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Two Major Events May Impact Saturday Traffic

Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays

There are several events coming up this weekend, but two on Saturday could delay motorists if they don’t plan ahead.

On Saturday, June 22, the Rock N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon will get under way at 7 a.m. and conclude at around 3 p.m. The course winds from the Seattle Center through the city, across Lake Washington, back on I-90’s express lanes and ends on center grounds.

With 20,000 participants following the 13- and 26-mile courses, streets will be closed and reopened as participants move along. Streets near the center, such as Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue, will be closed from midnight on Friday into the morning in preparation for the event. Additionally, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed northbound from 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. From the morning into early afternoon, other key closures include the I-5 and I-90 ramps at Columbia, Dearborn and Rainier; the I-90 express lanes; Broad Street; the downtown core from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue; Rainer Avenue S and Lake Washington Boulevard. Additional details with maps are available at: http://seattle.competitor.com .

To avoid combining with potential marathon traffic impacts, the ever-popular Fremont Solstice Parade will move its start time and officially kick off Seattle’s summer at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. With streets closing at 2:30 p.m., some 22,000 people are expected to line the parade route which begins at N 36th Street and Leary Way; moves eastbound on Leary to Fremont Place N; south and east on Fremont Place N to Fremont Avenue N; south on Fremont Avenue to N 34th Street; east on 34th to Stone Way N; south on Stone Way N to N Northlake Way; eastbound on Northlake Way to Gasworks Park where participants will disperse. For more details please see the Solstice event website at: http://fremontartscouncil.org .

Motorists should expect heavy traffic on streets surrounding both events. The Seattle Department of Transportation urges motorists to consider parking the car and taking one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, SDOT, 206.684.8114

Karen Zaugg Black 206. 733.9810