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Mercer West Project Receives TIB Grant

SDOT received a $5M Urban Corridor Program grant from the State Transportation Improvement Board.  The grant will fund improvements to 5th Avenue North between Thomas and Roy Streets.  The Fifth Avenue North improvements, part of the Mercer West project, will reconstruct and reconfigure intersections and modify signals on Fifth Avenue North at Roy, Mercer, Harrison and Thomas streets for the new street grid with two-way Mercer and  removal of Broad Street.  Other improvements will include installing a storm drainage system and sidewalk repairs.  It also funds right-of-way acquisition and construction of a separated two-way bicycle facility (cycletrack) along Fifth Avenue North.


The Mercer Corridor West Phase, along with the East Phase that is now under construction, will create a two-way arterial street between I-5 and Elliott Avenue West and improve circulation and safety for bikes, pedestrians, freight, transit and general traffic in the South Lake Union and Uptown urban centers.


The Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), an independent state agency, was created by the Washington State Legislature “to foster state investments in quality local transportation projects.”  The program is funded by three cents of the statewide gas tax. The Fifth Avenue North project is one of seven projects selected for funding in the Puget Sound Region.