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Seattle traffic could be a nightmare this weekend

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SEATTLE - If you're driving around the Seattle area this weekend, brace yourself: It could be a rough ride.

The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade is expected attract nearly 100,000 people Saturday.

Big crowds are also expected at the annual Rock 'n' Roll marathon Sunday. More than 18,000 people are expected to participate in the run, which starts at the University of Washington, organizers say.

The Solstice Parade begins Saturday afternoon just north of the Fremont Bridge and will feature dozens of floats, musicians and people-powered ensembles taking over the streets. There's also a naked bicycle ride.

City official advise bus and car detours and warn commuters to expect heavy traffic and delays. Festival-goers are urged to take transit, bike or walk.

Click here to learn more about the festival and see a timeline of events.

The Rock 'n' Roll marathon winds through the Washington Park Arboretum and along the Lake Washington waterfront before ending at CenturyLink Field. Local bands are set up on stages and will play throughout the race.

Authorities warn that several streets throughout Seattle will be closed.

This is the first year ever that the event course has not gone on Interstate 90. It's also the last year runners will be able to run on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and inside the Battery Street Tunnel.

Click here to see the marathon course map and see which streets to avoid.

Drivers should also expect delays on Interstate 90 , where three different road work projects are underway: Light rail work at Bellevue Way Southeast, Bridge and road work from North Bend to Ellensburg and a fish Culvert replacement in Issaquah.

Crews expect to be able to reopen a section of East Sammamish parkway in Issaquah by 5 a.m. Sunday.

In Tacoma, the Festival of Sail is expected to draw as many as 50,000 people to the Thea Foss Waterway. The northbound lane of Dock Street between E. 15th St. and Schuster Parkway is closed and will reopen at 10 p.m. Sunday, June 18.

This isn't a comprehensive list of everything happening. It's best to check WSDOT's Seattle-area construction page to find out more info about closures around the area. WSDOT's Seattle traffic status page is also useful for checking status in real time around the Puget Sound region.




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