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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: REVISED SDOT Traffic Advisory - July 30-Aug 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/30/2009  11:45:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114



Weekend Ahead Packs in Hydro Races, Festivals, Parades and More
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

SEATTLE - The coming weekend, Friday through Sunday, July 31 - August 2, offers up a wide variety of entertainment including three parades, festivals, hydroplane races and fireworks. Motorists should count on heavy traffic surrounding event sites and on parking at a distance and walking to the activities. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) encourages event-goers to consider other modes of travel such as walking, cycling or taking the bus.

The Chevrolet (Hydroplane) Cup at Seafair and KeyBank Air Show presented by Boeing (including concert and fireworks) will make it easier for participants to leave the car at home by providing secure bike corrals on site and shuttle buses from the Boeing lot in Renton and the Eastgate Park and Ride to the Genessee Park entrance gate. There will also be a shuttle from the Link Rail Othello Station at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Othello Street or people can walk the mile to the park from the Link Rail Columbia City Station at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Edmunds Street. Information on Seafair shuttles is available at www.seafair.com/events/hydro/getthere.asp. Please note that street closures for some events begin today, Thursday, July 30.

Thursday, July 30
Blue Angels Air Show practice
I-90 Bridge from Island Crest Way to I-5 closed 9:45 p.m. -- noon and 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.; the center reversible lane closed from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m..; Seward Park is closed to public 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (FAA required).

Magnolia Summer Festival
Thursday road closures to prepare for festival. Streets closed: W Smith St (34th Avenue W - 32nd Avenue W) and 33rd Avenue W (W Smith and W Wheeler streets) from 4 p.m. Thursday through midnight on Saturday.

Friday, July 31
Magnolia Summer Festival: 10 a. m. - 10 p.m.
5,000 expected To be held at the Magnolia Playfield. Streets closed: W Smith St (34th Avenue W - 32nd Avenue W) and 33rd Avenue W (W Smith - W Wheeler streets) from 4 p.m. Thursday through midnight on Saturday.

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 attending
To be held at Judkins Park. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the park.

Seafair Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
75,000 expected
To be held in and around Stan Sayres Memorial Park/Genesee Park on Lake Washington. Streets closed: Lake Washington Blvd (Mount Baker Beach Park - 49th S) from 6 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday. Expect heavy congestion in the vicinity of Genesee Park during the events from Thursday through Sunday.

Blue Angels Air Show practice:
Blue Angels full show: I-90 Bridge closed 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. from Island Crest Way to I-5, the center reversible lane is closed from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Seward Park will be closed to the public from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (FAA required)

Saturday, August 1
Magnolia Summer Festival: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
4,900 expected
To be held at the Magnolia Playfield. Streets closed: W Smith Street (34th Ave W - 32nd Avenue W) and 33rd Avenue W (W Smith - W Wheeler streets) from 4 p.m. Thursday through midnight on Saturday.

Magnolia Kids and Seafair Parade: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
4,700 expected
To be held on Magnolia Village streets. Streets impacted: Staging on 34th Avenue W (W Barrett - W Raye Streets), parade then heads south on 34th Avenue W from W Raye to W McGraw streets, then east on McGraw to 32nd Avenue W and north on 32nd to W Raye Street.

Umoja Fest Parade March: 12 noon
4,500 expected
Streets closed: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Staging on 23rd Avenue from Union to Cherry streets; parade heads south from 23rd Avenue and Cherry Street to Norman Street, then west on Norman to Judkins Park.

Umoja Fest African American Heritage Festival: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 expected
To be held at Judkins Park. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the park.

Lake City Pioneer Days: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
6,200
Streets closed: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. NE 125th Street from 26th NE to Lake City Way NE

Lake City Pioneer Days Grand and Kids Parades: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
6,300 expected
Streets closed at 4 p.m. for staging. Kids Parade begins at 6 p.m., starts at NE 135th and Lake City
Way NE, and heads south on Lake City Way NE to NE 125th Street. The Grand Parade begins at 7 p.m., starts at NE 135th and Lake City Way NE, heads south on Lake City Way NE to NE 123rd Street. Through traffic on Lake City Way NE/SR 522 will be diverted over to 30th NE and 35th NE.

Blue Angels Air Show:
I-90 Bridge from Island Crest Way to I-5 closed from 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.; the center reversible lane closed from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Seward Park will be closed to the public from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (FAA required).

Seafair Hydroplane Qualifying, Fireworks and Concert: 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
50,000 expected
To be held in and around Stan Sayres Memorial Park/Genesee Park on Lake Washington. Streets closed: Lake Washington Blvd (Mount Baker Beach Park - 49th Avenue S) from 6 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday. Expect heavy congestion in the vicinity of Genesee Park during the events from Thursday through Sunday.

Sunday, August 2
Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
4,000 expected
To be held at Judkins Park. Expect congestion on streets surrounding the park.

Tribal Journeys 2009: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
3,500 expected
Expect heavy congestion around Golden Gardens Park on Seaview Avenue NW

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

Blue Angels Air Show:
I-90 Bridge closed from Island Crest Way to I-5 from 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.; the center reversible lane closed from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Seward Park will be closed to the public from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (FAA required)

Seafair Hydroplane Race: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
300,000 expected
To be held in and around Stan Sayres Memorial Park/Genesee Park on Lake Washington. Streets closed: Lake Washington Blvd (Mount Baker Beach Park - 49th Avenue S) from 6 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Monday. Expect heavy congestion in the vicinity of Genesee Park during the events from Thursday through Sunday.

For traffic on major city streets, check SDOT’s real-time traffic Traveler’s Information Map at www.seattle.gov/travelers

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