Marathon, Pride parades to impact weekend traffic in Seattleon June 21, 2012 @ 5:16 pm (Updated: 2:53 pm - 6/22/12 )
Cars will clog the roads as the weekend kicks off on Friday around CenturyLink and Key Arena. The Rock N Roll Marathon Expo in SoDo expects 18,000 people in attendance between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Around the Seattle Center the Storm will take on the San Antonio Silver Stars at 7 p.m. and around 6,000 people are expected to attend the game at Key Arena.
Wildrose Pride will also kick off on Capitol Hill at 6 p.m. Those events will shut down 11th Avenue between E Pike and E Union streets from Friday at 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. on Monday.
Things won't slow down on Saturday, as Pride celebrations will be in full effect. Events on Capitol Hill will shut down many of the streets in the Seattle neighborhood during most of the day.
Runners will also be hitting the pavement for the Rock N Roll Marathon on Saturday. The run kicks off at 7 a.m. at the Seattle Center and ends when the last runners cross the finish line back at the Center.
Roads on and around the route will be closed starting Friday night and into Saturday in preparation for the marathon. The route winds through Seattle on many major roadways, including SR 99, Second Avenue, S Dearborn Street, Rainier Avenue S and Lake Washington Boulevard S.
Approximately 40 Metro Transit bus routes will be significantly disrupted by the marathon on Saturday.
Into the evening, a Rat City Roller Girls bout and a Seattle Men's Chorus concert will draw thousands more to Key Arena and McCaw Hall, keeping the Seattle Center area busy all day.
By Sunday, thousands of people will attend the Pride parade downtown and events will still close down streets on Capitol Hill and congest traffic throughout the neighborhood.
The Seattle Storm will take on Washington Mystics at Key Arena Sunday evening, as well.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to plan ahead before they hit the road and use other modes of transportation if possible.
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