Mercer Corridor Project: Full closure of Taylor Avenue N rescheduled to Thursday, November 13

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that the full closure of Taylor Avenue N at Mercer Street, originally announced for Wednesday, November 12, has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 13.

From 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, Taylor Avenue N will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer streets as crews pave a portion of the roadway. Travelers can expect the following impacts:

  • Turns to and from Mercer Street at Taylor Avenue N will be prohibited.
  • Travelers from Queen Anne should use Fifth Avenue N to access Mercer Street.
  • Local access to businesses on Taylor Avenue N between Mercer and Roy streets will be maintained from Roy Street.

Following this work, Taylor Avenue N will continue to be restricted to southbound travel only as crews complete work in the roadway. Travelers from westbound Mercer Street should use Fifth Avenue N to continue north to the Queen Anne neighborhood.

Please note this work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

Media inquiries should be directed to Richard Sheridan (SDOT) at 206-684-8540 or richard.sheridan@seattle.gov.

Weekend Traffic: Huskies, Seahawks and Sounders this weekend. Oprah Winfrey will be in Seattle as well.

After a weekend with no SODO stadium games, this weekend there will be several. Husky Football is Saturday night, the Seahawks play Sunday afternoon, and the Sounders play Monday night.

Thousands of people will attend Oprah’s The Life you Want Weekend at the Key Arena on Friday and Saturday.  Sunday morning, runners will participate in the Mustache Dache at Magnuson Park .

Here is a list of events that may affect traffic this weekend:

Mercer Corridor Construction

Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue North will both be down to one lane during off- peak hours on Friday. Taylor Avenue will be fully closed between Mercer and Roy streets. On Friday night there will be a full closure of Mercer Street between Ninth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Sunday.

Elliott Bay Seawall Construction

Construction on the Elliott Bay Seawall project continues seven days a week along the central waterfront. Remember, the ferry access entry point is now just south of Madison Street. See a video and learn about some of the innovative features that are being added to our new seawall to improve the sound’s ecosystem and the life of our marine neighbors at http://bit.ly/1E8RMa3

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend

  • Key Arena
  • 7- 9 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 12,000 per day

http://www.keyarena.com/events/detail/oprahs-the-life-you-want-weekend

Husky Band Friday Night Rally & Procession

  • 9 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: approximately 200 participants
  • Husky band and supporters will march through Greek Row prior to Saturday’s game.
  • Police officers will escort the procession

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend

 

The Mustache Dache

  • Walk/run begins at 10 a.m.
  • Estimated participants: 2,100
  • Event will use streets, trails and sidewalks in Magnuson park

http://mustachedache.com/seattle/

Huskies vs. UCLA

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Seahawks vs. NY Giants

  • CenturyLink Field
  • 1:25 p.m. kickoff
  • Estimated attendance: 67,000.

http://www.seahawks.com/gameday/transportation-guide/index.html

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Sounders vs. Dallas

  • CenturyLink Field
  • 7:30 p.m. kickoff
  • Estimated attendance: 50,000.

http://www.soundersfc.com/matchday/transportation/guide

 

Mercer Corridor Project: Continued work on Fifth Avenue North

Changes coming to Mercer Street in late November

The Seattle Department of Transportation advises travelers of the following activities within the Mercer Corridor Project area:

Expanded work hours on Fifth Avenue North between Republican and Harrison streets

The previously announced, lane impacts on Fifth Avenue North between Republican and Harrison streets will be modified beginning the morning of Monday, Nov. 3 as crews conduct sidewalk and utility work. During the closure, travelers can expect the following impacts:

  • The far right lane of northbound Fifth Avenue North between Harrison and Republican streets will be closed 24 hours a day.
  • A second northbound lane on Fifth Avenue North will be closed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • One northbound lane on Fifth Avenue North will remain open at all times, and a second lane will be open after 3 p.m. each day.

Additional lane on eastbound Mercer Street coming in late November

Relief is coming as crews are hard at work to open a third eastbound lane on Mercer Street east of Fifth Avenue North by late November. 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 of the project. In order to meet this milestone, crews will be fully closing a portion of Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue North during one weekend in November. More details on this change, including detour routes and start dates, will be released in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your patience as construction continues. More information about alternate routes during Mercer Corridor construction may be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.

 

 

Construction Update: Street closures at Stone Way N and N 34th Street for drainage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:           Elaine Yeung, Strategic Communications Advisor, Seattle Public Utilities, 206.684.7823

The schedule for the North Transfer Station Project work at Stone Way North and North 34th Street has changed as listed below. This involves the 24-hour closure of Stone Way North over multiple days. It also involves a partial closure along the north side of North 34th Street during work hours.

Revised street closure schedule:

  • Week of 10/20 – Hold drainage system installation due to rain
  • Week of 10/27– Close Stone Way North between North 34th and North 35th streets for daytime excavation work. Closure will be 24 hours a day and is expected to last up to five days
  • Week of 11/3 – Close the city sidewalk during daytime hours in front of the Brooks building on Stone Way North and North 34th Street to install drainage systems
  • Weeks of 11/10 and 11/17 – Partially close the north side of North 34th Street during daytime hours to install drainage systems
  • Week of 11/17 – Restore sidewalk in front of Brooks building

To minimize impacts, crews will conduct work during daytime hours from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Pedestrian ramps and re-routing will allow access to the adjacent buildings and businesses.  On-street parking will be restricted near the site. The work areas will be fenced off for public safety.

For more information about the project, email the project team at SPU_NTS@seattle.gov, call the project hotline at 206-819-5948 or visit the project website at www.seattle.gov/util/NewNorth.

Weekend Traffic: Watch out for trolls this Halloween weekend

We’ve heard that some are blaming recent traffic issues on a band of trolls visiting Seattle. It is true there are more collisions in Seattle during October than in any other month, but it is more likely due to changing weather and shortened days rather than mean-spirited trolls. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises people to keep safety in mind as they prepare for Halloween fun this weekend.

Drivers beware: on Friday night, trolls and other strange beings will parade around the Fremont business district at the annual Trolloween, event, while in the SODO area costumed party-goers will be headed to Freak Night festival dance at CenturyLink Field. In Magnolia, kids will be out for the Magnolia Village Halloween Trick or Treat.

At the Seattle Center this weekend, the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival on Saturday and Sunday afternoons is expected to draw 5,000 people, and on Saturday night, nearly 9,000 fans will attend the Black Keys concert at Key Arena.  Also on Saturday night, Freak Night will again draw costumed merry-makers to CenturyLink Field. On Sunday morning, around 2,000 people wearing purple will take to the streets, trails and sidewalks in Magnuson Park to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, and in the afternoon about 67,000 fans will be on streets leading to CenturyLink Field to see the Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders.

Pedestrians beware: Stay alert for traffic and remember that drivers may not see you. Trick-or-treaters and trolls alike can make themselves more visible to drivers by wearing light colored costumes or reflective material and carrying a bright light. Costumes or masks that restrict a person’s sight-lines should be reserved for in-door use.

Consider scaring the traffic trolls away by taking public transportation to weekend events—Metro Transit, Link Light Rail, the Sounder, or the South Lake Union Streetcar.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31

Magnolia Village Halloween Trick or Treat:

  • Magnolia business district
  • 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 1,000
  • West McGraw Street will be closed between 34th and 32nd avenues from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

http://magnoliachamber.org/event/halloween-trick-or-treating-in-the-village/

Freak Night festival dance

  • WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field
  • 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 20,000
  • Expect traffic congestion around the area

http://freaknightfestival.com/

Trolloween 2014

  • North end of the Aurora Bridge in Freemont
  • 7:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Estimated participants: 350
  • The “Haunt of Fremont” procession will begin at 7:30 p.m. starting at North 36th Street and Troll Avenue North (under the Aurora Bridge). Participants will travel west on 36th to Phinney Avenue North, south on Phinney to North 35th Street, east on 35th to Evanston Avenue North, north on Evanston to North 36th Street, and east on 36th to Doric Hall (619 North 36th Street).
  • Street closures: North 36th Street will be closed adjacent to the Troll between Linden Avenue North and Whitman Avenue North from approximately 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Police officers will escort the procession.

https://www.facebook.com/events/142537079436/

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Black Keys Concert

  • Key Arena
  • 8 to 11p.m.
  • Estimated attendance: 9,000.

http://www.keyarena.com/plan-your-visit/public-transportation

Day of the Dead Festival

  • Seattle Center
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Estimated Attendance: 5000

http://seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=19

Freak Night festival dance

  • WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field
  • 4 p.m. to  midnight
  • Estimated attendance: 20,000
  • Expect traffic congestion around the area

http://freaknightfestival.com/

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2

PurpleStride Puget Sound 2014

  • Magnuson Park in Northeast Seattle
  • Walk/run begins at 9:50 a.m.
  • Estimated participants: 2,400
  • Expect slow traffic and congestion around the area

http://purplestride.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1102311

Day of the Dead Festival

  • Seattle Center
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Estimated Attendance: 5000

http://seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=19

Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

  • CenturyLink Field
  • 1:25 p.m. kickoff
  • Estimated attendance: 67,000
  • Expect slow traffic and congestion around the area

http://www.seahawks.com/gameday/transportation-guide/index.html