President Barack Obama will be in downtown Seattle for several hours Friday afternoon for a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, according to local reports.
KING5 and others report the president will land at Boeing Field and then attend the fundraiser at The Westin in Seattle, before leaving Friday evening.
The president’s exact schedule has not yet been released, but delays on Seattle’s freeways, transit and local roads are expected.
Vehicle access will be restricted for several blocks around The Westin, according to the Seattle Police Department blog.
SPD released the following information about the visit:
Buses on surface streets in the north part of downtown will be rerouted; check with King County Metro Alert for routes impacted. The South Lake Union Streetcar will continue to operate, but the stop at the Westlake Hub at McGraw Square will remain closed. The downtown transit tunnel is expected to remain open and operating.
Parking on Downtown streets will be restricted as needed.
Per the United States Secret Service, vehicle access to the area bounded by Olive St., 7th Ave, Lenora St and 4th Ave will be limited to 5th Avenue between Lenora and Virginia and on Stewart between 6th and 7th Avenue. Commuters are encouraged to use transit or park outside the area and walk in. People entering the area should expect delays and additional security screening.