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Seattle weekend traffic: boats and basketball

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, like the Boat Show.

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.

Weekend events: The Boat Show

Things are still pretty slow for the winter, but the Boat Show should be a pretty major weekend destination, both this week and next. That’s going on at Centurylink Field and at two area marinas: Bell Harbor Marina on the north end of the waterfront, and Chandler’s Cove in South Lake Union.

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.

Bell Harbor Marina is a little trickier. Most buses that go downtown can get you a few blocks away—walk down from Third Avenue at Stewart or Pine—or Westlake is the closest light rail stop. For those that can’t walk downhill easily, the 99 will get a little closer (use Lenora), but you still have to walk down from First Avenue and it only runs on weekdays.

For Chandler’s Cove, the South Lake Union Streetcar will drop off right there, plus the C Line and the 70.

Thursday, Queens of the Stone Age play at Key Arena. Get to Key Arena directly using King County Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 32, or RapidRide D.

Road work and bus service changes

The 99 is being rerouted for Center City Connector streetcar work, which means the First Avenue, downtown-only shuttle is being rerouted to literally where all the other buses are for large chunks of the route.

On Sunday from 5 to 10 a.m., the eastbound State Route 522 ramp to southbound Interstate 405 will be closed—along with the right lane of the westbound ramp.

As of Thursday afternoon, the left lane of the viaduct was closed for repair work after an accident. The length of the closure is unclear.

Note: We put immediate and new closures in this section, but not every single planned street closure appears here. Explore all 96 active SDOT projects, many of which involve street and lane closures, here. Here are Sound Transit rider alerts; here are King County Metro rider alerts.

Sports: UW basketball

College basketball is all over the place this weekend.

University of Washington’s women’s basketball team plays UCLA at 7 p.m. on Friday and USC at 2 p.m. Sunday. The UW men’s team plays WSU at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

All those games are at Alaska Airlines Arena. That’s right by Husky Stadium; Link Light Rail goes right there, plus the 44, 45, and 73.

Husky Stadium

3800 Montlake Blvd., Seattle, WA 98105

CenturyLink Field

800 Occidental Avenue South, , WA 98134 Visit Website

Bell Harbor

Pier 66 2211 Alaska Way, Seattle, Washington 98121

Alaska Airlines Arena

3910 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98105