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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

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  • 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.

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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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Mercer Alert: Weekend closures of northbound 5th Ave N this weekend and next

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.

Mercer 5th Ave closure legend

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.

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Mercer Alert: Full closure next weekend plus weeknight closures through December 20th

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.

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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.

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Plan ahead for Mercer and Aurora closures this weekend and next

December 5th, 2013 by Laura

As part of the ongoing Mercer Corridor Project, there is a full weekend closure of Aurora/99 and eastbound Mercer Street beginning tomorrow, Friday, December 6 at 11:59 pm through 5am Monday, December 9.

Mercer Corridor Project logoPlus, you can plan even further ahead as the same closures will be in place next weekend from Friday, December 13 at 11:59 pm through 5am Monday, December 16.

The closures are necessary for the completion of Mercer Street widening and SR 99 bridge replacement work, all in preparation for the Bored Tunnel North Portal in June 2014.

Per SDOT: please note that work is weather dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled for later dates if inclement weather occurs. (so far, it looks like it’ll just be cold)

SDOT details on this weekend’s closure:

  • SR 99 will be fully closed to traffic between Valley Street 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 Street or in southern Seattle at E Marginal Way and Spokane Street. More information about alternate routes during construction may be found online
  • Eastbound Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N. Traffic heading east toward I-5 from Queen Anne will be detoured to eastbound Broad Street via Harrison Street and will reconnect to Mercer Street at Ninth Avenue N to continue towards the I-5 ramps at Mercer Street.
  • The sidewalk on Mercer Street will also be closed between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N. Pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
  • Broad Street and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street and westbound Mercer Street will remain open during the weekend work.
  • Access to Seattle Center from I-5 via westbound Mercer and Broad streets and from southbound SR 99 at Valley Street will be open through the weekend.

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Mercer Alert: Nightime closure of Mercer and 99 Tuesday and Wednesday

September 16th, 2013 by Laura

Mercer Corridor Project logoRemember the Mercer/99 closure that was cancelled due to weather? Well, it’s back on for tomorrow night (Tuesday, September 17) and Wednesday night (September 18).

SDOT is planning a nighttime closure of northbound SR 99/Aurora and Mercer Street between 5th Ave N and Ninth Ave N for Tuesday, September 17, and an additional nighttime closure for Mercer on Wednesday, September 18.

Tuesday, September 17

  • Northbound SR 99 and Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic beginning Tuesday, September 17 at 10pm through Wednesday, September 18 at 5:30am.
  • Northbound SR 99 will be fully closed between the southern end of the Battery St Tunnel and Valley St.
  • Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N.
  • No pedestrian access will be allowed on Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N during the closure. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the north side of Broad Street to cross SR 99.
  • Southbound SR 99, Broad Street, and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer will remain open.

Wednesday, September 18

  • Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic beginning Wednesday, September 18, at 10pm through Thursday, September 19 at 5:30am.
  • Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N.
  • No pedestrian access will be allowed on Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N during the closure. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the north side of Broad Street to cross SR 99.
  • Westbound Mercer St, Broad St, and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer St will remain open.

Per SDOT, expect significant traffic and delays; plan ahead and use alternate routes.

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Mercer Alert: daytime lane closures on I-5 on-ramps start Monday

July 21st, 2013 by Laura

As part of the ongoing Mercer Corridor project, new changes will take effect starting tomorrow, Monday, July 22nd and run for approximately two weeks. SDOT will be closing single lanes on the I-5 on-ramps at Mercer intermittently during the daytime so that crews can install curb barriers and landscaping.

The ramps will remain open, with only one lane closed at a time, leaving 3 open on eastbound Mercer St. A single lane on eastbound Mercer also will be closed between Boren and the I-5 on-ramps at Mercer. Work hours will be 9am-3pm, with three lanes of Mercer and the I-5 on-ramps remaining open during the work.

Mercer 5th to I-5

Click the map above for more info on current Mercer detours, per SDOT.

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Get ready – Mercer West project begins in April, public meeting tonight

March 21st, 2013 by Laura

We’ve all dealt with the headaches and hassles of the Mercer East construction phases as SDOT works to turn Mercer into a two-way street between I-5 and 1st Ave N. Well, get ready, Mercer West starts in April, just a few weeks away. The Mercer West phase continues through mid-2015.

The April construction begins the widening of Mercer to 3 lanes in each direction between Dexter and 5th Ave N, converting the existing four eastbound lanes to two lanes in each direction between 5th Ave N and 1st Ave N.

First up in this phase is widening Mercer under the SR 99 overpass and reconstructing the SR 99 bridge – during this construction, Mercer will be reduced to two eastbound lanes between 5th Ave N and Dexter starting in May and SR 99 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction between Harrison St and Valley St.

In late April, to prep for construction impacts, signal adjustments and additions are on tap for the intersections of 5th Ave N & Harrison St, Dexter & Republican, and Broad & Harrison. Broad St will also be re-opened to two-way traffic during this phase.

When completed, Mercer will have additional left-turn lanes, widened sidewalks, and a bicycle path between Dexter and 5th Ave N. Roy St will also become a two-way street with bicycle lanes between 5th Ave N and Queen Anne Avenue N.

If you have any questions or concerns about this phase of Mercer construction, there’s a free public Open House tonight (Thursday) with SDOT and the construction company.  It’ll be held at the Seattle Center Rainier Room from 4:30pm to 7pm.

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Mercer Traffic Alert: Eastbound Lane Restrictions Begin Monday, December 10th

December 7th, 2012 by Laura

As part of the ongoing Mercer Corridor Project (but really, it’ll be done one day), new Mercer eastbound lane restrictions begin this Monday, December 10th.

According to SDOT, the lane restrictions will last “approximately two weeks” as SDOT installs new signal poles and mast arms at the intersection of Mercer and Fairview Ave N. Two eastbound lanes on Mercer will remain open to traffic between Terry and Fairview. The work will occur on weekdays between 9am and 3pm. A uniformed SPD officer will facilitate traffic flow, but we all know it’ll still be messy.

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Two weeks of night closures on Mercer start today

August 29th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation will begin intermittent nighttime lane closures on Mercer Street today, Monday, August 29, as part of ongoing work on the Mercer Corridor Project.

Night work is scheduled to take place intermittently between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. over the next two weeks. SDOT says that up to three lanes of Mercer Street will be closed overnight at Westlake Ave N, Terry Ave N and Boren Ave N during the work to accommodate storm drain, water main and gas line crossings along Mercer.

More information on the Mercer Corridor Project here.

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