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King County Metro Transit: Weekend Transit Alert - 10/12/18

Some King County area transit service will be affected by community and construction
events and activities this weekend.

Transit reroute start and end times, routing, and other details may be subject to change.
Use regularly published timetables, allow plenty of travel time and expect possible
delays.

Even when it is affected by traffic, construction, temporary reroutes or delays, riding
transit and Link Light rail are still a great ways to get around our community and to most
local events and activities, where there is usually congestion and limited parking.

Text for departures
At - or on your way to - your stop, text your transit stop ID to 62550 to find out when the
next transit service is scheduled or predicted at your stop.

Weekend highlights
SR-99 southbound between Battery St & Spokane St
From Friday evening, October 12 at 9:00 PM, through Monday morning, October 15 at
5:00 AM, transit service that travels south along SR-99 between Battery St and
Spokane St will be rerouted off of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Northbound service will not
be affected.

WSDOT’s ‘Revive I-5’ weekend lane restrictions
Buses traveling on northbound I-5 between Martin Luther King Jr Way S and Olive Way
may be delayed or rerouted due to lane reductions associated with Washington State
Department of Transportation’s Revive I-5
project.

Transit riders should expect service delays on surface streets adjacent to this section of
the I-5 corridor.  I-5 buses may be rerouted to surface streets, causing delays, but no
changes to bus stops served.

Rainier Avenue at I-90 will be closed for up to three weekends in October
Metro routes 7 and 106 will be rerouted in both directions off of Rainier Av S between S
Massachusetts St and S Jackson St, and may be delayed due to construction of
Judkins Park Station for the Sound Transit East Link expansion.

Trailhead Direct – seasonal weekend service to hiking trails
The 2018 season for Trailhead Direct will end at the end of service on Sunday, October
28.
Three Trailhead Direct routes provide service to the Issaquah Alps, Mount Si & Mt
Teneriffe
, and Mailbox Peak trailheads.

Riding Trailhead Direct requires payment of a regular Metro fare in both directions with
cash, ORCA or the Transit GO mobile app.

Hike safely. Take plenty of water; let someone know where you are going, and be
aware that cell service availability may be limited.

Sign up for Trailhead Direct service advisories under the ‘Metro Community
Connections’ category, or check for updates before you go.

Saturday, October 13
Puget Sound Heart Walk
On Saturday, October 13, from 7:00 to 11:00 AM, Metro routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11,
13, 24, 26, 28, 33, 40, 47, 49, 62, 70, 131, 132, the RapidRide C, D & E lines, and
Sound Transit Express routes 522, 545 and 554 will be rerouted in the Belltown and
downtown Seattle areas during the Puget Sound Heart Walk.

Sunday, October 14
Dawg Dash
On Sunday, October 14, from the start of service until 11:00 AM, Metro routes 32, 43,
44, 48, 49, 67, 70, 75, 271 and 372 will be rerouted off the University of Washington
campus and a portion of 15th Av NE during the Dawg Dash event.

Construction
Known planned construction-related impacts to transit service are posted in Metro’s
online Service Advisories table and sent to Transit Alert subscribers.  It’s a good idea to
sign up for Transit Alerts or otherwise check for a service advisory before you travel.

Additional information
Visit Metro’s website for complete information about Metro and regional transportation
services.

See Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about revised Metro bus service,
routing and stops for most planned events.

Sign up for Transit Alerts or check for a service advisory before you travel.

Use Metro’s online or mobile regional Puget Sound Trip Planner to plan your travel, and
for information about bus stops, schedules, predicted times at stops and other
information.

Use Metro’s text for departures tool. Text your transit stop ID to 62550 to find out when
the next transit service is scheduled or predicted at your stop.

Visit the King County Water Taxi site for information about regular and holiday Water
Taxi operation.

Visit the Community TransitPierce TransitSound Transit or Washington State
Ferries
 websites for information about services provided by Metro’s regional transit
partners.

For non-transit traffic or other local updates, check media sources,
follow @seattledot or visit
 - https://twitter.com/seattledot
 - https://twitter.com/SeattlePD    
or other relevant sites.

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

From Sound Transit: Construction alert: East Link Extension - 10/11/18

Night closures on I-405 in Bellevue on Oct 17th

Night closures on I-405 in Bellevue on Oct 17thOvernight drivers should be aware of upcoming closures on Interstate 405 in downtown Bellevue. On Wednesday, October 17th, Sound Transit’s contractor will concrete pour horizontal structures over the highway in preparation for elevated light rail. This work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled.

 

What to expect?

This night work is scheduled to occur from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Crews will close the southbound I-405 HOV lane and one left lane from Northeast 10th Street to Main Street.

The northbound I-405 HOV lane and one left lane from Northeast 10th Street to Main Street will be closed.

The northbound I-405 off-ramp and the southbound on-ramp to and from Northeast 6th Street will be closed while work is occurring.

The eastbound Northeast 8th Street on-ramp to southbound I-405 will also be closed.

During the closures, drivers should follow the signed detour.


For more information

From Sound Transit: Construction Alert - Mercer Island Station - 10/10/18

Intersection improvements coming to 76th Avenue Southeast and North Mercer Way

Beginning as early as Monday Oct. 15, crews working for Sound Transit will begin making improvements at two areas near the Mercer Island Station: at the intersection of 76th Avenue Southeast and North Mercer Way and at the sidewalk adjacent to the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride.

At the intersection of 76th Avenue and North Mercer Way, crews will install a pedestrian activated crossing signal and new ADA accessible ramps.

Map of 76th Avenue Southeast and North Mercer Way.

Crews will also install pedestrian and cyclists improvements on the north side of Mercer Way, adjacent to the Park-and-Ride. These improvements are intended to reduce potential conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists. Crews will add pavement markings to delineate the sidewalk and path and will move and modify bus shelters to improve sight lines.

Mercer Island Park-and-Ride changes.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Work is planned to occur daily from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is anticipated to last approximately two weeks.
  • Pavement sawcutting and minimal excavation will occur. Intermittent noise and dust may be noticeable.
  • Crews will close one bus shelter at a time during construction.
  • Vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured during this work as crews will work in the right of way. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to safely access your destination.

Ongoing I-90 ramp closures

As steel supports continue to be installed for the 80th Avenue Southeast head house, crews will continue to close both the east- and westbound Island Crest Way HOV on and off-ramps daily, during off-peak hours during Oct. These closures are necessary to continue erecting steel and completing the station's sound walls. Drivers can use the West Mercer Way and 76th Avenue Southeast westbound on-ramps and the West Mercer Way and 77th Avenue eastbound off-ramps during these closures.

Closures are planned to occur daily but may happen sporadically. Drivers should pay attention to signage and overhead reader boards for more information.

Map of Mercer Island I-90 HOV ramp closures in October 2018.


For more information

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395

From Sound Transit: Construction alert: Judkins Park Station

REMINDER: Rainier Avenue at I-90 closed this weekend, Oct. 12 -15

Crews will close Rainier Avenue at I-90 this weekend, beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 until 5 a.m. Monday Oct. 15. During this time, crews will demolish one of the westbound I-90 bridges to make room for the future entrances to the Judkins Park Station. More information about detours and bus reroutes can be found here.

To complete this work, additional weekend closures have been scheduled for the weekends of Oct. 19-22 and 26-29. Please note, these additional closures may not be necessary and an updated notice will be provided.

What to expect:

  • Work will occur from 11 p.m. Friday – 5 a.m. Monday, during the weekends of Oct. 12-15, Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 26 – 29. Please note: not all closures may be necessary.
  • Intermittent noise and vibration may be noticeable as crews demolish and remove a portion of the I-90 roadway. This work is unavoidably noisy and crews will use best management practices to mitigate noise to the greatest extent possible.
  • Rainier Avenue South will be closed at I-90. The westbound I-90 off-ramp to Rainier Avenue South will be closed. All other ramps will remain open.
  • Traffic will be detoured to 23rd Avenue South (northbound direction only) and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.
  • Sidewalks in this area will also be closed and pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured to surrounding streets. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to safely reach your destination during these closures.
  • Metro bus routes 7 and 106 will be detoured during these closures to Martin Luther King Jr. Way South. Bus stops on Rainier Avenue South between South Jackson Street and South Massachusetts Street will not be served by routes 7 or 106 during the closures. Bus stops at Rainier Avenue South and South Charles Street (to enter and exit I-90) will remain open and serviced by ST Express 554. More information about detours can be found here.

Judkins Park - Rainier Avenue closure detours map. October 2018


For more information

From King County Metro Transit - Weekend Events Activities - 10/5/18

Some King County area transit service will be affected by crowds and congestion in
downtown Seattle, Seattle Center and SODO area during stadium and sporting events
over the next few days.

With four major events in the Seattle area this weekend beginning Thursday evening at
CenturyLink Field, fans are encouraged to plan ahead, share rides where possible,
allow plenty of time and expect extra crowds and possible delays, especially around
parking, rail stations and other transit facilities.

Transit reroute start and end times, routing, and other details may be subject to change.
Use regularly published timetables, allow plenty of travel time and expect possible
delays.

Even when it is affected by traffic, construction, temporary reroutes or delays, riding
transit and Link Light rail are still a great ways to get around our community and to most
local events and activities, where there is usually congestion and limited parking.

Text for departures
At - or on your way to - your stop, text your transit stop ID to 62550 to find out when the
next transit service is scheduled or predicted at your stop.

Thursday evening, October 4
Some transit service in the downtown Seattle area may be delayed before and after
Thursday evening’s concert at CenturyLink Field.

Ride transit to the concert. Most transit service – including Link light rail – that serves
downtown Seattle travels to or near CenturyLink Field or routes that do.

Friday evening, October 5
Transit service in the Seattle Center area may be delayed during Friday night’s pre-
season NBA game at Key Arena.

Ride transit to the game. Metro routes 1, 2, 8, 13, 24, 32 and 33 provide the most direct
service to the west side of Seattle Center. Routes 3 and 4 travel to the east side of
Seattle Center.

Weekend highlights
Downtown Seattle tunnel buses will operate on surface streets

On Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, buses that normally operate in the
Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT) will operate instead via surface streets and
stops, due to construction at Convention Place Station.

The DSTT is open, and Link light rail will operate its normal service, schedule and stops
through the tunnel.

Buses will operate between Rainier Beach & Tukwila Int’l Blvd Link stations

From Saturday, October 6 at the start of service, until Sunday, October 7 at 9:00 AM,
during Link operating hours, a Metro bus shuttle will operate about every 10 minutes in
both directions between Rainier Beach and Tukwila International Blvd Link stations,
during track maintenance in the area.

On Saturday between 4:30-9:30 AM there will also be a bus in both directions between
Rainier Beach and Sea Tac Airport stations, operating about every 20 minutes.

During this time, Link trains will operate as usual in both directions between UW and
Rainier Beach stations and between Angle Lake and Tukwila International Blvd stations.

Issaquah Salmon Days
Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, Metro routes 208, 271 and Sound Transit
Route 554 service will be rerouted in the downtown Issaquah area.

R-Day Event
On From Saturday and Sunday, Metro Route 124 will be rerouted in the Georgetown
area during the R-Day event.

Trailhead Direct – seasonal weekend service to hiking trails
Three Trailhead Direct routes provide service to the Issaquah Alps, Mount Si & Mt Teneriffe,
and Mailbox Peak trailheads.

Riding Trailhead Direct requires payment of a regular Metro fare in both directions with
cash, ORCA or the Transit GO mobile app.

Hike safely. Take plenty of water; let someone know where you are going, and be
aware that cell service availability may be limited.

Sign up for Trailhead Direct service advisories under the ‘Metro Community
Connections’ category, or check for updates before you go.

Sunday, October 7
Seahawks Game – 1:25 PM kick-off
Expect possible transit service delays in the downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square,
stadium and SODO areas due to traffic, crowds and congestion near CenturyLink Field.

Link light rail and most transit routes that serve downtown Seattle go to within a few
blocks of CenturyLink Field, or connect with routes that do.

Chris Cornell statue unveiling
On Sunday, October 7, from 4:00-7:00 PM, Metro routes 3 and 4 will be rerouted in the
Seattle Center area.

Monday, October 8
Sounders FC match
Expect possible transit service delays in the downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square,
stadium and SODO areas due to traffic, crowds and congestion near CenturyLink Field
for the Sounders FC match at 7:30 PM.

Link light rail and most transit routes that serve downtown Seattle go to within a few
blocks of CenturyLink Field, or connect with routes that do.

Construction
Known construction-related impacts to transit service are posted in Metro’s online
Service Advisories table and sent to Transit Alert subscribers.  It’s a good idea to sign
up
for Transit Alerts or otherwise check for a service advisory before you travel.

Additional information
Visit Metro’s website for complete information about Metro and regional transportation
services.

See Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about revised Metro bus service,
routing and stops for most planned events.

Sign up for Transit Alerts or check for a service advisory before you travel.

Use Metro’s online or mobile regional Puget Sound Trip Planner to plan your travel, and
for information about bus stops, schedules, predicted times at stops and other
information.

 

Use Metro’s text for departures tool. Text your transit stop ID to 62550 to find out when
the next transit service is scheduled or predicted at your stop.

 

Visit the King County Water Taxi site for information about regular and holiday Water
Taxi operation.

 

Visit the Community TransitPierce TransitSound Transit or Washington State
Ferries
 websites for information about services provided by Metro’s regional transit
partners.

 

For non-transit traffic or other local updates, check media sources,
follow @seattledot or visit
 - https://twitter.com/seattledot 
 - https://twitter.com/SeattlePD    
or other relevant sites.

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

From Sound Transit: Construction alert: South Bellevue Station - 10/3/18

In this alert:

  • Weekend single lane closure on Bellevue Way Southeast
  • Weekday construction traffic impacts
  • Night work
  • Reminder of ongoing closures.

Weekend single lane closure on Bellevue Way Southeast

Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sound Transit's contractor plans to close one northbound lane of Bellevue Way Southeast, from the South Bellevue Station site north to the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast.


Weekday construction traffic impacts: Monday, Oct. 8 – Friday, Oct. 12

I-90 Bike trail and 108th Avenue Southeast

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.: In order to install a storm drain line, crews will close one lane of 108th Avenue Southeast near Enatai Beach Park, Sound Transit's contractor will reduce 108th Avenue Southeast to one lane between Southeast 34th Street and Southeast Lake Road. Flaggers will be onsite actively directing traffic. During the closure, people on bikes will be asked to dismount and walk their bikes through the work area. People biking and driving should follow the direction of flaggers to safely reach their destination. During non-work hours, metal plates will cover the work area, but people biking and driving should proceed with caution.

This work is expected to last approximately four weeks.

I-90

Monday-Thursday (Friday morning) night closures, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.: In order to safely construct East Link's aerial guideway in south Bellevue, Sound Transit's contractor plans to close the southbound I-405 to westbound I-90 HOV ramp and the I-90 westbound HOV lane between I-405 and the East Chanel Bridge.

Bellevue Way Southeast

In order to work in the eastside curb lane while maintaining two lanes of traffic in the peak direction (northbound 6-10 a.m. and southbound 2-6 p.m.) crews will use the 'southbound center lane' as a reversible traffic lane. At times, northbound vehicles will travel in what is normally a southbound lane.

Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Work is set to begin on the light rail trench and guideway adjacent to Bellevue Way Southeast, between the South Bellevue Station site and the Wye at 112th Avenue Southeast. Throughout the project, two lanes will be maintained in the peak direction: northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon. Sound Transit's contractor will use cones and lane delineators to guide traffic along Bellevue Way Southeast. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to safely access your destination.

Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Occasional closures of two eastside lanes. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

More info on what to expect can be found at the East Link long-term and ongoing closures page.

112th Avenue Southeast

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As needed, daily closures of one southbound lane of 112th Avenue Southeast, between Main Street and Southeast 8th Street.


Night work near I-90

Work to construct the long span light rail track over I-90 continues. Typical work hours are Monday-Friday (Saturday morning) 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. More information about long span construction can be found here.


Reminder of ongoing closures

For information on previously announced long-term and ongoing closures click here.

  • Bellevue Way Southeast reversible lane configuration
  • Sidewalk closures and detours on Bellevue Way Southeast and 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Bellevue Way Southeast to I-90 west HOV ramp long term closure
  • 112th Avenue Southeast bypass road (new)
  • Closure of Southeast 15th at 112th Avenue Southeast
  • Winters House and Blueberry Farm Closure and new temporary lot

For more information

From King County Parks: Detour on the ERC on Oct. 3 and 4

On Oct. 3 and 4, two short detours will occur on the ERC along the Sound Transit maintenance facility project in Bellevue. Sound Transit contractors will be making permanent storm drain utility connections across the ERC trail. As a result trail users will be escorted on a short reroute from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days.

Steel plates will be placed over the construction area after working hours on Oct. 3, allowing trail users to use the original trail route. Construction signage will be placed on both sides of the construction area.

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Any questions or concerns about the project can be addressed to the Parks information line at, (206) 477-4527.

From WSDOT & King County Metro: #Realign99: The Largest Highway Closure in Puget Sound History is Coming Jan 11

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#Realign99: The Largest Highway Closure in Puget Sound History is Coming Jan 11

The Washington State Department of Transportation is urging Seattle-area travelers, employers and organizations to prepare for the upcoming #Realign99 three-week SR 99 closure. This will be the longest major highway closure to ever hit the Puget Sound Region.

#Realign99 Date

Before opening the new SR 99 tunnel, WSDOT will close SR 99 through downtown Seattle for approximately three weeks. Additional ramp closures before and after the main closure will mean travelers, especially those commuting to downtown from the south and west, may face up to six weeks of travel disruption. The closure is currently planned to begin on Jan. 11, 2019.

How you can help

We will need your help to get through the #Realign99 closure. Below are a few are resources to help you prepare for the closure.

Ways to avoid congestion:

Each and every trip, even just one adjusted trip per week, makes a difference. WSDOT is asking commuters to plan ahead and adjust commute habits where possible.

Know before you go:

  • Set back-up plans for picking up and dropping off children at school, reaching appointments on time, and meeting commitments such as deliveries or event attendance.
  • Before heading out the door, get real-time traffic information about the SR 99 closure on your phone with the WSDOT traffic app and by tracking #Realign99 on the WSDOT Traffic Twitter feed.

Then and now

When SR 99 closed in 2016 to tunnel underneath the viaduct, we saw broad and significant congestion throughout the Puget Sound. Since then, Seattle has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. With 85,000 more people in King County than were here in 2016, we expect long backups on not only I-5, but also other regional highways and alternate routes into Seattle, particularly during peak commute times.

WSDOT and its partner agencies are implementing a variety of measures to keep people and goods moving, but we need your help. Please share these resources and information with your colleagues, employees, customers, neighbors, friends, etc.

REMINDER: This closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is permanent. When SR 99 reopens, travelers will use the new SR 99 tunnel – a direct route from the stadiums to the Space Needle that will forever change the way people travel through downtown Seattle. WSDOT will be developing additional tools to help drivers navigate the new SR 99 tunnel and will post that information on their website and Twitter feed.

Adapted from WSDOT

MetroAdditional Information: