Traffic alert: ‘Emergency’ pavement repair E Olive Way just below Broadway

"Signs of our time on Capitol Hill Seattle" (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

“Signs of our time on Capitol Hill Seattle” (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

Expect a traffic pinch starting Saturday as work crews begin an emergency repair project to repair pavement on E Olive Way just west of Broadway. The work is slated to continue “into the work week” which we assume means Monday even though, sigh, CHS also works on the weekends.

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will close a lane on Olive Way just west of Broadway for an emergency repair to the pavement beginning Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. During the weekend the street will be restricted to one lane shared by both directions of traffic 24 hours a day. Police officers and traffic flaggers will assist drivers through the area.

SDOT crews will continue to work at this location into the work week, leaving one lane open in each direction, as they excavate and replace 12 concrete panels in the roadway.

Another reason to stay away from Bellevue

You can go to the Eastside if you like. You just might not make it back. A week of work on I-90 is expected to tangle traffic around the area as commuters are forced to find alternate routes to avoid planned lane closures. Here’s the word from SDOT on the start of things Friday night and through the weekend:

Traffic on freeways and major arterials into the city will be complicated by construction on WSDOT’s Interstate 90 — only one westbound lane of I90 will remain open between Bellevue and Mercer Island. There could be significant backups on alternate routes depending on how many drivers venture forth from the east side into downtown Seattle. For more information, see WSDOT’s website,

Once the work week begins, CHS predict tie-ups in Capitol Hill chokepoints where coffee, wi-fi, and electrical outlets mix.

Weekend Capitol Hill streets report: Pine/Broadway closure, Denny Way work, ’emergency’ Melrose sewer project

Cars — even Fuschia Z-cars — and trucks and buses and motorscooters, etc. will find some challenging streets around Capitol Hill this weekend. Below are a few projects to plan your routes around.

  • Pine/Broadway detours: The busy intersection of Pine and Broadway will be closed to motor vehicles in all directions on Saturday and Sunday for more streetcar work. Vehicle traffic will be detoured around the intersection.

The intersection of East Pine Street and Broadway in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood will be closed to traffic on Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15. Closures will be from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day and are required for overhead electrical installations associated with construction of the First Hill Streetcar.
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Traffic alert redux: More Pine/Broadway closures for streetcar work

First-hill-Streetcar-Graphic-RESIZETotally worth it when the line opens mid-2014! Same deal as last weekend:

Intersection closure at East Pine Street and Broadway

Nov 9-10, 16-17

SEATTLE —The intersection of East Pine Street and Broadway in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood will be closed to traffic on two upcoming weekends: Nov 9-10 and Nov. 16-17. Closures will be from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day and are required for overhead electrical installations associated with the First Hill Streetcar project.  The intersection will be closed to motorized traffic in all directions though it will be open to pedestrians and cyclists.

The following detours will be provided:

Westbound traffic on East Pine Street will be directed either north on 12th Avenue to East John Street or south on 12th Avenue to East Pike Street.

+ Eastbound traffic on East Pine Street will be directed either south on Bellevue Avenue to East Pike Street or north on Bellevue Avenue to East Olive Way/East John Street.

+ Southbound traffic on Broadway will be directed either east on East Olive Way to 12th Avenue South or west on East John Street/East Olive Way to Bellevue Avenue.

+ Northbound traffic on Broadway will be directed either east on at East Pike Street to 12th Avenue or west on East Pike Street to Bellevue Avenue.

Local traffic and access to businesses will be maintained and flaggers and Police Officers will be on hand to assist with traffic and pedestrians.

When complete, the First Hill Streetcar Line will have ten stations along a two and one-half mile route from South Jackson Street and Occidental Avenue South to Broadway and Denny Way. The City of Seattle is developing the First Hill Streetcar in partnership with Sound Transit, with funding provided through the 2008 voter approved Sound Transit 2 (ST2) transit expansion plan.  Completion is planned for mid- 2014. For further information, visit the project website at