Mercer Corridor Project
Last updated: June 26, 2017
We've installed a new system along Mercer St between 3rd Ave W and I-5 that coordinates traffic signals to help keep people driving moving. The system, called "SCOOT" (Split Cycle Offset Optimization Technique), is the first in Seattle. In total, 32 signalized intersections use SCOOT.
SCOOT provides significant benefits:
How it Works
SCOOT works in real-time to reduce delays and adapt to changing traffic volumes, such as congestion caused by nearby sport or concert events. The system detects cars in each lane at every intersection. It determines traffic levels, predicts the flow of traffic, and adjusts the amount of time available to each movement through the intersection. The result is more effective and responsive signal operations.
To assess the how well SCOOT is working, vehicle data is being collected daily and compared to historical averages. Reporting periods include morning and evening peak travel times (3 hours) in both the eastbound and westbound directions during the 5-day work week. These periods are when traffic volumes are at their highest. From the data received to date, the following changes have occurred.
June 19 - June 23, 2017
The Mercer Corridor stretches from Interstate 5 to 5th Ave. W, and has been one of the City of Seattle's most significant transportation challenges for over 40 years. SDOT is committed to improving the Mercer Street Corridor. Learn more about what we've done over the past few years.
John Marek, John.Marek@seattle.gov, 206-684-5069