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Seattle weekend traffic: Football and ballet

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. And while things are slowing down for the holidays, everyone getting their holiday travel on should be enough to snarl things up a little.

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: Holiday football

The Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams at 1:05 on Sunday afternoon at Centurylink Field.

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.

If you live along the Sound Transit Sounder line, that’ll be making special trips back and forth from Sunday’s game, too, starting just after 10 a.m. from Everett and just before 10 a.m. from Lakewood.

Other events: Christmas season is here

Things are really slowing down for the holidays, but Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker is still running, with showtimes throughout the day. The 2, 3, 4, 13, and 19 will all get you close to McCaw Hall.

Road closures and bus reroutes

Starting earlier this week, SDOT reduced Columbia Street to two lanes between First Avenue and Third Avenue downtown so they can start converting it from a one-way street to a two-way transit pathway. Those closures are going on 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through June.

In Bellevue from 11:59 p.m. Thursday through 4 a.m. Friday, all lanes of northbound Interstate 405 from Main Street to Eighth Street will be closed, plus the offramp to Northeast Sixth Street.

Northbound Westlake Avenue North will be closed at Harrison Street for road work Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, but public transit will still be able to wiggle through.

The northbound Interstate 5 Mercer Street offramp will be closed in the wee hours of Saturday morning for a guardrail repair.

Cranes are everywhere on Saturday—and the following streets are scheduled to be closed most of the as a result: Boren between Denny and John in South Lake Union, Lenora between Second and Third in Belltown, and Eighth Avenue between Blanchard and Bell in the Denny Triangle/South Lake Union.

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