If you aren’t attending Saturday’s graduation ceremonies at the UW, you’ll want to keep clear of Montlake. 40,000 people are expected at Husky Stadium. Gates open at 12:30 with the ceremony starting at 1:30pm and ending around 4:30.
Expect heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic surrounding the stadium between noon and 6 p.m. SDOT anticipates congestion on I-5 through the University District and on SR-520.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Seattle Police will set up traffic controls closing Montlake Boulevard between NE Pacific and NE 45th streets to through traffic to help move cars parked in the stadium lots out of the area after the ceremonies. Traffic approaching the closure will be detoured around the area. This restriction, which is similar to traffic routing for Husky football games, will be in effect until approximately 5:30 p.m. Southbound traffic headed for the UW Hospital should take 15th Avenue NE to NE Pacific Street. Those traveling northbound to the hospital may travel across the Montlake Bridge and will turn left on NE Pacific Street. However, motorists are urged to avoid the Montlake Bridge if possible and take the University Bridge or I-5 (Ship Canal Bridge) instead.