A view of the Alaskan Way Viaduct looking South. * Photo by Rootlogy
A view of the Alaskan Way Viaduct looking South. • Photo by Rootlogy

With happy holidays comes great traffic. Here are some things to be aware of for your commutes this weekend.

November 29

On Friday, November 29, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will close Downtown streets along the parade route from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The parade starts at 9:00 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. The Holiday Parade route will begin at 7th and Pine, then travel west down Pine Street to 5th Avenue, south on 5th Avenue to University Street, west on University to 4th Avenue, and then north on 4th Avenue to Macy’s.

The Westlake Tree Lighting and Macy’s Fireworks later that day will close the following streets between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.:

* Pine Street between Third and Sixth avenues.
* Fifth Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street.
* Fourth Avenue between Union Street and Olive Way.

Also on Friday, the southbound I-5 off-ramp to Union Street will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Traffic will also be building up for the Apple Cup at Husky Stadium, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Expect heavy congestion near the University District on I-5 and State Route 520 at Montlake.

November 30

On Saturday, November 30, the Seattle Marathon 5K and Seattle Kid’s Marathon will close streets near Seattle Center and in Downtown Seattle between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. View course maps at seattlemarathon.org.

The I-90 express lanes will be closed to all traffic from 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. when they will open in the eastbound direction. The I-5 express lanes will be closed until 9:30 a.m., when they will reopen to southbound traffic.

The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Lakeview Boulevard will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The westbound State Route 520 exit to East Roanoke Street will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

December 1

On Sunday, December 1, the Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon will close streets and ramps between Seattle Center and Mercer Island from 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. View the course map here.

December 2

And don’t forget that the Seahawks meet the Saints at Century Link Field on Monday, December 2 at 5:40 p.m., which means mega traffic in the International District when it’s time to be headed home.

For real time traffic info, visit the Seattle Department of Transportation website here.

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