SEATTLE -- If you're headed to Qwest Field for the Seahawks-Saints playoff game Saturday, leave early and expect heavy traffic.
More than 60,000 football fans are expected for the 1:30 p.m. game.
On Friday, Seattle Department of Transportation released a plan to keep traffic moving around Qwest field during the game. CLICK HERE for traffic updates.
- SDOT will re-open all lanes on Sixth Avenue S. at S. Spokane Street and also provide traffic control at the intersection of Fourth Avenue S. and S. Spokane Street. WSDOT is opening up a temporary crosswalk at First Avenue S. and Railroad Way S. and adding police officers to assist pedestrians.
- Motorists should, however, anticipate delays on First Avenue S. between S. King Street (on the north side of Qwest) and Royal Brougham Way (on the south side of Qwest) where the street is reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction to accommodate pile driving in the SR 99 construction zone.
- The Washington State Department of Transportation says the I-5 express lanes will remain open in the southbound direction until 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The lanes normally close at 1 p.m. for reversal to northbound.
- The I-90 express lanes will be open in the westbound direction from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The lanes are normally eastbound on weekends
Even with the combined efforts of SDOT and WSDOT to minimize congestion associated with the construction projects, motorists should plan for extra travel time in the SODO area, especially on First Avenue S.
SDOT encourages those attending the game to consider alternate modes of travel, including taking the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, Metro Transit, a car pool, or bicycling or walking, if feasible.
Motorists can check for current traffic conditions on the SDOT Traveler’s Map at: http://web5.seattle.gov/travelers/