Mercer Corridor Project (East Phase):
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reminds travelers of the upcoming weekend closures of Fairview Avenue N. Full weekend closures of Fairview Avenue N between Mercer Street and Republican Street will occur the following weekends:
March 30 – April 2 April 13 – April 16
Closure hours are scheduled for Fridays at 7:30 p.m. to Mondays at 5:00 a.m. Please note the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will remain open at all times.
SDOT encourages vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists to take extra precautions to stay safe during construction; please respect sidewalk and crosswalk closure signs, follow officers’ and flaggers’ instructions, and use indicated detour routes while travelling through the project area.
Vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle detour maps are available on the project website at: www.seattle.gov/Transportation/ppmp_mercer.htm.
Upcoming Tree Removal on Fairview Ave. N: March 30 – April 2
During the March 30 – April 2 weekend closure, the existing trees along Fairview Ave. N between Mercer Street and Republican Street will be permanently removed to accommodate the widening of Fairview Avenue N and construction of additional street improvements. Unfortunately, the City cannot replant these specific trees in their original locations due to lack of space, however, the project does plan to plant two new trees within the project area for every tree removed, in accordance with City of Seattle standards. Additionally, over 10,000 new shrubs and other plants will ultimately be planted throughout the project area.
As the project moves through various stages of construction, the team will be continually looking for ways to minimize tree impacts. Overall, trees that do not need to be removed to accommodate roadway widening and improvements, and that are not at risk of damage or becoming a public safety hazard during construction, are being kept in place and will have tree protection placards posted on them to indicate their protected status.
For more information on the planned improvements as part of the Mercer Corridor Project, please visit our website at: http://www.cityofseattle.net/transportation/ppmp_mercer.htm.
Contact: Richard Sheridan, 206.684.8540