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Traffic Alert: Aurora/99 closure this weekend and Mercer work update

October 17th, 2014 by Laura

Several traffic alerts this weekend, and into next week:

  • Parts of 99 will be closed for semiannual Viaduct inspection, Oct 17-19
  • Northbound 5th Ave N restricted to one lane; Dexter restricted to one lane in each direction, Oct 17-18
  • Phish (sold-out, 18,000) at Key Arena, Oct 18
  • Mercer Street westbound lane closure, Oct 21-22Taylor Avenue North closed at Mercer, Oct 21-22

Here are the details:

99 Viaduct Inspection Closure, Friday Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 19
- Portions of SR 99 will be closed as part of the semiannual inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19.

5th Ave N and Dexter lane restrictions, Friday, Oct 17 – Saturday, Oct 18
- Northbound 5th Ave N will be restricted to one lane between Republican and Roy streets from Friday, Oct. 17, at 8pm through Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8am for utility work
- Dexter Ave N will be restricted to one lane in each direction also between Roy and Mercer streets, from Friday, Oct. 17, at 8pm through Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8am
- Bicyclists on Dexter Avenue North will merge with vehicular traffic.
- Night work is anticipated to be noisy in the surrounding area.

Mercer and Taylor restrictions, Tuesday, Oct 21 – Wednesday, Oct 22
- Westbound lane restriction on Mercer St from Dexter Ave N to 5th Ave N; Taylor Ave North will be fully closed at Mercer Street
- Westbound Mercer St will be restricted to one lane between Dexter Ave N and 5th Ave N from Oct 21 at 5am through Oct 22 at 5am
- Taylor Ave North will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer streets as crews pave a portion of the roadway
- Turns to and from Mercer St at Taylor Ave N will be prohibited
- Travelers from Queen Anne should use 5th Ave N to access Mercer
- Morning and evening travel times will be affected; please plan ahead and use alternate routes when possible.

Following this work, Taylor Ave N will continue to be restricted to southbound travel only through October as crews complete additional roadway paving. Travelers headed for the Queen Anne neighborhood from westbound Mercer Street should use 5th Ave N.

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Help Queen Anne Greenways make the 7-way stop safer for all

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Updated: address for Seattle Country Day School – 2619 4th Ave N

Queen Anne Greenways is at it again, working to make our neighborhood safer. This Tuesday, October 21st, you can join them and other Queen Anne residents to discuss the 7-way stop intersection with traffic engineers and WSDOT.

7 way stop mapThe 7-way stop is a major entry/exit point for Queen Anne motorists traveling to or from Aurora Ave N/WA-99, as well as for traffic that crosses the hill to Interbay or Magnolia.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City of Bellevue engineers (yes, our neighbors to the east) and WSDOT will review a preliminary concept of how to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Since the intersection is so confusing, many cars tend to cross it more cautiously – but as a pedestrian, I’ve been completely invisible to drivers while in the crosswalk (and with a dog). While my experiences are anecdotal, keep in mind that Seattle Country Day School is a block north of the intersection, so many children must cross it on their way to or from school.

Because of the proximity to the school, the meeting will be held at Seattle Country Day Courtyard Classroom at 2619 4th Ave N. The location allows for a good look at the intersection’s traffic patterns prior to or during the meeting.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm and runs til 7:30pm. If you’re interested in attending the meeting, RSVP via email so the organizers can ensure adequate space.

In addition to the meeting, Queen Anne Greenways is also meeting with City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and gathering signatures for a petition. If you’re interested in signing the petition, request a copy via email (petition is a Word document). The petition has lines for multiple signatures, so you can gather multiple signatures from your neighbors.

Stay tuned for potential improvements to an intersection that surely confounds visitors to our neighborhood.

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McGraw & 7th Ave W gets concrete makeover by Parks; attend QACC meeting to learn more

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

Our local Queen Anne Greenways community group has made great strides in making our neighborhood safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists too. One key upcoming improvement is a 4-way stop at the intersection of McGraw and 7th Ave W – but the park-like improvements to the intersection proposed by SDOT are now in jeopardy.

McGraw Option 1

SDOT’s Brian Dougherty provided a quick sketch of the proposal for the intersection; surprisingly, the sketch is far from park-like. You can see below the stark difference between the SDOT proposal and the Parks proposal. The Parks sketch is almost all concrete, adding little to this key intersection near businesses and Coe Elementary:

McGraw and 7th Ave W Parks

Ironically, 7th Ave W is part of the historic Queen Anne Boulevard, a Seattle landmark and park. It takes a left on McGraw to the west, part of the intersection up for revision. SDOT preserves the look and feel of a park, but Parks is proposing concrete corners with very little landscaping.

Brian Dougherty of SDOT will present the changes and take questions and concerns from residents and neighbors at Wednesday’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting. Attend tomorrow’s meeting and voice your opinion – Wednesday, October 1st at 7:30pm, Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

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Nickerson-Emerson Overpass closed for repairs October 9th through January 2015

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

SDOT Emerson letterStarting next week, SDOT will be working on repairs to the West Emerson overpass – the last overpass before the Ballard Bridge. The overpass was built in 1959 and has taken a beating by trucks with over-height loads. Chunks of concrete are missing, and SDOT will be repairing the overpass and repaving it.

A big heads up that this project is not a short one. SDOT will close the overpass to both vehicles and pedestrians starting next Thursday, October 9th through the end of the year. SDOT estimates that the repair work will be complete around January 1, 2015. (assuming no delays)

Here are the details from SDOT, plan ahead for trips to/from Ballard and expect delays on 15th Ave W as detours will be in effect.

W Emerson Overpass Repair Project

The project requires both nightly closures of 15thWest on the weekend of 10/10 – 10/12 and a long-term closure of the W Emerson overpass which begins the morning of Thurday 10/9.

SDOT has decided to combine the replacement of this girder, which will require demolishing the northern side of the overpass, with the renewal of the road surface on top of the road deck. This resurfacing will protect the existing road structure from future corrosion as well as provide an even driving surface for the portion of the overpass that must be replaced.

The project will require both a long-term closure of the overpass (beginning October 9) and a short-term closure of 15th Avenue W underneath the overpass.

15th Ave W Closure: October 10, 8pm to 9am and October 11 8pm to 3am

15th W DetourAt 8pm on the night of Friday October 10 both north and southbound traffic on 15th Ave W will be detoured to the west using W Emerson Place, Gilman Drive W, 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street.

Between 8pm and 9am the next morning, the contractor will break apart and remove the northern edge of the overpass and the damaged girder.

15th Avenue W will reopen to traffic Saturday morning, once the demolition is complete and the protection placed for the road below has been removed. The next night, October 11, new bearing pads and a replacement girder will be installed, with 15th Avenue W reopened before traffic resumes Monday morning.

Long Term Nickerson-Emerson Overpass Closure: October 9 through the end of 2014

Nickerson Ramp Detour ShortThe repair work will also require the complete closure of the W Emerson Street overpass to all traffic (including pedestrians) beginning on October 9, 2014. This closure will last through the duration of the work, approximately 12 weeks. The detour for west-bound vehicular traffic on W Nickerson Street will be a double crossing of the Ballard Bridge (using Leary Way NW for the turnaround) to reach W Emerson Street.

The detour for east-bound vehicular traffic on W Emerson Street will be turning south on 15th Avenue W and using W Dravus Street as the turn-around for accessing the W Nickerson Street exit from northbound 15th Avenue W.

We anticipate physical completion of the project within a few weeks of January 1, 2015.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

August 21st, 2014 by Laura

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First and foremost, remember that 99/Aurora is closed from Friday night through Wednesday morning. It will be a significant traffic impact – roads and busses will be affected, and expect traffic to spill onto Queen Anne. A great excuse to stick around Queen Anne this weekend, where there are plenty of free events to go around.

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


Multi-Day Events

Friday, August 22

Saturday, August 23

Sunday, August 24

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at

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Traffic Alert: Aurora/99 closed this Friday night til next Wednesday morning

August 18th, 2014 by Laura

Aurora Ave N/SR 99 will be closed starting this Friday night, August 22nd, and running through Wednesday morning, August 27th. There’s a Seahawks preseason game on Friday night; WSDOT will keep 99 around CenturyLink open until midnight Friday, Aug. 22, for game traffic.

Here’s the information you need to know from WSDOT:

In late August, crews building the future north portal of the SR 99 tunnel will close SR 99/Aurora Avenue North near South Lake Union for four days. During this closure, crews will demolish and replace the section of SR 99 that crosses above Broad Street.

To minimize the need for additional closures, separate crews will complete the following work elsewhere along the SR 99 corridor during this time:

  • Utility work at Harrison Street
  • Concrete panel replacement in SODO
  • Expansion joint repairs on the Alaskan Way Viaduct near the Seneca Street off-ramp
  • Ivy removal from the viaduct

Closure information

  • From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, SR 99 will be closed in both directions from the West Seattle Bridge to Valley Street.
  • Northbound SR 99 will be open from South Royal Brougham Way until midnight on Friday, Aug. 22 for exiting Seahawks traffic.
  • From 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, SR 99 will be closed in both directions from the south end of the Battery Street tunnel to Valley Street.

99 Closure maps

99 Closure QA map

Know before you go and have a backup plan
Those who must drive are encouraged to stay engaged and check traffic conditions frequently via WSDOT’s web, mobile and phone-based traveler information systems.

  • The Seattle traffic page contains updated road information including links to traffic cameras.
  • The travel alerts website provides real-time information about blocking incidents.
  • WSDOT’s mobile app offers information for travelers on the go.
  • @wsdot_traffic provides Twitter updates about travel issues.
  • 5-1-1 offers traffic updates.
  • The What’s Happening Now page chronicles closures and issues affecting travelers.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

August 7th, 2014 by Laura

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Back to a packed summer weekend of events! Heads up that Lady Gaga will be at Key Arena tomorrow (Friday) night, with an expected crowd of 13,000 fans. And, if the Seahawks pre-season game tonight isn’t enough for sports fans, take your pick: Mariners, Sounders, Rat City Roller Girls, Reign, and the Storm are all playing at home this weekend. Plus, lots of free events and celebrations enjoy!

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


  • 520 Bridge: closed 11pm Friday, Aug 8 to 5am Monday, Aug 11

Multi-Day Events

Friday, August 8

Saturday, August 9

Sunday, August 10

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at

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Mercer Alert: Taylor Ave N and Dexter Ave N impacted by Mercer Corridor work starting Monday

August 6th, 2014 by Laura

There are a several upcoming changes to traffic patterns around Mercer St, as part of the ongoing Mercer Corridor Project. One closure affects Taylor Ave N, another Dexter Ave N – both where they meet Mercer and the surrounding blocks.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Taylor Ave N Closure – week of August 11th:
Starting as early as Monday, August 11th, Taylor Ave North will be closed to through traffic between Roy and Mercer streets. This closure is scheduled to accommodate water main installations on the north side of Mercer Street. The official start date and time for this closure will be released in the coming days (watch for the Weekend Roundup, we may have info by then).

Expect the following impacts:

  • Turns from Mercer to Taylor Ave N will be prohibited.
  • Turns from Taylor Ave N to Mercer will also be prohibited.
  • Local traffic and pedestrians, including vehicles entering and exiting the QFC parking garage, will have access to and from from Roy Street.

Dexter Ave N Turn & Bicycle Lanes Closures – August 11-15
From 9am-3pm, Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15, turning lanes and bicycle lanes on Dexter Ave N will be restricted between Roy and Republican streets to accommodate electrical ductbank work. Signs will be posted and bicyclists will be directed to merge with traffic.

Expect the following impacts:

  • One lane in each direction on Dexter Ave N will remain open at all times. Uniformed police officers will be positioned at the intersection of Mercer and Dexter to direct traffic.
  • The northbound and southbound bicycle lanes on Dexter Ave N between Roy and Republican will be closed 9am-3pm from Monday, August 11 until Friday, August 15.

Mercer Closures Aug 11

Mercer Street New Configuration – mid-August start date
Beginning in mid-August, drivers will notice a shift in the configuration of Mercer as it crosses Dexter Ave N. Mercer will be shifted south to allow for demolition of the bridge over Broad Street and utility work through the intersection. Turning movements and the number of eastbound and westbound lanes will remain unchanged.

Stay tuned for more details as these and other traffic pattern changes are finalized in the next few days.

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New temporary right turn ban for southbound drivers from Dexter to Mercer

August 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Heads up if you drive southbound on Dexter Ave N. The city has banned right turns from Dexter Ave N to Mercer St to protect cyclists after two car-bicycle collisions last Tuesday. Per SDOT, the ban is temporary – it will last throughout the Mercer West Project, currently slated to be completed in mid-2015.

From: our news partner, The Seattle Times:

Seattle slaps right-turn ban on busy Dexter-Mercer intersection Right Turn Ban Mercer DexterBy Mike Lindblom
Seattle Times
August 3, 2014

Seattle took the quick and unusual step of banning right turns across its popular Dexter Avenue North bike corridor for southbound drivers turning west onto Mercer Street.

Seattle has banned drivers from turning right at one of the city’s busiest intersections, to protect the thousands of bicyclists passing through.

The decision was an immediate reaction to a pair of car-bike collisions last Tuesday, crashes that occurred as vehicles turned from Dexter Avenue North onto westbound Mercer Street, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)…

SDOT spokesman Rick Sheridan said the ban is temporary, during construction of the Mercer West project, scheduled to last until mid-2015. Dexter now sits 80 feet east of its normal alignment, with a curve that distracts drivers approaching Mercer, he said….

Continue to the Seattle Times article for full coverage of the right-turn ban.

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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.


  • 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

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at

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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.)


  • 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

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at

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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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