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Mercer Corridor Project, SR 520 and Alaskan Way Viaduct Update
Mercer Corridor Project

We remain in an active period of road construction around Seattle Center (and in the region). T
Travelers are experiencing MAJOR CORRIDOR CHANGES associated with the Mercer Corridor Project. Please take into account the following as you route your way to and from Seattle Center, and allow extra time in your travels during this critical period of transition on our roadways.
 
Changes along the Mercer Corridor:  Mercer St. is fully open to two-way traffic between I-5 and Elliott Ave. W. Roy St. is open to two-way traffic between 5th Ave. N. and Queen Anne Ave. N. If you experience traffic congestion along Mercer St., please consider Roy St. as an alternative route. Queen Anne Ave. N. is open to two-way traffic between Roy St., and Mercer St. Broad St. between 5th Ave. N. and Mercer St. is CLOSED permanently.
 
5th Ave. N. Garage:  Harrison St. and Republican St. entrances/exits remain open, with access from northbound and southbound 5th Ave. N.
 
Mercer Garage:  3rd Ave. N. and 4th Ave. N. entrances/exits remain open (4th Ave. open for parking permits and McCaw Hall events). Please take advantage of the designated left turn lane from eastbound Mercer St. onto 4th Ave. N. as an alternative to accessing the garage at the 3rd Ave. N. entrance.
 
1st Ave. N. Garage:  The south portion of the west surface lot by the 1st Ave N Garage will be closed starting late Sunday night, Jan. 25 for approximately six weeks while the lot is reconfigured for ADA-compliant parking. The Garage does not accommodate over height vehicles, and so over height vehicle parking will be available only in the north portion of the outdoors lot.  Parking on the first level of the 5th Ave N Garage is an alternative option for over height vehicles.

Beginning Monday morning, Jan. 26, the Warren St entrance/exit will close for approx.. two weeks. During that time period, enter via 1st Ave N and take caution because the lanes will be reconfigured and narrower. For brief periods of time, cars may be directed to enter via John St, usually an exit only.

If you have questions, please contact Chief Capital Projects Manager Bonnie Pendergrass at (206) 615-1806.

 
Ongoing, 9am-3pm daily:  North and southbound 5th Ave. N. between Mercer and Thomas Streets, right lane closures.
 
Through mid-January:  5th Ave. N between Republican and Broad streets will be restricted to one lane in each direction weekdays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The north, east, and south crosswalks at this intersection at 5th and Harrison streets will be closed to pedestrians. The crosswalk on the west side of the intersection will remain open. Please follow pedestrian detour signage. 5th and Harrison Sidewalk Closure and Detour Map.
 
Through June 30, 2015:  Work continues on the Elliott Bay Seawall between Pike and Madison streets,  temporarily closing businesses on Piers 54, 55 and 56, removing on-street parking west of the viaduct and shifting ferry access to the south of Madison St. Learn more at: www.waterfrontseattle.org/seawall.
 
Through 2014:  Only one lane in each direction of Dexter Ave. N between Thomas and Roy streets remains open. Harrison St. is closed between SR-99 and 8th Ave. N. A separate bike lane is maintained on Dexter Ave. N during peak commute hours. Cyclists might be directed to merge with traffic during off-peak hours. Street parking is closed in the work zone, and Metro bus stops are relocated to near Thomas St.
 
Tuesday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (nightly):  Intermittent lane closures on Dexter Ave N between Mercer and Harrison streets. Flaggers will be on-site to assist with traffic control.
 
Friday, Feb. 6 at 11pm to Monday, Feb. 9 at 5am:  Westbound Mercer St. will be closed between 5th Ave. N. and Dexter Ave. N. (including the two intersections). One eastbound lane along Mercer St. will be open during the weekend.
 
PROJECT MILESTONE:  Following the weekend closure, the Mercer St. "shoefly" will be straightened into its final routing, and pedestrians and cyclists will routed to the completed sidewalk along the north side of Mercer St. between 5th Ave. N. and Dexter Ave. N. Starting on Monday, Feb. 9, the south sidewalk will be closed between 5th Ave. N. and Taylor Ave. N.  
 
If roads around the Mercer corridor are congested, consider other options to access I-5 and SR-99 using entry points south of Seattle Center along 2nd Ave. and 5th Ave. More information about alternate routes during construction may be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm 
 
Until SR-99 Tunnel opens to traffic:  6th Ave N is closed between Thomas and Republican streets. Harrison St. is closed between Aurora Ave. N and Broad St. Republican St. is closed between Aurora Ave. N and 6th Ave N. 
 
For the SR-99 tunnel project, visit www.alaskanwayviaduct.org or call 1-888-298-5463.
King County Metro at www.kingcounty.gov/metro or call 206-553-3000.
Sound Transit at www.soundtransit.org
Community Transit at www.commtrans.org
Seattle Center Monorail at www.seattlemonorail.com


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