While Seattle travelers will enjoy a respite from traffic snarls caused by sports events this first weekend of October, they are advised to plan their trips in consideration of several significant closures for roadway work. The Alaskan Way Viaduct (SR99) will be closed during the day on Saturday and Sunday for the semi-annual viaduct inspection. Coinciding with the viaduct closure to minimize traffic impacts, Aurora Avenue North (also SR99) will also be closed from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley Street for the Mercer Corridor West construction project. The Montlake Bridge on the Lake Washington Ship Canal will be closed through the weekend for maintenance. There will be a Josh Groban concert at Key Arena on Friday evening, and the Fall Seattle Home Show will draw people to Century Link Field.
Montlake Bridge (SR513): WSDOT will close the Montlake Bridge to vehicular traffic from 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 until 5 a.m. Monday morning, Oct. 7 for bridge maintenance work. http://wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/King/Construction/KingCountyConstruction.htm#SR522
Alaskan Way Viaduct (SR99): WSDOT will close both directions of SR 99 from Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 for the semi-annual inspection of the viaduct. For more information, see http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Traffic.
Aurora Avenue North (SR99): SDOT will close both directions of Aurora Avenue (SR 99) from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley Street from 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Traffic traveling through Seattle via SR 99 will be directed to I-5 in northern Seattle at North 85th Street or in southern Seattle at East Marginal Way South and South Spokane Street. The closure is needed for work on utilities for the Mercer Corridor West construction project. More information about alternate routes during construction may be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.
East Pike Street at Broadway: East Pike Street will be partially closed to traffic at Broadway in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for SDOT’s First Hill Streetcar construction project. Westbound traffic on East Pike Street will be required to turn right on 12th Avenue except for local access traffic (vehicles with destinations between 12th Avenue and Broadway). Eastbound traffic will be required to turn right or left at Broadway. For more information: http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill.htm
Fifth Avenue South: Fifth Avenue South will be partially closed at South Jackson Street the Chinatown/International District from Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 a.m. until Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. for the First Hill Streetcar construction project. South Jackson Street will remain open to east- and westbound traffic but no left turns will be permitted at Fifth Avenue South. North- and southbound traffic on Fifth Avenue South will be required to turn right on South Jackson Street. For more information: http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill.htm
Josh Groban Concert: This concert at Key Arena is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m. An estimated 9,000 people will attend. http://www.keyarena.com/events/detail/josh-groban-1
Fall Seattle Home Show will take place CenturyLink Field Event Center, opening at 10 a.m. each day, from Friday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 6. http://seattlehomeshow.com/
Magnolia Village Fall Fest: This Magnolia neighborhood event will close West McGraw Street between 32nd Avenue West and 33rd Avenue West from 5:30 pm. to 9:30 p.m.; event hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. An estimated 850 people are expected to attend. http://magnoliachamber.org/wine-walk-oct-4-2013/
Double Tenth Parade Celebration: This parade (National Day of the Republic of China) in the International District will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, starting at Hing Hay Park at South King Street and Maynard Avenue South. The parade will travel east on King Street to Eighth Avenue South, continue south on Eighth to South Weller Street, head west on Weller to Sixth Avenue South, then north on Sixth to South King Street, east on King, returning to Hing Hay Park. Police Officers will escort the parade. Attendance is estimated at 400 people. http://rocseattle.blogspot.com/