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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Big Labor Day Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/29/2008  9:35:00 AM
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Big Labor Day Weekend Ahead
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

SEATTLE -Thousands of people are expected to celebrate the last hurrah of summer over the coming Labor Day weekend. There are many festivities planned throughout Seattle with the biggest events being the final pre-season Seahawks game, the annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival and a Washington State University football game. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises motorists to plan on heavy traffic around the various weekend activities. SDOT encourages Seattle residents and visitors attending the festivities to consider going “car-free” and trying other modes of travel such as walking, cycling or taking the bus.

Friday, August 29
Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders Pre-Season Game: 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
60,000 expected
With fans arriving early for the game, there will be heavier traffic than usual throughout the afternoon rush hour with impacts expected for the downtown and SODO areas as well as I-5 and the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

R Place World Series Beer Garden: Noon - Midnight
1,000 expected
Streets closed: Boylston Ave (E Pike - E Pine St).

Saturday, August 30
Washington State University vs. Oklahoma State: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
45,000 expected
Anticipate heavy traffic surrounding Qwest Field before and after the game.

Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
100,000 plus expected
To be held on Seattle Center Grounds. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Vietnamese Catholic Church Summer Festival: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
5,000 expected
Expect heavier traffic on streets adjacent to the Bailey Gatzert School playground (1310 E Yesler Way).

PURR “World Series” Closing Party: 1 p.m. - 2 a.m. (Sunday)
1,000 expected
Streets closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday until 2 a.m. on Sunday: 11th Ave (E Pike - E Pine St).

Sunday, August 31
Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
100,000 plus expected
To be held on Seattle Center Grounds. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Vietnamese Catholic Church Summer Festival: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
5,000 expected
Expect heavier traffic on streets adjacent to the Bailey Gatzert School playground (1310 E Yesler Way).

Car Free Days on Rainier Avenue: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Streets closed: Rainier Ave S (S Orcas St - S Alaska St), S Alaska St (Rainer - 38th Ave S), 38th Ave S (Alaska St to S Conover St), S Conover St (38th Ave S - Cascadia Ave S). Parking restrictions will be in place along this route from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more info and a map, please visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/carfree_cc.htm

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

Monday, September 1
Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
100,000 plus expected
To be held on Seattle Center Grounds. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

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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