holiday/weekend schedules Monday.
- Most banks and credit unions will be closed Monday in observance of the federal holiday.
- Post offices are closed Monday in observance of the federal holiday.
- Some grocery stores are open on limited hours Christmas Day. For QFC stores open on Christmas, go to bit.ly/fmB56U. Some Safeway stores will be open; call individual stores for details
- Seattle park hours are unchanged for the holidays, but community centers are closed Monday.
- The Victoria Clipper is doubling its trips to Victoria between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
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