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Thousands of runners participating in the Seattle Marathon made their way along streets at the edge of the Eastlake neighborhood this morning.
At 9 a.m., the corner of Roanoke and Boylston was crowded with runners making the turn onto the last stretch of the course. At that hour, runners were half-marathoners, I was told.
Family and friends of runners were standing and sitting at the intersections on Boylston, holding signs, waving balloons and shouting encouragement to the runners.
Eastlake residents Jim Davenport and Dave and Erin Miner were waiting for Jim's wife, Sarah, and her dad, Steve Miner, at the corner of Roanoke and Boylston. Also present was Steve's wife and Sarah's mom, Kathy. They'd been there about a half hour and were scanning the crowd, looking for Sarah in the sea of faces. (You can see them in the attached short video.)
From Eastlake, runners headed up over Lakeview Boulevard, then down to the southern end of Eastlake in the Cascade neighborhood before returning to the finish line at Seattle Center.
Check the Seattle Marathon's website for information on finishing times.
Listen to this AudioBoo for the sounds of the race:
The Seattle Marathon will take over parts of two Eastlake streets on Sunday morning (Nov. 28) and into early afternoon.
The race begins and ends at Seattle Center. A total of 14,000 particpants are expected.
The full marathon begins at 7:15 a.m. and the half-marathon at 7:30 a.m. The course is open until 2:15 p.m. I'm guessing the first runners (the half-marathoners) might arrive in Eastlake around 8 a.m., but that's just a guess.
Streets that will be affected are Delmar Drive, Roanoke E. to the corner of Boylston, and then Boylston south onto Lakeview. The sourthern end of Eastlake in the Cascade neighborhood will also be affected. A PDF of affected streets is attached to this post.
Delmar Drive will be closed from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. One side of Boylston and Lakeview will be closed from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lakeview exit from northbound I-5 will also be closed.
The best advice is to not try to drive on these streets. Head down to Eastlake Ave. or go around to Fuhrman if you need to get to Portage Bay. Need to get to Capitol Hill? You should be able to go around the south end of Lake Union and then, maybe, find a way to cross the course in South Lake Union and head up Denny. Maybe.
It's fun to go out along Boylston and cheer the runners as they go by.
For more info on the race, go to the official Seattle Marathon website.
Work continues on 10th Avenue E. on Capitol Hill this weekend which will result in some traffic detouring on Boylston in the Eastlake neighborhood.
Work begins Saturday at 10 a.m. and should be done by 10 p.m. on Sunday.
The northbound lane of 10th E. will be closed to all traffic but transit. Northbound traffic will again be detoured at Broadway to Roy, then Belmont, then Lakeview and onto Boylston E. in the Eastlake neighborhood before heading to Roanoke and 10th Avenue E.
The detour route should be clearly posted.
The Seattle Department of Transportation continues its work on 10th Avenue E. on Capitol Hill this weekend. The detour will send some traffic from Broadway down to our neighborhood.
Starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, the contractor will be building a concrete lane between the 520 overpass and E. Lynn. Northbound traffic will again be detoured at Broadway to Roy, then Belmont, then Lakeview and onto Boylston E. in the Eastlake neighborhood before heading to Roanoke and 10th Avenue E.
The work is expected to be finished by Sunday evening.
If it's a summer weekend, it must be time for road repairs. This weekend's roadwork isn't exactly in Eastlake but its impacts may be felt here:
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. No lanes will be paved or closed this weekend.
This just in from SDOT: The contractor's plans on this have changed. They won't be paving this weekend but will be doing work on underground utlities on 10th between Roanoke and Miller. Two lanes will be open. No traffic will be detoured.
Weekend paving on a portion of 10th Avenue E. will bring some detour traffic from Capitol Hill down onto Boylston Avenue E. and make travel from Capitol Hill to Eastlake more complicated.
During the work, 10th Avenue E. will be closed northbound between a location just south of E. Miller to E. Roanoke.
Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will close a lane on the west side of 10th Avenue E. at 7 a.m. Saturday and begin digging up pavement about 8 a.m. They hope to reopen the lanes by noon on Sunday, if not sooner.
During the closure, northbound traffic will detour from Broadway to E. Roy, then to Belmont...
The car accident that blocked Boylston Avenue southbound between Boston and Newton in the 10 p.m. hour has been cleared.
A neighbor who talked to Seattle Police say they told him the driver was blinded by the lights of oncoming cars and swerved into two parked cars. Our Neighborlogs news comrade jseattle says it didn't appear that the driver was injured.
Thanks to reader jb for providing details.
We don't have many details but the police activity at Boylston and Lynn this afternoon was a stolen car case.
SeattleCrime.com reports that State Police arrested two men around 4:20 p.m. today in connection with a stolen vehicle. One Eastlake Ave. reader reported seeing five Seattle Police cars at the scene and that the two men were lead away in handcuffs.
No other details are available at this time.
UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. A reader submitted photos of the accident has been added.
A driver who missed the turn from Boylston E. onto E. Roanoke around 5 p.m. Saturday plowed through the railing over I-5, leaving his car dangling over the freeway.
Fortunately, the car didn't fall onto the freeway. The car was later removed. At 6:30 p.m., two SDOT employees were standing watch at the damaged railing which had been marked with red caution tape.
The driver was apparently coming off I-5 southbound onto the Roanoke ramp. While turning east from Boylston onto Roanoke, he lost control, went up on the sidewalk and part way through the railing.
No word on the driver's condition.
The Seattle Department of Transportation reports that construction work will begin tomorrow, Monday, June 15, on street improvements on Boylston Avenue E. The project details:
More finishing work on the noise wall project, says the State Department of Transportation. Here's their press release:
The last part of the Boylston noise wall project is nearing completion.
State Department of Transportation crews have finished repaving Boylston at the southbound I-5 exit. According to the DOT, the ramp should be open by 8 p.m. this evening (Saturday) unless they open it earlier. Crews are currently reinstalling barriers.
Even more important, the barriers that blocked access to Boylston at Hamlin and Edgar have been removed. This will make it easier for residents in this part of Eastlake (of which I am one) to get to the freeway and Capitol Hill.
Tonight also brings the last weekend closure of the University Bridge, from midnight to 6 a.m. This closure is part of the ongoing painting project on the bridge.
The DOT has a slideshow of the noise wall construction project:
Construction crews are installing the final two sections of noise walls along Boylston Avenue E. this weekend. The street is closed between Lakeview Boulevard E. and E. Lynn Street and also between E. Roanoke and E. Hamlin until early Monday morning.
The photos were taken just before noon on Saturday. Each of the noise wall slabs weighs approximately 7,200 pounds.
It's a great show to watch. Just stay on the sidewalk and out of the way.
Two parts of Boylston Avenue E. along I-5 will be closed from Friday evening until early Monday morning while the final installation of new noise walls takes place.
The street will be closed in two places between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday: between Lakeview Boulevard E. and E. Lynn Street and also between E. Roanoke and E. Hamlin. The I-5 exit at Roanoke and the I-5 entrance at Newton will also be closed during the same time.
Crews will be installing the "D" and "E" noise walls along Boylston. Click here to see a map.
Metro spokesperson Linda Thielke says Route 25, which has been rerouted during the construction, will continue on reroute through the end of April. "But," she says in an e-mail, "we would consider putting it back to regular routing earlier if the jersey barriers that are making the traffic lanes narrow on Boylston are removed, and if the sidewalk near the bus stop is reopened."
Information on the Route 25 detour is here.
Construction on the Boylston Avenue noise wall project is nearing an end. Northbound traffic between Newton and Roanoke was reopened last week although the #25 bus route isn't scheduled to be restored until April 30.
The big push will come next weekend, April 10-13, when crews plan to finish construction of the "D" wall between East Newton and East Lynn and the "E" wall between East Roanoke and East Hamlin. Click here to see a map.
Two I-5 exits and a large chunk of Boyston will be closed between 9 p.m. Friday, April 10, and 5 a.m. Monday, April 13. The southbound I-5 exit at Roanoke and the southbound I-5 entrance at Newton will both be closed, as well as the length of Boylston in between. The WSDOT page on this project is here.
The good news: Once all these closures are done, residents along Boylston will finally get some relief from 45+ years of freeway traffic noise. The new walls have some decorative touches just like the previous walls did. And, there's even landscaping going in along the new wall on Harvard Avenue E.
Questions or comments? Send them to WSDOT at 206-819-7230 or NWNoiseWalls@wsdot.wa.gov.