Roads lapse to normal after outrageous backups caused by Chinese President’s motorcade

Wednesday’s dusk invert was a misfortune of trade backups during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s travels from Seattle to Redmond and Tacoma and afterwards behind to Seattle.

Xi’s motorcade took roughly each vital turnpike in his tour, forcing mixed turnpike closures.


6:56 p.m.: NB I-5 and all ramps are now behind open.

6:40 p.m.: All ramps to NB I-5 from a Pierce County line to Federal Way are behind open.

6:37 p.m.: All ramps to NB I-5 from Pacific Ave in Tacoma to a King County line are behind open.

6:23 p.m.: NB I-5 still sealed during Pacific Ave in Tacoma forward of a Chinese president’s motorcade. Motorcade roving from Tacoma. 

6:09 p.m.: Chinese President Xi was speaking about a Sister City signing in 1993 — in Tacoma. 

6:01 p.m.: NB I-5 is packaged plain from SR 16 to Pacific Avenue.

5:55 p.m.: All ramps onto NB I-5 adult to a West Seattle Bridge are now closed.

5:49 p.m.: NB I-5 has only sealed during Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. All ramps onto NB I-5 adult to Tukwila are now sealed — including ramps from I-405 and SR 518.

5:33 p.m.: SB I-5 is still intensely undiluted from I-90 to Boeing Field, though is recovering.

5:13 p.m.: I-5 and I-405 have reopened to SB traffic. Significant delays sojourn on both routes. 

4:58 p.m.: SB I-405 and all ramps are now behind open. SB I-5 corroborated adult roughly to a West Seattle Bridge. 

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4:41 p.m.: The motorcade was on a pierce again — on westbound SR 520 in Redmond.

4:29 p.m.: All ramps to WB SR 520 from NE 51st St in Redmond to I-405 in Bellevue and SB I-405 from SR 520 to I-5 in Southcenter now closed.

4:22 p.m.: Other vast backups: NB SR 167 from S 180th St to I-405, EB SR 518 from Sea-Tac Airport to I-5, WB SR 18 from Weyerhaeuser Way S to I-5

4:16 p.m.: Big backups reported by trade officials — WB SR 520 to SR 202, SB I-405 to NE 85th Street, SB I-5 to mid-Boeing Field, SB SR 599 to Tukwila Intl Blvd.

4:00 p.m.: SB I-5 corroborated adult starting during Boeing Access Rd. SB I-405 corroborated adult starting during NE 70th Pl. 

3:56 p.m.: EB 520 is tighten down from I-5 to Redmond. NB I-5 is tighten down from Mercer to 520. Drivers are suggested to use alternatives. 

3:46 p.m.: SB I-5 is now sealed during Southcenter Blvd.

3:41 p.m.: SB I-405 is now sealed during SR 520 in Bellevue. 

3:23 p.m.: NE 40th in Redmond is open; ensue with caution.

3:21 p.m.: WB SR 520 reopens to traffic; Chinese President‘s motorcade entering Microsoft campus.

3:08 p.m.: NB I-5 mainline by downtown Seattle is now non-stop to traffic.

3:01 p.m.: Advice from WSDOT trade officials: If we need to transport by downtown Seattle right now, take SR 99. If we have to use I-5, a demonstrate lanes are still open.

2:50 p.m.: Northeast 40th Street is sealed in Redmond. City asks drivers to be patient.

2:33 p.m.: Interstate 5 is sealed Northbound from James Street to State Route 520; SR 520 sealed eastbound.

2:10 p.m.: Clashing protestors and supporters of Chinese President are stuffing sidewalks in Redmond outward Microsoft, where Xi will be visiting next.

    1:52 p.m.: I-5 demonstrate lanes are now open northbound.

    1:24 p.m: Seattle Monorail is behind in service; Xi behind during Westin.

    1:13 p.m: Police interlude downtown Seattle trade for motorcade as Seattle councilmember Kshama Sawant prepares for press discussion criticizing Xi.

    1:06 p.m: Seattle Monorail is out of use for security.

    1:01 p.m: Motorcade approaching streamer behind to Westin Hotel for private lunch.

    12:58 p.m: Southbound I-5 during SR 526 reopens.

    12:51 p.m: SB I-5 demonstrate lanes sealed from Northgate to Mercer Street.

    12:50 p.m: Eastbound SR 526 reopens.

    12:41 p.m.: Xi is presented with window support to commemorate ancestral revisit to Boeing plant.  See photos of his revisit so distant here.

    12:38 p.m: Many people out of their vehicles station around on SB I-5 in delay traffic.

    12:34 p.m: President Xi concludes speech.

    12:30 p.m: SB I-5 in Everett has a 3 mile backup that is growing.

    12:25: p.m: President Xi vocalization during Boeing plant.

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    Eariler, Xi toured a Boeing plant in Everett though is behind in Seattle for a private lunch.

    For confidence reasons, accurate turnpike routes and closure times are not available, though drivers should design vital delays and closures on freeways.

     Per sources, a tentative Wednesday channel for Xi was released, though is all theme to change.

    • President Xi arrived during a Boeing plant in Everett about 11:20 a.m.  
    • Xi returned to a Westin Hotel for a private lunch. He left Boeing about 1 p.m.
    • President Xi will transport to Microsoft in Redmond during about 4 p.m. for a 4:30 p.m. event.
    • From Redmond, President Xi will conduct south to Tacoma to accommodate with students after 5 p.m.
    • Between 6-6:30 p.m., President Xi will lapse to a Westin in Seattle.

    KIRO 7 Traffic Anchor Alexis Smith pronounced Xi’s Redmond revisit might means I-5 to SR 520 to tighten down during 4 p.m.  After he leaves Microsoft, he might conduct down I-405 south to I-5 to transport to Lincoln High School in Tacoma during about 5 p.m. in a feverishness of rush hour.

    Those attending a 7 p.m. Sounders diversion during CenturyLink Field should devise ahead.

    Are buses affected?

    Yes, several buses for Sound Transit and Metro King County have been rerouted. For a full list, click here.

    Where is Xi now?

    Xi is during a Westin Hotel.

    Visit to Lincoln High School

    Preparations have been in swell during Lincoln High School. They’ve already blocked off open parking on a whole travel around a school.

    On Tuesday, crews were bringing in boxes and furnishings to a auditorium.

    President Xi is approaching to be there around 5 p.m. Wednesday.  School will be discharged during 2:05 p.m. to ready for a visit.

    About 300 pre-selected students from Lincoln will be there to hail a Chinese boss when he arrives.

    Lincoln’s principal says he can’t share sum of what President Xi will do there, though a propagandize is operative tough to make certain it goes smoothly.

    “The dual people that are many endangered with this going uniformly are a mayor of a city and principal of a high school, and being married to one another means that we speak about it in a morning, we speak about it during a day, speak about it when we arise adult in a center of a night and we start all over a really subsequent day,” pronounced Lincoln High School principal Pat Erwin.

    Protestors are approaching to accumulate in front of a school.

    12:19 p.m: SB I-5 entirely sealed from 526 in Everett to demonstrate lanes during Northgate. SR 526 sealed as well.

    11:59 a.m: Chinese boss furloughed Boeing 787.

    11:46 a.m: Boeing eventuality has not started. President using 30+ mins late .

    11:25: EB and WB SR 526 reopen.

    11:21 a.m: Motorcade arrives during Boeing plant.

    11:20 a.m: NB I-5 trade corroborated adult about 5 miles.

    11:15 a.m: The backup on NB I-5 is about 3 miles.

    11:11 a.m: Demonstrators protesting a Chinese president’s revisit nearby Paine Field in Everett.

    11:07 a.m: All lanes of NB I-5 during NE 85th  Street have reopened after motorcade passed. Traffic corroborated adult to SR 520.

    11 a.m: Seattle monorial resumes service.

    10:59 a.m: State Patrol says EB and WB SR 526 will sealed for subsequent few hours.

    10:58 a.m: Drivers are see station outward their vehicles on NB I-5 during a closure; going wrong approach down ramps.

    10:50 a.m: Motorcade leaves Westin Hotel in Seattle.

    10:42 a.m: NB I-5 mainline corroborated adult from about NE 50th to closure during NE 85th, about 2 miles.

    10:38 a.m: Motorcade has not left Seattle.

    10:31: Sound Transit Express routes 510/512, 511/513 are being hold due to I-5 north closure.

    10:23 a.m: Northbound Interstate 5 has sealed during NE 85th Street to SR 526 as Xi heads to a Boeing plant in Everett.

    10:10 a.m: Seattle Monorail goes out of use for confidence reasons.

    10:06 a.m: Traffic Anchor Alexis Smith: NB I-5 looking OK right now. Express lanes closed, guessing will tighten mainline nearby Northgate.

    10:01 a.m:   Traffic Anchor Alexis Smith: I believe Chinese president will be on a pierce shortly take NB I-5 demonstrate lanes to mainline to 526 for Boeing Tour. Expect delays NB I-5.

    9:36 a.m: DOT cameras are dark. Traffic Anchor Alexis Smith says drivers streamer north of Seattle should equivocate I-5.

    9:24 a.m: I-5 demonstrate lanes sealed for Chinese president’s motorcade, that is design to leave Seattle around 10:30 a.m.  All indications is that a track will be northbound I-5 to SR 526 to Everett.

    9 a.m: Seattle activates Emergency Operations Center for Chinese commission visitation.



     Follow this couple to see raw video of a Chinese president’s attainment during Paine Field in Everett. Use this couple to see an interview with former Washington administrator and former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke.