Fairview Avenue North will completely re-open to traffic by noon Saturday, but there will be a few hiccups before that happens.
The Seattle Department of Transportation said Mercer Street will be restricted to two lanes in each direction between Boren Avenue North and Interstate 5 starting at 10 p.m. Friday while work is done on signals at the intersection of Mercer and Fairview. Police will help direct traffic.
Fairview Avenue North should open by noon Saturday.
Starting Saturday at noon, Valley Street, Terry Avenue North, Westlake Avenue North and Broad Street will be restricted in the following areas:
Valley Street will be restricted to one westbound lane between Fairview Avenue North and Terry Avenue North and closed to traffic between Terry Avenue North and Westlake Avenue North.
Westlake Avenue North will be restricted to one northbound lane between Valley Street and 9th Avenue North.
Broad Street will be closed between Westlake Avenue North and 9th Avenue North.
Northbound Terry Avenue North will be restricted to local access only between Mercer Street and Valley Street
Access to Lake Union Park will be maintained via Fairview Avenue North and Valley Street.
Following the re-opening of Fairview Avenue N, King County Metro routes 70, 71, 72, 73 and 83 are scheduled to return to service along Fairview Avenue North beginning March 16, and Route 309 on March 18.
Komo 4 news reported that Last weekend, Origami Tessellation 324.3.4 (Fractured) by Seattle artist Ellen Sollod was installed along the Mercer Corridor in the South Lake Union neighborhood.
The sculpture – a 28-foot-tall cylinder of stainless steel – was placed in the median of Mercer Street at Boren Avenue North. The concept for the work is based on tessellations, the process of creating a pattern formed by the repetition of geometric shapes. In the artwork, white light emanates through perforations in the metal surface and highlights the folding pattern. In the evening, blue and white light illuminate the exterior.
Sollod was inspired by the scientific research for which the South Lake Union area is becoming known. Biotech research is grounded in analysis of cells and sub-cellular behavior. In her artwork, Sollod refers to both molecular biology and biotechnology with an analogy for the replication of DNA.
While Origami is the major art installation for the Mercer Street Corridor, additional elements designed by Sollod including benches, manhole covers and tiles, will be installed over the next year. The landscape of the median has been designed to complement the artwork and consists of berms, wet ponds and plant material.
The work was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1 percent for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
NWCN reported that in two weeks, if weather cooperates, drivers that use Mercer Street for their commute will notice BIG changes! Look for traffic to be shifted onto newly completed lanes allowing the next phase to begin!
A City News Release outlines the changes: “To complete the changeover the Interstate 5 on and off ramps at Mercer will have to close. The full weekend closure is expected to happen on January 13th through the 16th. Bad weather could postpone the work.
On January 16, Stage 2 of the Mercer East Project will begin and eastbound traffic on Mercer St. will be re-routed onto the new Mercer St. lanes north of the existing lanes. Three lanes of traffic will continue eastbound on Mercer St. with access to the I-5 on-ramps and Fairview Ave. N.
This traffic shift will result in access restrictions to Mercer St. from the south, as access to Mercer St. via Boren, Terry, and Westlake Avenues will be concurrently closed at Republican St. Alternate routes should be used to reach Eastlake Ave. E and Capitol Hill (i.e. Dexter Ave. N to Republican St.).
Director of the project, Angela Brady of the Seattle Department of Transportation says, “It is going to be rough.” The first few days after the switch will have commuters searching for the easiest way to navigate out of South Lake Union.
Pedestrian and Bike paths will still flow north out of the area, but no cars or trucks.
The entire project is scheduled to wrap up late this year, and these traffic revisions will remain in place until then.”