Seattle Traffic Operations Engineer Mike Morris-Lent tells us that the biggest change is for drivers coming off the Magnolia bridge southbound. Instead of needing to merge right away at West Galer, drivers will now have an additional two and a half blocks to travel to West Lee before they have to merge. Engineers hope this will make the merge safer and reduce congestion.
In the northbound direction, there will no longer be parking between W Lee Street and the Magnolia Bridge entrance and parking will now be restricted on weekdays from 7 AM to 6 PM between W Prospect Street and W Lee Street.
Crews expect to wrap up the work today. Seattle police department will give drivers a week to get used to the changes before they begin enforcing BAT lane restrictions.