SDOT is holding an open house to discuss the Mercer West project. Included in the project is a two-way cycle path next to Mercer as it goes under Aurora, connecting Dexter to Lower Queen Anne (finally). Roy will also become a two-way street with bike lanes in each direction.
I asked before, What do bikers want from the Mercer project? It’s a very expensive roads project serving a route that is currently something of a black hole of bike routes. While bikes are nowhere close to the centerpiece of this project, we need to be sure this project is going to fit our needs. The current road mess clearly shows that bikes were disregarded last time it was “designed,” so we need to be sure that doesn’t happen again.
If you have the chance and you’re in the area, get to this open house and take a look at the plans from a bike’s point of view. When so much of the discussion is based around other debates and concerns (the Gate’s Foundation/6th debate being the loudest so far), we don’t want to get overlooked.
Date: September 21
Where: Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms Plaza, Lopez Room
(at the intersection of Warren Avenue North and West Republican Street)
Time: 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The project team will be available to solicit ideas from the public and answer questions about current design concepts for:
- Widening the Mercer Street underpass at Aurora Avenue North;
- Converting Mercer and Roy streets from one-way to two-way operation; and
- Improving intersections, street connections and bike access.
The Mercer West Project would complete the City’s vision for a direct, two-way connection between I-5 and Elliott Avenue West, continuing where the Mercer East Project leaves off. The proposed improvements include:
- Widening Mercer between Dexter Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N, including the underpass at Aurora, to provide three lanes in each direction, left-turn lanes, wider sidewalks, and a bicycle path;
- Converting Mercer Street to two-way operation with two lanes in each direction and turn pockets between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
- Converting Roy Street to a two-way street with one lane in each direction and bicycle lanes between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
- Creating a new Sixth Avenue N connection between Mercer and Harrison Streets; and;
- Closing Broad Street to re-connect the street grid between Ninth Ave N and Fifth Ave N.
For more information on the Mercer West Project, visit: www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercer_west.htm.