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

Logo for news use featuring Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Snow and wind knock out power for thousands in Snohomish County

The bulk of the over 28,000 reported outages were in the Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace area.

NO CAPTION. Logo to accompany news of Washington state.
Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7

Find information and resources to help make the best choice for you.

Marysville Jail (City of Marysville)
Man with hepatitis C accused of spitting on Marysville jail staff

Hepatitis C is usually spread through blood. The suspect, 28, faces allegations of exposing the officers to a contagious disease.

A sign posted on the door of Bits’n Pieces in Arlington. (Jacqueline Allison / The Herald)
‘3 Students’ max: Arlington businesses bemoan early release, rowdy teens

Since middle-school students started getting released at 1:15 p.m. Fridays, downtown businesses saw a rise in disruptive behavior.

Eric Wilkinson, a Community Transit driver of 17 years, departs from Seaway Transit Center in an empty 280 bus Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Wilkinson said he usually has about 5 passengers from Boeing on the bus to Granite Falls, but had none Friday because Boeing was closed for the holiday weekend. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Driver shortage prompts Community Transit’s trip cut proposal

Reducing service, by 78 trips total on 9 routes, could make for more reliable arrivals and departures in March.

The City of Arlington filed a lawsuit seeking the closure of the Smokey Point Motor Inn because of excessive criminal activity on the property. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Arlington motel to stay open despite crime concerns

Police responded to the Smokey Point Motor Inn over 300 times in 2020. In the first six months of this year, that was down to 62.

(Dutton)
Pulitzer winner’s new book digs into Snohomish County cold case killings

The Everett library will host a talk with Edward Humes on “The Forever Witness,” about a double murder and pioneering DNA evidence.

Lynnwood
Man taken into custody after threats, standoff at Lynnwood business

After four hours, a SWAT team detained the man, who claimed to have a gun and barricaded himself in the 17700 block of Highway 99.

Commander Rob Lamoureux speaks about his experience working on Jennifer Brinkman homicide case on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Suspect arrested in 1998 cold case homicide of Marysville woman, 19

Jennifer Brinkman was found dead in her Marysville home with axe wounds over 20 years ago. Her suspected killer, 52, is a Renton man.

Most Read