Getting around Presidential traffic
President Barack Obama’s visit to Seattle might impact your commute late tonight and tomorrow morning.
Details of the President’s itinerary are always kept close to the vest until the last minute. We do know from the Seattle Department of Transportation the President’s arrival tonight will likely result in rolling closures on Interstate 5 and major streets from Boeing Field beginning sometime after 9 p.m.
Mr. Obama is scheduled to appear at a rally at the University of Washington’s Hec Edmondson Pavilion at Husky Stadium Thursday at 11 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m., and about 5,000 people are expected to attend so there will be traffic backups on Montlake Boulevard before and after the event.
Before the UW Rally, Obama is scheduled to attend an event of a private home. That location also hasn’t been disclosed. As soon as we learn more we’ll have updates here and on your radio at 97.3 KIRO FM. Also, on Twitter the Seattle DOT has frequent updates.
The President is campaigning at the UW for Senator Patty Murray who’s in a close race with challenger Dino Rossi. Murray’s campaign sent out this information for people trying to get to the rally via bus service.
Metro says only one route will be interrupted by Obama’s visit. The 70 bus route will bypass its regular stop at 6th Avenue and Virginia tomorrow.