Look out for extra traffic with Monday night’s Seahawks game. Officials recommend that drivers consider changing their route or schedule.
The Seattle Seahawks’ Monday Night Football game against Detroit will slow traffic on Monday.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and police will show up three hours beforehand in Sodo and Pioneer Square to shepherd the incoming traffic and 67,000 spectators. The interstates and city streets are likely in for an afternoon crush.
City transportation officials recommend that other drivers consider changing their route or schedule, given the Seahawks effect before and after the game.
Adding to the traffic woes, northbound Interstate 5 at Federal Way was shutdown about 1:40 p.m. by a multivehicle collision. The Washington State Patrol reopened lanes about 3:45 p.m. but drivers should expect delays. Alternate routes include highways 18, 512 and 167
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Monday also brings week two of Interstate 405 express toll lanes, and the football game could create an added challenge there. This past Monday, morning travel times from Lynnwood to Bellevue peaked at 73 minutes, or about 13 minutes slower than average. By Wednesday, the peak trip had fallen to 50 minutes, or 10 minutes quicker than average, WSDOT charts say.
Drivers on I-405 are reminded to use the marked exits and entrances on the toll lanes. State troopers warn that fast cars in the toll lanes may hit slow cars suddenly merging in front of them.
Are you planning to change your commuting routine to avoid Monday Night Football traffic? Tweet with the hashtag #MNFTraffic.