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Beware the Husky Game Traffic Tomorrow

The University of Washington (UW) Huskies will play the University of California Los Angeles Bruins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18 in Husky Stadium. As a result of this unusual game time, traffic will likely be most congested on I-5, SR 520, NE 45th street, and Montlake Boulevard which will be closed from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Peak traffic is expected to occur between 2 – 5 p.m., but increased congestion could remain throughout the evening.
Most of the standard traffic routing for Husky games will be in place for this game in the area surrounding the stadium.  There will be two exceptions: From 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Montlake Boulevard will be closed from NE Pacific Avenue to NE 44th  to accommodate bus traffic;  and the normal game-day one-way pattern on 25th Avenue NE from the E-1 parking lot up to NE 75th Street will not be in effect.

King County Metro Transit will continue normal p.m. peak weekday service with reroutes starting at 2:30 p.m. for many of the bus routes that serve that area including both pre-game and post-game reroutes that start during the third quarter. Check Transit Alerts for routes 31, 44, 65, 67, 68, 75, 205, 271, 272, 277, 372, 273 and ST 540 for reroute information. Bus riders should expect traffic-related delays in the afternoon and evening which could spread beyond the University District.  Metro will operate a temporary shuttle on Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. that will loop through the UW campus to help students and staff connect to regular Metro service on 15th Avenue Northeast. Bus riders should expect traffic-related delays in the afternoon and evening that could spread beyond the U District.

The university is offering complimentary shuttle service on privately owned buses at nine park-and-ride locations throughout the region to bring fans to and from the game:

Motorists should plan their travels accordingly to avoid traffic delays. 

To accommodate the unusually heavy vehicle traffic, the Montlake Bridge will be closed to marine traffic from 1500 to 1900 and 2000 to 2200 (3 -7 p.m. and 8 -10 p.m.).  The University Bridge will be closed from 1500 to 1900 (3 – 7 p.m.)  Boaters should make note of these closures.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen 206.684.8114

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