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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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Mercer Alert: Emergency repair will reduce Mercer westbound to one lane this evening

November 18th, 2014 by Laura

Mercer Water RepairJust in from SDOT – plan ahead as traffic is sure to back up with only one westbound Mercer lane this evening. Still pending a start-time from SDOT, but if it’s during rush hour, it’ll be bad. (UPDATE: closure has already started, per SDOT)

Note: you can pretty much completely ignore the 1 minute travel estimate on the map…

Emergency lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street this evening

SEATTLE—The Seattle Department of Transportation advises travelers that westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Sixth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North this  evening, Tuesday, Nov. 18, due to a leaking water main in the roadway. One lane on westbound Mercer Street will remain open at all times. Eastbound Mercer Street will be unaffected.

Please use alternate routes where possible and expect traffic delays.

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Mercer Alert: Taylor closure Thursday only a taste of messy – get ready for full closure of Mercer, 5th, and Taylor this weekend

November 12th, 2014 by Laura

Taylor Ave N will be fully closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 13 between Roy and Mercer Streets. The closure begins at 8:30am and runs through 3pm. It’ll be closed again this weekend – along with a  stretch of Mercer Street and 5th Ave N. Traffic will be heavy along detour routes and adjacent streets. SDOT advises there will be “significant delays” due to the upcoming closure.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Thursday, November 13: Full closure of Taylor Ave. N at Mercer St.

From 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, Taylor Ave. N 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 St.
  • Local access to businesses on Taylor Ave. N between Mercer and Roy will be maintained from Roy St.

Following this work, Taylor Ave. N will continue to be restricted to southbound travel only as crews complete work in the roadway. Travelers from westbound Mercer St. should use 5th Ave. N to continue north to the Queen Anne neighborhood.

November 14-17: Full closure of Mercer St, Fifth Ave N and Taylor Ave N

Friday, Nov. 14 at 11 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 17 at 5 a.m., crews will fully close Mercer Street, Fifth Avenue North and Taylor Avenue North.

  • Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic between Dexter Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North.
  • Fifth Avenue North will be fully closed between Republican and Roy streets.
  • Taylor Avenue North will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer streets.

During the closure:

  • Detour routes will be posted and police officers will direct traffic through signalized intersections along the detour.
  • Travelers heading to Queen Anne and Seattle Center from I-5 should use alternate routes through downtown or Denny Way to avoid the closure.
  • Travelers heading to I-5 and SR 99 from Queen Anne should use Denny Way and alternate routes through downtown.
  • Mercer Street between Queen Anne Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North will remain open for local access only, including to the Seattle Center Mercer Garage.
  • Local access to businesses and properties will be maintained at all times.
  • Access to businesses and residences on Taylor Avenue North will be maintained from Roy Street.
  • Advanced signage will be posted to direct pedestrians around the work zones.

Please plan ahead and expect significant traffic delays. Early warning signs will be available in advance of all detours and police officers will manage traffic at key intersections on the detour route.

Mercer 1114 Closure Map

November 17: Third eastbound lane opens on Mercer St between 5th Ave N and 9th  Ave N

On Monday, Nov. 17, crews will open a third eastbound lane on Mercer Street from Fifth Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North. This new Mercer Street configuration will also include two new left turn lanes from westbound Mercer Street onto southbound Fifth Avenue North and is a major milestone as the project works to complete the West Phase. Please pay careful attention to street signs as travelers adjust to new traffic patterns.

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Traffic Alert: Mercer and Battery Street Tunnel closures this weekend

November 5th, 2014 by Laura

Mercer Corridor Project logoSDOT work will close a section of Mercer St this Friday night, and the Battery St Tunnel will be closed Saturday night.

Also, an early heads-up that Mercer and 5th Ave N will be closed for a yet unspecified weekend:

“Relief is coming as crews are hard at work to open a third eastbound lane on Mercer Street east of Fifth Avenue North by late November. This new Mercer Street configuration will also include two new left turn lanes from westbound Mercer Street onto southbound Fifth Avenue North and is a major milestone as the project works to complete the West Phase of the project. In order to meet this milestone, crews will be fully closing a portion of Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue North during one weekend in November.”

As soon as we have details on the Mercer/5th Ave N closure, we’ll post the days/times/detours. In the meantime, here’s what’s on tap for this weekend:

NEW: Taylor Ave N at Mercer Street closure: 8:30am-3pm Friday

Just in: From 8:30am until 3pm on Friday, Taylor Ave N will be closed between Roy and Mercer streets as crews pave a portion of the roadway.

After Friday, Taylor Ave N will continue to be restricted to southbound travel only through November.

Mercer Street closure: 11pm Friday – 5am Saturday

Mercer St will be fully closed between Dexter and 9th Ave N from 11pm Friday, November 7th until 5am Saturday, November 8th. SDOT crews will be striping sections of the roadway, a step toward an additional eastbound lane on Mercer St expected to open later this month.

This work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled if inclement weather occurs.

Battery Street Tunnel closure: 9pm Saturday – 8am Sunday

The Battery Street Tunnel (SR 99) will be closed to both directions of traffic from 9pm Saturday, November 8th until 8am on Sunday, November 9. SDOT crews will be testing the fire suppression system.

Northbound 99 traffic will be routed off the viaduct at Western Ave, then directed to Broad Street, then to 2nd Ave, and on to Battery Street to return to northbound 99.

Southbound 99 traffic will be detoured at Denny Way, then directed to Wall Street, then to Elliott Avenue to return to southbound 99.

Note: Nearby residents may notice a small amount of sediment in their water for the first few hours after testing.

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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.

Traffic

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 tips@queenanneview.com

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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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