With President Bush campaigning for Congressman Dave Reichert in Bellevue Monday, including a stop at the Hyatt Regency downtown, severe traffic backups are expected throughout the area.
Bush is expected to arrive at Sea-Tac Airport at 3:35 p.m. and to arrive at the Hyatt Regency between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Streets and highways on the president’s itinerary will be closed to the public prior to and during any movement by the presidential motorcade.
Downtown, the following streets will be closed starting at 11 a.m. and won't reopen until after Bush departs: Bellevue Way from Northeast Eighth to Northeast 10th streets; 106th Avenue Northeast from Northeast Eighth to Northeast 10th streets; and Northeast 10th Street from Bellevue Way to 106th Avenue Northeast.
Bellevue Transportation officials expect the president’s visit to be a “high-impact traffic event.” Several groups are expected to protest his appearance, adding to the traffic congestion. Motorists should expect the afternoon and evening commute to be very difficult and are warned to avoid traveling at rush hour.
Commuters are advised to 1) be patient with delays and 2) as always, not call 911 unless there is an emergency. Given the complete nature of the security-related street and highway closures, motorists may want to consider alternate activities until traffic begins to flow normally.
For questions about the Bellevue Police Department’s involvement in this event, contact the department's public information officer. All other inquiries should be directed to the White House Press Office.
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