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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Light Rail Launch + Sounders Match+ Seafair Events = Traffic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/15/2009  4:30:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Light Rail Launch + Sounders Match+ Seafair Events = Traffic
Motorists should plan for traffic delays this weekend

SEATTLE -The coming weekend is chock-full of Seafair and summer activities taking place throughout Seattle from Thursday afternoon through Sunday, evening, July 16 - 19. There are many events celebrating Seattle’s rich ethnic and cultural diversity. In addition, crowds of 50,000 to 70,000 people are expected to turn out for the launch of the newly completed Tukwila to Seattle Sound Transit Light Rail, the Seattle Sounders match against England’s Chelsea Football Club, and the Bite of Seattle.

Motorists should expect to encounter heavy traffic around event sites and plan to park at a distance and walk. Instead of driving alone, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) encourages event-goers to consider alternate modes of travel such as walking, cycling, carpooling, or taking the bus - by doing so, they’ll avoid frustration, save themselves money, and reduce their carbon footprint!

Thursday, July 16

Great City Summer Street Scene: 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Belltown
Up to 300
Bell Street will be closed between Second to Third avenues.

Friday, July 17

Bite of Seattle : 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Up to 50,000 attending
The festival is being held at the Seattle Center. Motorists should expect heavy traffic at the Mercer Street exit from I-5 over to, and surrounding, the Seattle Center grounds.

24th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 attending
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center located in Discovery Park.

Saturday, July 18

Sound Transit Light Rail Launch: All day
Events along the route: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Free rides: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (50,000 riders expected)
Pine Street will be closed between Third and Fifth avenues from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
No bus routes in the tunnel because large crowds are expected for the free light rail service. Buses will serve all the stops near tunnel entrances that are used when the tunnel is closed providing good connections between buses and light rail in the downtown core. For details please see: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/tunnel/tunnel.html#closed
For Sound Transit Light Rail and launch details please go to: http://www.soundtransit.org/x10828.xml

Bite of Seattle: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Up to 70,000 attending
The festival is being held at the Seattle Center. Motorists should expect heavy traffic at the Mercer Street exit from I-5 over to, and surrounding, the center grounds.

24th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 attending
Event takes place at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center located in Discovery Park.

Seattle Triathlon Expo: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1,000 expected
Streets closed: 9th Ave (Seneca St - University St)

Classic and Hot Rod Car Show at Alki: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
900 participants and spectators
Cars will be parked on display along the Alki Beach Park /Promenade - Alki Beach Dr SW (60th Avenue SW - 63rd Avenue SW). No streets will be closed and on-street parking will not be affected.

2009 Fat Salmon Open Water Swim: 7:00 a.m. - Noon
Madison Park
400 participating
There will be parking restrictions on streets adjacent to Madison Park.

Seattle Sounders versus Chelsea: 12 noon
Qwest Field
70,000
Expect congestion on streets surrounding Safeco Field before and after the game.

West Seattle American Legion Grand Parade (Hi -Yu Community Event): 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
7,000 + participants and spectators
Street closed: California Avenue SW (Admiral Way SW - Edmunds Street) Expect traffic to be impacted and parking restrictions in place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bon Odori Festival: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
5,000 participating
Seattle Buddhist Church - 1427 S Main St
Streets closed: S Main Street (from 14th Avenue S to 16th Avenue S) from 5 p.m. Friday - 11 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday, July 19

Sound Transit Light Rail Launch: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Westlake to Tukwila /International Boulevard Station-11 city stations
50,000 riders expected
No bus service in the tunnel because of large crowds expected to take free light rail service. Buses will serve all the stops near tunnel entrances that are used when the tunnel is closed providing good connections between buses and light rail in the downtown core. For details please see: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/tunnel/tunnel.html#closed
For more Light Rail launch details please go to: http://www.soundtransit.org/x10828.xml

Seafair Triathlon: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Up to 2,000 participants
This will add to the regular summer Bicycle Sunday closure of Lake Washington Boulevard S from Seward Park to Lake Park Drive S, and including a closure of Lake Washington Boulevard S from Lake Park Drive S to Day Street near I-90. Swim, bike and run participants gather along Lake Washington Boulevard at Seward and Ferdinand Park. The course heads north on Lake Washington Boulevard and Lakeside, west on S Day Street, up the bike path to the I-90 express lanes, across the bridge and u-turn back across the bridge and bike path to south on 36th Avenue S and returns to Seward Park for a swim in Lake Washington.

Bite of Seattle : 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
50,000 attending
The festival is being held at the Seattle Center. Motorists should expect heavy traffic at the Mercer Street exit from I-5 to and near the center grounds.

24th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
4,000 attending
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center located in Discovery Park.

Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets surrounding Pike Place Market may be congested.

Bon Odori Festival: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
5,000 participating
Seattle Buddhist Church - 1427 S Main St
Streets closed: S Main Street (from 14th Ave S to 16th Ave S) from 5 p.m. Friday -11 p.m. Sunday.

Chinatown Seafair Parade: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
5,500 expected
The parade starts at Tenth Avenue S and S Jackson Street, heads west on S Jackson to Sixth Avenue S, south on Sixth to S King Street, east on S King to Seventh Avenue S, south on Seventh Avenue S to S Lane Street to the dispersal area.

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