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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Another Event-filled Weekend on Tap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/31/2008  9:35:00 AM
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Another Event-filled Weekend on Tap
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

SEATTLE - This coming weekend, August 1-3, residents and visitors can choose from a wide variety of events - three parades, hydroplane races, festivals, dances and even an exchange of cars for new commuter bikes. Motorists should count on heavy traffic surrounding event sites and on parking at a distance and walking to the activities. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) encourages event-goers to consider other modes of travel such as walking, cycling or taking the bus. The Seafair Hydroplane Race/Air Show/Fireworks and Concert will make it easier for participants to leave the car at home by providing secure bike corrals on site and shuttle buses. Information on Seafair shuttles is available at www.seafair.com/events/hydro/getthere.asp and information on bus routes linking to the shuttle service can be found at www.seafair.com/events/hydro/busroutes.asp

Thursday, July 31
Blue Angels practice
I-90 bridge closed from 9:45 a.m. - noon and 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The center reversible lane closed from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Magnolia Summer Festival
Thursday road closures to prepare for festival. Streets closed: W Smith St (34th Ave W - 32nd Ave W) and 33rd Ave W (W Smith and W Wheeler St) from 4 p.m. Thursday through midnight on Saturday.

Friday, August 1
Magnolia Summer Festival: Noon - 10 p.m.
5,000 expected
To be held at the Magnolia Playfield. Streets closed: W Smith St (34th Ave W - 32nd Ave W) and 33rd Ave W (W Smith - W Wheeler St) from 4 p.m. Thursday through midnight on Saturday.

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 attending
To be held at Judkins Park. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the park.

Seafair Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
75,000 expected
To be held in and around Stan Sayres Memorial Park/Genesee Park on Lake Washington. Streets closed: Lake Washington Blvd (Lake Park Dr S - 50th Ave S) from 6 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday. Expect heavy congestion in the vicinity of Genesee Park during the events from Thursday through Sunday.

Blue Angels practice:
I-90 bridge closed from 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. The center reversible lane closed from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles: 7:10 p.m. - 10 p.m.
36,000 expected
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

Saturday, August 2
Magnolia Summer Festival: 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
1,000 expected
To be held at the Magnolia Playfield. Streets closed: W Smith St (34th Ave W - 32nd Ave W) and 33rd Ave W (W Smith - W Wheeler St) from 4 p.m. Thursday through midnight on Saturday.

Magnolia Kids and Seafair Parade: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
4,700 expected
To be held on Magnolia Village streets. Streets impacted: Staging on 34th Ave W (W Barrett St - W Raye St), parade then heads south on 34th Ave W from W Raye St to W McGraw St, then east on McGraw to 32nd Ave W and north on 32nd to W Raye St.

Tour de Fat Festival (Car/Bike Trade): 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
3,500 expected
To be held at Gas Works Park. No traffic impacts anticipated.

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 expected
To be held at Judkins Park. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the park.

Blue Angels Air Show:
I-90 bridge closed from 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. The center reversible lane closed from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lake City Pioneer Days Grand & Kids Parades: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
6,300 expected
Streets closed at 4 p.m. for staging. Kids Parade begins at 6 p.m., starts at N.E. 130th and Lake City
Way NE, heading south on Lake City Way NE to NE 125th St. The Grand Parade begins at 7 p.m., starts at NE 135th and Lake City Way NE, heading south on Lake City Way NE to NE 123rd St. Through traffic on Lake City Way NE/SR 522 will diverted over to 30th NE and 35th NE.

Seafair Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying, Fireworks and Concert: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
50,000 expected
To be held in and around Stan Sayres Memorial Park/Genesee Park on Lake Washington. Streets closed: Lake Washington Blvd (Lake Park Dr S - 50th Ave S) from 6 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday. Expect heavy congestion in the vicinity of Genesee Park during the events from Thursday through Sunday.

Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles: 7:10 - 10 p.m.
31,000 expected
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

Sunday, August 3
Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 expected
To be held at Judkins Park. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the park.

Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets surrounding Pike Place Market may be congested.

Blue Angels Air Show:
I-90 bridge closed from 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. The center reversible lane closed from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Seafair Hydroplane Race (and Air show): 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
300,000 expected
To be held in and around Stan Sayres Memorial Park/Genesee Park on Lake Washington. Streets closed: Lake Washington Blvd (Lake Park Dr S - 50th Ave S) from 6 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday. Expect heavy congestion in the vicinity of Genesee Park during the events from Thursday through Sunday.

Dance for Peace and Social Harmony: Noon - 7 p.m.
1,000 expected
To be held at Alki Beach Park. No traffic impacts expected.

Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles: 7:10 p.m. - 10 p.m.
33,000 expected
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

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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