Opening Day is Saturday; watch out for bridge closures

The Opening Day of boating season is Saturday (tomorrow). That means both the University and Montlake bridges will be open (not passable to vehicles) more than usual.

The Montlake Bridge will be totally closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. The University Bridge won’t totally close but there will be more boat traffic than usual heading through Portage Bay so be ready for more delays getting across the bridge. And, when that happens, traffic frequently backs up onto the northern end of Eastlake Ave.

The crew races in the Montlake Cut are from 10:20 to 11:40 a.m. The parade of boats begins at noon and always seems to last forever.

For a complete schedule of events, see the Seattle Yacht Club’s page

For more on Opening Day (including a story on amphibious cars that will be in the parade) check out the Seattle Times’ story.