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Mercer Street bicycle path opens tomorrow for Bike to Work month

April 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Mercer Bike PathTomorrow, Friday, May 1st is the first day of Bike to Work month and the first day then new 2-way bicycle path on Mercer St will be open to cyclists.

The path is on the north side of Mercer St between Dexter Ave N and 5th Ave N. It’ll be open throughout the month of May, but heads up, it’ll be closed for 2 weeks in June for work under the 99 bridge (we’ll post as dates firm up).

SDOT has provided these details and reminders:

• The bicycle pathway on the west side of 5th Ave N will remain closed. Southbound cyclists on 5th Ave N may ride in the roadway or use the sidewalk

• Northbound cyclists on 5th Ave N may cross 5th Ave N on the north side of Mercer St to continue north on the 5th Ave N bike lane or east on the new Mercer bike path

• Northbound cyclists on Dexter Ave N are required to merge with vehicular traffic when approaching Mercer St

• Bicycle signal heads will not be activated at this time

• Cyclists are reminded to please yield to pedestrians at intersections and observe pedestrian signals when crossing streets

• For more information about SDOT’s bicycle rules, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikecode.htm

Enjoy cycling on the new path for the kickoff of Bike to Work month and beyond!

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Full nighttime closure of Dexter begins today and runs through March 5th

February 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Mercer Corridor Project logoStarting tonight, Wednesday, February 25th, SDOT will close Dexter Ave N between Republican and Mercer from 9pm to 6am. The Monday – Thursday nighttime closures will continue through March 5th for electrical work.

Per SDOT:

  • Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed between Republican and Mercer streets.
  • Travelers will be detoured to Ninth Avenue N.
  • This closure will not be in place Friday evenings.
  • Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

During daytime hours, southbound Dexter will be reduced to one lane between Roy and Mercer between 9am and 2pm.

Southbound Dexter will also be restricted to one lane between Roy and Mercer streets between 8pm and 6am, Monday through Thursday, for approximately six weeks.

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Full closures for parts of Mercer and Dexter this weekend

February 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Plan ahead for travel this weekend, as SDOT will be fully closing portions of Mercer and Dexter from 11pm Friday, February 13th to 5am Monday, February 16th. The closures are required for the completion of concrete pours and the removal of a temporary road along the south side of Mercer at Dexter.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Mercer:

  • Westbound Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic between 9th Ave N and 5th Ave N from 11pm Friday, February 13th through 5am Monday, February 16th
  • Travelers will be detoured onto Denny Way
  • Capacity will be restricted on eastbound Mercer; at least one eastbound lane will remain open

Dexter:

  • Dexter Ave N will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer Streets from 11pm Friday, February 13th through 5am Monday, February 16th
  • Travelers will be detoured onto 9th Ave N
  • Access to businesses and residences on Taylor Ave N will be maintained from Roy St

Mercer closure Feb 2015

Immediately following the completion of this work, one lane of eastbound Mercer Street will remain closed 24/7 as SDOT completes concrete paving activities February 16 through February 20.

Note that all work is weather-dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled for later dates if inclement weather continues to occur. Plan ahead and expect “significant traffic delays” as the Mercer Corridor Project keeps marching on.

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Mercer westbound down to one lane today until 4:30pm, plus other closures planned next week

December 19th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Mercer Corridor Project logoRemember the good news about the West Emerson Overpass opening early? Well, here’s the other side of the coin, but it’s a well-worn side that we’re all accustomed to… Mercer Street.

Emergency pavement work on Mercer Street has all but one lane of westbound Mercer closed today, Friday, between 8th Ave N and 99/Aurora – and that closure has been extended to 4:30pm. It was scheduled to open at 3pm, but it’ll now have rush-hour traffic pinched down to one lane through 4:3opm.

Plus, other Mercer lane closures are planned for early next week and Taylor Ave N is closed until SDOT can complete work at the Mercer intersection.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Emergency lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street today:
The scheduled lane restrictions for westbound Mercer Street which typically last until 3 p.m., will be extended to 4:30 p.m. today for emergency pavement repairs. Westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Eighth Avenue North and SR 99. Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

Daytime lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street, December 22 and 23:
Westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Dexter Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North on Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This lane restriction is necessary to accommodate concrete pours. One lane will remain open at all times. Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

Taylor Avenue N:
Please note northbound Taylor Avenue North will remain closed until further notice to accommodate sidewalk and electrical work. Full closures of Taylor Avenue North at Mercer Street will occur as needed and will be announced in advance.

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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 Fonda

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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Love or hate the new Mercer and Roy changes, here’s a chance to voice your opinion

July 1st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

The Queen Anne Community Council meets this Wednesday, July 2nd at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). The monthly meeting begins at 7:30pm and has the usual committee reports – but if you’ve been frustrated (angered?) by the new traffic patterns on Mercer and Roy streets, this is a meeting you’ll want to attend.

Eric Twit from the Seattle Department of Transportation will be at the meeting to discuss Mercer and Roy, and take comments and questions.

Traffic has been spilling onto other neighborhood streets in recent weeks. The change of both Mercer and Roy to two-way streets has caused significant backups, and not just during rush hour. The current configuration is for June 2014 (now) through Fall 2015:

Mercer & Roy June 2014-2015

It’s not just affecting residents – how about the Mercer St QFC? I have yet to pass its parking garage without seeing huge backups several blocks up Taylor. Imagine how tricky getting out of that garage and across traffic must be…

So, if you’ve been stuck in traffic on either of these streets or the surrounding streets, attend Wednesday’s meeting to hear directly from SDOT – and let them know your feedback.

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Mercer Alert: Pedestrian and cyclist access shift on Wednesday, July 2

July 1st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

As part of the ongoing construction around the Mercer corridor, SDOT will be shifting pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Mercer St tomorrow, Wednesday, July 2. The shift will be from the north side of Mercer St to the south side of Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N. 

Details from SDOT:

  • The new sidewalk on the south side of Mercer Street will be in place between 5th Ave N and Aurora Ave N and a temporary pathway will connect pedestrians and bicyclists from Aurora Ave N through the work zone to Dexter Ave N.
  • No pedestrian access will be allowed on the north side of Mercer St between Taylor Ave N and Dexter Ave N.
  • Travelers headed to and from South Lake Union from the Uptown neighborhood should use the south side of Mercer Street to 5th Ave N, rather than Taylor Ave N.

Mercer Sidewalk 0702

When the project is completed in Fall 2015, a new sidewalk and a separated bicycle path will be in place on the north side of Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N.

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Mercer Alert: Broad Street permanently closes, Mercer expands two-way coverage

May 30th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Heads up, there are more changes to the roadways beginning this weekend. Starting Sunday evening (June 1), Broad St will be permanently closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and 9 Ave N. Plus, Mercer becomes two-way between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N, and this weekend also brings a closure to the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St.

SDOT warns that the closure will “create significant traffic disruptions along the Mercer Corridor. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and expect lengthy travel delays due to the Broad Street closure and drivers adjusting to two-way operations on Mercer Street.”

Here are the details from SDOT:

Broad Street permanently closing

  • Beginning the evening of Sunday, June 1, Broad Street will permanently close to traffic between 9th Ave N and 5th Ave N
  • The permanent closure of Broad Street is necessary to allow for additional construction associated with the Mercer Corridor Project and WSDOT’s Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project

New traffic patterns begin Monday, June 2
Beginning Monday morning, June 2:

  • Mercer Street will have two lanes in each direction between Queen Anne Ave N and 9th Ave N
  • Access to Seattle Center and Queen Anne will be a direct route via westbound Mercer from I-5
  • Roy St will have one lane in each direction between Queen Anne Ave N and 5th Ave N
  • Queen Anne Ave N will have one northbound lane and two southbound lanes between Roy and Mercer Streets
  • Left turns from westbound Mercer onto southbound 5th Ave N will be available
  • Left turns from eastbound Mercer onto northbound Dexter Ave N will not be allowed for approximately one year
  • Access to northbound SR 99 from eastbound Mercer will be via southbound Dexter Ave N onto westbound Thomas St

Broad Street closure

Closure of northbound Queen Anne Avenue N at Roy Street: May 31 – June 1
Beginning Saturday, May 31 at 4am through Sunday, June 1 at 5am, access to northbound Queen Anne Ave N will be fully closed to traffic from Roy St to accommodate roadway striping and final two-way signal conversion. During the closure:

  • Access to northbound Queen Anne Ave N will be closed to traffic at Roy St
  • Travelers heading north from westbound Roy will be detoured onto southbound  Queen Anne Ave N and then right onto Mercer to proceed north on 2nd Ave W
  • Travelers from Downtown should use 1st Ave N to westbound Mercer St and 2nd Ave W or 5th Ave N and Taylor Ave N to access Queen Anne
  • Southbound Queen Anne Ave N will be reduced to two lanes between Roy and Mercer streets
  • Access to Queen Anne Ave N from eastbound Roy will be closed. Turns onto westbound Roy from southbound Queen Anne Ave N will not be allowed.

Mercer May 31-June 1

Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Ninth Avenue N converting to two-way traffic June 1 – 2:

  • On Sunday, June 1 at 1pm following the Race for the Cure, crews will begin converting the final section of Mercer to two-way traffic between 5th Ave N and N and permanently closing Broad St. During the conversion:
  • Mercer will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N. As intersections are converted to two-way traffic, roadways will be re-opened.
  • Denny Way and First Avenue N will remain fully open.

Mercer June 1 and June 2

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Mercer becomes a two-way street this week, Roy St follows week of May 12

May 3rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

You may have noticed some new traffic lights this week, and a traffic shift yesterday, Friday, May 2 as SDOT prepares to open Mercer to two-way traffic starting this coming week. Right not, two eastbound Mercer lanes have been shifted permanently to the south side of Mercer. (Phase I)

Next up – two-way traffic between 1st Ave N and 5th  Ave N begins the week of May 5th. SDOT crews will first convert signals, which could take most of the week. Keep an eye out for signs as traffic is routed around crews.

SDOT advises that this phase (Phase II) could take several days and may not begin until near the end of the week, depending on weather.

Then, beginning the week of May 12, Phase II turns its attention to Roy St and Queen Anne Ave N – both streets will have restrictions as Roy St is converted to two-way traffic.

Click to enlarge the map of Phase II below:

Mercer Phase II

The final phase (Phase III) of converting Mercer Street to two-way traffic focuses on the stretch between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N. Broad Street will be closed during this phase, which is set to happen immediately after Memorial Day (May 26).

Mercer Phase III

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Mercer Alert: Eastbound Mercer closure this weekend

April 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

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 Fonda

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 Fonda

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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