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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Special Events Will Affect Traffic this Weekend

11/26/2008  1:30:00 PM

Special Events Will Affect Traffic this Weekend

(SEATTLE)--Residents and visitors to Seattle will enjoy holiday entertainment, shopping and special events this weekend. On Friday, the Macy’s Parade and Tree Lighting along with holiday shopping will energize downtown Seattle. With so many people out and about traffic may be an issue, so riding Metro Transit, Link light rail, the Seattle Street Car or the Monorail to downtown will be a pleasant alternative to driving.

On Sunday, travelers may want to plan around the Seattle Marathon. It starts at the Seattle Center, crosses through downtown on Fifth Avenue to the I-90 express lanes, turns around on Mercer Island and continues back to Seattle, proceeds along Lake Washington from Seward Park to East Madison Street, then through Interlaken, over Capitol Hill, under I-5, and back to the Seattle Center.

For more details, please see the information below and also visit the event Web sites.

Friday, November 28
Macy’s Holiday Parade: 8:45 a.m.
35,000 expected
The parade will begin on Seventh Avenue, head west down Pine Street, turn south onto Fifth Avenue to University Street, west on University to Fourth, north on Fourth to Pine Street, ending on Fourth Avenue at Macy's. Street closures will occur at 7:30 a.m.

Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony/Macy’s Holiday Star Lighting and Fireworks: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10,000 expected
Attendees will fill Westlake Park for the lighting and fireworks kicking off the holiday season. Streets closed (except Pine Street) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Olive Way, Pike Street from Third to Fourth avenues, Fifth Avenue from Olive Way to Pike Street, Pine Street from Sixth to Third avenues. Pine St. between Fifth and Fourth avenues will be closed from 4:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

For more information about these two events, please see Macy’s Web site at:

Saturday, November 29
Pike Place Market Lighting Ceremony: 5:00 p.m.
300 expected
“Magic in the Market,” running from noon to 5:00 p.m., closes with a market lighting ceremony.

Seattle Marathon’s 5K Race: 9:00 a.m.
The 5K race, located in Myrtle Edwards Park, will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Alaskan Way and Broad Street.

Kids Marathon: 10:00 a.m.
2,700 attendees
Street closures will begin at 9:00 a.m. The race starts at Fifth and Republican Street and will circle around the Seattle Center, moving south on Fifth to Broad Street, west on Broad to Denny Way, West on Denny to Second Avenue North, north on Second through the Seattle Center to Mercer Street, east on Mercer to Fourth Avenue North, south on Fourth and then into Memorial Stadium.

Sunday, November 30
Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon:
11,500 attendees
The Seattle Marathon and the Half Marathon will take place Sunday on two courses, one 26.2 miles and one 13.1 miles long. Both start at the Seattle Center. To download a map of the race courses, see Streets affected by the races include:
• Fifth Avenue through downtown will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
• The I-90 Express Lanes will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• Lanes on Lake Washington Boulevard, south of I-90, will be restricted from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Northbound lanes on Lakeside Avenue South and Lake Washington Boulevard, north of I-90, will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
• Traffic will be restricted on East Galer Street to East Madison Street, and East Interlaken Boulevard from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
• Lake Washington Boulevard to Roanoke will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
• The streets returning to the Seattle Center will be closed from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., including parts of Boylston Avenue East, Lakeview Boulevard East, Belmont Avenue East, Eastlake Avenue East, Republican Street, Dexter Avenue North, Mercer Street, and Fourth Avenue North. The race will end at Memorial Stadium.

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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