President Obama's second trip to Seattle this year will probably be quieter than his first. Back in August, a careless pilot breached the presidential airspace, causing a responding F-15 to trigger an ear-splitting sonic boom, heretofore known as "Obooma." (T-shirts still available!)
Chances are good that, given the previous incident, Obama's fundraising visit this week will be marked by clear skies. The same can't be said for the roads.
If you plan on leaving the house between now and Friday, best acquaint yourself with this SDOT alert now, or else run the risk of cursing the government even more than you usually do. Full alert printed below. (Reminder: in this case, "local airport" usually means Boeing Field, so I-5 into the city could be trouble.)
Traffic Changes for President's Visit, Oct 20-21
Seattleites should be prepared today and tomorrow for occasional street closures or traffic slowdowns as President Obama arrives at a local airport, travels to various events, and departs on Thursday. Little information on the routes and times of his movements are announced for security reasons.
The President arrives tonight, so travelers can expect a possibility of rolling closures on the freeway or major arterials leading from a local airport. There will be street closures to provide security near the Westin Hotel tonight and tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning there will likely be closures on local streets as the president attends an event at a private residence, and then attends an event at 11 a.m. at the Edmundson Pavilion on Montlake Boulevard NE next to Husky Stadium.
Rolling closures are again likely on the freeway or major arterials as the President travels to an airport when leaving the city after the event at the Edmundson Pavilion.