For immediate release: September 14, 2010
Contact: Richard Sheridan, 684-8540
Open House to Learn About the Mercer West Project
Improvements proposed for Mercer Street from Dexter Avenue N to Elliott Avenue W
SEATTLE—The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting an open house at Seattle Center next week to talk about improvements to Mercer Street, from Dexter Avenue North to Elliott Avenue West.
Date: September 21
Where: Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms Plaza, Lopez Room
(at the intersection of Warren Avenue North and West Republican Street)
Time: 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The project team will be available to solicit ideas from the public and answer questions about current design concepts for:
- Widening the Mercer Street underpass at Aurora Avenue North;
- Converting Mercer and Roy streets from one-way to two-way operation; and
- Improving intersections, street connections and bike access.
The Mercer West Project would complete the City's vision for a direct, two-way connection between I-5 and Elliott Avenue West, continuing where the Mercer East Project leaves off. The proposed improvements include:
· Widening Mercer between Dexter Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N, including the underpass at Aurora, to provide three lanes in each direction, left-turn lanes, wider sidewalks, and a bicycle path;
· Converting Mercer Street to two-way operation with two lanes in each direction and turn pockets between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
· Converting Roy Street to a two-way street with one lane in each direction and bicycle lanes between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
· Creating a new Sixth Avenue N connection between Mercer and Harrison Streets; and;
· Closing Broad Street to re-connect the street grid between Ninth Ave N and Fifth Ave N.
For more information on the Mercer West Project, visit: www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercer_west.htm.