"I seem to always pick the worst route to get out of town. Oh well," Pam Cole said.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is diligent about suggesting alternate routes--but on a busy summer Saturday--that's not much help.
"There's only so many alternate routes you can get around in. And everybody's going that way. So it just makes it slow and tedious," said Richard Pondelick, a delivery truck driver.
Highway 99 is closed between valley street and the south end of the battery street tunnel.
So officers are re-directing 99 southbound traffic along 85th to reach I-5.
They're also re-directing northbound 99 traffic to I-5 at East Marginal Way and Spokane Street.
The extra officers seem to be making a positive difference.
"Today there was cop and he was really polite and he told us what direction to take," driver Krishna Mamidipaka said.
Even with cops, it was a real challenge trying to navigate from the Queen Anne neighborhood to I-5 with fewer lanes open.
Most people are pretty polite about trying to merge, but they're a few people who don't want to play well.
This second half of the Mercer Corridor project is scheduled to finish up by mid 2015.
An ambitious effort to create a more direct and attractive connection between I-5, Seattle Center and the waterfront.
When it's wide open it's gonna be perfect. But it hurts until then. It hurts until then.