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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

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Heads up on traffic – not only will the I-90 reduction to one lane westbound begin on Friday, but the Bite of Seattle also kicks off at the Seattle Center with an estimated 40,000 attendees. And, looking forward to early next week, I-90 will still be a bottleneck and President Obama will also be in the area (Hunts Point on the Eastside) on Tuesday, July 22nd when the Mariners take the field at Safeco (7:10pm).

In the meantime, take your pick of summer events and have a great weekend!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

Traffic:

  • I-90 One Westbound Lane: reduced to one through lane at Bellevue Way SE and three lanes across the East Channel Bridge from 9:30pm Friday, July 18 to 5am Friday, July 25

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 18

Saturday, July 19

Sunday, July 20

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 3rd, 2014 by Laura

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Happy 4th of July weekend! There’s plenty to do this weekend in addition to the fireworks on Lake Union. Remember, there are quite a few spots to view the fireworks from our neighborhood, so we’ll likely have visitors in the neighborhood. If you drive, watch out for pedestrians, if you walk, make sure drivers see you!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our new calendar. (You’ll be asked to sign up with for an account first.)

Traffic:

  • I-5: on/off ramps closed at 9pm through end of fireworks display – affects Roanoke off-ramp from southbound I-5, Boylston St on-ramp to southbound I-5, and Mercer St I-5 exit-only lane and off-ramp
  • Metro: Sunday schedule
  • South Lake Union Streetcar: expanded service

Multi-Day Events

Thursday, July 3

Friday, July 4

Saturday, July 5

Sunday, July 6

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Love or hate the new Mercer and Roy changes, here’s a chance to voice your opinion

July 1st, 2014 by Laura

The Queen Anne Community Council meets this Wednesday, July 2nd at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). The monthly meeting begins at 7:30pm and has the usual committee reports – but if you’ve been frustrated (angered?) by the new traffic patterns on Mercer and Roy streets, this is a meeting you’ll want to attend.

Eric Twit from the Seattle Department of Transportation will be at the meeting to discuss Mercer and Roy, and take comments and questions.

Traffic has been spilling onto other neighborhood streets in recent weeks. The change of both Mercer and Roy to two-way streets has caused significant backups, and not just during rush hour. The current configuration is for June 2014 (now) through Fall 2015:

Mercer & Roy June 2014-2015

It’s not just affecting residents – how about the Mercer St QFC? I have yet to pass its parking garage without seeing huge backups several blocks up Taylor. Imagine how tricky getting out of that garage and across traffic must be…

So, if you’ve been stuck in traffic on either of these streets or the surrounding streets, attend Wednesday’s meeting to hear directly from SDOT – and let them know your feedback.

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Mercer Alert: Pedestrian and cyclist access shift on Wednesday, July 2

July 1st, 2014 by Laura

As part of the ongoing construction around the Mercer corridor, SDOT will be shifting pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Mercer St tomorrow, Wednesday, July 2. The shift will be from the north side of Mercer St to the south side of Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N. 

Details from SDOT:

  • The new sidewalk on the south side of Mercer Street will be in place between 5th Ave N and Aurora Ave N and a temporary pathway will connect pedestrians and bicyclists from Aurora Ave N through the work zone to Dexter Ave N.
  • No pedestrian access will be allowed on the north side of Mercer St between Taylor Ave N and Dexter Ave N.
  • Travelers headed to and from South Lake Union from the Uptown neighborhood should use the south side of Mercer Street to 5th Ave N, rather than Taylor Ave N.

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When the project is completed in Fall 2015, a new sidewalk and a separated bicycle path will be in place on the north side of Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

June 26th, 2014 by Laura

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Another busy summer weekend – from sports (Mariners, Storm, Reign) to celebrations (Pride Parade and PrideFest) to Seafair (pirates!) to traffic (Cher and Cyndi Lauper at Key Arena). If you’re looking for bargains, there’s a multi-block yard sale on Nob Hill Ave N, and if you’re looking for history, check out the annual Queen Anne Historical Society’s tour of Mt Pleasant Cemetery. Something for everyone!

If you have anything to submit for the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our new calendar. (You’ll be asked to sign up with for an account first.)

Traffic:

  • 520 bridge: fully closed, Friday night to Monday morning

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, June 27

Saturday, June 28

Sunday, June 29

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Protest at Gates Foundation today during evening rush hour

June 26th, 2014 by Laura

This evening, the Mercer commute is going to get a bit more difficult. A protest by about 300 teachers is expected to make its way from Westlake at 5pm to the Gates Foundation. Arrival at the corner of 5th Ave N and Mercer St is estimated at 5:45pm. The group will be there until 7pm.

Map Gates ProtestHere are some details from our news partner, The Seattle Times:

The event begins with a rally at 5 p.m. at Westlake Park, followed by a march to the foundation’s offices at the corner of Fifth Avenue North and Mercer Street at 5:45 p.m. Featured speakers include Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant; University of Washington, Bothell education professor Wayne Au; and Anthony Cody, a former California teacher and blogger for the newsweekly Education Week.

It’s expected to finish by 7 p.m.

City officials expect significant congestion in the area and are urging drivers to plan accordingly.

Heads up, plan ahead, leave early, etc.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

June 19th, 2014 by Laura

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Summer is one of the busiest times for events and festivals, so we’re reviving the Weekend Roundup. Curious as to why we took a hiatus? We migrated to a new calendar, and no longer get push notifications, so the Weekend Roundup is very much a manual exercise.

However, if you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our new calendar. (You’ll be asked to sign up with for an account first.)

Now, on to the warning about travel on and around Queen Anne… This weekend brings the Fremont Fair to our north and the Rock’n’Roll Marathon to the base of Queen Anne Hill. The race begins and ends near the Seattle Center, so be prepared for many road closures that’ll add to the Mercer/Roy confusion.

Consider walking to your destination this Saturday.

Traffic:

  • Northbound 99: closed between the West Seattle Freeway and the Battery St. Tunnel Friday night to Monday morning
  • 520 bridge: fully closed, Friday night to Monday morning
  • Rock N Roll Marathon & Half Marathon, 7am-6pm, begins & ends at Seattle Center – see course map for traffic impacts. Streets near the Seattle Center, such as Mercer Street and 5th Ave N, will be closed from 2am Saturday morning through Saturday afternoon

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, June 20

Saturday, June 21

Sunday, June 22

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Mercer Alert: Broad Street permanently closes, Mercer expands two-way coverage

May 30th, 2014 by Laura

Heads up, there are more changes to the roadways beginning this weekend. Starting Sunday evening (June 1), Broad St will be permanently closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and 9 Ave N. Plus, Mercer becomes two-way between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N, and this weekend also brings a closure to the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St.

SDOT warns that the closure will “create significant traffic disruptions along the Mercer Corridor. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and expect lengthy travel delays due to the Broad Street closure and drivers adjusting to two-way operations on Mercer Street.”

Here are the details from SDOT:

Broad Street permanently closing

  • Beginning the evening of Sunday, June 1, Broad Street will permanently close to traffic between 9th Ave N and 5th Ave N
  • The permanent closure of Broad Street is necessary to allow for additional construction associated with the Mercer Corridor Project and WSDOT’s Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project

New traffic patterns begin Monday, June 2
Beginning Monday morning, June 2:

  • Mercer Street will have two lanes in each direction between Queen Anne Ave N and 9th Ave N
  • Access to Seattle Center and Queen Anne will be a direct route via westbound Mercer from I-5
  • Roy St will have one lane in each direction between Queen Anne Ave N and 5th Ave N
  • Queen Anne Ave N will have one northbound lane and two southbound lanes between Roy and Mercer Streets
  • Left turns from westbound Mercer onto southbound 5th Ave N will be available
  • Left turns from eastbound Mercer onto northbound Dexter Ave N will not be allowed for approximately one year
  • Access to northbound SR 99 from eastbound Mercer will be via southbound Dexter Ave N onto westbound Thomas St

Broad Street closure

Closure of northbound Queen Anne Avenue N at Roy Street: May 31 – June 1
Beginning Saturday, May 31 at 4am through Sunday, June 1 at 5am, access to northbound Queen Anne Ave N will be fully closed to traffic from Roy St to accommodate roadway striping and final two-way signal conversion. During the closure:

  • Access to northbound Queen Anne Ave N will be closed to traffic at Roy St
  • Travelers heading north from westbound Roy will be detoured onto southbound  Queen Anne Ave N and then right onto Mercer to proceed north on 2nd Ave W
  • Travelers from Downtown should use 1st Ave N to westbound Mercer St and 2nd Ave W or 5th Ave N and Taylor Ave N to access Queen Anne
  • Southbound Queen Anne Ave N will be reduced to two lanes between Roy and Mercer streets
  • Access to Queen Anne Ave N from eastbound Roy will be closed. Turns onto westbound Roy from southbound Queen Anne Ave N will not be allowed.

Mercer May 31-June 1

Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Ninth Avenue N converting to two-way traffic June 1 – 2:

  • On Sunday, June 1 at 1pm following the Race for the Cure, crews will begin converting the final section of Mercer to two-way traffic between 5th Ave N and N and permanently closing Broad St. During the conversion:
  • Mercer will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N. As intersections are converted to two-way traffic, roadways will be re-opened.
  • Denny Way and First Avenue N will remain fully open.

Mercer June 1 and June 2

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Folklife plus new Mercer two-way and Roy one-lane means traffic over Memorial Day weekend

May 22nd, 2014 by Laura

FolklifeAs you may have noticed, Mercer St is officially a two-way street between 5th Ave N and Elliott Ave W and Roy St has been reduced to one westbound lane. Lots of new traffic patterns (and traffic) to navigate for those of us who are residents… and add to that mix the thousands of Northwest Folklife Festival attendees from near and far, and we’re going to have a messy Memorial Day weekend unless you plan ahead.

Seattle Center and Northwest Folklife Festival are asking festival-goers (estimated at 10,000) to consider transportation options to and from Seattle Center, and there will be new signage and “extra efforts to maintain easy access to Seattle Center” during Folklife, which runs Friday through Monday.

Here are the key changes in traffic patterns for the weekend:

  • Mercer two-way traffic between Elliott Ave West and 5th Ave N
  • Roy St reduced to one westbound lane between Queen Anne Ave N and 5th Ave N
  • Mercer remains eastbound-only between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N with two lanes open to traffic

Two-way traffic on Mercer, Roy, and Queen Anne Ave N is scheduled to open in early June, which is right around the corner. In the meantime, take a deep breath and find alternate methods of transport this weekend.

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Mercer becomes a two-way street this week, Roy St follows week of May 12

May 3rd, 2014 by Laura

You may have noticed some new traffic lights this week, and a traffic shift yesterday, Friday, May 2 as SDOT prepares to open Mercer to two-way traffic starting this coming week. Right not, two eastbound Mercer lanes have been shifted permanently to the south side of Mercer. (Phase I)

Next up – two-way traffic between 1st Ave N and 5th  Ave N begins the week of May 5th. SDOT crews will first convert signals, which could take most of the week. Keep an eye out for signs as traffic is routed around crews.

SDOT advises that this phase (Phase II) could take several days and may not begin until near the end of the week, depending on weather.

Then, beginning the week of May 12, Phase II turns its attention to Roy St and Queen Anne Ave N – both streets will have restrictions as Roy St is converted to two-way traffic.

Click to enlarge the map of Phase II below:

Mercer Phase II

The final phase (Phase III) of converting Mercer Street to two-way traffic focuses on the stretch between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N. Broad Street will be closed during this phase, which is set to happen immediately after Memorial Day (May 26).

Mercer Phase III

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Mercer Alert: Closure of 5th Ave N and Mercer intersection

April 25th, 2014 by Laura

Another weekend of detours around Mercer, heads up before you go.

For the weekend of April 26-April 28, per SDOT:

Beginning 4 am on Saturday through 5am on Monday, the intersection will be partially closed to traffic to accommodate roadway excavation and preparatory work for concrete paving. During the closure:

  • Travelers heading east on Mercer Street towards I-5 will be detoured onto southbound Fifth Avenue North to Harrison Street to eastbound Broad Street to reconnect with Mercer Street.
  • Southbound Fifth Avenue North will be fully closed to traffic between Roy and Mercer streets. Travelers heading south on Fifth Avenue North will be detoured to westbound Roy Street and Fourth Avenue North in order to reconnect with Fifth Avenue North via eastbound Mercer Street.
  • Northbound Fifth Avenue North will be fully closed to traffic between Republican and Roy streets. Travelers heading north on Fifth Avenue North will be detoured at Republican Street to continue north on Fourth Avenue North toward Seattle Center and the Queen Anne neighborhood.
  • Local access to businesses and properties will be maintained at all times.
  • Pedestrians will be detoured and advanced signage will be posted.
  • Travelers heading toward Queen Anne and Seattle Center from I-5 and downtown should use westbound Broad Street, Denny Way, and northbound First Avenue North as an alternate route.
  • Mercer Street between Taylor Avenue North and I-5, Broad Street, Dexter Avenue North, and SR 99  will remain open during the weekend work.
  • Please note that the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will be intermittently closed between 11 p.m. Saturday, April 26 through 7 a.m. Sunday, April 27 for WSDOT road maintenance work.

Click the map below for a full-size image:

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Mercer Alert: Eastbound Mercer closure this weekend

April 11th, 2014 by Laura

Remember the Mercer closure that was cancelled last weekend? Well, it’s back on for this weekend. Here are the details from SDOT:

Eastbound Mercer Closure– 5am Friday, April 11 to 5am Monday, April 14

  • Eastbound Mercer between Dexter and 9th Ave and 9th Ave N between Mercer and Republican
  • Travelers heading east on Mercer should take southbound 5th Ave N to Harrison St and eastbound Broad St to reconnect with Mercer.
  • During the closure of 9th Ave N between Mercer and Republican streets, travelers heading southbound on 9th Ave N will be required to turn left onto eastbound Mercer and use southbound Westlake Ave N to reach the City Center.
  • Traffic on Dexter Ave N will be maintained in both directions at all times.
  • The I-5 ramps at Mercer Street, westbound Mercer St, and Broad St will remain open during this work.

Mercer Closure April 11

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