Sunshine in Seattle not only brings out weekend revelers, but also construction crews who aim to make as much progress as possible while weather conditions are favorable. With good weather forecast for this weekend, travelers should plan ahead to avoid delays due to construction at several locations, listed below. (Please note: there are no Spokane Street Viaduct closures planned for this weekend.)
Aurora Avenue North and North 85th Street
The intersection of Aurora Avenue North and North 85th Street will be closed, except for one westbound lane across Aurora on 85th Street, from 10 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Monday, for the N/NW 85th Street paving project. Through traffic on Aurora will be detoured on the north at North 105th Street and on the south at Green Lake Way North (south of Green Lake and Woodland Park). http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_85th.htm
I-5 On and Off-ramps at Mercer Street
The I-5 on and off-ramps at Mercer Street will be fully closed from 11 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday for the Mercer East improvement project. In preparation for the weekend closure, southbound Fairview Avenue North will be closed on Friday between Mercer Street and Republican Street from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and I-5 off-ramp traffic will be directed north via Valley Street. http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ppmp_mercer.htm
Pine Street at Broadway
Pine Street will be closed this weekend to eastbound and westbound traffic at Broadway in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood to facilitate construction of the First Hill Streetcar. This closure will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday until Monday at 3 a.m. North and south travel on Broadway will have a reduced number of lanes, but will not be closed. http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/
Lake Washington Boulevard through the Arboretum
Several city departments and the University of Washington are coordinating work this weekend on improvements to Lake Washington Boulevard East in the Arboretum. The street will be closed from 3 a.m. on Sunday to 6 p.m. on Monday with access provided to the Graham Visitors Center from the north, and to the Seattle Japanese Garden parking lot from the south. This is the first of three two-day closures for this work, planned to coincide with SR 520 closures.
Also this weekend, WSDOT plans to close SR520 from I-405 to Montlake Boulevard, from 11 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday.