An open house Tuesday will show off updates to the city’s plans for the Mercer West project, which includes a new Aurora underpass that includes a two-way separated cycle track connecting Lower Queen Anne and Seattle Center to Dexter Ave.
However, the city has been hard at work since we last checked in on the Mercer West project, and plans now could include a cycle track on 5th Ave from Mercer to Harrison and buffered bike lanes on Roy St. These changes will help people connect to the Mercer St cycle track, which will certainly be a key bicycle connection once it is completed.
This project is a huge chance for Lower Queen Anne to play bike culture catch-up with the rest of the central city after decades separated from the bicycle-friendly street network by a formidable wall of hills, freeways, train tracks and busy roadways. With the completion of the Thomas St Overpass later this year, the bikeability of the neighborhood is about to open dramatically. Mercer West is a chance to do the same for the neighborhood’s eastern border for people biking and walking. If done right, Lower Queen Anne could easily become a top bicycling destination center.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the
Seattle Center – Northwest Rooms Plaza: Rainier Room
We are almost finished with the design of the project and will be presenting the final update for:
- A wider Mercer Underpass at Aurora Ave N
- Converting Mercer St and Roy St from one-way to two-way
- Improved intersections, new street connections, and new bike lanes
- Urban design and public art enhancements
- Learn about other nearby projects and events
Visit the website for more information or to sign up for project update e-mails: www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercer_west.htm