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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Seafair in Full Swing This Weekend: Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/9/2009  6:20:00 PM
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Seafair in Full Swing This Weekend
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

SEATTLE - Crowds in the thousands are expected to attend festivals, parades and other sports events taking place throughout Seattle this weekend. In preparation for the weekend activities, some communities are closing their streets starting the evening of Thursday, July 9. Motorists should anticipate traffic issues near event sites and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recommends parking at a distance and walking or using alternate modes of travel.

Friday, July 10
West Seattle Summer Fest: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10,000 attending
Streets closed from 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, until 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 12: California Avenue SW (SW Edmunds Street - SW Genesee) and SW Alaska Street (42nd Avenue SW - 44th Avenue SW).

Seattle Mariners versus Texas Rangers: 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
27,000 attending
Streets congested around the stadium before and after the game.

Saturday, July 11
Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP): Assembles beginning at 4:00 a.m.
10,000 participating
Waves of 500-900 cyclists will leave every ten minutes with the first group departing at 4:45 a.m. and the last leaving at 7:30 a.m. They will assemble at the University of Washington E-1 N parking lot on Montlake Boulevard adjacent to Husky Stadium. Police will escort the cyclists out of the parking lot and hold traffic if necessary. Riders head south on Montlake to Pacific Place, west on Pacific to the University Bridge, south on Fuhrman Avenue and Boyer Avenue to Lake Washington Boulevard, south on Lake Washington to Renton.

Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
500 expected
The 3.3 mile run along Queen Anne Blvd begins at Fifth Avenue W and W Halladay Street and ends at Coe Elementary School on Seventh Avenue W and W Smith Street.

Crown of Queen Anne Children’s Parade: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
300 participating
The parade assembles at First Avenue W and W Crockett Street, heads southbound on First Avenue W to W Blaine Street, west on W Blaine Street to Third Avenue W, northbound on Third to W Howe Street, eastbound on Howe, and disperses west of the Queen Anne Community Center on Howe between Third and Second Avenue W.

Seattle Summer Street: University District: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
5,000 expected
Street closed 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.: University Way NE (NE 45th Street - NE 50th Street) and NE 47th Street (Brooklyn - University Way NE).

Seafair Milk Carton Derby: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Green Lake
5,000 expected
Congestion expected near the south side of the Aqua Theatre and on surrounding streets. Possibility of streets closed: West Green Lake Way N from N 63rd Street to Green Lake Way N.

Seafair Pirates Landing: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Alki Beach near the Bath House
12,000
Expect congestion along Alki Beach, especially on Alki Avenue SW near 60th Avenue SW.

West Seattle Summer Fest: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
10,000 attending
Streets closed from 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, until 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 12: California Avenue SW (SW Edmunds Street - SW Genesee Street) and SW Alaska Street (42nd Avenue SW - 44th Avenue SW).

Wallingford Street Fair: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets closed from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Wallingford Avenue N (N 43rd Street - N 45th Street).

Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1,300 + attending
Takes place on Wallingford neighborhood streets. Parade heads west on N 45th Street from Corliss Avenue N to Woodlawn Avenue N. Seattle police will escort.
Streets closed from 11 a.m. - noon: N 45th St (Stone Way N to Eastern Avenue N - east of Sunnyside).

2009 Annual Children’s Picnic Parade: 11 a.m. - Noon
Madison Park
250 expected
Parade gathers outside of Wells Fargo Bank heads northeast on E Madison Street from McGilvra Boulevard E to 42nd and turns into Madison Park. Seattle Police will escort.

Chinatown/International District Summer Festival: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Chinatown/International District streets and in Hing Hay Park
15,000 expected

Streets closed 9 p.m. Friday - 11 p.m. Sunday: S King Street (6th Avenue S - 8th Avenue S), 7th Ave S (S Weller Street - S Jackson Street) and Maynard Avenue S (S Weller Street - S Jackson Street).

Seattle Sounders versus Houston Dynamo: 1:00 p.m.
Qwest Field
32,000 expected
Streets congested around stadium before and after the match.

Seattle Mariners versus the Texas Rangers: 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
28,000 expected
Streets congested around the stadium before and after the game.

Sunday, July 12
Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets closed: Pike, Pine and Stewart streets between First Avenue and Pike Place and Pike Place (adjacent to the market).

West Seattle Summer Fest: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5,000 attending
Streets closed until 11:00 p.m.: California Avenue SW (SW Edmunds Street - SW Genesee Street) and SW Alaska Street (42nd Avenue SW - 44th Avenue SW).

Chinatown/International District Summer Festival: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
15,000 expected
Takes place on streets in the Chinatown/International District and in Hing Hay Park.
Streets closed until 11 p.m.: S King Street (6th Avenue S - 8th Avenue S), 7th Avenue S (S Weller Street - S Jackson Street) and Maynard Avenue S (S Weller Street - S Jackson Street).

Seattle Mariners versus the Texas Rangers: 1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
27,000 expected
Streets congested around the stadium before and after the game.

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