Giant slip-n-slide headed to Mercer St for one day in August

Slide OrcaThey pitch it as a “water slide” – but we all know that the giant 1,000-foot water slide headed to Mercer street next month is just an oversize slip-n-slide. Slide the City refers to its multi-block-long creation as a slide… and it’s headed to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown next month.

For one day, August 16th, people can pay to slide down Mercer Street from Warren Ave N to 4th Ave N. The event organizers require inflatable tubes, which can also be purchased for a fee, and mouth guards. Yep, sliding just got a little scary (or safer, depending on when you were a kid…).

Mercer St Slide

The giant slide is part of Seafair festivities, and it’s been in other cities before. However, with activities at the Seattle Center and lots of water slide happy folks, be prepared for crowds and parking/traffic impacts.

Slide downhillThe slide will operate from 11am until 7pm, and Mercer Street will be closed even longer for prep and disassemble – from 4am to 11:30pm. There are 3 tiers of slide ride pricing (one-time, three-times, unlimited), and right now, you can get on a mailing list for registration (no word on when official registration begins). The event has sold out in other cities, so if you’re looking to slip and slide down Mercer Street, plan ahead.

The Slide the City organizers pitch the slide as a family friendly, with live music, food, drinks, water, and a huge padded-for-comfort (and safety) slide. They encourage sliders to bring “water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.”

Check out the site for more info, and if you’re not into giant water slides, plan ahead for navigating around the neighborhood.

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

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.

Mercer Alert: Emergency repair will reduce Mercer westbound to one lane this evening

Mercer Water RepairJust in from SDOT – plan ahead as traffic is sure to back up with only one westbound Mercer lane this evening. Still pending a start-time from SDOT, but if it’s during rush hour, it’ll be bad. (UPDATE: closure has already started, per SDOT)

Note: you can pretty much completely ignore the 1 minute travel estimate on the map…

Emergency lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street this evening

SEATTLE—The Seattle Department of Transportation advises travelers that westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Sixth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North this  evening, Tuesday, Nov. 18, due to a leaking water main in the roadway. One lane on westbound Mercer Street will remain open at all times. Eastbound Mercer Street will be unaffected.

Please use alternate routes where possible and expect traffic delays.

Mercer Alert: Taylor Ave N and Dexter Ave N impacted by Mercer Corridor work starting Monday

There are a several upcoming changes to traffic patterns around Mercer St, as part of the ongoing Mercer Corridor Project. One closure affects Taylor Ave N, another Dexter Ave N – both where they meet Mercer and the surrounding blocks.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Taylor Ave N Closure – week of August 11th:
Starting as early as Monday, August 11th, Taylor Ave North will be closed to through traffic between Roy and Mercer streets. This closure is scheduled to accommodate water main installations on the north side of Mercer Street. The official start date and time for this closure will be released in the coming days (watch for the Weekend Roundup, we may have info by then).

Expect the following impacts:

  • Turns from Mercer to Taylor Ave N will be prohibited.
  • Turns from Taylor Ave N to Mercer will also be prohibited.
  • Local traffic and pedestrians, including vehicles entering and exiting the QFC parking garage, will have access to and from from Roy Street.

Dexter Ave N Turn & Bicycle Lanes Closures – August 11-15
From 9am-3pm, Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15, turning lanes and bicycle lanes on Dexter Ave N will be restricted between Roy and Republican streets to accommodate electrical ductbank work. Signs will be posted and bicyclists will be directed to merge with traffic.

Expect the following impacts:

  • One lane in each direction on Dexter Ave N will remain open at all times. Uniformed police officers will be positioned at the intersection of Mercer and Dexter to direct traffic.
  • The northbound and southbound bicycle lanes on Dexter Ave N between Roy and Republican will be closed 9am-3pm from Monday, August 11 until Friday, August 15.

Mercer Closures Aug 11

Mercer Street New Configuration – mid-August start date
Beginning in mid-August, drivers will notice a shift in the configuration of Mercer as it crosses Dexter Ave N. Mercer will be shifted south to allow for demolition of the bridge over Broad Street and utility work through the intersection. Turning movements and the number of eastbound and westbound lanes will remain unchanged.

Stay tuned for more details as these and other traffic pattern changes are finalized in the next few days.

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

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

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

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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