Motorists should plan ahead
Many celebration marches will take place over the next several days in memory of Martin Luther King Jr and his significant contributions to our history. Motorists need to be aware of the potential for march-related traffic delays.
Several other events are taking place which may impact traffic – in particular, Sunday’s big Seattle Seahawks’ game against the San Francisco 49ers which will determine the team to play in Super Bowl XVIII on February 2. The 12th Man – 68,000 fans strong – will be sporting all things green and blue and keeping the noise at an all-time ear-splitting level. Motorists traveling in the general vicinity of SODO and Downtown Seattle will need to plan ahead. Expect congestion to slow traffic down considerably on all major routes leading into and out of the SODO area. Watch out for pedestrians and pedestrians need to “Be aware – Walk aware!” The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists to ditch the car for this and other events and consider alternate modes of transportation such as the Seattle Sounder, Link light rail, Metro Transit, vanpooling, bicycling, or walking if feasible.
Friday, January 17
Orca K-8 MLK Celebration March: 10 a.m.
Orca Elementary School (Bowen Place S and S Dawson Street)
March begins at Orca Elementary School; heads north on Bowen Place S to S Hudson Street; west on Hudson to Rainier Avenue S; north on Rainier to S Edmunds Street; west on Edmunds into Columbia Park; makes a turn-around and returns on the same route back to Orca Elementary. Seattle Police will escort the march. Motorists can expect a rolling slowdown along the march route.
Giddens School Student March for Peace and Justice: 10 a.m.
Giddens School (20th Avenue Street and S. Lane Street)
March begins at Giddens School; moves north on 20th Avenue S to S Washington Street; west through Pratt Park to 17th Avenue S; north on 17th to Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center at E Yesler Way. Seattle Police will escort the march. There may be some delays as the march moves along. http://www.giddensschool.org
Seahawk Playoff Rally: 12 Noon – 1 p.m.
Streets closed from 10:30 a.m.to 2 p.m. for set up and take down: Pine Street between Fifth Avenue and Fourth Avenue.
Motorists can expect congestion on the surrounding streets. (Metro buses will reroute accordingly).
Justin Timberlake Concert: 8 p.m.
Expect congestion on the west side of the Seattle Center.
Saturday, January 18
Rat City Rollergirls Bout #1: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
Expect heavier traffic on west side of the Seattle Center.
Seattle Opera Performance of Rigoletto: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
Expect heavier traffic on Mercer Street.
Sunday, January 19
Seattle University vs Utah Valley Men’s Basketball: 1 – 3 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
Expect heavier traffic on the west side of the center grounds.
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers: 3:30 p.m. kickoff
Expect heavy traffic before and after the game on streets surrounding the stadium and on all major arterials and freeways into and out of the SODO area. Watch out for pedestrians.
Metro Transit will provide cash-only (exact change, no ORCA cards) shuttles ($4 each way) from the Northgate, Eastgate and South Kirkland Park & Rides. Each shuttle will leave as it is filled. The last shuttle leaves for the game about 35 minutes before kickoff. All pre-game shuttles arrive near CenturyLink Field on Fifth Avenue South at South Weller Street. Buses returning to the park and rides leave from the same location. Sound Transit will also provide Sounder service.
Monday, January 20
MLK Jr Committee 32nd Annual March & Rally: 12:30 p.m.
Garfield High School (23rd Avenue and E Jefferson Street)
March begins at Garfield High School; goes north on 23rd to E Union Street; west on Union to 12th Avenue; north on 12th to E Pine Street; west on Pine to Fourth Avenue and into Westlake Park for short rally; Seattle Police will escort. Expect heavy traffic and congestion as the march moves along – particularly in the downtown area. http://www.mlkseattle.org/index.php
Reminder: Monday is a City holiday so parking is free.
Contact: Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114