Mercer restrictions continue tonight, into next week

Beginning tonight (Friday, Oct. 24) at 11:59 p.m. and continuing through Monday, Oct. 27 at 5 a.m., the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will restrict lanes on Mercer Street and Fifth Avenue North as crews pave a portion of the roadway. This work is to add another eastbound lane on Mercer Street, anticipated to open in late November.

During the closure:

•Eastbound and westbound Mercer Street will reduced to one lane in each direction between Dexter and Taylor avenues North.

•Northbound Fifth Avenue North will reduce to one lane between Republican and Roy streets.

•Taylor Avenue North will remain southbound only at Mercer Street.

Work will occur throughout the weekend and may include nighttime construction activities that may be noisy in the surrounding area; call the 24-hour construction hotline at (206) 419-5818 with any questions or concerns about noise.

This work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled if inclement weather occurs.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., SDOT will reduce capacity on Dexter Avenue North for underground utility work and paving.

Southbound left turns from Dexter Avenue North to Mercer Street will be permitted.

Bicyclists will be required to merge with vehicular traffic.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 27, and continuing for approximately three weeks, crews will work on sidewalk and signal improvements at the intersection of Fifth Avenue North and Harrison Street. Fifth Avenue North between Republican and Broad streets will be restricted to one lane in each direction weekdays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The north, east and south crosswalks at this intersection will close to pedestrians. The crosswalk on the west side of the intersection will remain open.

More information about alternate routes during Mercer Corridor construction may be found at