SDOT advises travelers to be aware of the following events happening around the city that may affect area traffic. Demonstration marches and a rally are planned downtown on Wednesday and Friday. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will reduce eastbound I-90 traffic to one lane between Seattle and Bellevue from Friday night to Sunday morning; traffic will be diverted to the express lanes.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7 and THURSDAY, MARCH 9:
Seattle Symphony Link Up: Student concert and lecture matinees at Benaroya Hall. Buses will drop off and pick-up students on streets around the venue. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8:
Be Bold, Be Brave, Be the Change: A planned march escorted by Seattle Police, supporting International Women’s Day. The march goes from Westlake Park to Seattle Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 5,000 people are expected to attend.
Rally to Defend Planned Parenthood and Roe vs. Wade: A planned demonstration at Westlake Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. About 500 people are expected to attend.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10:
We Rise with Standing Rock March & Rally: A planned march goes from the Federal Building to Westlake Park. The route starts at 2nd and Marion St, heads east on Marion St to 4th Ave, turns north on 4th Ave to Westlake Park. The event is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. About 1,000 people are expected to attend.
Laying of the Green Stripe: Annual event to mark the route for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The event will close the center lane of 4th Ave between James St and Pine St from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. About 100 people are expected to attend.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11:
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Annual parade on 4th Ave between James St and Olive Way. Parade staging will close 4th Ave south of James St, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. About 3,500 people are expected to attend.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12:
St. Patrick’s Day Dash: Annual run starts and finishes at Seattle Center. The route will use Mercer St, 5th Ave N, Cedar St, 4th Ave, Denny Way, and 2nd Ave N. Streets will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. About 9,500 people are expected to participate.