Weekend travelers: Expect traffic & consider riding transit if you plan to attend Seattle Pride festivities, with Revive I-5 and other construction scheduled this weekend

Leave yourself plenty of travel time and consider riding transit to get to the Seattle Pride Parade this weekend, so you can smile big like these past parade event-goers. Photo credit: Seattle Pride

Travelers, please be aware. If you plan to attend this weekend’s Seattle Pride Parade, we encourage you to have fun, but leave yourself extra travel time to and from the event as WSDOT’s Revive I-5 work resumes this weekend. The essential I-5 maintenance work means increased traffic congestion as crews work around the clock to replace aging expansion joints near downtown Seattle.

With hundreds of thousands of Pride Parade event-goers expected on Sunday, June 26, we also encourage you to consider riding transit such as the Link light rail, the bus, or the West Seattle Water Taxi, to reach your destination. This blog post contains a few additional resources for you to plan your travel this weekend – we hope you find it helpful.

Seattle Pride event information

The Seattle Pride Parade and festivities are a time-honored tradition that draws many event-goers to celebrate, and is expected to be a large-scale event this weekend.

Event details:

  • Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Starts at 4th Ave and Pike St (downtown); Ends at 2nd Ave and Denny Way (Uptown)

Seattle Pride Parade route map

Map of the planned route for the Seattle Pride Parade, on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The map shows downtown Seattle and surrounding areas and shows where the parade will travel along 4th Ave.
Map of the planned route for the Seattle Pride Parade, on Sunday, June 26, 2022. Map credit: Seattle Pride

Transit and trip planning resources

Transit is a great option to get to and from a large event of this scale. A network of transit options serve the downtown Seattle area, including Link light rail and multiple bus routes.

You can use King County Metro’s trip planning tool or Sound Transit’s trip planning tool to enter your start and end addresses, and pick the transit route that works best for you. Google Maps also offers transit planning and biking, walking, and other trip planning options, which may be good options to consider, depending on the length of your trip.

King County Metro also recently published a blog post about celebrating the Seattle Pride Parade and taking transit to get there – we encourage you to check it out!

If you do need to drive, consider carpooling and know that driving near the parade event could be challenging due to crowd sizes. In the interest of safety, please also remember to never drink and drive, and thank you for your help to keep this event safe for all travelers and participants!

A Link light rail train travels through the downtown Seattle transit tunnel.
A Link light rail train travels through the downtown Seattle transit tunnel. Photo: SDOT

Construction and traffic information

Revive I-5 work

As noted above, WSDOT plans to continue its Revive I-5 work this weekend and beyond this summer, as part of its essential work to maintain I-5 around downtown Seattle, so that it can continue to serve the traveling public into the future. Please check out WSDOT’s recent blog post or their Revive I-5 website for the latest details of the work.

Crews work on the expansion joints on I-5 during a past weekend closure. Several workers stand on the highway in a section that is closed to traffic.
Crews work on the expansion joints on I-5 during a past weekend closure. Photo credit: WSDOT.

SDOT project work in Seattle this weekend

Rainier Ave S street resurfacing and I-90 westbound off-ramp to Rainier Ave S closure

  • This weekend (June 25-26), we will also be resurfacing northbound lanes of Rainier Ave S, between S Norman St and the I-90 westbound off-ramp to northbound Rainer Ave S.
  • To allow us to safely complete this work, we will need to reduce travel lanes along Rainier Ave S (northbound and southbound), and close the I-90 westbound off-ramp to northbound Rainier Ave S during daytime work hours.

Rainier Ave S and S Walden St construction

  • We’re also continuing construction work at Rainier Ave S and S Walden St as part of the Route 7 Transit Plus Multimodal Corridor project. We will have partial lane closures in this area on Saturday, June 25, but will keep two travel lanes open during the work. Please visit the web for the latest information.

Staying informed

For the latest SDOT travel information, you can follow our SDOT Traffic twitter account @sdottraffic, or visit our Seattle Travelers web page for real time traffic camera information.

Thank you

We know traveling to big events with major construction taking place can be challenging, and we appreciate your attention to this information as we all try to get where we need to go safely, efficiently, and smoothly. Wishing you a great weekend, and thank you again for your interest.

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Help us imagine the future of transportation in Seattle — visit our Seattle Transportation Plan Online Engagement Hub today! Graphic credit: SDOT