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Travel tips for July 3-17: construction, sports, community events and the 4th of July

If you plan to attend a family barbecue on the 4th of July or a summer festival or sports game, we encourage you to plan ahead and check travel conditions before you head out. Photo credit: Tom Dahm via

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SDOT construction, street closures, and travel impacts

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  • 15th Ave NW & Ballard Bridge Paving & Safety Project: Overnight southbound closures of the Ballard Bridge after 10 PM on Mondays through Thursdays begin as early as July 8, continuing for approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Read our recent blog post for the full details or visit the project web page.
  • SW Admiral Way & Fairmount Ave SW Closures: Work on earthquake safety upgrades to the SW Admiral Way Bridge is scheduled to begin the week of July 8. This will require the complete closure of Fairmount Ave SW below the bridge lasting 7 to 8 months, which is necessary to keep people safe as construction takes place above the road. Beginning in August, there will also be lane closures on SW Admiral Way between 39th Ave SW and Walnut Ave SW as crews work to repair the bridge deck. Two full weekend closures of  this section of SW Admiral Way will be scheduled at a later date. Find more details on our website.

Regional transportation agency work

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

  • Overnight on July 9, 10, and 11, from 10 PM to 4 AM the following day, the following locations will be closed as crews continue their work on the Northwest Regional Pavement Repairs and Breakaway Cable Terminal Project:
    • Two right lanes on southbound I-5 between the Yale Ave/Howell St on-ramp and the off-ramp to James St (Exit 165A).A single lane on the southbound I-5 off-ramp to James St (Exit 165A). The ramp will remain open.The southbound I-5 off-ramp to Union St (Exit 165B).
    • The Yale Ave/Howell St on-ramp to southbound I-5.
  • From 10 PM Friday, July 12 through 6 AM Saturday, July 13, eastbound I-90 between Rainier Ave S (Exit 3) in Seatle and Island Crest Way (Exit 7) will be fully closed for tunnel maintenance in the Mount Baker Tunnel (Seattle) and Mercer Island Lid (Mercer Island). This includes closing the northbound and southbound Rainier Ave S on-ramps to eastbound I-90 and the off-ramp to West Mercer Way (Exit 6).
  • From 11 PM Friday, July 12 through 4 AM Monday, July 15, both directions of I-405 between Coal Creek Pkwy (Exit 10) in Bellevue and Sunset Blvd/SR 900/Southport Dr (Exit 5) in Renton will be fully closed. Some travelers may use I-5 as an alternate route, and travel delays are expected. Crews will be demolishing a bridge/overpass over I-405, working on multiple drainage crossings, and completing fish barrier correction work as part of the I-405 Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lanes Project.
  • From 11:59 PM Friday, July 12 through 5 AM Monday, July 15, weekend activities will take place for grinding, barrier, grading, and pavement work as part of the SR 520/I-5 Express Lanes Connection Project. During this time, the westbound SR 520 off-ramp to northbound I-5 will close, with a signed detour in place. There may also be lane closures of northbound I-5 between the SR 520 interchange and Ship Canal Bridge.
  • Weeknights over the next few weeks, there will be lane reductions on both directions of I-5 between just north of the Corson Ave interchange and the SR 599/Interurban Ave interchange. Travelers in both directions of I-5 should expect multiple lanes and ramps to be closed during overnight hours from Sunday nights through Friday mornings. This is part of the I-5 Duwamish River to South Lucile Street Concrete Rehabilitation Project.
  • From 10 PM Friday, July 19 to 4 AM Monday, July 22, WSDOT will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes, 24 hours a day, near Boeing Field to replace expansion joints on the freeway’s Military Road overpass. This is also part of the I-5 Duwamish River to South Lucile Street Concrete Rehabilitation Project. (note: while this work is scheduled just after the timeframe of this blog post, we wanted to share it with you as early as possible).

Major league sports home games

Seattle Mariners

Upcoming games at T-Mobile Park

  • Wednesday, July 3 at 7:10 PM: Baltimore Orioles
  • Thursday, July 4 at 1:10 PM: Baltimore Orioles
  • Friday, July 5 at 6:40 PM: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Tuesday, July 6 at 1:10 PM: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Wednesday, July 7 at 1:10 PM: Toronto Blue Jays

To learn more:

If you’re riding the Link light rail, get off at the Stadium Station and walk a short two blocks over to the ballpark. If taking rideshare, there is a designated rideshare lot southeast of the stadium. If driving, the Mariners Garage opens 3 hours before first pitch. Biking, scooting, walking, or rolling to the game may also be great options, depending on your trip specifics. Find more information on navigating to T-Mobile Park here.

Seattle Storm

Woman basketball player in yellow jersey with "Swedish" written in black, a green yellow and white S and oval logo indicating the Seattle Storm team, and "AT&T" written in black beneath the logo.
Seattle Storm player Mercedes Russell prepares to shoot the ball. Photo credit: Lorie Shaull via

Upcoming games at Climate Pledge Arena

  • Friday, July 5 at 7 PM: Chicago Sky
  • Sunday, July 7 at 3 PM: Chicago Sky
  • Wednesday, July 10 at 12PM: Las Vegas Aces
  • Friday, July 12 at 7 PM: Minnesota Lynx
  • Sunday, July 14 at 3 PM: Atlanta Dream

To learn more:

For all major ticketed events at Climate Pledge Arena, guests receive a free public transit pass alongside their ticket. If driving to the arena, there are three parking garages available nearby. Find more information on navigating to the arena here.

Seattle Sounders FC

Upcoming games at Lumen Field

  • Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 PM: New England Revolution
  • Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 PM: St. Louis City

To learn more:

Seattle Reign FC

Upcoming games at Lumen Field

  • Sunday, July 7 at 3:00 PM: Utah Royals FC

To learn more:

If you’re riding the Link light rail, get off at the International District/Chinatown station and walk a short three blocks over to the field. If taking rideshare, get off on the north side by S King St & Occidental Ave S or on the south side by S Royal Brougham Way & Occidental Ave S. If driving, the Lumen Field Parking Garage is located south of the stadium and a North Lot is also nearby. Both open at 6 AM on event days and close 2 hours post-event.

Biking, scooting, walking, or rolling to the game may also be great options, depending on your trip specifics. Find more information on navigating to Lumen Field here.

Community Celebrations

July 4: Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth – Gas Works Park

Three sets of red and green fireworks explode in the black night sky. Pink and orange firework lines follow beneath it. The fireworks reflect in the sea's reflection with the seattle skyline in the background.
A vibrant display of fireworks erupts over Lake Union. Photo credit: Seafair via

Bring your friends and family to view a mesmerizing show of fireworks and music, as well as fun pre-show activities. Find more information about the event here.

Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth can be reached by King County Metro bus. Or, depending on your trip, walking, biking, or rolling might be great ways for you to get to the show.

July 12-14: Ballard Seafood Fest

Crowd of people lined up for food vendors outdoors selling curly fries, fish and chips, corn dogs, and more. Other visitors look around to see the selection.
People enjoy food and drinks at a previous Ballard Seafood Fest. Photo credit: Ballard Seafood Fest

The Ballard Alliance hosts the annual Seafood Fest for all friends and families to enjoy music, art, and food. And most importantly, indulge in delicious seafood and drinks this summer weekend.  Find more information about the event here. The Ballard Seafood Fest can be reached by King County Metro bus. Or, depending on your trip, walking, biking, or rolling might be great ways for you to get to the show.

July 13: Festal Polish Festival – Seattle Center

A man dressed in a black hat, red haired beard, white collared shirt layered under an orange and black vest standing left to a woman with vibrant red lipstick, hair tied back and covered in a yellow cloth with a dark green and red flower design. The woman also wears a white collared shirt underneath a colorful vest comprised of black, orange, pink, dark green, and maroon stripes and a set of three red beaded necklaces.
Two dancers at a previous Polish Festival event in Seattle. Photo credit: Seattle Center

Seattle Polish Foundation and Polish Home Association are hosting a festival featuring authentic Polish Food, live music, shops, tastings, and a beer garden. Find more information about the event here.

Seattle Center can be reached by King County Metro bus or by taking the Seattle Center Monorail from Westlake. You can find a range of travel options to get to Seattle Center here.

We hope this post provided you with useful tips and tools to help you travel throughout Seattle as these construction and community events all take place. Stay tuned for more blog posts like this throughout the summer. Thank you!

Editor’s note – July 3, 2024: We updated the Admiral Way Bridge Seismic Retrofit project description to clarify the timing of upcoming work in the area.