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Hot Chocolate Run will close Aurora and streets around Seattle Center on Sunday

February 28th, 2015 by Laura

Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the Hot Chocolate Run will forge ahead tomorrow, Sunday, March 1st. The races start at 6:45am (5K) and 7:55am (15K), so participants can likely still enjoy some hot chocolate without questioning our record-setting warm winter.

The race begins and ends at the Seattle Center, so that means roads around Lower Queen Anne will be closed. Plus, the race takes 15K runners to Green Lake and back via Aurora, so it’ll be closed to traffic as well.

According to SDOT, Aurora Avenue N/SR-99 will be closed between N 47th St and the Western Ave off-ramp from 6am to 11am, and all other streets along the route will be closed from 6:30am to approximately 11am.

Hot Chocolate Run 2015Impacted streets include:

  • 2nd Ave N at Seattle Center to Broad Street
  • Broad to Elliott
  • Elliott to Western
  • Western to Pike
  • Western to Aurora/SB-99
  • Aurora/NB-99 to N 47th St
  • Harrison to Dexter
  • Dexter to Mercer
  • Mercer to 5th Ave N
  • 5th Ave N to Thomas
  • Thomas to Seattle Center grounds

If you have Sunday plans that involve driving north, avoid Aurora; if you have plans around Lower Queen Anne, check the map and make appropriate detours. Or, just sleep in and have a late brunch.

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Full nighttime closure of Dexter begins today and runs through March 5th

February 25th, 2015 by Laura

Mercer Corridor Project logoStarting tonight, Wednesday, February 25th, SDOT will close Dexter Ave N between Republican and Mercer from 9pm to 6am. The Monday – Thursday nighttime closures will continue through March 5th for electrical work.


  • Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed between Republican and Mercer streets.
  • Travelers will be detoured to Ninth Avenue N.
  • This closure will not be in place Friday evenings.
  • Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

During daytime hours, southbound Dexter will be reduced to one lane between Roy and Mercer between 9am and 2pm.

Southbound Dexter will also be restricted to one lane between Roy and Mercer streets between 8pm and 6am, Monday through Thursday, for approximately six weeks.

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Queen Anne Greenways meets Tuesday with updates on 7th W & McGraw, 7-way stop, and more

February 23rd, 2015 by Laura

QA Greenways LogoThe Queen Anne Greenways community group is hosting its monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th. As always, the group is open to all residents who are interested in keeping our streets safe for pedestrians, cyclists, and even drivers.

Tuesday’s meeting will be at the Queen Anne Public Library, running from 6:30pm to 7:45pm.

On the agenda are updates for the 7th Ave W & W McGraw intersection, as well as the 7-way stop. Plus, they’ll provide info on work being done at the city-level, such as Sunday Parkways and Vision Zero.

The group will also be setting priorities for 2015, so if you have ideas for projects or initiatives, bring them along!

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Full closures for parts of Mercer and Dexter this weekend

February 10th, 2015 by Laura

Plan ahead for travel this weekend, as SDOT will be fully closing portions of Mercer and Dexter from 11pm Friday, February 13th to 5am Monday, February 16th. The closures are required for the completion of concrete pours and the removal of a temporary road along the south side of Mercer at Dexter.

Here are the details from SDOT:


  • Westbound Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic between 9th Ave N and 5th Ave N from 11pm Friday, February 13th through 5am Monday, February 16th
  • Travelers will be detoured onto Denny Way
  • Capacity will be restricted on eastbound Mercer; at least one eastbound lane will remain open


  • Dexter Ave N will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer Streets from 11pm Friday, February 13th through 5am Monday, February 16th
  • Travelers will be detoured onto 9th Ave N
  • Access to businesses and residences on Taylor Ave N will be maintained from Roy St

Mercer closure Feb 2015

Immediately following the completion of this work, one lane of eastbound Mercer Street will remain closed 24/7 as SDOT completes concrete paving activities February 16 through February 20.

Note that all work is weather-dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled for later dates if inclement weather continues to occur. Plan ahead and expect “significant traffic delays” as the Mercer Corridor Project keeps marching on.

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Fremont Bridge closed Friday and Saturday nights

January 8th, 2015 by Laura

Fremont Bridge openIf you’re heading home to Queen Anne from or via Fremont this weekend – or perhaps heading over the Fremont Bridge in the early morning hours for a run or bike ride – plan ahead.

As part of the Fremont Bridge Painting Project, SDOT will be closing the bridge completely to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians on both Friday and Saturday nights.

The closures will run from 11:59pm each night until 7am the following morning. During the closures, crews will be repainting the portions of the bridge that cannot otherwise be reached with traffic. Cars, trucks, and buses will be detoured between midnight and 7am both nights.

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Mercer westbound down to one lane today until 4:30pm, plus other closures planned next week

December 19th, 2014 by Laura

Mercer Corridor Project logoRemember the good news about the West Emerson Overpass opening early? Well, here’s the other side of the coin, but it’s a well-worn side that we’re all accustomed to… Mercer Street.

Emergency pavement work on Mercer Street has all but one lane of westbound Mercer closed today, Friday, between 8th Ave N and 99/Aurora – and that closure has been extended to 4:30pm. It was scheduled to open at 3pm, but it’ll now have rush-hour traffic pinched down to one lane through 4:3opm.

Plus, other Mercer lane closures are planned for early next week and Taylor Ave N is closed until SDOT can complete work at the Mercer intersection.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Emergency lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street today:
The scheduled lane restrictions for westbound Mercer Street which typically last until 3 p.m., will be extended to 4:30 p.m. today for emergency pavement repairs. Westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Eighth Avenue North and SR 99. Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

Daytime lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street, December 22 and 23:
Westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Dexter Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North on Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This lane restriction is necessary to accommodate concrete pours. One lane will remain open at all times. Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

Taylor Avenue N:
Please note northbound Taylor Avenue North will remain closed until further notice to accommodate sidewalk and electrical work. Full closures of Taylor Avenue North at Mercer Street will occur as needed and will be announced in advance.

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West Emerson Overpass work finishes early and opens later today

December 19th, 2014 by Laura

W Emerson Overpass SDOTThe West Emerson Overpass repair project was scheduled to keep the exit off 15th closed through the new year. However, crews have completed the work early and the overpass opens later today after rush hour.

According to SDOT:

“This is the first major repair to the bridge since it first opened in 1959. In less than three months construction crews have successfully installed a new bridge girder, repaved the entire bridge deck, poured new sidewalks and curbs, installed new bridge expansion joints, and performed other repairs to the surrounding sidewalks and roads.”

Some weather-dependent work remains on tap for the West Emerson Overpass area. SDOC will be installing permanent striping when the weather allows in the new year. SDOT says this work won’t require another full closure, just some lane restrictions.

Starting tonight, you can expect the detour traffic routes to improve and the route on/off Queen Anne to be open again.

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Traffic Alert: 5th Ave N and Viaduct closures this weekend

December 4th, 2014 by Laura

Once again, the positive spin on this week’s traffic is that it’s a good weekend to stick around Queen Anne. 5th Ave N will be fully closed between Harrison and Denny Way and the Viaduct will be closed between the Battery St Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge.

Here are the details from SDOT – note each closure has a different duration:

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- 5th Ave N between Harrison St and Denny Way will be closed from 4am Saturday, December 6 until Monday, December 8th at 5am
- Crews will be removing sidewalk and pavement for replacement
- Expect significant traffic delays

Viaduct Closure
- SR99/Viaduct southbound and northbound lanes will be closed from 11:59pm Saturday, December 6th to 5am Sunday, December 7th
- Closure will allow crews to move heavy equipment across the roadway and conduct survey work on SR 99

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Reminder: Seattle Marathon is Sunday, bringing road closures to Lower Queen Anne

November 29th, 2014 by Laura

First of all, who made the Seattle Marathon route map? It’s oriented with West at the top, which is weird to begin with as most maps have North at the top. Because of the standard orientation most of us are used to, the Seattle Marathon map is a view of Seattle that’ll make any resident look twice.

Seattle Marathon 2014 map

But, you’ll need to look at least once to see the road closures planned for tomorrow. The race begins near the Seattle Center and ends at Memorial Stadium, so expect closures to begin early in the day and run through 4pm. Here’s a close up of the roads impacted around Lower Queen Anne – although note that the race start is at 5th Ave N and Harrison… which is not shown as closed (instead, it’s 4th Ave N).

Seattle Marathon 2014 closeup


  • 4th Ave N and 5th Ave are in orange: closed 5:30am-9am
  • 5th Ave N, Mercer, Harrison are in green: 1 side closed 8:45am-4pm

Race start temps are expected to be in the 20s, so perhaps plan a late start to your day, unless you’re logging 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, or cheering runners on!

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Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

November 25th, 2014 by Laura

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The holiday season kicks off this week with Turkey Day and local festivities. Plus, quite a few events at Key Arena and in neighborhoods close to Queen Anne, so check before you go to avoid getting stuck in event traffic.

If you have an event you’d like us to add, let us know!

Tuesday, November 25:
Bastille, Key Arena, 8pm – estimated attendance of 8,000

Wednesday, November 26:
Usher, Key Arena, 7:30pm – estimated attendance of 10,000

Thursday, November 27 (Turkey Day):
Seattle Turkey Trot, Ballard, 9am start
Annual Queen Anne Turkey Bowl (flag-football), Big Howe Field, 9:30am

Friday, November 28:
Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45am start at 7th & Pine
23,000 people expected to attend

Westlake Tree Lighting, Star Lighting, and Fireworks show, 5pm start
25,000 people expected to attend

Saturday, November 29:
Seattle Marathon 5K Race, 8:30am-11:30am
Starts at 5th Ave N bet. Republican and Harrison; ends at Memorial Stadium
1,300 participants expected
See course map for impacted streets

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon, 10am-11am
Starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison St; ends at Memorial Stadium
See course map for impacted streets

Sunday, November 30:

Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon, street closures run 7am-2:15pm
Closures include Mercer and 5th Ave N – see course map for impacted streets
15,000 participants expected
Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed

Queen Anne Holiday Social, alcove next to Queen Anne Olive Oil, 2pm-5pm

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game, CenturyLink, 6pm
50,000 estimated attendees

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One northbound lane on Aurora to remain closed for up to two weeks

November 23rd, 2014 by Laura

Aurora SPU closureThis past week, Seattle Public Utilities closed one lane in each direction of Aurora Ave N between Ward and Comstock streets to fix a sewer line. Traffic backed up every day during the morning and evening commutes – sometimes as far north as Woodland Park Zoo.

Crews expected to complete work this past Friday, but ran into a snag when they discovered a collapsed section of pipe. According to SPU, the sewer line appears to be over 50% blocked causing sewage overflows – so while the reduced lane access is impacting the rush hour commutes, it needs to be fixed before sewage backs up into surrounding homes and buildings.

Going forward, there is some relief as all southbound lanes will be open during the day. However, one northbound lane will remain closed 24 hours/day until the sewer line is fixed, which can take up to two weeks. Additional night-time closures (after 7pm) are likely throughout the repair process and may also impact southbound traffic.

Note: Google maps image highlights southbound by default, but it’s the northbound direction that will have a round-the-clock lane closure until the sewer line is repaired.

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Traffic Alert: 15th Ave W closed Saturday night

November 21st, 2014 by Laura

SDOT will be closing all lanes of 15th Ave W between W Dravus and W Emerson Streets starting tomorrow, Saturday, November 22nd at 9pm. The road will reopen on Sunday, November 23rd at 7am.

The closure is required to complete work on the West Emerson Overpass Repair Project. Here are the details from SDOT:

  • Both north- and southbound traffic on 15th Ave W will have a signed detour route between W Dravus and W Emerson streets that uses West Dravus, 20th Ave W, Gilman Ave W and W Emerson.
  • On-street parking will be restricted on 14th Ave West between W Dravus and W Emerson streets between 8pm Saturday and 8am Sunday.
  • Local access to businesses on 15th Ave W between W Dravus and W Ruffner streets will be maintained .
  • Police officers will be stationed at the intersections of 15th Ave W with W Dravus St and W Emerson St to help direct the flow of traffic during the closure.

The overnight closure is needed to safely remove exterior falsework that is supporting temporary work platforms on the bridge. A single overnight closure will best ensure the safety of the public and workers while minimizing risks to the schedule.

If you’re headed to Interbay, Magnolia, or Ballard, plan ahead for an alternate route. See below for closure-related detours:

15th Ave W closure

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