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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Traffic Advisory: Next 5 Days of Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/20/2009  5:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114



Movies, Sports and Folklife Dominate the Next Five Days
Plan On Possible Traffic Delays

SEATTLE – Starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 21 through Monday, May 25, the long Memorial Holiday Weekend offers an abundance of fun activities including movies, sports and the annual Folklife Festival. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises motorists to plan for possible delays associated with these activities or try a different way of commuting and save money and the environment– ride a bike, take the bus, or if feasible, walk.

Events scheduled for the next five days are as follows:

Thursday, May 21
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Opening Night Gala - 7 p.m.
The Paramount Theater – Ninth Avenue and Pine Street
2,400 attendees
Ninth Avenue between Pine and Pike streets will be closed from 6 a.m Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday.

Seattle Storm versus the Monarchs – 7 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
Expect heavier traffic surrounding the center grounds before and after the game.

Mariners versus Los Angeles Angels - 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
18,000 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 South and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

Friday, May 22
Northwest Folklife Festival – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Seattle Center
60,000+ expected
Expect increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic before, during and after the event. No streets will be closed; however, some parking lanes will be closed on streets adjacent to the center.

Mariners versus San Francisco Giants - 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
30,000 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 South and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

Saturday, May 23
Northwest Folklife Festival – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Seattle Center
60,000+ expected
Expect increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic before, during and after the event. No streets will be closed; some parking lanes on adjacent streets will be closed.

Mariners versus San Francisco Giants - 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
32,000 expected
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 South and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

Sunday, May 24
Northwest Folklife Festival - 11am to 10pm
Seattle Center
60,000+ expected
Expect increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic before, during and after the event. No streets will be closed; however, some parking lanes will be closed on streets adjacent to the center.

Mariners versus San Francisco Giants - 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
34,000 expected
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 South and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

Monday, May 25
Northwest Folklife Festival - 11a.m. to 10 p.m.
Seattle Center
60,000+ expected
Expect increased traffic and pedestrians before, during and after the event. No streets will be closed; however, some parking lanes will be closed on streets adjacent to the center.

For traffic on major city streets, check SDOT’s real- time traffic Travelers 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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