The Seattle Department of Transportation is canceling a road-patching job it had scheduled for Tuesday on Aurora Avenue North at North 40th Street.
The mid-day work would have narrowed the three southbound lanes to one lane, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — at the same time Aurora will be blocked for road construction near Mercer Street. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) asked Seattle to postpone its pothole repairs.
“We were worried about additional impact,” said Laura Newborn, WSDOT spokeswoman. State managers didn’t want to hinder people traveling to destinations just north of Mercer, she said, such as Fremont, Queen Anne Hill or immediately west of Lake Union.
Seattle had just announced the plan Thursday. City transportation officials figured the lane closures made sense as fewer drivers would be on Aurora because they’d be avoiding the bigger four-day blockage at Aurora and Mercer Street, said spokeswoman Marybeth Turner.
No new date has been set for the Aurora patching.