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I-5 Reconstruction Begins Next Weekend and Runs Through April

December 28th, 2012 by Laura

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is beginning its construction season early this year, with the first of “nearly 20” weekend and weekend night closures starting next weekend, January 4-7. The I-5 closures will run through April, and we’ll add these to the Traffic Impact section of the Queen Anne View Weekend Roundups.

Why January – April for these closures? According to Russ East, WSDOT Assistant Regional Administrator:

“There are so many construction projects in the Seattle area, we didn’t want to add to the summer construction jam. We planned ahead, worked with other agencies and determined that construction in January through April was the best way to get our work done and cause fewer headaches for drivers.”

Per WSDOT, the following projects will occur between January and April:

  • Replace 31 expansion joints on ramps linking I-5, the West Seattle Bridge and Columbian Way and one joint on northbound I-5 just south of the ramps
  • Grind and smooth out three lanes of southbound I-5 between 50th St and Roanoke St in the University District and add durable striping to both directions of I-5 between Northgate and Roanoke St
  • Replace bridge expansion joints and repave the ramp on northbound I-5 to Spokane St (West Seattle Bridge) and northbound and southbound I-5 off-ramps at Corson Ave

WSDOT traffic engineers worked with multiple agencies and organizations including the city of Seattle, sports teams, and event planners to avoid any major overlaps between construction and planned events. However, while they have identified the lightest traffic times, there will still be construction impacts.

What to do? Check before you go via WSDOT’s I-5 Reconstruction site, traffic app, or Twitter feed. And, we’ll include any I-5 impacts in the Queen Anne View Weekend Roundup.

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Two full weekends of Mercer/I-5 closures coming up

July 7th, 2011 by Thea

It’s that time again–the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be closing down the I-5 on and off ramps at Mercer Street for two whole weekends this month as part of ongoing work needed as part of the Mercer Corridor Project. The first closure will be taking place from 11 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, July 8 to 5 a.m. on Monday, July 11. The second closure will take place between Friday, July 22 and Monday, July 25 during the same hours.
Detour routes will be signed on roadways, but maps will also be available on SDOT’s project website. However, because the detour routes are expected to be heavily used, SDOT is recommending drivers consider alternate routes whenever possible. From SDOT:
During these closures, the I-5 on-ramp at University Street will be concurrently closed to provide more efficient traffic flow around the closed Mercer Street exit lane. Fairview Avenue N will also be closed between Mercer Street and Valley Street, and Mercer Street will be closed to through traffic between Westlake Avenue N and Fairview Avenue N. All detour routes will be clearly marked.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will be concurrently closing all lanes on SR 520 from 11:00 p.m. Friday, July 8, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 11, between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue. SR 520 from I-5 to Montlake Boulevard will remain open to traffic. Details of the closure and detour maps are available at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/WeekendClosures.htm.
Travelers are encouraged to carpool and use alternate modes of transportation. Transit information can be found at:

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Mercer Street I-5 ramps to close again this weekend

June 16th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be closing down the I-5 on and off ramps at Mercer Street again this weekend, as part of ongoing work needed as part of the Mercer Corridor Project.

The closure will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday, June 17, and go until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 20. Detour route maps are available here. From SDOT:

Detour routes shown will be signed on roadways and may be heavily used, particularly Denny Way both eastbound and westbound. Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes to their destinations such as SR 99 or alternate I-5 exits and entrances.

After this weekend’s closure, the Mercer Street access to and from I-5 will not be closed again until the weekend of July 8-11, and is scheduled to take place during the same hours. From SDOT:

During these closures, the I-5 on-ramp at University Street will be concurrently closed to provide more efficient traffic flow around the closed Mercer Street exit lane. Fairview Avenue N will also be closed between Mercer Street and Valley Street and Mercer Street will be closed to through traffic between Westlake Avenue N and Fairview Avenue N. All detour routes will be clearly marked to support traffic flow around the closures.

SDOT is advising travelers heading to the Fremont Solstice Parade and Fair to use SR 99 or to the alternate I-5 off-ramps at Olive Way (northbound) or Stewart St. (southbound) and Denny Way to Westlake Ave. N. More information on routes to the Fremont Fair can be found at the fair website.

Travelers are encouraged to carpool and use alternate modes of transportation. Transit information can be found at:

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Mercer West Project Open House Wednesday

June 7th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting an open house on the Mercer West Project from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at Seattle Center’s Rainier Room, located within the Northwest Rooms Plaza.

At the meeting representatives from SDOT will discuss the preliminary designs for the project, including information on the underpass at Aurora Ave and the two-way conversion of Roy and Mercer streets between 5th Ave N and Queen Anne Ave N. SDOT will also present recommendations for West Mercer Place and West Mercer Street, based on evaluation of the alternatives and input from stakeholders.

The SDOT project team will be available to solicit ideas from the public and answer questions attendees may have about current preliminary design concepts for the following:

  • A wider Mercer Underpass at Aurora Avenue North;
  • Converting Mercer and Roy Streets from one‐way to two‐way operation;
  • And improving intersections, street connections and bike access.

From SDOT:

The Mercer West Project would complete the City’s vision for a direct, two‐way connection between I‐5 and Elliott Avenue West, continuing where the Mercer East Project leaves off. The proposed improvements include:

  • Widening Mercer between Dexter Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N, including the underpass at Aurora to provide three lanes in each direction, left‐turn lanes, wider sidewalks, and a bicycle path;
  • Converting Mercer Street to two‐way operation with two lanes in each direction and turn pockets between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
  • Converting Roy Street to a two‐way street with one lane in each direction and bicycle lanes between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
  • Creating a new Sixth Avenue N connection between Mercer and Harrison Streets; and;
  • Closing Broad Street to re‐connect the street grid between Ninth Ave N and Fifth Ave N.

Read more about the Mercer West Project on the project website, and in our ongoing coverage.

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Weekend Mercer Street I-5 on & off ramp closure

May 20th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be closing down the I-5 on and off ramps at Mercer Street this weekend, the final construction closure at this site scheduled for May, an area in the midst of ongoing construction work needed as part of the Mercer Corridor Project.

The closure will begin at 11 p.m. tonight, Friday, May 20, and continue through 5 a.m. on Monday, May 23. After this weekend the Mercer Street on and off ramps will not be closed again until the weekend of Friday, June 17 to Monday, June 20 (also from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on those days respectively). From SDOT:

During these upcoming closures, please note that Mercer Street will be fully closed to through traffic between Westlake Avenue N and Fairview Avenue N, including access from Mercer Street to southbound Fairview Avenue N that had been maintained during previous closures. The I-5 on-ramp at University Street will be concurrently closed to provide more efficient traffic flow around the closed Mercer Street exit lane. Fairview Avenue N will also be closed between Mercer Street and Valley Street.

Updated detour route maps are available SDOT’s project website. Signs indicating detour routes will also be visible around the closure. SDOT advises commuters to be prepared for heavy congestion along these detour routes, particularly on east- and westbound Denny Way, and to use alternate routes when available.

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Prepare for Mercer Street on and off-ramp weekend closures throughout the month of May

April 27th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is preparing for more weekend-long closures at the Mercer Street on and off-ramp to I-5 throughout May.

Work that is part of Mercer Corridor Project will shut down the on and off-ramps for at least two weekends this month: Friday, May 6 to Monday, May 9, and Friday, May 20 to Monday, May 23. The Mercer Street exit and on-ramp may also be closed for a third weekend, from Friday, May 13 to Monday, May 16, pending final coordination with other major work projects in the area.

The I-5 on-ramp at University Street will be concurrently closed to provide more efficient traffic flow around the closed Mercer Street exit lane. Fairview Avenue N will also be closed between Mercer Street and Valley Street. All detour routes will be clearly marked to support traffic flow around the closures.

Mercer Street ramp closures are required for utility installations on Fairview Avenue N at Mercer Street, including water, sewer, electrical and communications line installations, as well as to align the existing on- and off-ramps with the future westbound lanes of Mercer Street.

During weekend closures, Metro Transit plans to reroute its bus service on routes 70, 71, 72, 73 and 83 off of Fairview Avenue N from 11:00 p.m. on Friday to 5:00 a.m. on Monday. Buses will be rerouted via Eastlake Avenue E: northbound between Mercer Street and Galer Street; and southbound from Galer Street to Thomas Street. Rerouted buses will serve posted stops on Eastlake Avenue E, but will not make any stops on the cross streets between Eastlake and Fairview.

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Mercer Street I-5 on/off ramp closed this weekend

April 15th, 2011 by Thea

Queen Anne-ers used to taking the Mercer Street on ramp and exit will have to find another way to and from I-5 this weekend. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be closing down the I-5 on and off ramps at Mercer Street in the first of four upcoming weekend closures due to utility improvements and ramp re-alignment work needed as part of the Mercer Corridor Project.

The closure will begin at 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, and run until 1 a.m. on Monday, April 18. There will also be a concurrent closure of the northbound I-5 on-ramp at University Street to improve safety and provide more efficient traffic flow around the closed Mercer Street exit lane.

Detour routes will be clearly market during the closure, though you can download the official detour maps here for access to I-5 and from I-5. From SDOT:

Three additional full weekend closures are tentatively scheduled and closure hours are anticipated to be Friday at 11:00 p.m. to Monday at 5:00 a.m.; further notification will be provided as the dates are finalized:

  • May 6 – May 9
  • May 13 – May 16
  • May 20 – May 23

Travelers are encouraged to carpool and use alternate modes of transportation. Transit information can be found at:

  • King County Metro at www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or by calling 206-553-3000
  • Sound Transit at www.soundtransit.org
  • Community Transit at www.commtrans.org

During weekend closures, Metro Transit plans to reroute its bus service on routes 70, 71, 72, 73 and 83 off of Fairview Avenue starting at 11:00 p.m. Friday night and lasting up to 5:00 a.m. Monday. The buses will be rerouted via Eastlake Avenue East: northbound between Mercer Street and Galer Street; and southbound from Galer Street to Thomas Street. Rerouted buses will serve posted stops on Eastlake Avenue, but will not make any stops on the cross streets between Eastlake and Fairview.

For more information on the closure and the Mercer Corridor Project, check out the project website.

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Get ‘Good To Go!’ passes now and get $10 credit

February 16th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

While SR 520 does not directly link to Queen Anne, many Queen Anne-ers (and Seattleites) use Mercer and Westlake as major connections to I-5, and eventually the floating bridges. Considering the freeway bound thoroughfares that run through Queen Anne, WSDOT’s new tolls over 520 will be pertinent to those in the neighborhood who commute to the Eastside often. Here’s some information about the new tolling system, and WSDOT’s “Good to Go!” payment campaign, from our sister site the U District Daily:

TheSR 520 “Good To Go!” campaign kicked off Tuesday. Starting this spring, tolls will be collected using the Good To Go! electronic tolling system, which allows tolls to be collected without stopping or slowing. There will be no traditional toll booths.

“Tolling is a critical funding source for replacing the vulnerable 520 bridge,” Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said. “Starting tolling this spring helps keep project costs down while improving the safety and reliability of this vital corridor. The funds help us begin pontoon construction in Grays Harbor for a replacement bridge and improvements on the Eastside starting next month.”

WSDOT officials announced yesterday that drivers will receive a $10 credit towards SR 520 tolls if they purchase a Good To Go! Pass and activate an account by April 15. Starting this Friday, Friday, February 18, the Standard Sticker pass, costing $5, will be available at 84 participating Safeway stores throughout Puget Sound.

Get more information and purchase your Good To Go! pass here.

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