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Closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct this Weekend and Iraq War Protest March Saturday

 Over the weekend, State Route 99 /Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for its semiannual inspection, maintenance work and to test a new system that automatically closes the viaduct when sensors detect an earthquake. The new system is designed to quickly clear traffic from the aging and vulnerable structure within two minutes of the first signs of a moderate to severe earthquake.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., both decks of the viaduct will be closed between S Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel.  The closure could cause increased congestion on I-5 and all major north-south routes. For real time traffic information please see: or dial 5-1-1. For information about the automated viaduct closure system, please visit

Also on Saturday, March 19, supporters of the March Against the 8th Anniversary of the Iraq War will gather for a rally at Westlake Park starting at 12 noon.   At 1a.m., at least 500 participants will march out of Westlake Park heading west on Pine Street to First Avenue; south on First to Yesler Way; east on Yesler to Dilling Way; northeast on Dilling Way to Fourth Avenue; north on Fourth to Pine Street and back into Westlake Park.  Seattle Police will escort the march.

 Contact:  Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114

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