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Seattle weekend traffic and transit: Graduation, Sounders, and a marathon

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—it’s graduation season, the Rock n Roll Marathon is happening (and closing northbound 99), and the Sounders have a home game.

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: a marathon, Georgetown Carnival, and graduation

Saturday starting at 11 a.m., it’s the Spirit of Indigenous Peoples festival at Seattle Center, “an intertribal showcase of the culture and tradition of American Indians and Alaska Natives.” Transit is plentiful, depending on what side of the Center 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.

On Saturday, it’s the University of Washington’s big ol’ commencement ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium. Link light rail goes right there: Take Link Light Rail straight to the Husky Stadium stop, or ride Metro routes 44, 45, 71, or 73 right there. This is also rerouting a ton of buses, including some you might take to get there: the 31, 32, 48, 67, 75, and 372.

Also Saturday, the annual revelry of the Georgetown Carnival means bands, vendors, and probably some tallbikes from noon to 10 p.m. throughout the neighborhood. Ride the 124 to get there; bear in mind that the 124 will also be rerouted around there.

Rock n Roll Marathon

While the actual Rock n Roll Marathon is Sunday, it starts being a huge event on Friday, when the Rock n Roll Marathon Expo fills up Centurylink Field Event Center with packet pickups, fitness wear, and running tech. That starts Friday at noon and ends Saturday at 5. Link Light Rail goes to the stadiums (get off at, intuitively, the Stadium stop), as do the Seattle Streetcar and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit.

The marathon and half-marathon start Sunday morning, with the start and finish line at the Seattle Center. From information provided to SDOT:

Both courses will take go around Lake Union, with almost 6 miles of beautiful waterfront views. Heading South, both courses continue through Eastlake, with the half then finishing back at Seattle Center. Full marathoners will continue south on the SR 99 Viaduct, than north for an out and back across the Aurora Bridge and through Woodland Park. Course will then continue back to Seattle Center for the finish.

If you’re not running the marathon, pretty much watch out for everything on Sunday morning, especially if what you’re doing interacts with 99. Because the Rock n Roll Marathon is running all over the place, it’s also closing bus stops and rerouting buses all over the place. Check the rider alerts if you ride the 1, 4, 5, 8, 13, 26, 28, 32, 40, 49, 62, 70, 120, 124, 125, C Line, D Line, or E Line.

The monorail will be running early (starting at 5 a.m.) to bring runners over. The bus lines that get closest to the starting line at Second and Mercer—by the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall—are the 2, 3, 4, 13, and 29.

Road work and bus service changes: Road closures

From Saturday at 7 p.m. through and Sunday at 6 a.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed from University to Spring, from Madison and Marion, and at the intersections of James and Seneca—plus the I-5 offramp to Seneca—will be closed for paving work.

Meanwhile, Saturday and Sunday nights starting at 7 p.m., Metro routes 3 and 4 will be rerouted in both directions off James between Ninth and Fifth for construction.

Metro route 2 will also be rerouted overnight, only westbound on Seneca between Ninth and Fourth. Also in 2 news, a reroute from last week off Union between 12th and 13th continues.

On Saturday, lanes will be closed on SR 99 between Holgate and Lander—northbound from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m., then southbound rom 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Expect reroutes in Rainier Valley off S Cloverdale Street between Rainier and MLK for the next few weeks.

Note: We put immediate and new closures in this section, but not every single planned street closure appears here. Explore all 98 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: Sounders and Storm

The Seattle Sounders play DC United on Saturday night at 7. Link Light Rail goes to the stadium (get off at, intuitively, the Stadium stop), as do the Seattle Streetcar and a ton of bus routes from Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit.

Sunday at 4, the Storm play the Atlanta Dream. Take the 1, 2, 8, 13, 32, or Rapidride D.

All Husky teams with games are out of town, and the Mariners are in Florida all weekend.

Seattle Center

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Husky Stadium

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Aurora Bridge

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CenturyLink Field

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Lake Union

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