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6:07 AM: Good morning! The first Monday of spring is under way (and rainy). Notes for today:
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: The system is now on its spring schedule, which began Sunday.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: VP Joe Biden is coming to Seattle today for an event with Sen. Patty Murray as well as a visit to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Since that means potential traffic effects when he’s in transit – for times, the Boeing Field VIP advisory is usually the best source; it cites a window of roughly 10:30 am-3:40 pm, “subject to change.”
10:24 AM: Preps are under way as the Vice President’s arrival nears. Remember that the West Seattle Bridge exits by/to I-5 close for the motorcade. WSDOT is providing updates via Twitter:
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) March 21, 2016
We’ll update once we hear he’s on the ground and on the move.
11:18 AM: Regional media says he’s arrived.
11:45 AM: Northbound Battery Street Tunnel is closed because of a crash – not related to the VP’s visit; he’s reported to have now arrived downtown, via I-5.
3:02 PM: VP Biden is at Fred Hutch – arriving later than planned, so we don’t know what that means to the rest of his schedule – but that means the next leg of his journey will be to Boeing Field.
— Meghan Dubyak (@Dubyak44) March 21, 2016
Be mindful of freeway ramp closures from the West Seattle Bridge, again.
4:50 PM: The VP’s late-starting Fred Hutch visit is reported to be wrapping up.
5:20 PM: WSDOT is reporting I-5 closures – so the motorcade is or will shortly be on the move.