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Weekend traffic: Plan ahead for SR 99 closure; special events in several neighborhoods

Getting around in Seattle this weekend and early next week will be complicated by the closure of State Route 99, including the Alaskan Way Viaduct, to accommodate the demolition and replacement of the section of this highway that crosses above Broad Street.

State Route 99 way will be closed to both directions of traffic from the West Seattle Bridge to Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. The exception will be to accommodate Seahawk traffic leaving CenturyLink Field on Friday night. Northbound SR99 will be open from South Royal Brougham Way and southbound SR 99 will be open from Columbia Street until midnight. Then, from 5 a.m. on Monday through 5 a.m. on Wednesday, the State Route 99 will be closed to both directions of traffic from the south end of Battery Street tunnel to Valley Street.

If your weekend plans include traveling in the Pioneer Square, lower Wallingford or Fremont, or Alki areas, you might want to look into traffic impacts of special events in those neighborhoods (see below).

This would be a great weekend to travel smart, leaving the car at home, and try an alternate mode. Plan ahead and look into King County Metro reroutes on buses that use SR 99, and also walking and bicycling route changes due to the SR 99 tunnel replacement construction. If you must drive, use SDOT’s Traveler’s website before you go to learn driving conditions within the city.

 

Thursday, Aug. 21

50th Anniversary of the Beatles, Concert, Crème Tangerine

  • Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center
  • Starts at 7 p.m.

http://www.cremetangerine.com

Friday, Aug. 22

Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears

  • CenturyLink Field
  • Starts at 7 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 65,000

http://www.seahawks.com/gameday/transportation-guide/index.html

Seattle International Beerfest 2013

  • Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center
  • Noon to 10 p.m.
  • Estimated participants: 5,000

http://www.seattlebeerfest.com/

Saturday, Aug. 23

Seattle Marathon 10K Race:

  • Starts and finishes in Gas Works Park, Wallingford neighborhood
  • Race starts at 8 a.m.
  • Estimated 2,200 participants
  • Participants will use streets and the Burke-Gilman Trail in the Wallingford, Fremont, and Ballard neighborhoods, including North Northlake Way, Leary Way Northwest, North 34th Street, and North Pacific Street. See the attached pdf map.

http://www.seattlemarathon.org/10k/eventinfo.php

Red Bull Soapbox Race (Streets close Saturday; event takes place on Sunday)

  • Handmade, human powered vehicles will race down Yesler Way from Sixth Avenue, turning south to finish on Second Avenue South Extension.
  • Parking restrictions in the area will begin on Thursday.
  • Streets along the course will begin closing at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Streets will be reopen by Midnight, Sunday.

http://soapbox.redbull.com/us/en#news

Seattle International Beerfest 2013

  • Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center
  • Noon to 10 p.m.
  • Estimated participants: 5,000

http://www.seattlebeerfest.com/

Movies at the Mural

  • Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center
  • 9 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 1,000

http://www.seattlecenter.com/moviesatthemural/

“Get Back” Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in Seattle ’64

  • McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
  • Concert starts at 8 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 1,300

Sunday, Aug. 24

Alki Beach Run

  • Start time: 9 a.m.
  • Estimated participants: 1,400
  • Route: start on Alki Avenue Southwest at 60th Avenue Southwest; east on Alki to Anchor Park (1100 Alki Avenue Southwest), U-turn and back to start; will close this portion of Alki Avenue Southwest from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

http://alkibeachrun.com/

Kawabe Summer Fest

  • Event hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 400;
  • Streets closed: 18th Ave. between South Main Street and South Washington Street, and South Washington between 17th and 18th Avenue South, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Red Bull Soapbox Race

  • Handmade, human powered vehicles will race down Yesler Way from Sixth Avenue, turning south to finish on Second Avenue South Extension.
  • Pits open at 11 a.m. and the first race begins at 1 p.m.   The event will end at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Estimated attendance: 35,000.
  • Parking restrictions in the area will begin on Thursday.
  • Streets along the course will begin closing at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Streets will reopen by midnight, Sunday.

http://soapbox.redbull.com/us/en#news

Celebrate Little Saigon—an outdoor summer festival celebrating Vietnamese American food, arts, culture, and community

  • Seattle’s Little Saigon, 1200 South Jackson Street
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 1200 South Jackson Street

http://friendsoflittlesaigon.org/fls-events/celebrate-little-saigon/

Seattle International Beerfest 2013

  • Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center
  • Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Estimated participants: 5,000

http://www.seattlebeerfest.com/