Someday (fall 2015), there will finally be a separated and protected space for people to cross Aurora on a bike between South Lake Union and Lower Queen Anne. But until then, be ready for continued detour changes and sometimes scary temporary paths.
For people who had been using the tiny ledges that for decades were passed off as “sidewalks” on Mercer and Broad Streets as they pass under Aurora, the temporary bike/walk path created on Mercer in February was actually an improvement. But that’s a pretty low bar to jump over.
This actual text conversation I had with a friend recently pretty much sums up the experience of crossing under Aurora today:
Beginning Thursday, July 3rd, pedestrians and bicyclists will be shifted from the north side of Mercer Street to the south side of Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N. Travelers can expect the following changes:
· The new sidewalk on the south side of Mercer Street will be in place between Fifth Avenue N and Aurora Avenue N and a temporary pathway will connect pedestrians and bicyclists from Aurora Avenue N through the work zone to Dexter Avenue N.
· No pedestrian access will be allowed on the north side of Mercer Street between Taylor Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N.
· Travelers headed to and from South Lake Union from the Uptown neighborhood should use the south side of Mercer Street to Fifth Avenue N, rather than Taylor Avenue N.
· When the project is complete in fall of 2015, a new sidewalk and a separated bicycle path will be in place on the north side of Mercer Street between Fifth Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N.
· More information about pedestrian and bicycle access during construction can be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercer_maps_detour.htm.
As a reminder, crews will not be working during the holiday weekend. For your safety, please follow detour routes and cross the roadway only at designated crossings.
More information may be found at: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.
On a related note, how have you noticed the bike experience change since Mercer went two-ways and Broad was shut down? Specifically, have you noticed any issues with traffic turning from Dexter to west-bound Mercer? Let us know in the comments.