Topic: Mercer Street
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August 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM
Road work will affect traffic on Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue North near Interstate 5 on Monday and Tuesday, according to a city announcement.
The Interstate 5 off-ramp left turn lane from Mercer onto southbound Fairview will be temporarily narrowed to one lane, and the left lane of southbound Fairview between Mercer and Republican streets will be closed.
The right southbound lane on Fairview will stay open both days, though, and both roads will continue to be navigable, the release said.
July 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Highway 99 and Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North will be closed from 11:59 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday for construction associated with the west phase of the Mercer Corridor Project, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Project crews will demolish the east side of the state Route 99 bridge over Mercer Street.
During the closure:
- SR 99 will be fully closed between Valley Street and the southern end of the Battery Street Tunnel. Traffic traveling through Seattle via SR 99 will be directed to Interstate-5 north of Seattle at 85th Street or south of Seattle at East Marginal Way and Spokane Street.
- Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North. Traffic heading east toward I-5 will be detoured to Harrison and Broad streets at Fifth Avenue North and will reconnect to Mercer Street at Ninth Avenue North to continue east.
- No pedestrian access will be allowed on Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North during the weekend closure. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the north side of Broad Street to cross SR 99.
The Interstate 5 ramps at Mercer Street and Broad Street will remain open. Travelers should expect significant traffic delays, according to SDOT.
June 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM
Mercy, Mercer: Workers will have their way with Mercer Street this weekend, which means motorists will not. Ramps between Mercer Street and Interstate 5 will close this weekend so workers can put some finishing touches on the Mercer East project. And Mercer Street itself will be closed from Fairview Avenue North to Westlake Avenue North. The shutdown will last until 5 a.m. Monday. The University Street ramp to northbound I-5 will also close to avoid creating a dangerous merge. Drivers should expect delays crossing the South Lake Union area, especially on east-west Denny Way.
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August 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM
UPDATE: 9:40 a.m. | This morning’s commute on the new two-way Mercer Street was a mess.
Rick Sheridan, spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), said that the posted signs and months of notifications didn’t make a difference to many drivers. The city has changed Mercer into two-way boulevard, altering a traffic pattern that dates to 1968.
“We’re seeing some driver confusion, especially in the westbound direction,” Sheridan said. “They are not understanding that Mercer is two-way.”
The good news is that there weren’t any collisions this morning, Sheridan said.
Driver confusion took its toll on Interstate 5 southbound this morning, too. Motorists dealt with long backups at the Mercer Street exit, according to the Washington Department of Transportation.
Sheridan said that many motorists seem confused that they can’t turn left onto Fairview Avenue North. The city has uniformed police officers in the area during peak traffic times helping instruct motorists and will continue to do so for several weeks. SDOT will be adding additional message boards to notify drivers of the traffic pattern change, Sheridan said.
Fairview Avenue North has been reduced to just one northbound lane for several weeks, from Harrison Street to Mercer Street, for construction.
Mercer actually opened to traffic last night, hours ahead of schedule. SDOT said Sunday afternoon that it had completed pavement, striping and signal work more quickly than expected, permitting the early opening.
Drivers leaving Interstate 5 can continue straight toward Seattle Center, instead of turning right and snaking along Valley Street, and pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to take advantage of wide sidewalks to reach the growing Amazon and UW Medicine campuses. See this map and more detailed coverage.
Motorists should expect afternoon delays, while pedestrians should beware of busier car traffic on side streets that connect with Mercer. Transit buses 70, 71, 72 and 73 will move off Fairview to Eastlake Avenue East.
August 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The new Mercer Street will open for two-way traffic on Monday, Aug. 27, ending a half-century of eastbound only travel.
There will be three lanes in each direction. Cars can head directly west from I-5 toward Seattle Center, without a winding right and left turn to Valley Street. Also, the new street will add left-turn only lanes from new Mercer to the Fremont neighborhood via Westlake Avenue North, and to the Eastlake neighborhood via Fairview Avenue North. The transition begins at 5 a.m., after a weekend construction closure.
But as some lanes open, others close — Fairview Avenue North will shrink to just one northbound lane for up to six months, during the next phase of construction, just south of Mercer. The restrictions will prevent southbound turns from the I-5 offramp toward downtown, and it will make queuing tougher for drivers using Fairview to reach I-5 in the evening. On the other hand, Ninth, Terry, and Boren avenues north will reopen so traffic can turn right from those streets onto Mercer, and continue east to I-5. Project manager Angela Brady said it may be possible to open another lane of Fairview after two or three months, but a decision can’t be made until then.
The $164 million project includes new sidewalks, up to 20 feet wide, to help pedestrians and bicyclists reach Amazon and other fast-growing businesses. For the next few months, some crosswalks will be closed so right-turning cars can reach Mercer. Valley Street will be rebuilt next year as a two-lane route plus bike lanes, and the city will soon begin a $98 million rebuild on the western segment of Mercer, featuring a two-way underpass below Aurora Avenue North.
Below is a detour map for the next several weeks. The project homepage is here.
January 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Weather: Today, mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-40s. Temperatures down around freezing tonight and little warmer Sunday, with a high around 47. The details.
Traffic: In Seattle, as we have been saying this week, the Mercer Mess is going to get messier. I-5 on-ramps at Mercer are closed until about 7 p.m. Sunday. Also, Fairview Avenue North is closed between Republican and Valley streets until about 7 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, Mercer Street drivers heading toward I-5 will shift onto a new roadway (the westbound lanes of the future two-way Mercer Street). For a broader look at traffic in the area, the map and cams.
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January 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM
A woman driving a blue Mazda sedan collided with the South Lake Union streetcar Sunday morning at the intersection of Mercer Street and Westlake Avenue North. The accident happened around 10:20 a.m.
The 31-year-old driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious but stable condition, said Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department.
Officials at the scene said a witness on the streetcar said the car ran a stoplight.
January 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM
The previously announced closure of I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street in Seattle this weekend has been canceled due to the prospect of rainy weather, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
The street improvement project work was scheduled to begin late tonight and last until early Monday morning, but the closure has been rescheduled for the following weekend, Jan. 20 – 23. Closure hours are scheduled for Friday at 11 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.
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