Expected Betsy DeVos protests will cause severe traffic in Bellevue, police say

Expected Betsy DeVos protests will cause severe traffic in Bellevue, police say

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The City of Bellevue is bracing for a wild Friday evening as hundreds, maybe thousands of protesters swarm the streets to demonstrate a planned appearance by Trump administration cabinet member, Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.

Devos is slated to be one of the key speakers at the Washington Policy Center’s Annual 2017 dinner that also functions as a fundraiser.

Police are telling drivers to prepare for severe traffic impacts in downtown Bellevue start around 3 p.m.

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The Bellevue Police Department has dedicated resources and will be closing roads to manage the protests. Bellevue Police Department Public Information Officer Seth Tyler says the intersection of Northeast 8th and Bellevue Way is an area many people should avoid during the rush hour Friday, which usually starts at 4 p.m.

Friday afternoon, police will close down the area as protesters descend on the streets around the Hyatt Regency, where the Washington Policy Center is having its dinner. 

Read more about the dinner and Devos here

Tyler says they’re ready for up to 5,000 protesters. He said the street closures from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday will cause a major traffic concern at the height of rush hour Friday,

“This is a planned rally. There are several organizations that have asked for and granted a permit," Tyler said. 

Read more about why people are protesting here.