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Husky Football, NE 45th Street Viaduct work could cause traffic tie-ups

October 12th, 2011 · No Comments

With Husky Football on Saturday and SDOT work on Sunday, U-District drivers should plan ahead if they want to avoid sitting in traffic this weekend.

UW Husky Marching Band plays Greek Row

The first event to watch out for starts at  8:45 p.m. this Friday when the UW Husky Marching Band will march from campus through Greek Row. They’ll cross NE 45th Street to head north along 21st Avenue NE, turn west on NE 47th Street, south on 17th Avenue NE and then cross NE 45th Street again to get back to campus. Exect the roads around the route to be closed from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

UW Husky Football

On Saturday, October 15 some 70,000 UW Football fans will make their way in and out of Husky Stadium to watch the Huskies’ first Pac-12 conference game of the season against the Colorado Buffaloes. The game starts at 12:30 and will run to about 3:30 or 4 p.m.. Expect heavy traffic near the stadium as the crowd leaves. While it’s not likely to add to any traffic woes on game day, WSDOT is also planning to close the SR 520 bridge from 8 p.m. Saturday, until 5 a.m. Monday. SR 520 will still be open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5.

NE 45th Street Viaduct lane closures on Sunday

Sunday drivers may want to avoid NE 45th Street between the UW campus and U-Village during the day. SDOT plans to install expansion joints on the NE 45th Street Viaduct from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Work crews will close two of the bridge’s three lanes and will alternate both directions of traffic in the remaining lane. Needless to say it could be slow going.

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