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Seattle weekend traffic and transit: Veterans Day, Sounders, and 520

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. It’s Veterans Day, the Sounders are in the playoffs, and there’s an auto show going on. Plus: There’s a big State Route 520 closure!

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: Auto Show and Veterans Day

Friday through Monday, the Seattle International Auto Show is going on at Centurylink Event Center. Link Light Rail goes there—the stadium or ID stop will be about the same—or take one of a ton of bus routes from the ‘burbs and elsewhere in the city.

Sunday, there’s a big 100th-anniversary Veterans Day Ceremony on the University of Washington Campus starting at 11 a.m. The 43, 44, 48, 49, and 70 will get you closest to the part of campus with the Medal of Honor Memorial.

Sports: Sounders!

Thursday night, the Sounders host Portland in the MLS Cup Playoffs at Centurylink Field, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Link Light Rail goes there—take the stadium or ID stop—or again, take one of a myriad bus routes.

Road work and bus service changes

All lanes and ramps of westbound SR 520 between 92nd Avenue NE and Montlake Boulevard will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday so crews can replace lights under the freeway lid. This also means that westbound buses that use 520 over the weekend—the 255 and 271—are getting rerouted to I-90, including missed stops.

The W Nickerson Street and 15th Avenue W Interchange is entirely closed from Friday through November 12.

All day Saturday, the southbound 71 is missing some stops in the U District between 75th and 65th streets. Meanwhile, the 62 is missing stops in both directions around 65th Street all day Saturday and Sunday.

South of the Ship Canal, the 60 is missing its 12th and Jackson stop in both directions from 7 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday.

Note: We put immediate and new closures in this section, but not every single planned street closure appears here. Explore all 95 active SDOT projects, many of which involve street and lane closures, here, and the city’s construction lookahead. Here are Sound Transit rider alerts; here are King County Metro rider alerts.

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