memorial day traffic
Allow yourself plenty of time, and patience, to get to your destination and check ahead to see what else is clogging the roads. (AP Photo/File)

Pack your patience during Labor Day weekend traffic

Many will escape Seattle during Labor Day weekend, but events happening in the city mean traffic will be bad in both directions.

Drivers are still reeling from the changes made to the Mercer Street this week and congestion through the area is likely to continue this weekend.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has provided drivers with graphs of average travel times and estimations of those increased times during the holiday weekend.

"It's a popular weekend to travel; traffic is pretty much going to be busy any time you head out the door," said Mark Finch with WSDOT in a statement.

Allow yourself plenty of time, and patience, to get to your destination and check ahead to see what else is clogging the roads.

Friday, August 31

PAX Expo: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Washington State Convention Center and surrounding venues
20,000 attending
Streets closed from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7p.m. on Sunday: Ninth Avenue between Pine and Pike streets.
Expect congestion in the area.

Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels: 7:10 - 10 p.m. Safeco Field
22,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic in the area before and after the game.

Saturday, September 1

PAX Expo: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Washington State Convention Center and surrounding venues 20,000 attending
Streets closed around the clock: Ninth Avenue between Pine Street and Pike Street
Expect congestion in the area.

Bumbershoot Festival: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Seattle Center
40,000 - 50,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the Seattle Center.

Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels: 1:05 - 4 p.m.
Safeco Field
17,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic in the area before and after the game.

University of Washington Huskies vs. San Diego State Aztecs: 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
60,000 attending
Traffic throughout the SoDo area will likely be exceptionally heavy before and after the game.

Sunday, September 2

PAX Expo: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center and surrounding venues
20,000 attending
Streets closed until 7 p.m.: Ninth Avenue between Pine and Pike streets.
Expect congestion in the area.

Bumbershoot Festival: 11:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Seattle Center
40,000 - 50,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the Seattle Center.

Mariners. Los Angeles Angels: 1:10 - 4 p.m.
Safeco Field
17,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic in the area before and after the game.

Monday, September 3

Bumbershoot: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Seattle Center
40,000 - 50,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the Seattle Center.

Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox: 1:10 - 4 p.m.
Safeco Field
20,000 attending
Expect heavy traffic in the area before and after the game.


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