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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Plan ahead for special event traffic this week

9/25/2007  4:00:00 PM

Plan ahead for special event traffic this week

SEATTLE-Seattle is jumping with sports events and other activities this week, along with the associated spots of traffic congestion. Downtown commuters may experience congestion when a double-header Mariners postseason game starts tomorrow (Wednesday) at 4:05 p.m. at Safeco Field. Baseball fans will be entering downtown at the beginning of the afternoon peak traffic period. Other Mariners games are scheduled at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, at Safeco Field.

Fremont will rock with the Red Bull Soap Box Race on Saturday afternoon. Starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, the east side of Fremont Avenue North from North 41st Street to North 39th Street will be closed to set up for the event; however, one lane in each direction will remain open on Fremont. At 6 p.m. Friday, Fremont Avenue will be closed from North 36th Street to North 41st Street, except North 39th will remain open for east-west traffic. At 6 a.m. on Saturday, North 39th will also close, and will reopen by 6 p.m. on Saturday. Other streets will open my midnight on Saturday. Parking will be scarce for this popular event, so people are advised to leave their cars at home and get to Fremont by bus, bike, or on foot.

The Husky Football season continues on Saturday with a 5:00 p.m. game. Drivers will find the usual traffic control plan in place in the University District near the Husky Stadium, designed to get fans to the stadium and out again as safely and efficiently as possible. Drivers in the area are advised to align their traveling with the traffic plan.

The 21st annual Seattle AIDS Walk will cover a loop route approximately one mile long on Capitol Hill on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. The walk will start at Volunteer Park, and will continue south on 12th Avenue, west on East Thomas Street, north on Broadway Avenue East, west on East Prospect, and back to Volunteer Park.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 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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Seattle Department of Transportation

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