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November 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Protest could affect afternoon commute

The Occupy Seattle protest rally starting at 6 p.m. could make the afternoon commute a bit of a problem, according to the Seattle Transportation Department.

As many as 500 people could show up for the event at the north end of Westlake Park at Fourth Avenue and Pine Street.

Here’s what SDOT has to say:

Between 6:30 and 7 p.m. the protesters will move to the Sheraton Hotel on Sixth Avenue between Union and Pike streets. Seattle Police will escort the marchers south on Fifth Avenue to Union street, east on Union to Sixth Avenue, and north on Sixth to Pike Street.  Given the size of the expected throng of protesters, the march will likely be in the street so motorists should plan to avoid the area to avoid delays.

To make things more difficult, some 40,000 Sounders FC fans are expected to show up at CenturyLink Field for a 7 p.m. match. Traffic will be congested around the stadium before and after the match.

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