Traffic on the roads around Northgate Shopping Mall….it’s a little crazy.

If you haven’t been over there lately expect long delays.

SDOT Traffic Advisory

 For Immediate Release : August 15, 2012

 Contact:  Marybeth Turner (206) 684-8548

Update: Construction at NE Northgate Way and Fifth Ave NE

SEATTLE –Construction on the Seattle Department of Transportation’s NE Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue NE Intersection and Pedestrian Improvements Project advances to the southeast corner of the intersection on Thursday, August 16. During this second phase of work, crews will build a second left-hand turn lane for westbound traffic on NE Northgate Way turning onto southbound Fifth Avenue NE and extend the right-hand turn lane for northbound traffic on Fifth Avenue turning eastbound onto NE Northgate Way. This work and construction wrapping up on the southwest corner requires one lane of vehicle travel as follows through mid to late September:

  • Eastbound NE Northgate Way from Third to Eighth avenues
  • Westbound NE Northgate Way from Third to Eighth avenues
  • Northbound Fifth Avenue NE from just south of Key Bank through the intersection
  • Southbound Fifth Avenue NE from NE Northgate Way to just south of Key Bank

As a reminder, eastbound NE Northgate Way will remain one lane until project completion, scheduled before Thanksgiving. 

Today crews are preparing for phase two, salvaging plants along NE Northgate Way, east of Fifth Avenue NE, to make room for road and sidewalk improvements. On Thursday, crews will remove trees on NE Northgate Way.  For each tree removed for this project, the City will plant two in the immediate neighborhood. 

Normal work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with possible weekend work 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. During construction, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers are advised to use caution and expect frequent delays and increased congestion.

For more information visit or call the construction hotline at 206-462-6348. Calls to the Hotline will receive a response within one business day. PLEASE NOTE: Puget Sound Energy recently completed work near the NE Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue NE intersection. Contact or 1-888-225-5773 for details.

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