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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Weekend Special Events Traffic Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/14/2009  5:45:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548



The Weekend is Packed with Events
Plan On Possible Traffic Delays

SEATTLE - There is a wide variety of events taking place this weekend throughout Seattle from Friday morning, May 15, through Sunday evening, May 17. The activities get underway with the Bike to Work Day and range from street fairs and parades to Mariners baseball and a cheese festival. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises motorists to plan for possible delays associated with the activities or try a different way of commuting - ride a bike, take the bus, or if feasible, walk.

Events happening this weekend are as follows:

Friday, May 15
Bike to Work Day: Morning commute
11,000+ Bicyclists
Watch out for bicyclists coming into the downtown core area on all the major arterials, particularly during morning peak-hour traffic.

Seattle Summer Streets: 4 - 7 p.m.
Bergen Place Park / 22nd Avenue NW. Up to 2,000 participants
Streets closed: 3 - 8 p.m. Bergan Place Park and 22nd Avenue NW between NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue NW.

Seattle Mariners versus Boston Red Sox: 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
37,000 attending
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 16
Seattle Cheese Festival at Pike Place Market: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10,000 attendees
Streets closed: 5 p.m. Friday - 7 p.m. Sunday - Pike Place from Pike Street to Virginia Street; Pine Street and Virginia Street between First Avenue and Pike Place; expect traffic congestion in the area.

University District Street Fair: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
25,000 attending
Streets closed: 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. on Sunday - University Way NE from NE 50 Street to NE Campus Parkway (NE 45th Street remains open); NE 47th Street, NE 43rd Street, and NE 42nd Street from Brooklyn Avenue NE to 5th Avenue NE; expect heavy traffic congestion throughout the area.

Seattle Cheese Festival (at Pike Place Market): 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10,000 attending
Streets closed: 5 p.m. Friday - 7 p.m. Sunday - Pike Place from Pike Street to Virginia Street; Pine Street and Virginia Street between First Avenue and Pike Place; expect traffic congestion in the area.

Seattle Mariners versus the Boston Red Sox: 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
40,000 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.

Sunday, May 17
University District Street Fair: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
25,000 attending
Streets closed: 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. on Sunday - University Way NE from NE 50 Street to NE Campus Parkway (NE 45th Street remains open); NE 47th Street, NE 43rd Street, and NE 42nd Street from Brooklyn Avenue NE to 5th Avenue NE; expect heavy traffic congestion throughout the area.

Annual Norwegian Constitution Day 17th of May Parade: 4 p.m.
5,000 attending
Parade route: Starts at 24th Avenue NW and NW 62nd Street; heads south on 24th to NW Market Street; moves east on Market to 22nd Avenue NW; and then south on 22nd to Ballard Avenue NW. Expect traffic congestion in the area.

Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes 8K Run and 4K Walk: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10,000 runners and walkers
Race starts at Montlake Boulevard NE and NE Pacific Place; moves south on Montlake to E. Roanoke Street; west on Roanoke to W. Montlake Place E; south on W. Montlake Place E to 19th Avenue E; south on 19th to E. Lynn Street; west on Lynn to Boyer Avenue E; west and north on Boyer to Fuhrman Avenue E; northwest on Fuhrman to Eastlake Avenue E; northeast on Eastlake across the University Bridge to NE 40th Street; east on 40th to Brooklyn Avenue NE; south on Brooklyn to NE Pacific Street; east on Pacific Street to NE Pacific Place; west on Pacific Place to Montlake Boulevard NE; expect traffic congestion in the area.

Urban Assault Ride (bike scavenger hunt)
300+ bicyclists
Starts and finishes at parking lot behind Free Range Bikes: 3501 Phinney Avenue N

Seattle Cheese Festival (at Pike Place Market): 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10,000 attending
Streets closed: 5p.m. Friday - 7 p.m. Sunday - Pike Place from Pike Street to Virginia Street; Pine Street and Virginia Street between First Avenue and Pike Place; expect traffic congestion in the area.

Seattle Mariners versus Boston Red Sox: 1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
40,000 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.

For traffic 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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