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Travel Advisory: President Biden visiting Seattle later this week – plan ahead and expect travel delays

An aerial view of the city of Seattle, looking southeast. Photo credit: Ethan Bancroft/WSDOT.

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During President Biden’s visit, the U.S. Secret Service has the authority to provide security, including requiring intermittent closures of freeways and streets. The flow of buses and cars in downtown Seattle and around the region will be affected.

While the President’s exact travel route and timing are not published in advance, travelers can still plan ahead by anticipating delays and temporary road closures.

What to expect and how to get around

You can check media reports and the websites of local jurisdictions and transit agencies before you leave, so you have the latest information about travel conditions. Remember to give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.

If you can, please consider options to get around without driving. Riding transit and biking can be good ways to avoid traffic, but please note that some bus routes may also be affected by temporary traffic closures or detours, including short-term re-routes.

Our Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) engineers can adjust traffic signal timing within the city of Seattle based on expected closures and any necessary re-routing. We may also post messages on dynamic message signs when needed.

How to stay informed

King County Metro publishes service advisories online and sends transit alerts to riders notifying them of bus re-routes and travel changes. You can see if your route is affected by visiting Metro’s service advisories page.

We also encourage you to sign up for Metro’s transit alerts and to monitor local news reports and social media updates.

Thank you

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation during this Presidential visit.