Just down the hill from us, the Georgetown Carnival will happen from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday, including four separate stages featuring a variety of music and entertainment, plus the ever-popular power tool races on Airport Way South. The event is free of charge and all ages are welcome.
The carnival will mark the first use of Georgetown’s new “festival street,” similar to Beacon Hill’s Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to Beacon Hill Station. SDOT Director Scot Kubly will speak briefly at 1 p.m. to dedicate the street and thank those involved.
The Airport Way South Viaduct in neighboring Georgetown, just north of South Lucile Street, will be closed to all traffic beginning on November 28 for up to 14 months while the bridge is rehabilitated by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).
Vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured to Fourth Avenue South via South Lucile and South Industrial Way, and bicycles will be detoured all the way west to First Avenue South via South Lander Street. (Which seems like a heck of a long detour.) Denver Avenue South and South Dawson Street between Lucile and Fourth will be used as a northbound truck detour route. See a map of the detour routes here.
Crews will work from 6 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays, as well as on some nights and weekends. Expect traffic delays in the area.
The rehabilitation project includes seismic retrofitting of the 83-year-old bridge just west of Beacon Hill and I-5. The viaduct bears 13,000 vehicles daily.
Mayor Mike McGinn is hosting a Greater Duwamish Town Hall meeting this coming Tuesday, September 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College, 6737 Corson Ave. S.
Here’s the planned agenda:
5:30-6:30 Meet and Greet: City Departments and local community organizations will host information tables, answer questions, and offer volunteer opportunities
6:30-6:40 Youth performance
6:40-8:00 Open question and answer session with the Mayor and City staff
Street improvements in Georgetown will force traffic to be detoured past Cleveland High School on the nights of July 8 and 9. Be prepared for congestion and delays in the area, and when driving down to Georgetown.
Here is the explanation from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT):
On Thursday and Friday July 8 and 9, SDOT’s contractor will work at night to repave Ellis Avenue South and South Albro Place between East Marginal Way South and Stanley Avenue South. If weather is favorable, this work will take two nights to complete, from 7 p.m. each night through 5 a.m. the next morning.
During this nighttime work, one lane will remain open for westbound traffic on Albro Place and for southbound traffic on Ellis Avenue. However, these streets will be closed to northbound and eastbound traffic during the night, and traffic will be detoured over I-5, and then circled back to Albro Place. More specifically, the detour will direct traffic from East Marginal Way South onto Corson Avenue South, then to South Lucille Street, then to 15th Avenue South, and then to Swift Avenue South to return to South Albro Place.
Uniformed police officers will assist traffic.
There may be short-term cross street and driveway restrictions (two to four hours). Bus stops may be closed or relocated. There will be parking and loading restrictions near the work zone. Please note — vehicles parked on the street in No Parking zones will be towed.
Drivers should expect traffic congestion and delays, and may want to consider using alternate routes.
Are there too many farmers’ markets in Seattle? Apparently some folks think so, according to an article in Seattle magazine. In the article, Chris Curtis of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance says that the organization has chosen not to sponsor markets in neighborhoods such as Beacon Hill or Genesee because the organization is in “a holding pattern,” and they don’t think there are enough farmers or customers to justify opening a market there.
Others seem to disagree, however, including Zachary Lyons of the Seattle Farmers Market Association, which will operate six markets this year including the new one in Georgetown, which will combine the farmers’ market with an antiques and crafts market. “To suggest we’ve somehow reached a saturation point is, to me, just absurd,” says Lyons.
There are 18 neighborhood markets in Seattle this year, but still none on Beacon Hill. Our nearest markets are in Columbia City, and now, Georgetown. And while it’s not a “neighborhood farmers’ market,” we have MacPherson’s — and they are open every day.
Should Beacon Hill have a farmers’ market? Do you think the Seattle area is oversaturated with farmers’ markets?
Are you noticing increased noise from Boeing Field, sometimes after 10:00 pm? This press release from King County International Airport may explain why:
Residents of some adjacent airport neighborhoods may experience temporary increases in aircraft engine noise levels as described below by The Boeing Company:
Over the next several months, King County International Airport may experience elevated noise events due to The Boeing Company engine runs, a critical part of its flight testing. These flight tests are part of the certification requirements for the 787 and 747-8 programs. Both types of aircraft will be at the airport in higher than normal volumes during this time. This is an important test period where the airplanes are completing their initial configuration testing to support the certification programs.
To the extent possible these engine runs will be kept outside the curfew window between 10pm-7am daily. However, there may be a rare circumstance when The Boeing Company will need to conduct engine runs outside of curfew hours. This is most likely to happen early in the testing program and all proper protocols will be followed and notifications issued. This is necessary in order for Boeing to meet the stringent FFA requirements that allow both airplanes to be certified and put into revenue service.
For more information on flight test operations, please see the flight test fact sheet provided by The Boeing Company at http://www.kingcounty.gov/airport or contact Jennifer Hawton at The Boeing Company, (425) 444-1600.
The Seattle Department of Transportation will be working on 15th Avenue South this Saturday, June 6, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, repairing pavement. The street will be closed to all traffic except for local access, pedestrians, and bicyclists, between South Atlantic Street (on the north) and South College Street (on the south). 14th Avenue south is the detour route. The street will open to northbound traffic at 3:00 pm, and for both directions at 6:00.
June 6 is also the 120th anniversary of the Great Seattle Fire. Commemorate it by checking your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
Art On Airport, an artists’ open studio event, is happening just down the hill in Georgetown on Saturday, June 13, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Artists in the Sunny Arms Artists Cooperative, the Old Rainier Brewery and the 4810 Building will welcome visitors into their studios to see painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking, as well as performing arts. It’s free and open to the public.
Following up on a post from December 12: the elderly woman found in her home on 26th Avenue South covered in maggots and filth, is now being cared for in a nursing home. Her daughter, Margaret A. George, has been charged with criminal mistreatment and theft. She is scheduled to be arraigned June 9 in King County Superior Court.
Don’t forget to check our events calendar to see what’s going in the next few days, including the SNAP Disaster Preparedness workshop on Thursday and the Beacon Hill Festival on Saturday!
The folks at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts just down the hill in Georgetown will be holding their Annual Spring Showcase on Saturday, May 9, at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center. They tell us the show will feature “Two unique, circus-variety shows featuring the spectacular SANCA Youth Company, the amazing Circus 1-ders, incredible SANCA instructors and fabulous friends of SANCA!” See their website for further info.
That same day from 9:00am – 2:00pm, Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool is hosting a fundraising rummage sale at 3818 S Angeline Street in Columbia City. See this and other upcoming events on our events page.
Phil Weigel of Motorcycle Services, Inc., down the hill in Georgetown, is a long-time member of the Georgetown community who has run into some hard times after a recent broken hip: while Phil was recuperating in the VA here on Beacon Hill, his landlords terminated his month to month lease, and in a very few days he may have nowhere to go. There are many ways you can help; see Blogging Georgetown for details.