West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: Traffic alerts


Though the West Seattle Grand Parade (and the Kiddies’ Parade preceding it) follows a straight line down California (see the map in this post from last night), other streets are affected, as you may have discovered if you came home to signs tonight (if not sooner). We asked one of the lead parade organizers, Jim Edwards – who along with others put in ENDLESS volunteer hours to make this happen – for a general outline of what you need to know tomorrow, from early morning through mid-afternoon – note this is an anecdotal sort of description but hopefully helpful:

Edmunds is open across California, I believe, but Southbound California is still closed to Dawson St East approach.

Northbound California (from south of The Junction) is open to Edmunds, but limited to the curb lane.

Oregon and Alaska will have emergency vehicle access. a soft enforcement of the crosswalks essentially.

44th Ave will be cleared to allow a north south detour between the Junction and Stevens, then it is diverted down to 45th through to Admiral Way

Assembly will close:

44th from Stevens to Lander

Lander from 45th to 41st

42nd from Admiral to Lander will be local access only (Safeway)

41st will be cleared to permit a Metro bypass between Admiral and Kander

Stevens from 44th to California will be local access only (PCC/McDonald’s)

The three blocks between Admiral and Hanford on California are closed first thing in the morning.

If you try to drive through you put in danger the many volunteers who bring this parade to you each year.

and dozens, ….. DOZENS of cars do this every year.

If you must get to Safeway to do your morning shopping…. Follow the detours down to Admiral Way starting at Hanford, (44th and 45th) then up Admiral to 42nd to get to Safeway.

It is well posted. but every year people drive by all these signs, claiming they have to get to Safeway.

We designed this assembly area to keep Admiral Way open throughout the parade, and to keep access to the major businesses open throughout the parade.

Jim also believes Metro will start diverting around 7 am, based on what they’ve done in years gone by. More parade countdown coverage a bit later tonight – including some photos from the past – fun to see what the businesses looked like, as well as parade spectators/participants. And note that everything will be open again by tomorrow night, when Saturday night Movies on the Wall begin in the courtyard next to Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) – bring a nonperishable food donation for West Seattle Food Bank – come enjoy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” starting around dusk (stake out your spot sooner); concessions are offered by West Seattle Christian Church (WSB sponsor), with proceeds also benefiting WSFB.

3 Replies to "West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: Traffic alerts"

  • Forest July 18, 2008 (10:15 pm)

    Two questions/comment:

    1. What estimated time — at the latest, not the earliest — should drivers count on the parade route being cleared and reopened to cross traffic?

    2. Would you please alert parade fans that most or all the street parking near Hiawatha Park in the Admiral neighborhood could be filled by early morning because of the belly dancing festival that runs all weekend?

  • WSB July 18, 2008 (10:19 pm)

    Good point. We will be putting up the first-thing-in-am-sits-here-all-am post and will include that too. Re: the latest time, PD/SDOT generally says 3 pm. In my experience as a parade spectator, I’d say more like 2 – and that’s the Junction end of the parade.

  • GenHillOne July 19, 2008 (9:36 am)

    Maybe I missed mention, but a reminder that Metro has busses running on 44th today…so A) no parking on 44th, B) if you come flying up a hill, you might meet the front end of a bus (they have to go around traffic circles). As usual, too many folks are parked too close to corners, alleys, driveways. We have a bet with our neighbor on when a couple of them are going to get hit – happens every year! Remember that lots of pedestrians are around too :)

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