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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: SDOT Traffic Advisory: Last Holiday Weekend of Summer Ahead

9/2/2009  4:15:00 PM
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114

Last Holiday Weekend of Summer Ahead

SEATTLE -The last three-day weekend of summer brings fun for everyone. Crowds in the thousands will flock to the Seattle Center for Bumbershoot, the annual festival so named as a metaphor for being an umbrella for all of the various arts and performers it encompasses. In addition, on Saturday, the University of Washington Huskies kick-off the football season by taking on the Louisiana State University Tigers before a nearly sold-out crowd at Husky Stadium. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises motorists to plan on heavy traffic associated with the various upcoming activities and suggests event-goers try alternate modes of travel such as bicycling, carpooling, taking the Sounder, Link Rail or the bus, or walking, if feasible.

Thursday, September 3
Standing Up For Health Insurance Reform Rally: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Westlake Park
2,000 approximate attendance
Traffic may be congested on adjacent streets.

Seahawks versus Oakland Raiders: 7 - 10 p.m.
Qwest Field
50,000 expected
Attendees will likely start arriving early, so traffic in the surrounding SODO area may be quite congested during the afternoon peak commute.

Saturday, September 5 - Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)
Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival: 11:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Seattle Center
100,000 exoected
Plan on heavier traffic than usual between the I-5 Mercer Street ramps and the Seattle Center grounds, but there are no street closures associated with the event.

Saturday, September 5
University of Washington Huskies versus Louisiana State University Tigers: 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Husky Stadium
70,000 attendance
Expect congestion on I-5 approaching the University district and on all arterials leading to Husky Stadium.
(Season opener)

Sunday, September 6
Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 expected
Streets surrounding Pike Place Market may have heavy traffic.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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