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  September 19, 2006 

Stakeholders Support Vision for Two-Way Mercer and Lowered Aurora

During an intensive four-month process this year, the Mercer Corridor Stakeholder Committee endorsed the creation of a 2-way Mercer street concept, from the I-5 Mercer off-ramp to Elliott Avenue West; and the Lowered Aurora project, which will provide new east/west street options over Aurora at Thomas and Harrison Streets. These two projects collectively would greatly improve the functionality and quality of the Mercer Corridor area for vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, transit and freight.

The Mercer Corridor Stakeholder Committee − which includes organizations such as the Queen Anne Chamber and Community Council, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Center arts groups, Port of Seattle, Fred Hutchison, Cornish, and freight, bike and pedestrian interest groups − reached consensus on a package of specific recommendations for the Mercer corridor that included greater access to Queen Anne hill and better access to the major employment centers.

For the Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Denny Triangle, Seattle Center, Waterfront and Ballard Inter-Bay neighborhoods, this support confirms that the proposed Mercer Corridor and Lowered Aurora project is not just for the benefit of these individual neighborhoods, but has major value in improving an important east/west transportation system in Seattle.

This community-led process, which was based upon total consensus by all stakeholders, has been a win-win for the 35 organizations involved. Preliminary responses from City representatives have also been overwhelmingly supportive.

It was my pleasure to serve as one of the tri-chairs of the committee, representing the South Lake Union Friends & Neighbors Community Council (SLUFANCC). If you have questions or would like to receive information on the stakeholder-adopted Mercer Corridor recommendations, please email webmaster@slufan.org.

Robert J. Grossman is Chair of the Planning and Public Policy Committee, SLUFANCC.


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