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Huge Crowds Expected for Weekend Seafair Events

Motorists should plan for traffic delays

Saturday, July 31, bicyclists will be celebrating Tour de Fat at Gas Works Park and downtown Seattle will be hopping with street closures beginning and people lining up to watch the two big Seafair Torchlight evening events – the Run followed by the parade. Sunday, August 1, throngs in the thousands will gather at Seward Park for the Pista sa Nayon festival for the Filipino – American community.

The Seattle Department of Transportation warns motorists to anticipate traffic congestion accompanying the events and to plan accordingly.  Drivers are encouraged to consider taking alternate modes of transportation – Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses, Sound Transit Link light rail the West Seattle Water Taxi, carpool, bicycle, or walk, if feasible.  Please see the following schedule of events for areas where traffic will be impacted.


Saturday, July 31

Tour de Fat:
  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bike exchange at Gas Works Park
4,150 expected attendance
 Expect congestion on streets adjacent to the park.

Seafair Torchlight Run:  6:30 p.m. (both 5K run and walk and 8K run )
4,800 participants

Closed from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 7 p.m.: Northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct /SR-99 from just south of the West Seattle Bridge to Roy Street.

5K walk and run route: starts at Ninth Avenue N and Republican Street; south on Ninth to Denny Way; west on Denny to Wall Street; west on Wall to Fourth Avenue; south on Fourth to Union Street; u-turn and then north on Fourth to Wall Street; east on Wall to Denny Way; east on Denny to Aurora Avenue N; north on Aurora to Mercer Street off-ramp; east on Mercer to Ninth Avenue N; south on Ninth to finish at Republican Street. 

8K run route: starts at Ninth Avenue N and Republican Street; south on Ninth to Denny Way; west on Denny to Wall Street; west on Wall to Fourth Avenue; south on Fourth to Seneca Street; west on Seneca onto the Alaskan Way Viaduct SR 99; south on the viaduct to approximately S Jackson Street; u-turn and north on SR 99 to the Broad Street off-ramp; east on Mercer to Ninth Avenue N; south on Ninth to finish at Republican Street. 
Expect heavy congestion in the vicinity of the route. 

Seafair Torchlight Parade:
  7:30 – 11 p.m.
300,000 estimated attendance
Parade route: starts at Fourth Avenue N and Broad Street; south on Fourth to S Washington Street; west on Washington to Second Avenue S; south on Second to King Street; disperses in the north lot of Qwest Field;

No on-street parking will be allowed starting at 8 a.m. to accommodate parade staging on streets around the Seattle Center.  Streets will be closed at 3 p.m. in the staging area on the east side of the Seattle Center.  

No on-street parking will be permitted along the parade route and on some adjacent streets beginning at 4 p.m.

The parade route closes from 5:30 to 12 Midnight: Starts at Fourth Avenue N and Broad Street; heads south on Fourth Avenue to S Washington Street; west on Washington to Second Avenue S; south on Second into the north lot of Qwest Field.

Expect heavy congestion in the Downtown area. 

Metro buses will be rerouted away from the parade as early as mid-afternoon. A good option is traveling to downtown via the transit tunnel; but  plan your trip home before the last bus or light rail train leaves the tunnel that night.

After the parade is over, there will be a special boarding location, mid-block on Third Avenue between Union and Pike streets, for three Metro routes – the 7, 36 and 124 headed southbound out of downtown .

The West Seattle Water Taxi is a good alternative for people coming from West Seattle; the last return sailing leaves Pier 50 in Seattle at 10:30 p.m. Visit Metro Online at www.kingcounty.gov/metro to access the online Trip Planner to figure out the routes that work best for you. Also, check the Alerts Center under “Construction & Events” for information about service disruptions and bus reroutes. Or, call Metro’s Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000 for assistance.

There will be no Sounder train service, but Sound Transit’s Link will run at 10 minute headways till the end of service at 1 a.m.

Sunday, August 1

Pista sa Nayon:
  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Seward Park
12,000 expected
Expect heavy congestion around the park and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Motorists should plan to park a distance away and walk to the park.