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Seattle weekend traffic and transit: Presidents Day 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: maybe you have a three-day weekend and are getting out and about, or maybe you don’t and want to know what to avoid.

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 Home Show and Canna Con

Starting today and running through Saturday, it’s appropriately-named cannabis convention Canna Con at the Washington State Convention Center. Multiple buses run through the Convention Station (for now!), 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.

Starting Saturday, the Seattle Home Show is at CenturyLink Field Event Center, running all week. 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.

Friday, Christian recording artist Tobymac plays at Key Arena at 7 p.m. Get to Key Arena directly using King County Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 32, or Rapidride D.

Road work and bus service changes

First and foremost, let’s take a look at holiday-related service changes:

  • Sound Transit Sounder trains and Sound Transit Express buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule for the holiday.
  • Link light rail service will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • King County Metro buses will be running on a “reduced weekday” schedule.
  • King County Water Taxi will not be running.

In regular ol’ reroutes, the 113 will get shifted around in White Center—like it has been all week—on Friday.

Presidents Day doesn’t mean a break from construction, though.

Now through Friday, Howell Street is be reduced to one lane between 9th and Boren from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday night through Friday morning, WSDOT crews will close the northbound I-5 exit to Madison Street from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. for surveying.

Also Thursday night through Friday morning, the right lane of the northbound I-5 exit to Seneca Street will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Second Avenue downtown will be closed overnight for a tower crane.

Columbia Street will be down to just one lane between First and Third from 9 a.m. Saturday until 10 p.m. on Sunday for restoration. That includes the loss of a right turn lane onto Second.

Note: We put immediate and new closures in this section, but not every single planned street closure appears here. Explore all 99 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

University of Washington’s men’s basketball team has two games this weekend: one against Utah on Thursday night at at 6 p.m. and another Saturday at 5 p.m. at Colorado.

UW’s women’s basketball team plays Colorado first—Friday night at 6 p.m.—playing Utah at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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

Washington State Convention Center

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

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