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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Traditional Holiday Events set for this Weekend

12/4/2008  11:00:00 AM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Traditional Holiday Events set for this Weekend

Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

(SEATTLE) --Among many holiday events planned for this weekend, the annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition gets the weekend off to a musical start and is expected to draw up to 10,000 spectators to the downtown Westlake Park and Plaza area. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises motorists to plan on heavy traffic on the streets surrounding the weekend activities. The department encourages motorists to “think green” and consider reducing their “carbon footprint” and saving money by traveling to the weekend events via bus, cycling or, if appropriate, walking. The events expected to impact traffic most are the following:

Friday, December 5
The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition: 5:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.
10,000 Spectators expected
Takes place on downtown streets, in the vicinity of the Westlake Park and Westlake Plaza
Streets closed: Pine Street from 3rd and 7th avenues and 5th Avenue from Olive Way to Pike Street.

Saturday, December 6
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of Americas Religious Procession: 10 a.m. - 12 noon
800 Spectators and participants expected
Saint Mary Church located at South Weller Street and 20th Avenue South
There will be rolling closures on streets as Seattle Police escort the procession. The procession begins at the Saint Mary Church at South Weller Street; heads north on 20th Avenue South to East Fir Street; then moves west on Fir to 12th Avenue South; then north on 12th to James Street; west on James to 9th Avenue; north on 9th Avenue to Marion Street and finally east on Marion to Saint James Cathedral.

Sunday, December 7
Seattle Seahawks versus the New England Patriots: 1:05 p.m. - 5 p.m.
55,000 Spectators
To be held at Qwest Field. Expect congestion surrounding the stadium, and on I-5 and the Alaskan Way Viaduct 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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