Two month closure of one block of Roy St starts Tuesday

As part of the Mercer Corridor Project, SDOT will be fully closing Roy Street between 4th Ave N and 5th Ave N for 6-8 weeks. The closure begins tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8th. Vehicle traffic will be detoured to Mercer, so expect increased traffic on Mercer St during the closure.

Here are the details from SDOT:

SDOT advises travelers of a full street closure on Roy Street between 4th Avenue N and 5th Avenue N for six to eight weeks beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. This closure will accommodate installation of a large storm water detention pipe beneath Roy Street in September and October. This will help manage storm water flows and reduce the risk of sewer overflows into Lake Union during a heavy rain. It will provide storm water detention for the area, including the North Portal and surface street improvements for the SR 99 Tunnel Project. Travelers through the area can expect the following:

• Beginning Tuesday, September 8, Roy Street will be fully closed between 4th Avenue N and 5th Avenue N and remain closed for six to eight weeks.

• Local access will be maintained to the alley on the south side of Roy Street between 4th Avenue N and 5th Avenue N via eastbound Roy Street. The alley will be southbound only during this closure.

• Vehicles and cyclists traveling on Roy Street will be detoured south to Mercer Street between 4th Avenue N and 5th Avenue N. Please obey all closure and detour signage.

• Street parking will be restricted on this block while work is completed.

• Pedestrian access will be maintained on the south sidewalk along Roy Street.

5th Ave N closed between Mercer and Republican this weekend

Plan ahead for weekend travels around the Seattle Center, as 5th Ave N will be fully closed between Mercer and Republican beginning at 11pm tonight (Friday, May 15th) through 5am Monday, May 18th.

The closures is to accommodate maintenance hole removal and replacement at 5th Ave N and Republican St, as well as permanent striping on 5th Ave N and on Broad Street. This work is part of the Mercer Corridor Project.

Take note: Key Arena is hosting several commencements this weekend, with 12,500 people expected to attend. Also, the SIFF International Film Festival is underway and hosting events at SIFF Film Center, SIFF Uptown, and McCaw Hall.

Per SDOT:

  • 5th Ave N will remain fully closed to traffic between Mercer and Republican streets through 5am Monday, May 18.
  • One northbound lane on 5th Ave N will be maintained at all times between Denny Way and Mercer Street. The northbound lane will be diverted west at Republican Street and connect to Mercer Street via 4th Ave N.
  • Southbound 5th Ave N will be fully closed between Mercer Street and Denny Way. One southbound lane on 5th Ave N will reopen between Harrison Street and Denny Way when striping on is complete, expected at approximately 11am, Saturday, May 17.
  • Traffic on Broad Street will reopen between 5th Ave N and John Street once striping on Broad Street is complete, expected at approximately 5pm, Saturday, May 17.
  • Police officers will be stationed along 5th Ave N to help facilitate traffic flow.
  • Travelers should use Dexter Avenue North, Queen Anne Avenue North, and 1st Ave N as alternate routes throughout the weekend.

5th N Closure May 15

Join Mayor Murray for a walking tour of Uptown and the Mercer Street Corridor tomorrow

We just got this notice in from the Mayor’s press office, so a bit late notice, but better late than never.

Murray Uptown WalkAs part of Mayor Murray’s Community Coffee Conversation series, his next stop is Uptown. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th, you can join the Mayor in a walking tour of Uptown. Residents and local business leaders are invited to join the walk, as well as a coffee chat that follows at Caffe Zingaro.

The walk starts at 10am on top of the Mercer Street Garage (300 Mercer St) in the P-Patch Community Garden. The Mayor will visit public spaces and businesses along and around the Mercer Street corridor, concluding at Caffe Zingaro (127 Mercer Street) at 11:30am.

Key discussion topics like neighborhood growth, housing affordability, and ways the City can best partner with the Uptown community to make the best use of open spaces are on the agenda – but don’t be shy if you have comments or questions on the Mercer Street Corridor project and traffic patterns.

No RSVP is necessary, just show up and bring your Uptown and Mercer Corridor Project questions and comments along.

Mercer Street bicycle path opens tomorrow for Bike to Work month

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!

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

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.

Full closures for parts of Mercer and Dexter this weekend

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.

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: Taylor closure Thursday only a taste of messy – get ready for full closure of Mercer, 5th, and Taylor this weekend

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.

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

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.

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

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.