Detour maps available for weekend closure
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reminds motorists that the first full weekend closure of the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will occur this weekend. The closure will run from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, to 1:00 a.m. on Monday, April 18. Additionally, a concurrent closure of the northbound I-5 on-ramp at University Street will occur to improve safety and provide more efficient traffic flow around the closed Mercer Street exit lane.
The closure is necessary to support Mercer Corridor Project work, such as utility improvements and ramp re-alignment. All detour routes will be clearly marked to support traffic flow around the closures. Detour route maps are included with this advisory and are available on the project Web site at: http://www.seattle.gov/Transportation/ppmp_mercer.htm.
Three additional full weekend closures are tentatively scheduled and closure hours are anticipated to be Friday at 11:00 p.m. to Monday at 5:00 a.m.; further notification will be provided as the dates are finalized:
- May 6 – May 9
- May 13 – May 16
- May 20 – May 23
Travelers are encouraged to carpool and use alternate modes of transportation. Transit information can be found at:
- King County Metro at www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or by calling 206-553-3000
- Sound Transit at www.soundtransit.org
- Community Transit at www.commtrans.org
During weekend closures, Metro Transit plans to reroute its bus service on routes 70, 71, 72, 73 and 83 off of Fairview Avenue starting at 11:00 p.m. Friday night and lasting up to 5:00 a.m. Monday. The buses will be rerouted via Eastlake Avenue East: northbound between Mercer Street and Galer Street; and southbound from Galer Street to Thomas Street. Rerouted buses will serve posted stops on Eastlake Avenue, but will not make any stops on the cross streets between Eastlake and Fairview.