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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Seattle Visit of the Dalai Lama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4/9/2008  4:15:00 PM
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Seattle Visit of the Dalai Lama

SEATTLE - The Dalai Lama will be visiting Seattle from Friday, April 11, through Tuesday, April 15, as part of a multi day/multi venue public event called “Seeds of Compassion.” Motorists should expect potential traffic congestion at least one hour before and after the events associated with this visit. Traffic from the events could potentially cause back-ups approaching downtown Seattle on I-5 or Highway 99.

The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Police Department have no specific closures or alterations to traffic flow planned at this time. However, intermittent closures may be implemented if needed. City agencies have worked closely with the visit organizers to assess traffic impacts and design short term traffic and pedestrian control measures, and will closely monitor traffic around these events. On-street parking may be restricted around the sites.

Below is a list of sites associated with “Seeds of Compassion” that may impact traffic. Other events occurring before or after them are highlighted in italics:

Friday, April 11:

• University of Washington, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Anticipated attendance: 8,000
• Key Arena, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Anticipated attendance: 8,000
• Key Arena, 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Anticipated attendance: 8,600

Saturday, April 12:

• Washington Mutual Theater, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anticipated attendance: 4,800
• Qwest Field, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Anticipated attendance: 55,000
• Safeco Field, Mariners game, 6:10 p.m. start time. Anticipated attendance: 30,000

Monday, April 14:

• Key Arena, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Anticipated attendance: 14,500 (with up to 200 school buses.)
• University of Washington, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anticipated attendance: 8,000

Tuesday, April 15:

• University of Washington, Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 9:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Anticipated attendance: 8,000

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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