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Mercer Corridor Project, SR 520 and Alaskan Way Viaduct Update
Road construction associated with the Mercer West project is substantially complete, and North Portal construction related to the SR-99 viaduct and tunnel, is ongoing. Please take into account the following as you route your way to and from Seattle Center, and allow extra time in your travels during this critical period of transition on our roadways.
If roads around the Mercer corridor are congested, consider other options to access I-5 and SR-99 using entry points south of Seattle Center, along 2nd Ave. and 5th Ave. Find information about alternate routes at:  www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.
Following are scheduled lane and road closures:
Friday June 24 and Saturday,June 25 President Obama arrives in Seattle the afternoon and will stay overnight downtown. Northbound I-5 will be closed for one hour around his landing time. An exclusion zone will be established between 4th and 7th Avenues and Lenora St. and Olive Way during the president’s stay.

Expect street closures around his activities beginning between 2pm and 2:30pm through 9pm:

Pike Street will be closed from 6th Ave through 9th Ave. This includes the bus system, and so if you catch the bus on Pike, please find a pick up point before 6th Ave or after 9th Ave.

7th Avenue downtown will be accessible ONLY from the Union Street intersection for vehicles that are parking in the One Convention Place parking garage.  All others will be turned away. Vehicles leaving the One Convention Place garage will be forced left towards Union Street. 7th will be accessible only from the Pine Street intersection that identify as needing to go to the Roosevelt Hotel or Hyatt Hotel. All others will be turned away. All vehicles leaving either hotel will be forced back to Pine Street upon exit.

8th Avenue downtown will be closed to all vehicle traffic from Pike to Pine Streets. All drivers will need to identify that they are heading to the Convention Center Parking entrance or they will be turned away. 9th Avenue will be closed to all vehicle traffic from Pike to Pine Streets.

Pedestrian (Sidewalk) Closures:

Pike Street will be closed to all pedestrian traffic between 7th and 9th Avenues. Pedestrians going to Capitol Hill will use Convention Place to Pike Street. On the opposite side of the street the sidewalk will be closed past the entrance to Cheesecake factory. The portions of 8th and 9th Avenues closed to vehicle traffic will also be closed to pedestrian access.

As you might imagine, traffic of every variety will be at a crawl from 2pm – 9pm and at times when the presidential motorcade is moving.  Please plan ahead! 

Sunday, June 26:  Seattle Pride Parade takes place. The annual parade will start at 4th Avenue and Union Street at 11am. The parade routes follows 4th Avenue north to Denny Way. In addition, parade staging will close 4th Ave. between Cherry and Union Streets.

The parade lets off on 2nd Ave. North, directing participants and parade-goers to the annual Seattle PrideFest on the grounds between (and inclusive of) the North Fountain Lawn and Mural Amphitheatre. Attendance of around 50,000 is expected for this free and open event. 
Until Further Notice: There will be weekday (6am-2pm) and Saturday lane closures north and southbound along Aurora Ave. N. on the Aurora Bridge during materials staging for the bridge painting project.

Until further notice, 9pm to 5am nightly:  Two right lanes of NB SR-99 across the Aurora Bridge will be closed. 

Now, into the Future:  Eastbound and westbound SR-520 across the new floating bridge is open for public access. The old SR-520 bridge will be closed in both  directions between Montlake Blvd and 92nd Ave.

Until SR-99 Tunnel opens to traffic:  6th Ave N is closed between Thomas and Republican streets. Harrison St. is closed between Aurora Ave. N and Broad St. Republican St. is closed between Aurora Ave. N and 6th Ave N.

Elliott Bay Seawall Project:  Construction work between Pine and Pike streets is underway. This work is scheduled to be complete in mid-2017. The Seattle Aquarium and other waterfront businesses will remain open and access will be maintained at all times.

Seawall construction between Pine and Pike Streets will remove on-street parking, trees and some sidewalks. Access to the Seattle Aquarium, Waterfront Park and businesses will be maintained.

As construction expands to the Colman dock area, ferry access for bicyclists and vehicles will shift to Yesler. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to access your destination. 

For the SR-99 tunnel project, visit www.alaskanwayviaduct.org or call 1-888-298-5463.
King County Metro at www.kingcounty.gov/metro or call 206-553-3000.
Sound Transit at www.soundtransit.org.
Community Transit at www.commtrans.org. 
Seattle Center Monorail at www.seattlemonorail.com

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