Eastlake may feel traffic impact of UW graduation Saturday

Commencement exercises at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium on Saturday afternoon may impact traffic in Eastlake.

The actual commencement runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., but SDOT is warning that traffic snarls may be felt between noon and 6 p.m. SDOT’s press release says: “Anticipate congestion on I-5 through the University District and on SR-520.” Avoid the Montlake Bridge, SDOT advises, and take the I-5 Ship Canal or University bridges instead.

A total of 40,000 people are expected to attend the event. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

According to SDOT, Seattle Police will close Montlake Boulevard between NE Pacific and NE 45th streets to through traffic starting at 3:30 p.m. as traffic starts to move out of the Husky Stadium parking lot. This is similar to traffic routing for Husky football games. Cars that approach the area will be routed around it.

If you’re trying to get to the UW Hospital northbound, go across Montlake Bridge and turn left onto NE Pacific. If you’re coming southbound, take 15th Avenue NE to NE Pacific Street.

Traffic restrictions will be in effect until 5:30 p.m.