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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Weekend Traffic Advisory: Three big events will affect traffic tomorrow and Sunday

5/2/2008  11:00:00 AM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Three big events will affect traffic tomorrow and Sunday

SEATTLE - Three big events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 that are likely to cause traffic congestion in the event areas. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) suggests commuters plan their travel accordingly to avoid delays.

Tomorrow, Saturday, is the Opening Day of Boating Season. To accommodate the parade of boats through the Lake Washington Ship Canal, the Montlake Bridge will be open for marine traffic and closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also tomorrow afternoon, up to 1000 participants will join in the Marijuana Liberation March. The marchers will gather at Volunteer Park and at 1 p.m. and then head west on East Prospect Street to 10th Avenue East; south on 10th to Broadway; south on Broadway to Pine Street and west on Pine to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle.

The March of Dimes March for Babies will occur on Sunday, May 4, with as many as 10,000 walkers participating. The northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed to traffic from 9 to 11 a.m. The march will begin at Qwest Field at 10 a.m., move south on Occidental Avenue South to South Royal Brougham Street, west on Royal Brougham to First Avenue South, north on First onto the northbound lanes of the SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct, and north on the viaduct to approximately the Western Avenue off-ramp. Then they will make a u-turn and move back to Qwest field along the same route.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees that better connect the city's neighborhoods with the rest of the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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