Traffic alerts for Seafair Weekend, Aug. 5-7

Traffic Alerts from SDOT and King Count Metro for Seafair Weekend, August 5-7.

From King County Metro:
Metro will operate free shuttle bus service from the Columbia City Link light rail station to the Seafair Hydro races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Midday on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Metro-operated Sound Transit routes 550 and 554 will be rerouted via SR-520 when I-90 is closed for Blue Angels practices and performances.

Bus reroutes & Mercer Island Shuttles
During the Seafair Blue Angels Air Show practices and performances on – Thursday, August 4 – 9:45 AM-2:40 PM, and – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 5-7 – 11:50 AM-2:40 PM each day, the I-90 Bridge will be closed and Sound Transit routes 550 and 554 will be rerouted via SR-520. When they are rerouted, they will not serve stops on I-90 at Rainier Av S or Mercer Island. During the I-90 closures Metro will operate a shuttle every 30 minutes between the Mercer Island and South Bellevue P&R lots to connect transit customers with Sound Transit Routes 550 and 554.   A regular fare is required on the Mercer Island and Bellevue shuttles and all regularly scheduled transit service.

Free Hydro Shuttle
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 5-7, Metro will operate a free shuttle between the Columbia City Link light rail station and Genesee Park. With new stations on Capitol Hill and at the University of Washington, Link and Metro’s shuttles combine to offer great ways for Seafair fans to get to and from these events without having to worry about traffic and parking.  For many transit riders, the Hydros venue is within walking distance of other bus routes as well.   Board the shuttle eastbound on S Angeline St just west of 32nd Av S. It will operate frequently each day between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM as buses fill.  Returning from Genesee Park, board the return shuttle to Columbia City Link Station northbound on 43rd Av S just north of S Genesee St.

Route 50
Metro Route 50 will be rerouted on Saturday and Sunday, but still goes close to the Hydro venue.

Information
Visit the Metro Online Service Advisories page to find out how your bus will be affected and what stops it will serve during these events. Use regularly published transit schedules, but expect possible delays during these events.

For information about transit service or to plan your trip, visit Metro Online or Metro’s online Trip Planner. After planning your trip, check Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out about any planned revisions to your routes.

For information about Seafair events, visit the Seafair website.

From Seattle DOT

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 7:
Seafair Fleet Week and Maritime Celebration: A Seattle tradition since 1950, vessels from the Canadian and U-S Navy and Coast Guard dock in Elliott Bay. Ship tours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect traffic congestion along the waterfront.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 7:
Seafair Weekend: Watch the Blue Angels and hydro races from the shores of Lake Washington. Kids’ activities, food vendors and bands play all weekend long. The festivities run Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Genesee Park and on Lake Washington Blvd. The I-90 bridge and certain ramps will close from I-5 to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island for Blue Angels’ practice and performances at the Seafair Air Show. About 50,000 people per day on Friday and Saturday, and 75,000 people on Sunday are expected to attend.

I-90 floating bridge closures:
Friday, August 5:              1:15 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
Saturday, August 6:         1:15 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
Sunday, August 7:            1:15 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Seattle Art Fair: Festival highlighting Pacific Northwest art at CenturyLink Field Event Center, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Umoja Fest and Parade: Festival celebrating African American culture in Judkins Park. The festival runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. About 4,500 people are expected throughout the weekend. The parade on Saturday starts at 1 p.m. at 23rd Ave and E Union St. The route heads south on 23rd Ave, east on E Cherry St, south on MLK Jr Way, west on S Jackson St and south on 23rd Ave into Judkins Park.  About 975 people are expected to attend the parade.

Magnolia Summerfest and Seafair Parade: Festival featuring art, crafts and activities at Magnolia Community Center. Festival runs Friday 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The parade on Saturday starts at 10:30 a.m. at W Raye St and 34th Ave W, heads south on 34th, east on W McGraw St, and north on 32nd Ave W returning to the festival grounds.  About 6,800 people are expected for Summerfest and about 4,800 people are expected for the parade.

Salmonfest: Three-day festival with a salmon bake, car show and parade in the Lake City neighborhood.  Festival runs Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  28th Avenue NE will be closed from NE 125th to NE 127th and 30th Avenue NE will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  About 9,600 people are expected to attend.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6: 
Greatest Party Known to Humankind: Bike race and party in the streets in Georgetown from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Airport Way will be closed between Corson Ave S and 13th Ave S from 12 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. on Sunday. About 4,000 people are expected to attend.

MARINERS SCHEDULE AT SAFECO FIELD:
Seattle Mariners vs. Boston, Thursday, August 4 at 7:10 p.m. About 33,000 people expected to attend.

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles, Friday, August 5 at 7:10 p.m. About 38,000 people expected to attend.

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles, Saturday, August 6 at 6:10 p.m. Sold out, 45,000 people expected to attend.

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles, Sunday, August 7 at 1:10 p.m. About 43,000 people expected to attend.

 

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