Mercer Street opens: Mercer Street and Broad Street are now open to traffic, says the Seattle Department of Transportation. Crews getting ready for the demolition of the east half of the Highway 99 bridge over Mercer got their work done earlier than the expected Monday 5 a.m. completion. The rerouting that was to go into effect then has started. That means:
- Mercer Street is reduced to two eastbound lanes between Fourth Avenue North and Ninth Avenue North.
- Local access maintained at Taylor Avenue North.
- The sidewalk on the north side of Mercer Street is closed between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North. The sidewalk on the south side of Mercer Street will remain open.
- Broad Street open to two-way traffic.
Aurora Avenue is expected to be closed until about 1 p.m. Sunday. There are maps here that may help.
Warm weather: Today and tomorrow, but rain and lower temperatures moving in on Tuesday.
Hoops hopes: In denying the move of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, the NBA let escape one tiny ray of hope for fans of a future Sonics team: The professional basketball league might consider expansion. Would that be to Seattle? How interested is Chris Hansen now in bringing a team to Seattle? Times reporter Bob Condotta takes a look.
Powerball winner: On winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot of almost $600 million was sold in Saturday night’s drawing. Given that the ticket was sold in Florida, we’re not expecting riches to flow nearby.