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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Weekend Traffic Advisory May 1-3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4/30/2009  1:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



Many Large Weekend Activities will affect Traffic
Plan on Possible Delays

SEATTLE - There are several events taking place this weekend, Friday through Sunday, May 1-3, that are likely to cause traffic delays. The activities run the gamut from the “Ninth Annual May Day March and Rally” and “Opening Day of Boating Season” to the “March of Dimes for Babies.” Motorists should allow time for traffic congestion associated with these events. The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages event-goers to try a different way of traveling -- and save money while they reduce their carbon footprint and frustration. Alternatives include car pooling, riding the bus, taking the Sound Transit Sounder (to Mariners on May 3), bicycling, or walking.

Friday, May 1

Ninth Annual May Day March and Rally: rally at 3 p.m. and march at 4 p.m.
Judkins Park and Occidental Square Park
Approximately 5,000 participants
Following the rally at Judkins Park, the march heads west on S Lane Street to 20th Ave S; north on 20th to S Jackson Street; west on Jackson to Fourth Ave; north on Fourth to Seneca Street; west on Seneca to Second Ave; south on Second to S Jackson Street; west on Jackson to Occidental Ave S; north on Occidental into Occidental Square Park. The march will be escorted by Seattle Police.

Seattle Mariners versus the Oakland A’s: 7:10 - 10 p.m.
Safeco Field
27,000 participants
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the game. S Royal Brougham Way, which is closed for SR 519 construction between Fourth Avenue and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

Saturday, May 2

Opening Day of Boating Season: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Dragon Boat Races, 10:05 a.m.
Windermere Cup Regatta, 10:20 a.m.
Boat parade on the waterway from Portage Bay, through the Montlake Cut to Webster Point in Lake Union, noon.
500 participants 20,000 spectators
The Montlake Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Traffic is expected to be very heavy near the Montlake Bridge and the area around the University of Washington Husky Stadium.

Marijuana Liberation March: 1 p.m.
Volunteer Park and Westlake Park
500 - 600 participants
Participants will gather at Volunteer Park for a rally and prayer vigil 11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
The march begins at 1 p.m. from Volunteer Park heading west on E. Prospect Street to Tenth Avenue E; south on Tenth to Broadway; south on Broadway to E. Pine Street; west on Pine to Westlake Park; Seattle Police will escort.

Seattle Mariners versus Oakland A’s: 6:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
20,000 spectators
Expect heavy traffic before and after the game in the area surrounding the stadium. S Royal Brougham Way, which is closed for SR 519 construction between Fourth Avenue and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.


Sunday, May 3

March of Dimes for Babies Walk: 9:30 a.m.
Starts and ends in Qwest Field.
10,000+ participants
Walk route: south on Occidental Ave. S. to S. Royal Brougham Way; west on Royal Brougham to First Ave. S; north on First Ave onto the Alaskan Way Viaduct; u-turn at approximately Western Ave. off-ramp; return same route to Qwest Field.
The viaduct will be closed northbound from 9 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m. The following streets are also closed from 9-11 a.m.: Occidental between King and Royal Brougham; northbound on First Avenue S between Royal Brougham Way and S King Street; westbound on Royal Brougham Way between First and Fourth Avenues S.

Seattle Mariners versus Oakland A’s: 1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
27,000 Spectators
Expect heavy traffic before and after the game in the area surrounding the stadium. S Royal Brougham Way, which is closed for SR 519 construction between Fourth Avenue and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

For traffic conditions on major city streets, check SDOT’s real-time traffic Traveler Information Map at www.seattle.gov/travelers

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 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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