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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Weekend Events Around Seattle May Impact Traffic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/16/2008  9:15:00 AM
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Weekend Events Around Seattle May Impact Traffic

SEATTLE - Residents will have many activities to choose from this weekend as events are occurring across the city, ranging from street fairs to parades and from fun runs to a cheese festival. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises citizens that these weekend events will likely impact traffic. Please plan for possible delays in your travels or use alternate modes of transportation.

Events happening this weekend are as follows:

Saturday, May 17

Norwegian 17th of May Parade: 4:00 p.m.
5,000 attending
Starts at 24th Avenue NW and NW 62nd Street, heads south on 24th NW to Market Street, goes east on Market to 22nd Avenue NW and then south on 22nd NW to Ballard Avenue NW.

University District Street Fair: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
25,000 attending
University Way NE from NE 50th Street to NE Campus Parkway and adjacent side streets between NE Brooklyn Street and 15th will be closed, except for NE 45th, which will remain open.

Birth of Buddha Parade: assembles at 9:00 a.m. with procession from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
500 attending
Starts at Hinghay Park (S King Street and Maynard), heads north on Maynard Avenue S to S Jackson Street, east on Jackson to 23rd Avenue S and ends at the Red Apple Supermarket parking lot.

Seattle Cheese Festival: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10,000 attending
Event takes place at the Seattle Pike Place Market. Pike Place adjacent to the market will be closed to traffic.

Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres Baseball Game: 7:10 p.m.
Streets and parking around Safeco Field may be congested.

Sunday, May 18

Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes 8K Run and 4K Walk: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
10,000 attending
Activities begin at Husky Stadium. The bridge opening to beat will occur at 9:05 a.m.

University District Street Fair: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
25,000 attending
University Way NE from NE 50th Street to NE Campus Parkway and adjacent side streets between NE Brooklyn Street and 15th will be closed, except for NE 45th, which will remain open.

Seattle Cheese Festival: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10,000 attending
Event takes place at the Seattle Pike Place Market. Pike Place adjacent to the market will be closed to traffic.

Seattle Human Rights Torch Relay: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (sign-in at 9:30 a.m.)
300 attending
Torch walk from Hinghay Park (King & Maynard) to Westlake Park for concert and rally at 11:00 a.m.

Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres Baseball Game: 1:10 p.m.
Streets and parking around Safeco Field may be congested.

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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