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Seattle weekend traffic: Halloween edition

What’s blocking up traffic this weekend—and how to ride transit to it (or around it)

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Another weekend, another whole list of things that could disrupt getting around. Some of these events might be things you’re doing, too: The Seahawks and the Huskies are both at home this weekend, and it’s almost Halloween.

We’ve combed through the alerts and advisories from both the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to deliver transit-friendly solutions for your weekend outings.

Some of this weekend’s advisories—and transit-oriented alternate routes to events—are listed below.

Sports: The Seahawks and the Huskies

It’s a football-filled weekend in Seattle.

On Saturday, the UW Huskies play UCLA at Husky Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Fortunately, Husky Stadium is one of the few places in the U District that Link Light Rail goes directly to. Other options: Metro runs shuttle buses from the Eastgate, Federal Way, Houghton, Kingsgate, South Kirkland, and South Renton Park and Rides. Husky Stadium is also served by Metro routes 44, 45, 71, and 73.

Then on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks play Houston Texans at CenturyLink Field at 1:05 p.m. Link Light Rail goes to Centurylink (take your pick of the International District or Stadium stations), as does the First Hill Streetcar and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit.

Other events: Halloween and the Harvest Festival

It’s the last weekend before Halloween, which means a busy time for just general spooky revelry, so plan ahead regardless.

Also because it’s Halloweekend, it’s time for Freaknight 2017 at WaMu Theater starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (although does anyone really start Freaknight at 6:30 p.m.?). Transit directions are going to be the same for Centurylink.

The Seattle National College Fair is happening at the Washington State Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Your closest Link Light Rail Stop is going to be Westlake Station, and at least for now—until the Convention Center expansion takes over—multiple buses run through the Convention Station, including Metro routes 41 74, 101, 102, 150, and 255, plus Sound Transit 550. Outside the tunnel, westbound 7, 10, 43, 47, 49, and 150 take you a block away from the Convention Center.

Saturday, check out dogs in costumes at Dog-O-Ween 2017 on Bell Street between Second and Fourth Avenues (Third Avenue is still open) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please don’t get mad at those street closures; they’re so good. A ton of buses go there (there’s a major bus stop right on Third and Bell).

Sunday in West Seattle, the West Seattle Harvest Fest extends the West Seattle Farmers Market, stretching all the way across the Junction from Edmonds to Oregon Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Because it’s in the Junction, transit there is pretty plentiful; Metro routes 11, 37, 50, 55, 57, 128, and RapidRide C will all get you to some point around the perimeter.

Road work

Denny Way will be closed westbound (and reduced eastbound) between Stewart Street and Minor Avenue North for Seattle City Light work for the next few weeks from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night starting this Saturday—and pedestrians will only have access on the south side of Denny.

It’s another Revive I-5 weekend closure on I-5, but WSDOT says it’s the last one (there will still be overnight closures). Northbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes between the I-405 and SR 518 Interchange and the Duwamish River Bridge beginning at 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. This work was supposed to be done last week but weather did not permit.

Traffic will be reduced to just the right lane on northbound I-5 between Yesler Way and Seneca Street on Friday night starting at 11:15 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Saturday morning so crews can fix an impact attenuator, which absorbs impact from collisions. The Seneca Street offramp will also be closed during that time.

The Interstate 90 offramps and onramps at Bellevue Way will be closed from 5:30 a.m. Saturday through 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Argo Bridge—the bridge on Fourth Avenue South near Costco—is in the middle of a super-long lane closure that could last up to a year. That only affects the northbound right vehicle lane.

Washington State Convention Center

800 Convention Pl, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 694-5000 Visit Website

Husky Stadium

3800 Montlake Blvd., Seattle, WA 98105

West Seattle Farmers Market

California Avenue Southwest, , WA 98116 Visit Website

CenturyLink Field

800 Occidental Avenue South, , WA 98134 Visit Website


4550 38th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126 Visit Website