Mercer Corridor Project: Nighttime lane restriction on eastbound Mercer Street

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is advising travelers of a nighttime lane closure of the right eastbound lane of Mercer Street (southernmost) between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North. This lane restriction will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the nights of Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Thursday, Dec. 18, for paving and drainage work. The two remaining eastbound lanes on Mercer Street will remain open at all times.

Travelers can expect the following impacts:

  • The right eastbound lane on Mercer Street (southernmost) will be closed between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North.
  • The two remaining eastbound lanes on Mercer Street will remain open at all times.
  • Please plan ahead and expect traffic delays.

As a reminder, crews will also be closing one lane on westbound Mercer Street and one lane on southbound Dexter Avenue N, from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., Monday through Thursday for the next week.

Reminder—Full daytime closure of Taylor Avenue N between Mercer and Roy streets this week

As a reminder, Taylor Avenue N will be fully closed between Mercer and Roy streets, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, beginning Monday, Dec. 15 and continuing through Friday, Dec. 19 to accommodate concrete pours. Local access to businesses on Taylor Avenue N between Mercer and Roy streets will be maintained from Roy Street.

More information about alternate routes during Mercer Corridor construction may be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.

WSDOT Crews will close Dexter Ave N between Denny and Mercer St. overnight Monday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 16

Washington State Department of Transportation

To make room for SR 99 tunnel construction, crews are currently relocating utilities along Dexter Avenue North, and Harrison and Republican streets.  Crews will close Dexter Avenue North between Denny Way and Mercer Street overnight Monday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 16 in order to restripe the roadway. Bicyclists and drivers will be detoured to Ninth Avenue North. This work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled.

Look for changes beginning Dec. 17

  • Dexter Avenue North: New striping on Dexter between Denny Way and Harrison Street will include one travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane and a bicycle lane between the curb and the parking lane. For more information, please visit SDOT’s Dexter Ave N Safety Improvements Project
  • Harrison Street will be open between Aurora and Eighth.
  • Republican Street will be closed between Aurora and Eighth.

Maintaining safety for all modes of transportation is WSDOT’s top priority.  Please contact us via email (viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov) or call our hotline (1-888-AWV-LINE) if you have questions, concerns or suggestions.

Traffic Advisory for December 8 – 14, 2014

There is a Key Arena concert event on Tuesday that runs from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; the show is expected to draw 13,000 concert-goers.

There are two Sunday events that will have traffic impacts including: the annual Jingle Bell Run downtown, and the Seahawks game at Century Link.

The Jingle Bell Run will have downtown streets closed at 5 a.m. with the first of four runs starting at 8 a.m. with check-ins starting at 7 a.m. at 5th Avenue and Pine Street.

The Seahawks return to Century Link Field to play NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers with kickoff at 1:25 p.m.  Heavy game-day traffic is expected around SODO.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 9th, 2014:

107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball: The concert at Key Arena goes from 3 p.m. to11 p.m. with an expected 13,000 people attending the show featuring several bands including: Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, TV on the Radio, KONGOS, Vance Joy, and Royal Blood. http://www.keyarena.com/events/detail/1077-deck-the-hall-ball

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 14th, 2014:

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis: The run will have downtown streets closed at 5 a.m., with an estimated 11,500 participants. The Kids’ run starts at 8 a.m. Following the Kids’ run, the 5K Run and walk will have 3 waves beginning at 8:20 a.m., 8:25 a.m., and 8:35 a.m. respectively.

The kids’ run route starts at 5th Avenue and Pine Street, and travels south on 5th Avenue to Spring Street, then makes a U-turn and goes north on 5th Avenue to Pike Street; then east on Pike Street to 6th Avenue; then north on 6th avenue and finishes at Pine Street.

The 5K route starts at 5th Avenue and Pine Street; travels south on 5th Avenue to the Columbia Street on-ramp to the I-5 express lanes; then goes northbound on the I-5 express lanes to approximately Mercer Street, where it makes a U-turn and goes southbound on I-5 express lanes. Racers will exit off at I-5 at 9th Avenue and Pike Street, and continue north on 9th Avenue to Pine Street; then west on Pine to finish the race at 6th Avenue.   http://seattlejinglebellrun.kintera.org/faf/help/helpEventInfo.asp?ievent=1109851&lis=1&kntae1109851=9883E0B64C644E92BD82C885A8BD2AE8

 

Seahawks versus San Francisco 49ers: The Seattle Seahawks versus the San Francisco 49ers at Century Link Field with a 1:25PM kickoff.  Game attendance is expected at about 67,000 people.  Heavy traffic in SODO is expected in and around game time.

Updated Traffic Advisory for December 5 – 7, 2014

There are three additional significant things to be aware of happening this weekend in addition to the previously listed advisories including:

First, a reminder of the Mercer Corridor Street closure in south Lake Union that will have Fifth Avenue North between Harrison Street and Denny Way closed beginning Saturday, Dec. 6, at 4 a.m. and continuing through Monday, Dec. 8 at 5 a.m., weather permitting.

Crews will remove sidewalk and pavement for replacement. Please plan ahead and expect significant traffic delays. Here is a link to the map for closure detour information: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/mercer/2014_1202_MWest_Driving_Detour_DEC6_8_FINAL

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Secondarily, SR99 will have lane closures from Saturday Dec. 6 at 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Both southbound and northbound lanes of SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge will be closed.

Lastly, the City has been notified of a planned demonstration march on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. that starts at Garfield High School 400 23rd Avenue and travels southbound on 23rd Avenue S to South Jackson Street; then turns westbound on Jackson Street; then turns northbound on 5th Avenue ending at 610 5th Avenue. Up to 400 participants are expected.

As noted in this week’s previous traffic advisory, the annual Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition at Westlake Park on Friday evening will draw about 9,000 carolers, spectators, and festive fans, in addition to holiday shoppers to the downtown shopping district during the evening commute.

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014:

28th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition: Heavy traffic and pedestrian congestion is expected in the area with 9,000 people attending. Westlake Park and surrounding area is expected be filled. At 5:45 p.m. the following streets will close: Pine Street between 3rd and 7th avenues, and 5th Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street. The carolers start at 6 p.m. along Pine between 5th and 6th avenues. Closed streets will reopen at about 9 p.m. http://www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding

SATURDAY, DEC. 6, 2014:

Magnolia Winterfest: The community festival in Magnolia Village will have carolers, Santa, live reindeer, kids’ attractions, food and drink, and tree lighting from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendance expected is about 900. The event will close West McGraw Street between 34th Avenue West and 32nd Avenue West from 3p.m. to 8:30 p.m. http://magnoliachamber.org/event/winterfest/

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mother of the Americas Procession: Saturday morning’s 10:30 a.m. 1000-participant procession will be escorted by Seattle Police with rolling traffic slow-downs as it winds its way from the Atlantic neighborhood to First Hill. The event starts at Saint Mary’s Church at 20th Avenue South and South Weller Street and moves north on 20th Avenue to East Fir Street; west on Fir Street to 12th Avenue; north on 12th Avenue to East Cherry Street; west on Cherry to East James Street; west on James to Ninth Avenue; north on Ninth Avenue to Columbia Street, ending at St. James Cathedral at about noon.

Protest Against Police Brutality: The City has been notified of a planned demonstration march on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. that starts at Garfield High School 400 23rd Avenue and travels southbound on 23rd Avenue S to South Jackson Street; then turns westbound on Jackson Street; then turns northbound on 5th Avenue ending at 610 5th Avenue. Up to 400 participants are expected.

 

Traffic Advisory for Week of December 1 – 7, 2014

Two large events this week to be aware of beginning with Wednesday night’s Stevie Wonder concert at Key Area, which is expected to bring a large crowd of concertgoers. The annual Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition at Westlake Park Friday evening will draw about 9,000 carolers, spectators, and festive fans, in addition to holiday shoppers to the downtown shopping district during the evening commute.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014:

Stevie Wonder takes center stage at Key Arena, the concert starts at 8 p.m. About 12,000 fans are expected at the “Songs in the Key of Life” show.

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014:

28th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition: Heavy traffic and pedestrian congestion is expected in the area with 9,000 people attending. Westlake Park and surrounding area is expected be filled. At 5:45 p.m. the following streets will close: Pine Street between 3rd and 7th avenues, and 5th Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street. The carolers start at 6 p.m. along Pine between 5th and 6th avenues. Closed streets will reopen at about 9 p.m. http://www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding

SATURDAY, DEC. 6, 2014:

Magnolia Winterfest: The community festival in Magnolia Village will have carolers, Santa, live reindeer, kids’ attractions, food and drink, and tree lighting from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendance expected is about 900. The event will close West McGraw Street between 34th Avenue West and 32nd Avenue West from 3p.m. to 8:30 p.m. http://magnoliachamber.org/event/winterfest/

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mother of the Americas Procession: Saturday morning’s 10:30 a.m. 1000-participant procession will be escorted by Seattle Police with rolling traffic slow-downs as it winds its way from the Atlantic neighborhood to First Hill. The event starts at Saint Mary’s Church at 20th Avenue South and South Weller Street and moves north on 20th Avenue to East Fir Street; west on Fir Street to 12th Avenue; north on 12th Avenue to East Cherry Street; west on Cherry to East James Street; west on James to Ninth Avenue; north on Ninth Avenue to Columbia Street, ending at St. James Cathedral at about noon.