Rock 'n' Roll Marathon to snarl Seattle traffic Saturday



Posted on June 25, 2010 at 8:16 AM

SEATTLE -- If you're driving in the greater Seattle area this weekend, don't be surprised to hear loud music coming from the street.  The second annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is this Saturday - and that means major traffic delays for drivers.

A number of ramps and roads will be closed for several hours for Saturday's marathon, which means drivers will need to be creative to make their way around the city.

Around 27,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate in Saturday's run, which starts in Tukwila and ends in Seattle. At every mile post of the 26-mile course, a live band will be playing music - fun for participants, but not so much for drivers who need to get around.

Some of the biggest impacts will include the following closures:

*Alaskan Way Viaduct starting at around 5 a.m. until 3 p.m.

*Highway 599 northbound onramps from Interurban Avenue South and South 133rd Street

*I-5 northbound on ramps and off ramps to and from Martin Luther King Jr. Way

*On I-90, the express lanes will be closed for runners and walkers

CLICK HERE for a complete list of all freeway ramp closures.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of all street closures.

Police and event personnel will do a soft closure along the race course at 5:30 a.m., with roads closing at  6 a.m. The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon officially starts at 7 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m. Roads will re-open as the last participants go through.

On Sunday, the Gay Pride Parade will wind through downtown Seattle, which will also impact traffic.

For more information:

Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Road Closure information