It will be a good weekend for football fans with both the University of Washington Huskies and Seattle Seahawks playing in town, but motorists will need to pack their patience and allow for extra travel time. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reminds event-goers that traffic could be much heavier than usual with the temporary closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct (although at this time it is anticipated that the northbound lanes will continue to be open from Royal Brougham Way to the Battery Street Tunnel). SDOT encourages motorists to consider trying one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, carpool, bicycle or even walking, if feasible.
If you are carpooling to an event, keep in mind that alternate routes from West and South Seattle into the city center are: Airport Way S, Fourth Avenue S, First Avenue S, Lower Spokane Street Swing Bridge and I-5. Alternate routes from North Seattle to the city center are: Elliott Avenue W, Denny Way, Dexter Avenue N, Alaskan Way, I -5 and Broad Street westbound only from 5th Avenue N.
On Monday evening, motorists should be particularly watchful for children out “trick or treating.” Streets will be closed in Magnolia Village for a Halloween Trick or Treat event and in the Fremont district for the Trolloween parade.
Friday, October 28
Women of Faith Conference: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 7 – 10 p.m.
Traffic may be congested before and after the day and evening sessions between the I-5 Mercer Street ramps and around the Seattle Center. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m.
UW Husky Band Friday Night Rally and Procession: 8:45 – 10 p.m.
Streets just north of the campus
UW Husky Marching Band will march through Greek Row from campus north on 21st Avenue NE, west on NE 47th, south on 17th Ave NE and back to campus. Streets along the route will be closed to vehicles during the rally. Seattle Police will escort.
Saturday, October 29
Women of Faith Conference: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Key Arena
Traffic may be congested before and after the event between the Mercer ramps at I-5 and around the Seattle Center. Doors open at 8 a.m.
University of Washington Huskies vs University of Arizona Wildcats: 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Expect extra heavy traffic on SR 520, I-5, and streets surrounding the stadium. Seattle Police will put in place the usual game day lane revisions in place before and after the game on arterials near the stadium.
Sunday, October 30
Seattle Seahawks vs Cincinnati Bengals: 1:15 – 4 p.m.
Plan on heavier traffic than usual throughout the SODO area.
Monday, October 31
Trolloween 2011: 7 – 11 p.m.
350 + participants
Annual event starts at the Fremont Troll, parades through the Fremont neighborhood, and ends under the Fremont Bridge.
Street closures from 4 – 8 p.m.: N 36th Street adjacent to the Troll between Linden Avenue N and Whitman Avenue N.
“Haunt of Fremont” route: starts at N 36th St. and Troll Avenue N; west on 36th to Evanston Avenue N; south on Evanston to private street; east on private street to the Fremont Bridge. Seattle Police will escort the procession.
Magnolia Village Halloween Trick or Treat: 4 – 6 p.m.
W McGraw in Magnolia Village
Streets closed from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.: W McGraw Street between 34th Avenue W and 32nd Avenue W.
Contact: Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114