For a while, it looked like we might not have to plan for the Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Union.
But, thanks to Dave Ross and a lot of generous local businesses, the annual celebration will be on. And with it comes the annual day-of traffic restrictions in Eastlake.
Office Mark Wong of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct gave us an early look at traffic plans for this year. The SPD’s plans are subject to change, of course, but for now they look very similar to last year’s (see attached map).
The only major difference at this point is on E. Newton. Last year, police restricted traffic at Fairview and Eastlake on Newton and also at Yale Place E. near Azteca. This year, Office Wong says, they’ll drop the Yale Place station and instead have officers restricting access along Newton at Fairview, Minor, Yale and Eastlake.
There won’t be any parking along much of Eastlake Avenue on July 4. During the day, the area west of Eastlake will have limited access. Officers will be checking with anyone wanting to drive in to that area to make sure they have a place to park. Car access to that area will be cut off a couple of hours before the show starts.
After the show, police traffic barricades move to the eastern side of Eastlake Avenue. Lynn Street becomes a one-way heading east. And the Roanoke and Boylston freeway ramps, which were closed before the show, will be reopened.
Fears last year of massive crowds coming to see the Lake Union show since it was the only game in town failed to materialize. My informal survey of traffic control found it to be working fairly well both before and after the show.
What did you think? Any suggestions or ideas? I know the SPD is very interested in hearing what Eastlake has to say about this event. Post your comments below.
We’ll have more coverage of July 4 plans as the date draws near.
Our video of last year’s July 4 in Eastlake is below: