Entries Tagged as 'Traffic'
March 3rd, 2014 by Laura
If you circle the north side of Queen Anne along Nickerson St near the Ballard Bridge, you may have noticed the roadwork underway the past couple of weeks. We just got an update from SDOT this week on the work, and there are two local projects in total – one on Queen Anne at Nickerson, and one just over 15th Ave W on Dravus St in Interbay – that will include the addition of new traffic signals.
Here are the details from SDOT, along with maps:
W Nickerson & 13th Ave W:
- Construction underway
- New traffic signals
- Federally mandated Americans with Disabilities (ADA) curb ramps on each corner
- Metro bus stop on the SW corner will be relocated to the SE corner
- Construction is expected to be complete and signals activated by May 2014
Dravus St & 17th Ave W:
- Construction slated to begin mid-March; to be completed in phases
- New traffic signals
- Federally mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps on the NW and SW corners of the intersection.
- Curb bulb and a bike rack will be installed on the SW corner
- Four parking spots will be lost due to improvements
- Construction is expected to be complete and signals activated by June 2014
And, as part of the Dravus work, 17th Ave W to the north of Dravus to Bertona St will also undergo key changes related to parking and repaving:
- New pavement striping and markings
- Conversion of head-in parking to parallel parking
- Street repaving
- The “roadway channelization” will result in the loss of approximately 8 parking spots
Per SDOT, these projects are funded by a partnership of private development mitigation and the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.
Tags: road improvements, traffic signal
February 25th, 2014 by Laura
This weekend brings a new traffic impact for your awareness and planning. It’s time for the semi-annual Alaksan Way Viaduct inspection, which will close 99 and the Viaduct between Valley St and South Spokane St.
The details are below, the net recommendation is to avoid travel requiring Aurora/99/Viaduct routes.
Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 2
- Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
- Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
- Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
- Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between North 48th Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
- Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Denny Way and South Spokane Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
On a separate, but notable point, Monday’s Seattle City Council meeting included a briefing from WSDOT on the settling of the Viaduct due to work on the replacement tunnel. To date, the Viaduct has settled up to 4/10 of an inch as a result of the construction work.
Per Q13, “Council members say if the viaduct continues to settle it may need to be shut down, and it’s time to start thinking about a contingency plan.” The article also quotes Councilmember Mike O’Brien:
“We’re clearly in a phase where this is unanticipated what is going on, and I think the fear is that everyone knows exactly what we’ve agreed to is safe. And we’re very clear if something happens, there’s going to be a lot of contractor activities happening in that area coming up, and if all we have is 6/10 of an inch on to move with on the viaduct before it gets tagged and it gets shut down we need to start planning on that.”
Stay tuned – there’s just a little over half an inch of wiggle room to keep the Viaduct open during construction (and Bertha is stalled).
Tags: 99, Aurora, road closure, viaduct, Viaduct inspection
February 22nd, 2014 by Laura
It’s starting to seem like déjà vu, but it’s not – here’s your weekly update on Mercer corridor work closures this weekend, from 4am Saturday, February 22 through 5am Monday, February 24.
Eastbound Mercer Street closure: Eastbound Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed to traffic for underground utility work.
- Travelers heading east from Fifth Avenue N should take Harrison Street to eastbound Broad Street to reconnect with Mercer Street at Ninth Avenue North.
- Eastbound Mercer Street will be reduced to one lane between Dexter Avenue N and Ninth Avenue N.
- The sidewalk on the north side of Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N will be closed. Pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
- Mercer Street between I-5 and Broad Street, Broad Street, Dexter Avenue N, SR 99 and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will remain open.
Fifth Avenue N and Roy Street lane closures: Fifth Avenue N will be restricted between Valley and Republican streets to accommodate underground utility work.
- One lane on Fifth Avenue N in each direction and one lane of Roy Street will remain open at all times.
- Parking adjacent to the work zone will be restricted.
- Local access to businesses and properties will be maintained at all times.
- Uniformed police officers will be stationed throughout the work zone on Fifth Avenue N to facilitate traffic flow.
- Travelers heading towards Queen Anne and the Seattle Center from I-5 or downtown should use westbound Broad Street or Denny Way and northbound First Avenue N as alternate routes.
- Travelers heading toward I-5 or downtown from Queen Anne should use southbound Queen Anne Avenue N and eastbound Denny Way or southbound First Avenue N as alternate routes.
Southbound Ninth Avenue N closure between Mercer and Republican streets:
- Travelers heading southbound on Ninth Avenue N will be required to turn left onto eastbound Mercer Street.
- One lane of northbound Ninth Avenue N between Mercer and Republican streets will be maintained at all times.
- Travelers should expect potential delays and use Westlake Avenue N and other alternate routes when available.
Tags: Mercer Corridor Project, Mercer Street
February 19th, 2014 by Laura
Heads up – Wednesday night brings Paul Simon and Sting together on stage at Key Arena, and an estimated 14,000 fans to the event. Traffic will be impacted on and around Queen Anne, especially the streets around Key Arena and the Mercer Corridor.
The concert runs from 8pm-11pm. Doors will open around 6:30pm, so plan ahead for your rush hour trip home and parking around Lower Queen Anne.
Tags: events, Key Arena
February 17th, 2014 by Laura
Between summer 2014 and the end of 2016, SDOT plans to replace all parking pay stations – roughly 2,200 total – in the city, including pay stations on Queen Anne. The oldest pay stations were installed in 2004, and according to SDOT, 10 years is their “useful” lifespan.
SDOT is running a one-month trial from February 14 to March 14 along 4th Ave between Stewart and Bell of seven different models from four different vendors. SDOT is seeking public feedback on the stations’ aesthetics, ease of use, and “overall impression” via an online survey.
The technology of the piloted pay stations are designed to provide better customer service and integration with pay by phone and Seattle Police Parking Enforcement. New stations will also be able to handle more complex parking rate programming requirements.
Take the survey today to provide your feedback on new parking pay stations that’ll hit the city streets over the next two years. You can experience them for yourself at the locations in the pilot program, mapped out below:
Tags: parking stations, pay parking, street parking
February 15th, 2014 by Laura
Reminder – this weekend brings another full weekend closure of eastbound Mercer St and southbound 5th Ave N. Closures begin at 4am Saturday, February 15 an run through 5am Monday, February 17.
- Eastbound Mercer will be fully closed to traffic between 5th A N and Dexter Ave N
- Travelers heading east from 5th Ave N should take Harrison St to eastbound Broad St to reconnect with Mercer at 9th Ave N
- Southbound 5th Ave N will be fully closed to traffic between Roy and Mercer Travelers heading south on 5th Ave N will be detoured to westbound Roy Street and 4th Ave N to reconnect with 5th Ave N via eastbound Mercer
- 5th Ave N will have lane restrictions between Mercer and Harrison streets – one southbound lane and one northbound lane on 5th Ave N will be restricted
- Travelers heading toward I-5 or downtown from Queen Anne should use Queen Anne Ave N
- The sidewalk on the north side of Mercer between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N will be closed – pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
- Mercer between I-5 and Broad St, Broad St, Dexter Ave N, Aurora/SR 99 and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer will remain open during the weekend work.
Click the map below for a larger (pdf) image:
Tags: Mercer Corridor West, Mercer Street
February 6th, 2014 by Laura
As part of the continuing work on the Mercer corridor, SDOT will be shifting Mercer traffic to one lane between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N tomorrow, Thursday, February 6th. This shift will be in place for “approximately four months” – after which Mercer will be opened to two-way traffic.
Plus, this weekend there’s a planned full closure of Mercer Street and 5th Ave N, from Saturday, February 8th through Monday, February 10th.
Here are the details from SDOT on the traffic shift:
- The morning of Thursday, February 6, traffic on eastbound Mercer Street between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N will be shifted one lane north in order to facilitate construction activities on the south side of the roadway
- Two eastbound lanes will be maintained on Mercer Street through the work zone
- Pedestrians and bicyclists will be shifted from the south side of Mercer Street to a temporary asphalt path on the north side of Mercer between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
- No pedestrian access will be allowed on the south side of Mercer Street
Information information on pedestrian and bicycle access during construction is available online.
And, here’s the information on the full weekend closure:
- Closure in effect from 4am Saturday, February 8 through 5am Monday, February 10
- Eastbound Mercer between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N, and southbound 5th Ave N between Roy and Mercer streets will be fully closed to traffic for demolition of the old SR 99 bridge footings and utility work beneath the roadway
- The sidewalk on Mercer Street will also be closed between 5th Ave and Dexter Ave N – pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street
- Mercer Street between Broad Street and I-5, Broad Street, Dexter Ave N, SR 99/Aurora and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will remain open during the weekend work
Tags: Mercer, Mercer Corridor, Mercer Street
January 26th, 2014 by Laura
Did you know that there’s a Puget Sound Bike Share program ready to launch this year? Well, there is, and the organizers are seeking input from local residents.
According to the Puget Sound Bike Share web site, “Puget Sound Bike Share is a partnership of public and private organizations working to bring bike sharing to King County. Our vision is to provide King County residents and visitors access to a low-cost, fast, flexible, and convenient transportation alternative with economic, social, and environmental benefits to the region.”
The program is still in the planning stage, but at this point, the program “will likely include 50 stations and 500 bikes in Seattle’s densest neighborhoods including Downtown, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and the University District.” Note that neither Queen Anne nor Uptown are mentioned – so take the survey to ensure the program considers our neighborhood when it expands.
If you’d like to see this program come to Queen Anne – whether Upper Queen Anne or Lower Queen Anne/Uptown – take the survey today.
Tags: bicycling, bike share program
January 18th, 2014 by Laura
As part of the Mercer Corridor project, part of 5th Ave N will be closed this weekend, from 4am Saturday, January 18th through 5am Monday, January 20th (the section of 5th Ave N in front of The Gates Foundation). The same closures will be in effect next weekend too, January 25-27.
Here are the details from SDOT:
5th Ave N between Republican and Mercer streets will be fully closed to northbound traffic beginning the morning of Saturday, January 18th at 4am through Monday, January 20th at 5am to accommodate work on duct banks beneath the roadway.
During the closure:
- Travelers heading north on 5th Ave N will be detoured to 4th Ave N and eastbound Mercer St to reconnect with 5th Ave N at Mercer St
- Police officers will be stationed at 5th Ave N and Republican St, and 4th Ave N and Mercer St to facilitate traffic flow
- Travelers heading towards Queen Anne and the Seattle Center from I-5 or downtown should use eastbound Broad Street or Denny Way and 1st Ave N as alternate routes.
Per SDOT, expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.
Tags: Mercer, Mercer Corridor Project, street closure
January 1st, 2014 by Laura
The ongoing Mercer Corridor West work will pick back up on Monday, January 6. While the closures are thankfully post-holidays, there are still quite a few Seattle Center events, so plan ahead for your Mercer travels.
Here’s the rundown from SDOT:
Daytime Closure: Monday, January 6 – Friday, January 10
- Westbound W Mercer St between 4th Ave W and 5th Ave W will be fully closed beginning the morning of Monday, January 6, through the morning of Friday, January 10
- Work hours are approximately 7am-4pm daily
- Westbound traffic on W Mercer will be detoured south on 4th Ave W, then westbound on Harrison St to reconnect to Elliot Ave W
- Eastbound traffic on West Mercer Street will be maintained at all times
Monday, January 6 – Thursday, January 9 and Monday, January 13 – Thursday, Jan 16
- Nighttime closures of eastbound Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
- Closures will be in effect from 9pm to 5am weekday evenings
- Traffic on eastbound Mercer St will be required to turn right on 5th Ave N and re-connect to eastbound Mercer via Harrison and eastbound Broad streets
- Northbound and southbound 5th Ave N will remain open to traffic
- Access to Mercer from southbound 5th Ave N will be via Harrison and eastbound Broad streets
- The sidewalk on Mercer Street will be closed between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N, pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
SDOT advises travelers to plan ahead and use alternate routes.
Tags: Mercer, Mercer West Project, road closures
December 13th, 2013 by Laura
Closure & detour map
click for full map with legend
Just a reminder, there’s an eastbound Mercer and Aurora/99 closure this weekend. Plan ahead for any Lower Queen Anne travels this weekend, and expect increased traffic going up and over Upper Queen Anne as drivers are routed off of Aurora/99.
Here are the details, direct from SDOT:
TODAY: Friday, December 13th – 10am-1pm
Eastbound Mercer Street between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N will be reduced to one eastbound lane under the Aurora/99 bridge over Mercer. One lane on eastbound Mercer Street will remain open to traffic.
Saturday, December 14th – Monday, December 16
Aurora/99 and eastbound Mercer will be fully closed to traffic beginning 3am Saturday, December 14 to Monday, December 16 at 5am for demolition of the western portion of the Aurora/99 bridge over Mercer. During the closure:
- SR 99 will be fully closed to traffic between Valley St and the southern end of the Battery Street Tunnel. Traffic traveling through Seattle via SR 99 will be directed to I-5 in northern Seattle at 85th St or in southern Seattle at E Marginal Way and Spokane St. More information about alternate routes are online.
- Eastbound Mercer will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N. Traffic heading east towards I-5 from Queen Anne will be detoured to eastbound Broad Street via Harrison Street and will reconnect to Mercer at 9th Ave N to continue towards the I-5 ramps at Mercer.
- The sidewalk on Mercer will also be closed between 5ht Ave N and Dexter Ave N. Pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
- Broad Street and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer and westbound Mercer will remain open during the weekend work.
Per SDOT: Travelers can expect significant traffic congestion and should plan ahead and use alternate routes. Motorists attending performances at Seattle Center should allow for extra travel time, due to potential delays caused by detour traffic.
Tags: 99 closure, Aurora closure, Mercer closure, Mercer West Project
December 7th, 2013 by Laura
Are we having fun yet? If you happened to get stuck in this weekend’s traffic around Lower Queen Anne as well as up and over Upper Queen Anne (Taylor was a non-stop stream of cars heading uphill this evening) – brace yourself.
Stuck in Mercer traffic?
Take a deep breath and envision the future…
Not only will the same eastbound Mercer and 99/Aurora closures be in effect next weekend (unless SDOT and WSDOT have pity on us and cancel them until after the holidays…), but we also have weekday Mercer closures all this week and next week too.
That’s right. Mercer messiness right up through December 20th. Not such bad news for those holiday shopping procrastinators, but those going to PNB’s Nutcracker and other events at Seattle Center will be impacted, not to mention all of us who live in the neighborhood.
The nighttime lane restrictions will be in effect from 9pm to 5am weekday evenings from Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 2oth (with a full eastbound Mercer closure next weekend). Two lanes on eastbound Mercer Street will be re-opened to traffic during the day.
Here’s the rundown from SDOT – click the dates to see the detour routes. Uh… Happy Holidays?
Dec. 9-13: Eastbound Mercer Street lane restriction at 5th Avenue North
Beginning the evening of Monday, Dec. 9, eastbound traffic on Mercer Street between 4th and 5th Avenues will be restricted to one lane during the night as crews work to install an underground storm water detention system under the roadway.
- Eastbound traffic on Mercer Street will be required to turn right on 5th Ave N and re-connect to eastbound Mercer via Harrison and eastbound Broad streets.
- Northbound and southbound 5th Ave N will remain open to traffic.
- Mercer Street east of 5th Ave N will remain open to traffic.
Dec. 16-20: Eastbound Mercer Street closed between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
Beginning the evening of Monday, Dec. 16, eastbound Mercer Street between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N will be fully closed to traffic during the night as crews continue to install an underground storm water detention system and lateral storm water connection lines under the roadway.
- Mercer Street east of 5th Ave N to Dexter Ave N will be fully closed to traffic.
- Traffic on eastbound Mercer Street will be required to turn right on 5th Ave N and re-connect to eastbound Mercer via Harrison and eastbound Broad streets.
- Northbound and southbound 5th Ave N will remain open to traffic.
- Access to Mercer Street from southbound 5th Ave N will be via Harrison and eastbound Broad streets.
- The sidewalk on Mercer Street will also be closed between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N. Pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
Tags: Mercer Corridor Project, Mercer Street, street closures