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Mercer Opens To Two-Way Traffic After 44 Years

Meghan Walker

The "Mercer Mess" has long been Seattle's most notorious traffic jam. Now for the first time since 1968, Mercer has gone from an eastbound, one–way street to a two–way boulevard.

The Seattle Department of Transportation opened Mercer to westbound traffic last night.

Back when the City Council voted on the Mercer widening plan, city planners warned that although it would probably speed up westbound traffic a bit, it could slow down eastbound traffic.

KUOW's Meghan Walker is on Mercer this morning to see whether Mercer really is less messy.

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