The return of fighter jets above the skies of Seattle has CHS thinking about the fighter jets destined to fly together underneath Capitol Hill.
For the Blue Angels, here’s when to make sure your babies, pets, and skittish friends are in a safe place over the next few days:
2014 – I-90 Seafair and Blue Angels Closures
The annual Seafair festival begins when the pirates land the first week of July and ends with the Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington in a spectacular display of aeronautics. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) role is to make sure drivers and pilots are safe during the annual event.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires WSDOT to close Interstate 90 while the Blue Angels perform for the safety of both drivers and pilots.
Which roads and ramps will be closed?
Interstate 90 will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes, between Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island:
- Thursday, July 31: 9:45 a.m. – noon; 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
- Friday, Aug. 1: 12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Practice)
- Saturday, Aug. 2: 12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
- Sunday, Aug. 3: 12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
Below ground and slated to hang above the boarding platform with the opening of Capitol Hill Station in 2016, Jet Kiss by artist Mike Ross features two A14 fighter jets deconstructed and re-assembled in a kind of frozen mid-air embrace. “This monumental sculpture is created from two decommissioned A-4 Skyhawk fighter jets,” Ross wrote of his creation.
After more than two years’ work my crew and I have completed the primary fabrication stage – all the structural and skin work is finished and both planes are suspended in position.
“The only thing left to do,” he wrote in 2012, “is to paint the piece and truck it up to Seattle.”
That paint job is now done. Here’s a peek at some of the glossy pink finish you’ll see on display in 2016.
The $440,000-budgeted project, despite some of the early controversy, seems like a pretty good use for warplanes. Meanwhile, developers are lined up to build housing, retail, commercial and plaza space around the station.
UPDATE: Want to see
the future home of Jet Kiss UW Station before everybody else? Sound Transit is hosting another business boosting contest for construction-troubled Annapurna Cafe:
When you eat at Annapurna Café, 1833 Broadway, you can enter to win a Sound Transit all-access tour of the University of Washington Station before it opens in 2016.
To be eligible, you must spend at least $10 at Annapurna Café and fill out an entry form at the restaurant. You can enter every time you visit. You must be at least 18 and able to walk up and down several flights of stairs and through an active construction site. No entry information will be sold to an outside party.
A drawing in mid-September will determine the winners. Win bragging rights and see the University of Washington Station take shape before it opens to everyone in 2016.
Here’s how the last Annapurna contest for a walk in the light rail tunnels went: