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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 9, 2014 at 6:04 AM

VP Biden’s visit bringing Seattle-area traffic to a standstill

UPDATE: 10:35 a.m. | Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted that all lanes and ramps are open.

UPDATE: 10:25 a.m. | Taking a late commute this morning? Expect to be completely stuck on Interstate 5 through Seattle because of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit.

All freeway on and off-ramps through downtown were closed around 9:45 a.m. and aren’t expected to reopen for another 15 to 25 minutes, a police source said. The source asked not to be named because police are not supposed to acknowledge Biden’s visit. They can only say that “a dignitary” is visiting Seattle Thursday.

On the other side of Lake Washington, traffic on Interstate 405 is at a standstill from I-5 to state Highway 169 because of the Biden’s visit.

Biden is scheduled to discuss workplace and economic issues at Renton Technical College at 11 a.m.. and will attend a political fund-raising luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center with Sen. Maria Cantwell.

ORIGINAL POST | If you’re trying to get around the Seattle area Thursday, expect traffic difficulties as Vice President Joe Biden makes appearances in Renton and downtown Seattle.

Biden is scheduled to discuss workplace and economic issues at Renton Technical College at 11 a.m.. and will attend a political fund-raising luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center with Sen. Maria Cantwell.

The vice president is on a West Coast tour to promote a minimum wage hike and boost Democratic campaigns as the party tries to maintain control of the Senate. He started his Western trip with a stop in Las Vegas on Monday followed by events in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield, Calif., on Tuesday.

Biden was in Portland on Wednesday to help Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley with his bid for a second term.

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