Expect highway delays with China president’s visit

EVERETT — Commuters heading to Seattle and other points south of Everett should expect heavier-than-normal traffic along I-5 Tuesday morning.

China President Xi Jinping is arriving at Paine Field for a three-day visit to Washington and will be taken to the Westin hotel in downtown Seattle for meetings with local leaders.

Xi’s plane is expected to land at 9:30 a.m., but aside from that, which route his motorcade will take to Seattle and other locations in the region is unknown, said Harmony Weinberg, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

Security for the visit is being coordinated by the U.S. Secret Service, with support from local police.

On Wednesday, Xi is expected to tour the Boeing factory in Everett and to visit to Microsoft in Redmond. On Thursday, he flies from Paine Field to Washington, D.C.

The transportation department is urging drivers to plan ahead and leave early, or to stay home if they can.

“Most of all, don’t be surprised,” Weinberg said. “Be prepared for anything.”

Talk to us

More in Local News

Joe Hempel swims off of the shore of Seawall Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Scantily clad is the dress code for these cold rush swimmers

Immersed for 30 minutes in frigid water would kill most of us. It energizes these swimmers.

When not at home, Brett Bass keeps his rifle locked in a 600-lb. safe at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Edmonds, Wa. Bass, an NRA certified firearms instructor and safety officer, is one of three Edmonds residents who sued to block the city's safe storage gun law from being enforced. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Appeals court says Edmonds can’t enforce safe storage gun law

State law “unambiguously” pre-empts the city from enacting its own firearm rules, the panel concludes.

Everett man found dead in creek near Lake Stevens

The man, 28, was reported missing Thursday. A neighbor found his body in Little Pilchuck Creek.

A Washington State Patrol detective photographs the vehicle involved in hit and run double fatality in Bothell Friday on February 19, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Fatal hit-and-run victims identified after Friday crash

They were Carson M. Cox, 32, and Sarah L. Foxheath, 39, according to the state patrol.

Firearms teacher sentenced for Oak Harbor restaurant shooting

The 82-year-old victim had part of her legs amputated because of blood clots related to the injury.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

Rain drops gather on a ball cap with the name of the crab fishing boat Scandies Rose, a 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, that sank on New Year's Eve, as the hat rests near some flowers and a fishing float at the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
‘We are rolling over’: Edmonds survivor recounts boat tragedy

The inquiry into the Bering Sea sinking of the Scandies Rose crab boat openened with a mayday call.

Jeff Balentine
Former Mill Creek director rejects appointment to top role

Jeff Balentine declined the job for “personal reasons.” That’s all he can say under a city contract.

Most Read