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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: SDOT Traffic Advisory - Next 3 Days of Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/28/2009  5:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114



Festivals, sports and marches lined up for the weekend
Plan On Possible Traffic Delays

SEATTLE – The coming weekend wraps up the month of May with outdoor activities and events taking place throughout Seattle. Starting tomorrow, Friday, May 29 through Sunday evening, May 31, there’s a wide selection runs, marches and festivals featuring food and family fun. 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 three days are as follows:

Friday, May 29
Torch Run for Special Olympics 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
50 participants
The relay run will take place in one lane along the route (primarily the right curb lane), with a police motorcycle escort in the front of and behind the runner. Relay route heads south on SR-99/Aurora Avenue N from N 145th Street to the Denny Way exit; angling west on Wall Street to Fifth Avenue; south on Fifth to S. Jackson Street; west on Jackson to First Avenue S; south on First to the City Limits. Run should take two hours.

Saturday, May 30
2009 Pike Place Market Street Fesival 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
10,000 expected
Pike Place Market
Streets closed: 6 p.m. Friday, 5/29 – 11:59 p.m. Sunday, 5/31 - 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.

Health Care for all in 2009: Mothers Leading the Way 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
From Pratt Park to Westlake Park
10,000 expected
Fourth Avenue and Pine Street may be closed for the rally. No streets closed along the march; however, streets will be blocked briefly as the police-escorted march moves along starting at Pratt Park, 18th Avenue E and Yesler Way, heading south on 18th to Jackson Street, west on Jackson to Fourth Avenue, and north on Fourth to Westlake Park.

Religious Parade for World Peace 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.
12th Avenue E and E. Fir Street
2,500 expected
No streets closed; there will be a rolling slow down as the police-escorted parade moves around the block clockwise starting from the south gate of the Church at 1230 E Fir Street.

Sunday, May 31
West Seattle 500K Run and Walk 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Along Alki Beach
2,100 expected
Streets closed: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.: Alki Avenue SW / Harbor Avenue SW from 63rd Avenue SW to California Way SW. One lane of one-way traffic will be maintained on Alki Ave SW / Harbor Avenue SW for emergency and local access. There will be a signed detour for all other vehicles.

Alki Summer Street Spectacular 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Along Alki Beach
2,000 expected
Streets closed: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.: Alki Avenue SW / Harbor Avenue SW from 63rd Avenue SW to California Way SW. One lane of one-way traffic will be maintained on Alki Ave SW / Harbor Avenue SW for emergency and local access. There will be a signed detour for all other vehicles.

2009 Pike Place Market Street Fesival 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
10,000 expected
Pike Place Market
Streets closed until 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. 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 Sounders versus Columbus Crew - 7:30pm
Qwest Field
32,000 expected
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the match. 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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