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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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UPDATE Intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St closed this weekend

April 4th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: The planned Mercer closure has been cancelled due to (impending) inclement weather. The Queen Anne Ave N & Roy Street intersection work will proceed as planned.

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SDOT will be closing the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St from 4am Saturday through 5am Monday.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Eastbound Mercer Closure– 5am Friday, April 4 to 5am Monday, April 7: CANCELLED

Queen Anne Ave N & Roy St Closure: 4am Saturday, April 5 through 5am Monday, April 7

    QA & Roy

  • Access to northbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be fully closed to traffic from Roy St to accommodate signal pole installations and sidewalk work.
  • Travelers heading north from westbound Roy St will be detoured onto southbound Queen Anne Ave N and then right onto Mercer St to proceed north on 2nd Ave W.
  • To access Queen Anne from Downtown, travelers should use westbound Mercer St to 2nd Ave W or 5th Ave N and Taylor Ave N.
  • Southbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be reduced to one lane between Valley and Roy streets.

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Traffic Alert: Northbound 5th Ave N closed this weekend

March 28th, 2014 by Laura

As part of the ongoing Mercer Corridor Project, SDOT will be closing part of northbound 5th Ave N this weekend, from 4am Saturday, March 29 through 6pm Sunday, March 30th.

Per SDOT:

•Northbound 5th Ave N will be restricted between Mercer and Republican streets.

•Southbound 5th Ave N will be restricted to one lane between Roy and Republican streets. One southbound lane will be maintained at all times.

•Local access to businesses and properties will be maintained at all times.

•Travelers heading towards Queen Anne and Seattle Center from I-5 or downtown should use westbound Broad Street and Denny Way to northbound 1st Ave N as alternate routes.

•Travelers heading toward I-5 or downtown from Queen Anne should use Queen Anne Avenue N to Denny Way or Taylor Ave N to Mercer Street as alternate routes.

5th Ave N closure March

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Join Queen Anne Greenways to talk pedestrian safety and Safe Routes to Schools projects

March 23rd, 2014 by Laura

QA Greenways LogoThe next Queen Anne Greenways meeting is this Tuesday, March 25th, 6:30pm, at the Queen Anne Library. The group is open to all residents interested in pedestrian and bicycle safety, and according to the organizers, if you’re interested in “getting your hands dirty advocating for pedestrian and bicycle safety, this is your meeting.”

On Tuesday, Queen Anne Greenways will be diving into its tactical action plan. Plus, there’ll be a strategy session on two “Safe Routes to School” projects that focus on two dangerous Queen Anne intersections – 7th Ave W and W McGraw St, where a 4-way stop is proposed (and needed), and the 7-way stop on East Queen Anne, a primary (very busy) route onto and off-of Queen Anne from Aurora. With the former near Coe Elementary and the latter near Seattle Country Day School, making these intersections safe is a priority for the group.

You can see the intersections in question, and the issues they pose in the Queen Anne Greenways photos below:

7th Ave W intersection

7th Ave W & W McGraw St

 

7 Way Stop

7-Way Stop

 
If you’re interested in getting involved with Queen Anne Greenways, now’s your chance – attend Tuesday’s meeting, all are welcome!

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Joint Queen Anne and Magnolia meeting to discuss proposed Metro bus service cuts

March 11th, 2014 by Laura

Metro CutsIf you are concerned or impacted by the proposed changes and cuts to Metro bus service, you can attend a joint meeting hosted by the Queen Anne Community Council and Magnolia Community Club this Thursday at 7pm.

At the meeting, the two neighborhood groups will be facilitating a discussion on a plan to maintain bus service to Queen Anne and Magnolia. For Queen Anne, route 4 is on the chopping block and route 2 and route 13 will be combined into one route.

Key discussion questions include:

  • Will the east side of Queen Anne lose its bus route altogether? (Route 4)
  • Will Magnolia residents lose all bus service to UW?
  • Will route changes and reduced hours for Magnolia and Queen Anne force residents into their cars?
  • Is there anything we can do to save the bus service we presently count on?

At the meeting, details on the April 22 ballot measure to maintain Metro bus service. King County Council Chair, Larry Phillips, and Metro Transit Service Planning Supervisor Martin Minkoff will present details about the funding package from 7pm to 9pm at The Catharine Blaine School Cafeteria at 2550 34th Avenue West.

The King County Council voted unanimously to seek voter approval of the April 22 ballot measure, which includes a $60 annual vehicle fee, a sales tax increase 1/10 a cent, and a 25 cent fare increase starting in 2015.

The meeting is open to all Queen Anne and Magnolia residents. Proposed changes to Metro bus service are posted online.

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Traffic signals and roadwork for Nickerson and Dravus Streets

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:

Nickerson Signal

  • 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:

17th W Updated

  • 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

17th Ave W parking

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.

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Viaduct closed this weekend for semi-annual inspection – and it’s sinking

February 25th, 2014 by Laura

Viaduct per WSDOTThis 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.

Per WSDOT:

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).

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Mercer Alert: Weekend closure of eastbound Mercer, 5th Ave N, and 9th Ave N

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.

Per SDOT:

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.

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Wednesday Traffic Alert: Paul Simon and Sting at Key Arena

February 19th, 2014 by Laura

Paul Simon and StingHeads 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.

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SDOT seeks public feedback on new parking pay stations

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:

Parking Pay Station Pilot

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Mercer Alert: Full weekend closure of Mercer eastbound and southbound 5th Ave N

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.

Per SDOT:

  • 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:

Mercer 021514 map

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Mercer Alert: Eastbound Mercer traffic shift begins Thursday; full closure this weekend

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

Mercer 020614 map

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

Mercer 020814 closure

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