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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Big Sports Weekend Coming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/5/2008  1:30:00 PM
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Big Sports Weekend Coming
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

SEATTLE-It will be a busy weekend for sports in the city and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises motorists to plan on weekend traffic due to sporting events and other activities. Thousands are expected at the Huskies and Mariners games while others will enjoy three days of Dragon Boat racing on Lake Washington. SDOT encourages residents and visitors attending the festivities to consider going “car-free”, much like Car Free Day on Alki this Sunday, and using other modes of travel such as walking, cycling or taking mass transit.

Friday, September 5
Seattle Starbucks Dragon Boat Race and Festival
1,000 expected
To be held in Stan Sayres Memorial Park. Expect congestion along Lake Washington Boulevard near Stan Sayres Pits.

Mariners vs. NY Yankees: 7:05 p.m. - 10 p.m.
45,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

Saturday, September 6
Seattle Starbucks Dragon Boat Race and Festival
1,000 expected
To be held in Stan Sayres Memorial Park. Expect congestion along Lake Washington Boulevard near Stan Sayres Pits.

University of Washington vs. Brigham Young University Football Game: Noon - 3:30 p.m.
60,000 expected
Heavy traffic will occur on I-5 approaching the University district and on all arterials leading to and alongside Husky Stadium.

Mariners vs. NY Yankees: 7:10 p.m. - 10 p.m.
45,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

Sunday, September 7
Seattle Starbucks Dragon Boat Race and Festival
1,000 expected
To be held in Stan Sayres Memorial Park. Expect congestion along Lake Washington Boulevard near Stan Sayres Pits.

Car Free Day on Alki: Noon - 6 p.m.
Streets closed: Alki Ave SW (California Way SW - 63rd Ave SW). Parking is restricted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Alki Ave SW (SW Maryland Place - 63rd Ave SW). A lane for eastbound traffic through the event site will be open to accommodate the Water Taxi shuttle, bus route 56 and local residents needing access to their homes. For more information 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.

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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