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Design Review Board second recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9309 Aurora Ave. N. is May 16

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold its second Early Design Guidance recommendation meeting for the self-storage facility proposed for 9309 Aurora Ave. N. at 8 p.m. May 16 at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project will replace the Klose-In Motel with a four-story self-storage facility called Green Lake Self Storage. The site will have parking for 16 vehicles.

Click here for a PDF of the design proposal.

You can comment on site planning and design aspects of the proposal through May 16 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project number 3019569.

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Metro buses 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E rerouted off southbound Aurora Monday and Tuesday nights

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Metro routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted off of southbound Aurora Avenue North between Dexter Way North and Denny Way overnight Monday and Tuesday due to construction.

The reroutes will happen from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

During this time, heading toward downtown Seattle these routes will travel instead via Dexter Way N, Dexter Av N, 7th Av, Bell St, 6th Av and Wall St, then on to their regular routes.

Heading toward their north end destinations, these routes are not affected and will serve their regular routes and stops.

The lane closures are because Washington State Department of Transportation is installing supports for the overhead signs for the future State Route 99 tunnel. All traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

Closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

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Southbound Aurora Avenue closed from bridge to Thomas Street every night through Thursday, and again next week

April 19th, 2016 by Doree

Washington State Department of Transportation is closing all lanes of southbound Aurora Avenue North/State Route 99 from just south of the Aurora Bridge to Thomas Street from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night through Thursday, and again next week from Monday, April 25, through Thursday, April 28.

Traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

Crews also will close the left lane of northbound State Route 99 between Valley and Raye streets from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

During the closures, crews working for Atkinson Construction will install supports for the overhead signs that will direct traffic to the future SR 99 tunnel. The closures are part of a WSDOT project to build roadway and ramp connections between Aurora Avenue North and the north portal of the tunnel.

These closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

Because of the southbound closures, Metro Routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express, 82 Night Owl for the 4:20 a.m. trip, and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted onto Dexter Way North, Dexter Avenue North, 7th Avenue, Bell Street, 6th Avenue and Wall Street, then on to their regular routes. (Northbound routes will not be affected.)

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Mark your calendars: Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for approximately two weeks starting April 29

April 15th, 2016 by Robin Donovan

Drivers and transit users, pay heed: there are 14 days to get ready for a closure of the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle.  Starting Friday, April 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the viaduct between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

This closure is expected to start prior to the morning commute and last approximately two weeks as the SR 99 tunneling machine Bertha digs underneath the roadway near Yesler Way.

Roughly 90,000 vehicles use the viaduct each day. Because the structure is one of three major north/south highways in the greater Seattle area, WSDOT expects this closure to have a significant effect on the region’s commute.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/99closure

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/99closure

Some options for commuters to consider:

  • Alternatives to driving: Take the bus with King County Metro. Share a ride in a carpool, vanpool or van share. Explore other transit options using the Puget Sound Trip Planner. Remember that while taking transit is a great alternative to driving, buses are expected to be crowded during the closure.
  • Take the water taxi: King County Water Taxi is adding extra trips to and from Vashon Island to Colman Dock. There will be additional parking in West Seattle for the water taxi’s new, larger-capacity boat.
  • Work from home: Many employers offer options to work from home. Even teleworking one day a week will help ease congestion.
  • Adjust the work schedule: If possible, adjusting a work schedule can help avoid the longer commutes. Rush hours will start earlier and end later than normal. Use WSDOT’s travel tools or SDOT’s traveler information page to plan your trips.
  • Consider biking or walking for the last part of a trip into downtown to avoid the heaviest congestion.

 

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Metro bus routes 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRine E Line southbound rerouted off part of Aurora overnight this week

April 10th, 2016 by Doree

Metro Transit is rerouting four southbound bus routes off Aurora Avenue North between Valley Street and Denny Way overnight this week, due to construction.

Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night from Monday through Friday, southbound routes 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E Line will be rerouted via Valley Street, 5th Avenue North, Cedar Street, 3rd Avenue, then back to their regular routes.

Northbound routes are not affected.

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More Aurora Avenue closures near downtown for the next three weeks

April 1st, 2016 by Doree

Drivers should plan on full weeknight closures in one direction of State Route 99/Aurora Avenue North during the next three weeks just north of downtown Seattle.

During the closures, crews working for Atkinson Construction will close one direction of the highway to install street lights, traffic sensors and sign bridges. The closures are part of ongoing work to build the roadway and ramp connections between Aurora Avenue North and the north portal of the SR 99 tunnel.

  • Monday, April 4, to the morning of Friday, April 8: Crews will close all lanes of northbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley Street.
  • Monday, April 11, to the morning of Saturday, April 16: Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Valley to Thomas streets.
  • Monday, April 18, to the morning of Tuesday, April 19: Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North from the Fremont Way North on-ramp to the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Crews will also close the left lane on northbound SR 99 between Mercer Street and the south end of the Aurora Bridge from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, to the morning of Friday, April 22: Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North just south of the Dexter Avenue North exit to the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Crews will also close the left lane on northbound SR 99/Aurora Avenue North between Mercer Street and the south end of the Aurora Bridge each night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The closure details listed above could change. For updates, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/King/Seattle.htm. For more information about Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, visit www.alaskanwayviaduct.org.

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2 northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue near Fremont closed for emergency sewer repair this weekend and Monday

April 1st, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will make an emergency sewer repair in the 4200 block of northbound Aurora Avenue North on Saturday through Monday. Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday.

One northbound lane will remain open during the repair work. The left and center lanes of northbound Aurora Avenue N between N 42nd Street and N Motor Place will be closed during work hours. Traffic revisions will occur from N 39th Street through N Motor Place. SPU has scheduled most of this work over a weekend to reduce traffic congestion. Commuters can expect traffic and bus delays.

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SPD: 2 men wounded in Aurora Avenue motel shooting

March 9th, 2016 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Detectives are investigating after two men were wounded Wednesday morning in a shooting at an Aurora Motel.

Several witnesses called 911 around 2:30 AM and reported a hearing gunfire near the Georgian Motel in the 8800 block of Aurora Avenue North.

Officers arrived, learned a vehicle had sped away from the scene, and found shell casings outside the motel. They were unable to find any victims.

About 10 minutes later, police received another call from the two victims of the shooting, who directed officers to a parking lot at 4th Avenue and Virginia Street.

There, officers found the victims with a green Buick, which had clearly been struck several times by gunfire.

Police found man sitting in the passenger seat of the Buick suffering from gunshot wounds to his arm and neck. Officers provided the man with medical assistance until Seattle Fire Department medics arrived and transported him to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. A second victim in the incident also sustained minor grazing gunshot wounds, and did not require transport to the hospital.

Gang Unit detectives are investigating the shooting.

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Early Design Guidance meeting for 9309 Aurora Ave N project for self-storage warehouse is March 21

March 3rd, 2016 by Doree

The Early Design Guidance meeting for the proposed project at 9309 Aurora Ave. N. is set for 8 p.m. on Monday, March 21, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project will replace the Klose-In Motel with a four-story self-storage facility called Green Lake Self Storage. The site will have parking for 16 vehicles.

You can comment on site planning and design aspects of the proposal through March 21 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project number 3019569.

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