Beginning the evening of Friday, May 16, at 11:30 p.m. through Monday, May 19, at 5 a.m., the intersection of Fifth Avenue North and Mercer Street will fully close to traffic to accommodate roadway excavation and concrete paving. Fifth Avenue North will fully close between Republican and Roy streets, and Mercer Street will fully close to traffic between Fourth and Taylor avenues North.

During the closure:

•Travelers heading east on Mercer Street will detour south onto Queen Anne Avenue North toward Denny Way.

•Travelers heading north on Fifth Avenue North will detour onto westbound Republican Street and northbound Fourth Avenue North to reconnect with westbound Mercer or Roy streets.

•Travelers heading south on Fifth Avenue North will detour east or west at Roy Street and should use southbound Taylor Avenue North to continue east toward Interstate 5 on Mercer Street or downtown via Dexter Avenue North.

•Local access to businesses and properties will be maintained at all times.

•Pedestrians will be detoured, and advanced signage will be posted.

•Travelers heading toward Queen Anne and Seattle Center from I-5 and downtown should use westbound Broad Street, Denny Way and northbound First Avenue North as alternate routes.

•Mercer Street between Queen Anne and Fourth avenues North will remain open for local access only.

•Eastbound Mercer Street between Taylor Avenue North and I-5, Broad Street, Dexter Avenue North and state Route 99 will remain open during the weekend work.

This work is weather-dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled for later dates if inclement weather occurs. Plan ahead, and expect significant traffic delays. Early warning signs will be available in advance of all detours. More information about alternate routes during construction may be found at www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.

Also, two-way traffic on Mercer Street between First and Fourth avenues North begins this week. Signal crews will open Mercer Street to two-way traffic between First and Fourth avenues North by the end of the week. Pay attention to street signs as travelers adjust to new traffic patterns.

The block between Fifth and Fourth avenues North will open to two-way traffic after construction at the intersection of Fifth Avenue North and Mercer Street this weekend.