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Plan for travel impacts in Seattle this week

The West Seattle Bridge facing north toward the stadiums and downtown Seattle. Photo: SDOT

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It’s a busy week for emergency maintenance, planned construction, and major events in Seattle. If you’re traveling to or within the city this week, read more below to start planning ahead and prepare for traffic impacts. 

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  • Sound Transit Link Light Rail: Trains continue to run on a single track through the Downtown Transit Tunnel due to emergency repairs at Westlake Station. 
  • South Lake Union Streetcar: The South Lake Union Line will be closed for maintenance through Sunday, May 7. Alternatives: King County Metro bus routes 40, 70, and RapidRide C Line. 
  • Northbound SR 99 ramp from West Seattle: The northbound SR 99 on-ramp from West Seattle is closed for emergency pothole repair. 

Light rail service disruption continues 

Link light rail continues to use a single track between Westlake Station and Stadium Station until further notice. All trains from Angle Lake and Northgate are currently terminating at Pioneer Square. Riders continuing beyond Pioneer Square will need to transfer between trains.   

Trains are running every 15 to 20 minutes at all stations. 

For the latest information on light rail service, check Sound Transit’s service alert page or follow them on Twitter. 

General information on alternative transportation options can be found in this blog post. For ways to get to or from the stadiums during this disruption, read below.   

Northbound SR 99 on-ramp closed until further notice 

The northbound on-ramp to SR 99 from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge is currently closed to allow WSDOT crews to repair a large hole. Drivers heading into downtown Seattle should use a different route and expect potential travel delays. 

Getting around during the closure:  

  • The Spokane St Low Bridge remains open for those driving or cycling. 
  • Drivers traveling eastbound on the West Seattle bridge may use northbound I-5 
  • The First Avenue South and Fourth Avenue South exits remain open for those rerouting around the closure. 

Do you take the bus? Downtown-bound buses that usually take the West Seattle high bridge exit to northbound SR 99 are detouring while the ramp is closed, including Rapid Ride C. Check your route on King County Metro’s website to see how your ride may be impacted.

This closure is estimated to last 10 days. For the latest updates, follow WSDOT Traffic on Twitter or view alerts on their real-time traffic web map

Weekend work at 3rd Ave and Pike Street 

Due to planned construction by the Waterfront Seattle program, 3rd Ave between Union and Pine streets near Pike Place Market will be completely closed to traffic on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7. 

Affected King County Metro bus routes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 7(49), 13, 21, 24, 27, 33, 40, 62, 124, 131, 132, & 678 (H Line). 

Find service alerts and bus reroute information on King County Metro’s website. 

A partial map of downtown Seattle, featuring 3rd Ave and Pike Street between Pike Place and 5th Ave. Graphic: Waterfront Seattle 

This work is part of the Pike Pine Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements project which will provide a vibrant pedestrian experience on Pike and Pine streets between Capitol Hill and the Pike Place Market, with connections to the new waterfront. We highly recommend signing up for the Pike Pine Weekly Construction Email to stay up to date with upcoming work activity and possible construction impacts. 

For updates on Waterfront Seattle projects, follow them on Twitter or check the construction page of their website. 

Major Events in Seattle 

Multiple Seattle sports teams are scheduled to play home games this week. Traveling to, from, or around the stadiums? Don’t get stuck in traffic! 

We encourage you to think ahead, shift your travel times, and avoid drive-alone trips through the neighborhood during events. You may also want to try taking different modes of transportation to these events or through the area, such as biking or scooting, taking the bus, riding the streetcar or using light rail. 

Upcoming games: Thursday, May 4 to Wednesday May 10 

Getting there:  

Lumen Field 

Due to light rail service impacts, those traveling to Lumen from points north of Pioneer Square will need to transfer to a different train, bus, or other transportation option. The best transfer options at Pioneer Square station for continued travel to Lumen Field include: 

  • Bus to Jackson & 4th: Routes 714, 36 
  • Bus to 3rd & Main/4th Island & Jackson: Routes 21, 131, 132 
  • Bikeshare, scooter share: 5-10 minute ride via Yesler / Occidental [map
  • Walking: 10-15 minutes via Occidental Ave. 
  • Riders may also prefer to transfer at Capitol Hill Station to the First Hill Streetcar and travel to either the 5th & Jackson or Occidental Mall stations. 

T-Mobile Park 

Due to light rail service impacts, those coming from points north of Pioneer Square Station will need to transfer to a different train, bus, or walk/bike connection. The best transfer options at Pioneer Square for continued travel to T-Mobile Park include:  

  • 15-20 minute walk from Pioneer Square Station via Occidental or 1st Ave S 
  • 10-15 minute bike or scoot from Pioneer Square Station via Yesler / Occidental / 1st Ave S 

Climate Pledge Arena 

Due to light rail service impacts, those coming from points south of Pioneer Square Station will need to transfer. The best bus transfer options at Pioneer Square include: 

  • To the west side of Arena/Seattle Center (Queen Anne & 1st Aves N): D line, Route 1 
  • To the east side of Seattle Center (5th Ave N): Routes 3, 4 

Other tools to help you plan your trip:  

A photo of Pioneer Square and the Stadium District facing south from downtown Seattle. Photo: SDOT 

Wherever you’re headed, know before you go! Check our real-time Traveler’s Map for the latest traffic conditions throughout the city. 

Travel safe this week and beyond, Seattle!