Protest march to block University Bridge this afternoon (Thursday)

UPDATE 6:50 P.M.: University Bridge has reopened and traffic is beginning to clear the area.

UPDATE: Protesters are on University Bridge. Check out Twitter feed at to see updates.

An Occupy Seattle group has announced that they’ll be moving this afternoon’s march and rally from the Montlake Bridge to the University Bridge. The Seattle Department of Transportation says to expect traffic snarls.

The marchers will walk from Montlake Blvd. NE and NE Pacific near Husky Stadium to University Bridge starting at 4:30 p.m. SDOT says participants plan to block the bridge during the evening commute, which could mean snarled traffic until 6:30 or 7 p.m. Demonstrators may also block the Montlake Bridge.

SDOT says police will be on hand for crowd control but they warn that the traffic congestion may spread to the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge. Commuters are advised to take alternate routes.

For more on the rally, go to here