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Mercer Corridor Project, SR 520 and Alaskan Way Viaduct Update
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Lane and Street closures are listed below, but first we want to share with you that Seattle Center is conducting a Strategic Parking Study to evaluate future parking needs for Seattle Center and the Uptown Urban Center to inform strategies and timing for redevelopment of key parcels at the Center and future Urban Center planning.

This analysis will be useful in advancing the next phase of the Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan, which calls for the revitalization of Memorial Stadium into additional open space, a year round outdoor athletic/performance venue and potentially underground parking.

The Parking Study will also provide parking information and options useful in the analysis of redevelopment alternatives for various Seattle Center parcels, primarily in the northeast quadrant of the campus, not wholly anticipated when the Master Plan was completed. Redevelopment of some or all of these parcels will allow significant progress toward realization of the Master Plan, further connecting Seattle Center to the adjacent neighborhoods and supporting the vitality of the performing arts along Mercer Street and a possible Uptown cultural district.

 
SCOPE/GOALS
*  Assess parking uses, supply, rates, and needs over the next 20 years at Seattle Center and in the Uptown neighborhood to identify ways that will best accommodate future growth and development.
*  Look at alternative scenarios, trends and emerging technology.
*  Assess short-term ancillary needs including valet parking and bus and truck loading.
*  Parking study analysis is to be used both to help plan future redevelopment of key Seattle
Center parcels and for the Seattle Office of Community Planning and Development’s Uptown Rezone Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
*  Boundaries of the study area will closely match those of the Uptown Rezone Study Area.

TIMELINE

*  The Parking Study got underway in July 2015 and will run through mid-2016.
*  The project aligns with key milestones for the Uptown Rezone EIS, which is launching this fall.
*  A consultant, Transpo Group, with expertise in parking analysis/management, rate/pricing structures and general transportation planning began to work with a City team in the fall.
*  Project Scoping for the Parking Study coincides with the Uptown Rezone EIS scoping.
*  Data compilation and scenario building are in process.
*  A Draft Report of the Parking Study (analysis/scenarios/data) is anticipated in mid-2016.
*  A Final Report is anticipated in 2nd quarter of 2016.
 
PROPOSED PRODUCTS
*  Maps with data summaries of off-street and on-street parking
*  Summary of user/stakeholder surveys
*  Assessment of multiple area development scenarios (including three Uptown Rezone EIS alternatives)
*  Analysis of data, policy issues and emerging technology and trends
*  Recommendations
* Comprehensive report 
 
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
 
Upcoming Lane and Road Closures:
 
Through mid-March 24/7:  north and southbound lane closures on Aurora Ave. N. between the Aurora Bridge and Highland Dr. during installation of foundations for overhead traffic signs. An additional lane will be closed at night and on some weekends, TBA.
 
Friday, Feb. 12 at 11pm to Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5am: There will be a full closure of SR 520 in both directions between Montlake Blvd and 92nd Ave NE. 
 
Friday, Feb. 19 at 11pm to Monday, Feb. 22 at 5am:  The eastbound I-90 mainline will be closed and traffic will be diverted to the center roadway between Seattle and Bellevue.
 
Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6am to Sunday, Feb. 28 at 6pm:  WSDOT maintenance crews will close both directions of Montlake Blvd E across the Montlake Bridge to replace sections of the bridge’s aging grid deck. The westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Blvd E will also be closed. Bicyclists and pedestrians, but not vehicles, will have access across the Montlake Bridge. 
 
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:  Seawall construction has moved to Pine and Pike streets. Impacts include:  removal of on-street parking and trees Virginia and Pike streets; removal of the sidewalk on the west side of the street; installation of a water treatment facility at Virginia St. and Alaska Way.  

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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