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Seattle weekend traffic and transit: Lorde, a dog show, and U District street closures

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 a Lorde concert or a dog show. Also, the University District may be pretty jammed up on Saturday morning.

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: Lorde, a dog show, and more

Friday night, Lorde plays Key Arena, which should be a pretty big deal. Get there directly directly using King County Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 32, or RapidRide D.

Also at Key Arena—but on Saturday—there’s a massive Christian music show (“The Roadshow Concert”). Different show, same bus directions.

Saturday and Sunday at Centurylink Field, it’s the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show! Meet up with some good boys via Link light Rail (take your pick of the International District or Stadium stations), the First Hill Streetcar, or one of a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit.

Road work and bus service changes

A whole lot of stuff is changing starting Saturday as spring Metro schedules go into effect. Notably, route 99 is gone forever, and some complicated changes are happening around Route 4, among others—so if you rely on either route check extra closely.

Bus issues unrelated to Metro service changes:

  • Route 4 is being rerouted for construction, missing three stops between 23rd and 26th on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The 31, 32, and 75 are all being rerouted and missing a few stops in the University District for paving starting at 7 a.m. Saturday and going through Sunday. One will be replaced with a temporary stop. (This affects all traffic—see below.)
  • The 101 and 150 will miss stops along the Sodo Busway from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Metro routes 226, 234, and 235 will all be missing a stop in downtown Bellevue all day Saturday through early Sunday evening.
  • Sound Transit route 522 will be skipping a stop in Redmond on Thursday night.

Roads around Seattle Center might be a little mucky Thursday night because of “bus staging for [a] private event.”

Last week’s canceled closure of the northbound I-5 exit to Madison Street has been rescheduled to this weekend. Don’t plan on using it from Friday through Monday.

In the University District on Saturday and Sunday, Northeast Northlake Way and Northeast Pacific Street will be closed between Seventh and Brooklyn for paving. That work starts at 7 a.m.

Also around the University District, the inside lanes of the Montlake Bridge will be closed Saturday morning from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. so WSDOT crews can vacuum all the garbage out from under the bridge.

Saturday night through Sunday morning, there will be a ramp closure at the Interstate 405 and State Route 167 interchange for paving and other work.

And as Sound Transit continues work the light rail path along Interstate 90, more closures are coming along; all ramps to Bellevue Way Southeast will be closed from early Saturday morning through Sunday evening.

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: ???

This weekend is relatively sports-free.

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