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Seattle weekend traffic: It’s Seahawks o’clock

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

The Seahawks Victory Parade in 2014.
Adam J. Manley/Flickr

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 have their first home game of the regular season, so that’s bound to draw crowds.

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.

The Seahawks game, the Husky game, and the stadium district

The Seahawks play their first home game of the regular season on Sunday, September 17, and it’s a doozy: It’s against the 49ers. The game starts at 1:25, so streets around Pioneer Square and Sodo should be pretty clogged all day.

Link Light Rail goes to the stadium, as does the Seattle Streetcar and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit. Plus, the Sound Transit Sounder train is making special weekend trips for the occasion.

It’s also college football season. The Huskies had their big season opener last weekend, but that doesn’t mean that Saturday’s game against Fresno State won’t be massive.

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.

As for other sports: The Storm season is over and the Sounders are in Texas.

Other events

It’s Park(ing) Day all over Seattle on Friday, which means that some parking strips could be cool community events instead of boring just-someone’s-car. Find the full list of locations here.

There’s also the Susan G. Komen three-day, starting in the Seattle Center area early Friday morning and looping in a 60-mile route over to the Eastside, then back through the Woodland Park area, then back to Seattle Center over the course of the weekend. A whole bunch of buses serve Seattle Center: The 8 hits both the south and west sides of the Seattle Center. The 1, 2, 13, 32, and RapidRide D also run along the west side of the Center by the Key. The 3 and the 4 hit the east side.

Chris Rock is coming to Seattle on Friday night—also at Seattle Center in McCaw Hall. The same buses as above should work fine, although the 3 and 4 will get you closest.

The Boats Afloat used boat show in South Lake Union is going on now through Sunday. They’re offering free parking with a shuttle, but that doesn’t get you out of traffic. Take the 70 or the South Lake Union Streetcar to get to the location at Chandler’s Cove.

A rally for disability justice will march from the Washington State Convention Center about 10 a.m., culminating in a rally at the Federal Courthouse. The march goes from Pike to Seventh to Stewart; take any Convention Station routes, including the 41 74, 101, 102, 150, 255, or 550, to get there—or outside the tunnel, take the 7, 10, 43, 47, 49, or 150.

SLU Saturday Market closes Ninth Avenue between Denny and John Streets on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take the 8, the 40, the C Line, or the South Lake Union Streetcar to get there.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan is performing at Key Arena on Saturday night. Any Seattle Center bus will do, but Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, and RapidRide D will get the closest

Neighborhood events and cultural festivals

In Wallingford, The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival celebrates the end of summer with a variety of sausages, plus rides, booths, and games. That will close North 49th Street between Densmore and Wallingford Avenues on Friday and Saturday, running through 10 p.m. The 62 will get you a few blocks away; the 44 also gets close.

In South Park and Seattle Center, Seattle Fiestas Patrias celebrates Latin culture.

On Saturday in South Park, a parade starts at 12th Avenue South and South Henderson Street at 11 a.m. and runs north on 14th, west on Cloverdale, north on Eighth, and then ends at the South Park Community Center. The festival starts at 1 p.m., featuring food, dancing, health screenings, and a karaoke contest. The Metro bus 132 will get you there.

Both Saturday and Sunday, the festival continues at Seattle Center, with food, a boxing exhibition, and an art show. Like with other Seattle Center events, take the 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 32, or RapidRide D to get there.

Washington State Fair

Better-known as the Puyallup, the Washington State Fair has everything one would expect from a fair: animals, scones, rides, music, crafts, prizes. It’s still running through September 24.

As far as transit to the Fair goes, we’ve prepared an entirely separate guide for this. Special bonus: This Saturday, the Sounder is making extra trips, including stops in Seattle, for the occasion.

Road work

The Interstate 5 northbound collector-distributor lanes—the lanes that give access to the Madison and James exits—will be closed at Dearborn, along with the eastbound Interstate 90 ramp to northbound I-5. WSDOT is fixing a broken concrete panel Saturday afternoon through late Sunday morning.

On State Route 509, traffic in both directions will be reduced to one lane between South 168th Street and South 112th Street from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Early Saturday morning through Sunday night, the I-90 on- and off-ramps at Bellevue Way will be closed.

For eight hours Sunday morning—2 a.m. to 10 a.m.—the two right lanes of northbound I-5 on the Ship Canal Bridge, along with the Harvard Street on-ramp to northbound I-5, will be closed.

Denny Way will be closed between Stewart Street and Fairview Avenue from Friday night through Sunday evening. Friday at 8 p.m. through Saturday at 7 p.m., just one westbound lane will be open. Saturday at 8 p.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m., just one eastbound lane will be open. Plan accordingly, especially if you planned on using the Yale Avenue entrance to Interstate 5.

Washington State Convention Center

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

Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street, , WA 98109 Visit Website

South Park Community Center

8319 8th Avenue South, , WA 98108 Visit Website

Husky Stadium

3800 Montlake Blvd., Seattle, WA 98105

Lake Union

, , WA