Another weekend, another whole list of things that could disrupt getting around. Some of these events might be things you’re doing, too, like Emerald City Comic Con or the Hot Chocolate Run.
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: ECCC and the Hot Chocolate 15K
Emerald City Comic-Con is on now through Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center. Multiple buses run through the Convention Station, 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. Coming from out of town? The Sounder train is running extra trips. If you want to get away from the action for a second, most of these comic book stores are transit-accessible, too.
Herbie Hancock plays McCaw Hall is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The 2, 3, 4, 13, and 19 will all get you close.
For the outdoor kids, there’s a super outdoor extravaganza—the Outdoor Gear & Adventure Expo, Seattle Bike Show, and Seattle Golf & Travel Show—at Centurylink Field Event Center on Saturday and Sunday. 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. Watch out for soccer game crowds (see below).
It’s 5K season again, sort of. On Sunday, the Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K run starts and finishes at the Seattle Center, then runs down Second Avenue, Broad Street, Elliott Avenue, Western Avenue, State Route 99, Harrison Street, Dexter Avenue North, and 5th Avenue North. This means State Route 99 will close in both directions on Sunday morning from the Battery Street Tunnel through the Aurora Bridge from 6 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and a whole grip of buses will be rerouted.
Transit to Seattle Center is plentiful, depending on what side you want to get to: 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 or the 4, which come from Upper Queen Anne on one side and from downtown and the Central District on the other, hit the east side.
Road work and bus service changes
In addition to the Sunday morning State Route 99 closure for the Hot Chocolate 15K, a few non-5K-related closures are happening.
Saturday, SDOT will be closing the northbound curb lane of 15th Avenue Northwest at Northwest 85th Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, First Avenue South will be closed in both directions from Yesler to Jackson.
The 28 is also being rerouted off Eighth Avenue Northwest between 85th and 100th.
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: Welcome back, Sounders FC
Thursday—like, as we lost this—there’s a PAC-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at KeyArena. Get to Key Arena directly using King County Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 32, or RapidRide D.
It’s 2018 CONCACAF Champions League time, so we have a couple of Sounders games on: Thursday night at Santa Tecla and Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles. Both games are at Centurylink Field; take extra time to be wary of outdoor expo crowds. (See above.) The Sound Transit Sounder train is running extra trips for this.
As the women’s UW basketball team is embroiled in the PAC-12 tournament today, the men’s team is on a more normal schedule, playing the Beavers on Thursday night and the Ducks on Saturday afternoon. Those games are at Alaska Airlines Arena, right by Husky Stadium; Link Light Rail goes right there, plus the 44, 45, and 73.