Giant slip-n-slide headed to Mercer St for one day in August
They 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…).
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.
The 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
Remember 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
Just 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 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
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 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 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.
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.
Mercer Alert: Full weekend closure of Mercer eastbound and southbound 5th Ave N
Reminder – this weekend brings another full weekend closure of eastbound Mercer St and southbound 5th Ave N. Closures begin at 4am Saturday, February 15 an run through 5am Monday, February 17.
- Eastbound Mercer will be fully closed to traffic between 5th A N and Dexter Ave N
- Travelers heading east from 5th Ave N should take Harrison St to eastbound Broad St to reconnect with Mercer at 9th Ave N
- Southbound 5th Ave N will be fully closed to traffic between Roy and Mercer Travelers heading south on 5th Ave N will be detoured to westbound Roy Street and 4th Ave N to reconnect with 5th Ave N via eastbound Mercer
- 5th Ave N will have lane restrictions between Mercer and Harrison streets – one southbound lane and one northbound lane on 5th Ave N will be restricted
- Travelers heading toward I-5 or downtown from Queen Anne should use Queen Anne Ave N
- The sidewalk on the north side of Mercer between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N will be closed – pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street.
- Mercer between I-5 and Broad St, Broad St, Dexter Ave N, Aurora/SR 99 and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer will remain open during the weekend work.
Click the map below for a larger (pdf) image:
Mercer Alert: Eastbound Mercer traffic shift begins Thursday; full closure this weekend
As part of the continuing work on the Mercer corridor, SDOT will be shifting Mercer traffic to one lane between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N tomorrow, Thursday, February 6th. This shift will be in place for “approximately four months” – after which Mercer will be opened to two-way traffic.
Plus, this weekend there’s a planned full closure of Mercer Street and 5th Ave N, from Saturday, February 8th through Monday, February 10th.
Here are the details from SDOT on the traffic shift:
- The morning of Thursday, February 6, traffic on eastbound Mercer Street between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N will be shifted one lane north in order to facilitate construction activities on the south side of the roadway
- Two eastbound lanes will be maintained on Mercer Street through the work zone
- Pedestrians and bicyclists will be shifted from the south side of Mercer Street to a temporary asphalt path on the north side of Mercer between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
- No pedestrian access will be allowed on the south side of Mercer Street
Information information on pedestrian and bicycle access during construction is available online.
And, here’s the information on the full weekend closure:
- Closure in effect from 4am Saturday, February 8 through 5am Monday, February 10
- Eastbound Mercer between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N, and southbound 5th Ave N between Roy and Mercer streets will be fully closed to traffic for demolition of the old SR 99 bridge footings and utility work beneath the roadway
- The sidewalk on Mercer Street will also be closed between 5th Ave and Dexter Ave N – pedestrians will be detoured to Broad Street
- Mercer Street between Broad Street and I-5, Broad Street, Dexter Ave N, SR 99/Aurora and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will remain open during the weekend work
Mercer Alert: Full closure next weekend plus weeknight closures through December 20th
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.
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.
Plan ahead for Mercer and Aurora closures this weekend and next
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.
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.