Seattle: Expect traffic woes for Chinese president’s visit photo

Five governors from US states will meet with Chinese counterparts Tuesday to discuss clean technology and economic development as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Seattle.

Those shutdowns will fall especially hard on Sound Transit and Community Transit commuters whose north-end buses customarily pass near the Westin.
SDOT spokeswoman Marybeth Turner confirmed that pedestrians will have to pass through a police security checkpoint to walk along the affected streets though. Security is tight for his visit, and that means not revealing his schedule. “So that’s a large area”, Phelps said.
Travis Phelps of the Washington Department of Transportation says that will be the reality through Thursday, so this week’s traffic problems could be worse than what usually attends a visit by, say, a USA president.
“Seattle is honored to host President Xi and his delegation during his visit to the United States”, said Mayor Ed Murray.
SDOT engineers will adjust traffic signal timing within the city based on expected closures and re-routing.
That will force Metro and other transit agencies to re-route buses, which will likely cause disruptions to ripple throughout the system. Metro is still working on detour plans and expects to issue rider alerts by Monday. The South Lake Union Streetcar will continue to operate, but the stop at the Westlake Hub at McGraw Square will remain closed.
Travelers in Seattle are advised to plan ahead and expect traffic delays on all three days.
Parking on downtown streets will also be restricted.