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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: May Day Marches

4/30/2008  10:00:00 AM
Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114

May Day Marches

SEATTLE - Three separate May Day marches are scheduled for Thursday, May 1. The events will likely cause traffic disruptions for travelers near the march routes. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recommends that commuters plan accordingly and seek alternative routes and means of transportation to avoid travel delays.

Two coordinated anti-war, pro-worker parades will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will march to Pier 66. The first group, estimated at 500 to 2,000 marchers, will gather at Jack Perry Park, just south of S Massachusetts Street, for the “May Day March & Rally.” They will march north on E Marginal Way to Alaskan Way, and will hold a rally at the Port of Seattle’s Pier 66.

The second group, of roughly 300 students, will assemble at Seattle Central Community College on Broadway at Pine for the “Student March in Support of May 1st.” They will travel south on Broadway to Madison Street; west on Madison to Alaskan Way; and finally north on Alaskan Way to Pier 66. Depending upon the size of the crowd, lanes southbound on Alaskan Way could be blocked at Pier 66.

Occurring from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the “9th Annual May Day Rally & March” will involve over 3,000 participants and is likely to impact the afternoon commute. The march will move from Judkins Park (on the north side of I-90 just east of the Mount Baker Tunnel), west on South Nye Place to 20th Avenue South; north on 20th to South Jackson Street; west on Jackson to 4th Avenue South; and north on 4th Avenue to the Seattle Center.

Metro Transit expects that all bus service, especially in downtown and lower Queen Anne, will be impacted from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with potential delays of up to an hour or more. To avoid delays, passengers are encouraged to utilize bus lines that service downtown via the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel.

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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