Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Seafair, baseball, basketball: We’ve got a busy couple of days ahead in Seattle, here’s what you need to know about closures and busy travel times

By Kris Browne

The Blue Angels are in Seattle this week, Aug. 2-5, and you know what that means: In addition to Seafair celebrations, the I-90 floating bridge and several ramps will close periodically during practice and performance flights.

Bridge closures require some travel adjustments but they're needed to keep everyone safe – both the pilots and folks on the ground. How do planes up in the sky affect safety on a bridge? We turned to the Blue Angels themselves to explain.

Blue Angels pilots need clear roadways below to limit distractions when they fly,
and they also don't want travelers distracted by planes overhead.

Several ramps will also close while the Blue Angels take flight. We'll have closure notices on our highway signs and will also post updates on Twitter. We strongly advise people planning to travel to and from the eastside to plan alternate routes in advance. A list of ramp closures and other details is on our Seafair webpage.

Besides the Seafair Air Show, many other events and construction projects are also taking place during the next few days:

Thursday, Aug. 2
  • Mariners vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field
Friday, Aug. 3
  • Seafair Weekend Festival, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Genesee Park
  • Storm vs. Lynx, 7 p.m., Key Arena
  • Mariners vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field
Saturday, Aug. 4
  • Seafair Weekend Festival, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Genesee Park
  • Mariners vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field
Sunday, Aug. 5
  • Seafair Weekend Festival, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Genesee Park
  • Mariners vs. Blue Jays, 1:10 p.m., Safeco Field
Whatever your summer weekend plans, please plan ahead and stay informed throughout your travels. But, if you are slightly delayed by closures, maybe you'll get a chance to see the Blue Angels in flight!