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May 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I-5 traffic was stopped at Ship Canal to make way for president

A long column of motorcycles from several law enforcement agencies are seen outside the home of the Blume family awaiting President Obama to finish his visit in the Denny-Blaine neighborhood. His next stop, the Paramount Theatre. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Interstate 5 traffic was stopped for several minutes on the Ship Canal Bridge, and Highway 520 traffic blocked approaching Portage Bay in both directions, to make room for President Obama’s motorcade, according to tweets from the state Department of Transportation, at @wsdot_traffic.

Traffic reporters are also saying that at least one freeway exit to north downtown has also been closed — which makes sense given that his upcoming stop at the Paramount Theatre is near Stewart Street. The highways reopened about 2:03 p.m., but one car stalled afterward on 520.

Earlier, traffic on westbound Highway 520 was stopped on the floating bridge, to keep it away from the eastbound motorcade that exited at Montlake Boulevard.

Police agencies do not reveal presidential routes in advance for security reasons, but DOT warns drivers to beware of temporary highway delays until 4 p.m. The president is scheduled to appear at the Paramount Theatre at about 3 p.m.  After that appearance, he will leave for California from Boeing Field.

King County Metro transit said delays are likely to worsen from this point on, through the afternoon commute. Pine Street and Convention Place Station near the Paramount are closed, but busy Westlake Station remains open.

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