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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Weekend Traffic Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/22/2008  11:50:00 AM
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Summer Festivities Continue this Weekend
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

SEATTLE - The summer may be winding down, but the festivities continue this coming weekend, August 22-24. Thousands of people will spend time at the beach during the annual Seattle Sandfest downtown, while community members will gather on Sunday for the Capitol Hill Car Free Day. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) believes there will likely be heavy traffic around the various weekend activities, so motorists should plan accordingly. SDOT encourages Seattle residents and visitors attending the weekend events to consider going “car-free” and trying other modes of travel such as walking, cycling or taking the bus.

Friday, August 22
Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics: 7:10 p.m. - 10 p.m.
30,000 expected
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

Saturday, August 23
Magnolia Auto Show: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
850 expected
Streets closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: W McGraw St (32nd Ave W - 34th Ave W) and 33rd Ave W (W Lynn St - W Wheeler St).

Lake Union Summerfest: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
5,000 expected
To held at Rogers Playfield and along adjacent Franklin Ave E. No street closures will occur, but expect congestion in the vicinity of the event.

Seattle Sandfest: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
25,000 expected
To be held around Westlake Mall Plaza and Westlake Park. Streets closed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Pine St (4th Avenue - 5th Avenue).

Stop the Youth Violence Walk: Noon - 1 p.m.
300 expected
Rolling street closures as the Seattle Police Department escorts the walk. The march will assemble at the Garfield Community Center at 23rd Ave and E James St and head south on 23rd Ave to Judkins Park.

Chinatown/ID Night Market: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
1,000 expected
To be held at Hing Hay Park. Streets closed: S King St (6th Ave S - Maynard Ave S).

Vietnamese Catholic Community Religious Parade: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
3,000 expected
Rolling street closures as the Seattle Police Department escorts the parade. It will start on E Fir St between 12th Ave and 14th Ave, head west on Fir to 12th Ave, north on 12th to E Spruce St, east on Spruce to 14th, south on 14th to Fir, and west on Fir to the starting point.

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

Sunday, August 24
Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 expected
Streets surrounding Pike Place Market may have heavy traffic.

Capitol Hill Car Free Days: Noon - 6 p.m.
2,000 expected
Streets closed: 14th Ave E (E Prospect St - E Republican St) and E Republican St (14th Ave E - 15th Ave E).

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics: 1:10 p.m. - 4 p.m.
36,000 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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