The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reminds motorists of the full re-opening of Valley Street, Ninth Avenue N and westbound Broad Street to traffic tomorrow, September 20. Eastbound Broad Street will remain closed for up to two weeks while work is completed in that direction. This major milestone marks the end of major roadway closures associated with the East Phase of the Mercer Corridor Project.
Construction on the East Phase of the Mercer Corridor Project began in October 2010 and two-way traffic was opened on Mercer Street in August, 2012. Valley Street has been under construction between Fairview Avenue N and Westlake Avenue N for approximately one year, and work has included new underground transmission and distribution electrical lines, new underground communication lines, new water lines, new drainage facilities, new gas lines, a reconfigured roadway, bicycle lanes, new sidewalks, street lights, public art and landscaping.
Valley Street, Ninth Avenue N and westbound Broad Street opening to traffic tomorrow, September 20
At 6:00 a.m. tomorrow, September 20, crews will begin performing the final work necessary to re-open Ninth Avenue N, Valley Street and Broad Street within the Mercer East project area. Ninth Avenue N will open first, followed by westbound Broad Street and Valley Street. All three streets are expected to be open by early evening.
Features of the newly re-opened roadways will include:
- A newly configured Valley Street between Fairview Avenue N and Westlake Avenue N will accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction, in addition to bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and on-street parking.
- Broad Street will re-open westbound between Westlake Avenue N and Ninth Avenues N, with eastbound opening within two weeks. When fully opened the streets will accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction, in addition to bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks.
- Ninth Avenue N will re-open between Mercer and Roy streets and will accommodate two northbound lanes of traffic and three southbound lanes of traffic.
Please note, uniformed police officers will be onsite tomorrow assisting with traffic control while SDOT crews complete the work necessary to reopen the roadways. Traffic engineers will be observing traffic and adjusting the signals as necessary.
Sidewalk installation and landscaping work to continue through fall 2013
The installation of sidewalks along Valley Street, landscaping and other work is anticipated to continue in select locations through fall of this year. Travelers should expect intermittent lane closures and pedestrian detours as crews work to complete improvements.
The West Phase of the Mercer Corridor Project between Ninth Avenue N and Fifth Avenue W will continue through mid-2015, which will complete the two-way traffic vision for Mercer Street connecting the Uptown and Queen Anne neighborhoods to South Lake Union.
Media inquiries should be directed to the SDOT media Hotline at 206-684-3151.