TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday alerts; transportation news; survey deadline; eastbound bridge crash

July 8, 2015 at 6:35 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 10 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Quiet on the outbound routes so far. So we start with recaps and previews:

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Three stories from Tuesday -
*35th SW plan – extra meeting added, and word the mayor will be at the first one
*47th/Admiral signal – “completion celebration” planned next Tuesday
*Tunnel-project updates, including those big yellow stacks

And the big street festival is almost here:

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST (co-sponsored by WSB) happens in The Junction this coming Friday-Saturday-Sunday (July 10-11-12); streets close to vehicle traffic starting at 6 pm Thursday – California between Genesee and Edmunds (Oregon remains open to through traffic) and Alaska between 42nd and 44th. Metro announced its Summer Fest reroutes on Tuesday – they’re listed/linked here.

One more note:

SOUND TRANSIT 3 SURVEY: Today is the deadline for you to answer Sound Transit’s survey about next year’s ballot measure. One big question for our area: Should it include light rail for West Seattle? But that’s just part of it. The survey starts here.

8:39 AM: First problem of the morning for our area – a crash on the eastbound bridge at 99. No further details yet – it’s not on camera, though the backup certainly is.

8:47 AM: SDOT has turned around the camera and it shows the crash right AT the ramp (see the top-left image on this story – every time you refresh, it’ll show you the newest image). One tipster advises taking the low bridge to avoid the jam. Police are strategizing how to get traffic around it – potentially using the bus lane for general traffic, temporarily.

9:03 AM: From the scanner: Police are trying to direct traffic into the lanes that’ll get people around the wreck, but so far it doesn’t sound to be getting too much compliance.

9:19 AM: Crash still blocking two lanes at last report. We’ll update when we hear it’s cleared. And a reminder from Metro that this is affecting buses on the bridge too:


9:32 AM: SFD is headed to a “natural-gas leak” callout at 35th and Findlay – so be alert to possible traffic effects there.

9:46 AM: No major effects from that; meantime, the wreck on the bridge is cleared, but it’ll take a while for backups to subside.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; Summer Fest lookahead

July 7, 2015 at 7:27 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

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7:27 AM: Good morning! Only problem in the area so far this morning has been for people heading north toward the 1st Avenue South Bridge from White Center southward – a crash on NB 509 at Cloverdale. The most recent report says it’s cleared off to the shoulder, though.

This week’s big reminder:

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST (co-sponsored by WSB) happens in The Junction this coming Friday-Saturday-Sunday (July 10-11-12); streets close to vehicle traffic starting at 6 pm Thursday for setup – California between Genesee and Edmunds (Oregon remains open to through traffic) and Alaska between 42nd and 44th – so we’re sounding the alert early. More countdown coverage later today. No transit-reroute info on Metro‘s site yet, but that’ll be part of our coverage and previews when it appears.

7:37 AM: New problem – per WSDOT, “On the I-5 northbound on-ramp from West Seattle Bridge, there is a disabled vehicle partially blocking the ramp.”

7:52 AM: Update from WSDOT – that vehicle’s been cleared from the ramp.

8:57 AM: Crash at California/Fauntleroy – no details but be aware if you’re headed that way.

12:57 PM: Keeping the promise we mentioned above – Summer Fest reroutes for Metro have just gone public – we’ve put them all in one list, here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Monday updates; looking ahead to West Seattle Summer Fest

July 6, 2015 at 7:10 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

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Good morning! Welcome to back-to-work Monday. Transit services are back to normal schedules, since the holiday observances and changes were on Friday and Saturday, but we suspect traffic will be a little lighter, with some people taking an extra day off.

LOOKING AHEAD: West Seattle Summer Fest (co-sponsored by WSB) takes over the heart of The Junction this coming Friday-Saturday-Sunday (July 10-11-12), with street closures starting at 6 pm Thursday for setup – California between Genesee and Edmunds (Oregon will stay open to through traffic), Alaska between 42nd and 44th – so we’re sounding the alert early. Watch for our countdown reports resuming later today, and “live” festival coverage.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Holiday Friday; bus, boat changes

July 3, 2015 at 7:47 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

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Though the official holiday is tomorrow, it’s being observed today by many if not most.

METRO: Sunday schedule
WATER TAXI: Saturday schedule for West Seattle, no service for Vashon
SOUND TRANSIT: Sunday schedule on Route 560

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-holiday Thursday edition

July 2, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 18 Comments

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Good morning! It’s the final day of the pre-holiday workweek – once you get to where you’re going, let us know how the traffic volumes (any mode) seemed to you; we’ve been speculating those who can take a 4-day weekend will be doing that. Meantime, once more, here are the holiday transit changes: Metro and Water Taxi info is here; Washington State Ferries info is here; Sound Transit info is here.

And here’s the citywide alert from SDOT for today through Sunday.

TRAFFIC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Now – our almost-every-Thursday feature. Today, the Seattle Municipal Archives yield an image described as depicting a paving project on 35th SW “between Alaska and Brandon” in 1930. That doesn’t narrow it down much, so we’re wondering if you can identify where along that stretch this might have been:


Click the pic to go to a page with a much-larger version of the same image, if you want to take an up-close look.

9:15 PM: Two-car crash at 41st/Admiral – thanks to Brett for the tip via Twitter:


TRAFFIC ALERT: Admiral/44th, Fauntleroy/37th crashes

July 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

5:39 PM: Two crashes of note as the pm commute gets to its peak:

(44th/Admiral photo by Charlie G.)
One is at Admiral Way and 44th SW and is blocking at least part of Admiral. The other is on Fauntleroy at 37th and also is causing some backup on westbound Fauntleroy coming off the bridge.

(SDOT camera image)
No serious injuries reported in either, but if you haven’t headed out yet, you might consider avoiding both areas.

5:53 PM: Our crew just checked out the Admiral scene. Westbound Admiral is blocked, and backed up all the way down the hill coming off the bridge. Some good news – a tow truck has arrived at the scene, so it should clear before too long.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; holiday preview; 22nd/Trenton crash

July 1, 2015 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

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7:02 AM: Welcome to July. All’s proceeding as usual in our area.

HOLIDAY PREVIEW: King County transit info for Metro and the Water Taxis on Friday and Saturday is here; Washington State Ferries info is here; Sound Transit info is here. (No changes today or Thursday.)

7:11 AM: Crash at 22nd and Trenton is blocking Trenton both ways just west of Delridge, per scanner.

7:28 AM: At the scene. Two vehicles involved, nobody hurt.

Tow truck on scene already to clear the one that’s badly damaged, so SW Trenton should reopen before too long.

7:51 AM: A couple reminders now that we’re moving along – as published here last night, road work at the Murray CSO Control Project steps up starting today, says the county. Also, a city update from the 47th/Admiral/Waite signal/crosswalks project:

… the installation of the span wires, wiring, signal heads, push buttons and signal controller is now complete. The new signal and pedestrian heads are currently bagged and crews are connecting the signal controller wiring this week. We will begin testing the signals after Seattle City Light connects power to the signal service cabinet and SDOT signal crews install the wireless sensor systems, at the end of this week at the earliest. Testing will not affect traffic.

Crews will begin deconstructing the existing pedestrian beacon once the new traffic and pedestrian signals are brought online. During the beacon removal, traffic will be temporarily detoured around the work area.

5:27 PM: Crash reported at 44th/Admiral. Don’t know yet how/whether it’s affecting traffic.

Murray CSO Control Project entering next phase: Pipe replacement under Beach Drive

June 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm | In Utilities, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

Another update from King County, whose reps warn that Lowman Beach access is going to get even tougher in the weeks ahead:

King County contractors for the Murray CSO Control project will begin replacing an eight-inch water pipe in Beach Drive SW this week. The work requires excavators, trucks, and a crane to work in Beach Drive SW for about a month.

The work will create traffic congestion and delays, especially south of the Lincoln Park Way SW intersection on Beach Dr. SW. Flaggers will guide traffic around the work site. Emergency and local access on Beach Dr. SW will be maintained. All parking will be closed along Beach Drive SW south of Lincoln Park Way SW. Steel plates will cover the work area in the road outside of work hours. The road will be patched after the pipe is installed and fully restored at the end of the project.

Installing the new pipe will not affect water service to neighbors. Connecting the new pipe will require a service outage later this summer for Beach Drive SW residents south of the Lincoln Park Way intersection. More information will be provided before that work occurs.

Crews will continue building the underground storage tank while the water pipe installation occurs.

Thank you for your ongoing patience during construction. Please direct any concerns or inquiries to the project hotline: 206-205-9186.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday outbound watch & alerts

June 30, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

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Happy Tuesday! One day closer to the three-day holiday weekend (Saturday is the 4th, Friday is the government observance).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-holiday Monday updates

June 29, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

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6:21 AM: Good morning! Quiet in the early going as we start the week leading up to the three-day 4th of July holiday weekend. We’ll take a closer look at holiday changes as the week proceeds, but, for example, if you’re working Friday (July 3rd), keep in mind that Metro will be on a Sunday schedule that day.

8:41 AM: It’s been a very quiet commute, at least in our area. Our occasional reminder: If you see something along the way that might affect how people are getting around, please let us know, when you can do so safely/legally (if you’re commuting solo, a text or call when you get to your destination, for example) – 206-293-6302 is our around-the-clock hotline – we monitor a variety of sources and yet sometimes an incident of significance doesn’t show up in those channels, and one call/tip makes a difference. Thank you!

2:44 PM: Thanks to Sam for sharing info about this in comments, saying it’s affecting the bottom of Admiral too:


We’ll be heading over to check, and will also watch for updates from SDOT.

3:51 PM: Our crew checked and didn’t spot any sign of trouble, at least at the Admiral/Avalon surface under the bridge. No update from SDOT re: bridge surface itself.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates & weekend alerts

June 26, 2015 at 7:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

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7:39 AM: Good morning! Nothing big so far this morning but if you use 1st Avenue South, SDOT is reporting this:


7:46 AM: Looking ahead to the weekend, here’s the citywide list of big events, including the Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki on Saturday (10 am-6 pm with the Pirates expected ashore around 2:15). Also, it’s the third weekend of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in its new home on California SW between Alaska and Oregon, which is off-limits to vehicles 7 am-4 pm Sunday as a result (market hours are 10 am-2 pm).

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash at north end of Delridge

June 25, 2015 at 6:29 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

Thanks to the person who just texted with word that a crash is blocking the north end of Delridge, right by the ramp to the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. Everyone headed that way is being diverted onto the bridge, according to our tipster. So if you’re trying to get to West Marginal or the low bridge – try another route for a while.

UPDATE: 2-car crash on 35th SW at SW Cambridge, 1 hurt

June 25, 2015 at 10:11 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

(WSB photo)
10:11 AM: Two cars have collided and are blocking all but one lane – the outside southbound lane – at 35th and Cambridge. A private ambulance has arrived for one person who medics have been checking out; two tow trucks are arriving, too, so it should clear before long.

10:25 AM: Police report that all lanes are open again.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; 40th/Oregon crash; 35th/Cambridge crash

June 25, 2015 at 7:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:07 AM: So far, no trouble headed outbound from West Seattle.

7:33 AM – TRAFFIC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Since it’s quiet – we’ve gone back into the Seattle Municipal Archives for a look back. No date for this photo, but you can narrow it down fairly well since it was taken during the construction of the “high bridge” in the early ’80s:


Click the image to go to an SMA page where you’ll see the photo in a much-larger size (when you do, scroll right for a closer look at the vehicles waiting to cross, including early ’80s-era buses).

8:03 AM: Thanks to the texter for alerting us to a crash at 40th/Oregon. They report a driver and motorcyclist involved; the SFD 911 log says it’s an “aid response,” which generally means injuries are NOT major.

8:08 AM: Per scanner, eastbound traffic on Oregon will be diverted at 41st. If you usually use Oregon to head outbound, avoid it TFN – head for Alaska, or even 35th, to get to the bridge.

9:32 AM POSTSCRIPT: After arriving at the crash scene and finding out traffic was no longer being diverted, we ourselves had to divert to the 47th/Andover fire (separate story). But WSB’s Christopher Boffoli covered the crash for us too:

He reports:

Driver of the small silver car told police she was headed westbound on Oregon when the motorcycle, headed southbound on 40th, ran the stop sign and they collided. The woman driving the car said it was her birthday today. She had two very small children with her but everyone was OK. Scared and a little shaken up but physically fine.

Again, this is more than an hour ago now, and as far as we know, the scene is clear. The motorcycle rider was transported by private ambulance, indicating non-life-threatening injuries.

9:59 AM: We’re checking out another crash now – 35th and Cambridge, reported to be blocking all lanes. Update as soon as our crew arrives – we’ll break it out into a separate story if it seems major. (We did – and then it cleared fairly quickly.)

10:42 AM: If you will be riding Metro downtown this Saturday, you might want to know about this advisory we just received:

On Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the bus stops northbound and southbound on 3rd Av at Virginia St will be closed due to construction. Affected buses will operate via their regular routes, but will not serve the regular stops at Virginia St.

During this closure, board or exit northbound routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13, 16, 24, 26, 28, 33, and the RapidRide D Line and RapidRide E Line at the temporary stop northbound on 3rd Av just north of Lenora St.

Board or exit southbound routes 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 16, 21, 27, 33, 40, 120, 124, 131, 132, and the RapidRide C Line and RapidRide E Line at the temporary stop southbound on 3rd Av just north of Lenora St.

Riders can also board or exit buses at their regularly scheduled and posted stops prior to or after Virginia and Lenora streets.

Visit the Metro Service Advisories page for specific stop information.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; SPD enforcement patrols

June 24, 2015 at 7:36 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 11 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:36 AM: After a short delay for what turned out to be a small fire in South Delridge (we’re still updating here), the overall traffic watch is on.

8:01 AM – TRANSPORTATION NEWS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: From Tuesday coverage here and elsewhere, in case you missed it:

*11th/Holden pedestrian-safety beacon going in
*47th/Admiral/Waite signal & crosswalks update, plus a reader concern
*Council committee keeps property-tax plan for transportation levy

8:23 AM: Via Twitter, we’re getting reports of at least two SPD traffic-enforcement areas this morning – on the bridge (thanks to Joe for the tip; he saw at least five drivers/riders “lined up” for citations) and at 35th/Morgan (thanks to Randall for that tip).

8:35 AM: And thanks to Lola for mentioning an orange-cone hazard (usually they mark hazards; this time they WERE the hazard) on the bridge; an SDOT tweet suggests they’ve been handled.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates & alerts

June 23, 2015 at 7:41 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

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7:41 AM: Nothing to report so far on the outbound commute.

Meantime, it’s the last scheduled day for this closure in The Junction:


8:50 AM: Still quiet. Meantime, in case you’ve been wondering about the ongoing Delridge/Orchard work, this is the latest from Seattle Public Utilities:

The daytime single-lane restriction on SW Orchard Street (east of Delridge Way SW) will remain in place off-and-on through the end of July as crews complete paving and striping. As has been the case throughout this project, the lane may be closed Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and will be opened to traffic during non-work hours. During closures, all westbound traffic will be diverted to the eastbound lane with the assistance of a traffic flagger.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: First Monday of summer

June 22, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

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Good morning! It’s the first full day of summer, which arrived with the solstice just after 9:30 Sunday morning. As usual, we start with alerts:

42ND SW NORTH OF ALASKA: This closure for road-repair work is scheduled to continue through tomorrow, according to SDOT.

47TH/ADMIRAL/WAITE SIGNAL & CROSSWALKS: This is in the final stages of work, so remember that if you’re planning to travel this way.

ALKI AVENUE RAMP WORK: We noticed equipment staged in the area where SDOT says work will continue this week.

VESSEL CHANGE ON VASHON WATER TAXI: Melissa Ann is handling the Vashon Water Taxi run this morning while Sally Fox is out of service for maintenance. This doesn’t directly affect the West Seattle Water Taxi run, but because of its lesser capacity, it could have some effects on the Washington State Ferries run from Vashon and the Metro bus routes from Vashon that run through West Seattle.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: 42nd SW closure extended until Tuesday

June 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off


When we tweeted that photo a few hours ago, we THOUGHT the work at 42nd/Alaska was continuing through tomorrow. But SDOT has just announced it’s stretching through Tuesday:

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation are restoring pavement at 42th Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street following work on underground utilities at that location. Their expected completion time has been updated to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

During this work the crews are closing 42nd Avenue SW north of SW Alaska Street. Local access is permitted on the north end of 42nd at SW Oregon Street. Also, the bus lane is closed westbound on Alaska approaching 42nd and just through the intersection.

If you can’t tell from our photo, the free West Seattle Junction Association parking lot on 42nd *is* open – the “road closed” sign is only halfway up the block – and that’ll be especially important to remember on Sunday, when California will be closed between Alaska and Oregon 7 am-4 pm for the second in-the-street edition of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market (market hours are 10 am-2 pm).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday! Updates, weekend previews…

June 19, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

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Good morning and happy Friday! We start with an alert for today and weekend previews:

JUNCTION ROAD WORK: 42nd SW north of SW Alaska will be closed for road repairs most of today and tomorrow, per SDOT’s announcement published here Thursday.

OTHER ONGOING PROJECTS OF NOTE: Curb ramps at two Alki SW spots – info here … Murray CSO Control Project work at 48th/Beach Drive/Lincoln Park Way – info here … 47th/Admiral/Waite signal & crosswalks – info here.

SATURDAY – FESTIVALS: Though neither of these Saturday events involves road closures, remember the Morgan Junction Community Festival (10:30 am-6 pm) and Westwood Village Street Fair (10 am-6 pm) when you’re out and about tomorrow.

SUNDAY – FARMERS’ MARKET IN THE STREET: This Sunday will be the second one for the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in its new home, California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska. While market hours on Sundays are 10 am-2 pm, that block will be closed to parking and vehicle traffic 7 am-4 pm.

Early-morning traffic alert: Crash closes 16th at Kenyon

June 19, 2015 at 2:15 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

Seattle Police are investigating a crash at 16th and Kenyon (map). No major injuries reported – no medic unit dispatched – but officers at the scene just advised dispatchers that 16th will be closed both ways at the scene for a while.

ROAD-WORK ALERT: 42nd SW closed north of Alaska next 2 days

June 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

42nd SW will be closed to through traffic north of SW Alaska for the next two days, SDOT just announced:

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will restore pavement at 42th Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street following work on underground utilities at that location. They plan to start work at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) and to complete the work by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

During this work the crews will close 42nd Avenue SW north of SW Alaska Street. Local access will be permitted on the north end 42nd at SW Oregon Street. Also, the bus lane will be closed westbound on SW Alaska Street approaching 42nd Ave Southwest and just through the Intersection.

That “local” access will be primarily so you can get to businesses, including QFC, we verified with SDOT.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch; weekend preview

June 18, 2015 at 7:40 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Nothing unusual reported so far in today’s outbound commute.

CITYWIDE WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Now that we’re moving into summer-event season, SDOT takes its weekly look at what’s ahead around the city; this edition includes Saturday’s Morgan Junction Community Festival, though no street closures are involved. If you’ve been away or mega-busy, by the way, remember on Sunday that the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is now on California SW between Alaska and Oregon and that block is off-limits to vehicles 7 am-4 pm Sundays. (The debut drew more than three times as many people as usually attend, market management says!)

5 PM: Alki traffic alert – thanks to Suzanne for info on the crash, and the photo:


TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates and alerts

June 17, 2015 at 7:36 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Quiet commute so far. Two alerts to mention:

ALKI SW RAMP WORK: SDOT announced yesterday that you’ll see work crews installing two curb ramps at crossings on Alki Ave. SW over the span of about a week and a half, starting today.

47TH/ADMIRAL/WAITE SIGNAL & CROSSWALKS: If you’re traveling through this area, you might have to pause as the final phase of work intensifies, as noted here on Tuesday.

9:09 AM: Traffic still sludgingly slow, per commenters … no incidents on the 911 log or scanner.

UPDATE: Eastbound bridge reopens after crash; driver arrested

June 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 21 Comments

(Photo courtesy Raquel - substituted for earlier traffic-camera image)
4:17 PM: Big emergency response on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge by 4th Avenue South – closing all but the exit lane at that spot. More to come.

4:22 PM: Police are going to try to divert people off at 1st Avenue South but we’ve just heard from Erica, who passed the crash going the other way, and says it looks like multiple vehicles involved as well as one car that’s on its side, and there’s already an eastbound backup. (Here’s an earlier view, tweeted by SDOT:)

4:26 PM: Emergency vehicles are also in one westbound lane parallel with 4th, so if you’re planning on getting to the westbound bridge from I-5 or Beacon Hill, this could be a problem.

(Photo courtesy Brian Baum)
4:44 PM: That westbound lane is clear, but the eastbound lanes remain blocked at 4th, with everybody forced to get off the bridge at 1st Avenue South.

4:51 PM: Per scanner, police are hoping to have one lane – likely the outside lane – open shortly. But even with most of the commute going the other way, that still will mean big backups.

4:57 PM: And here it is, one lane open:


Don’t take the low bridge as a backup any time soon – also via scanner, it’s going to swing open soon for “a large boat” to get through.

5:27 PM: The bridge is fully open again, after about an hour and 10 minutes.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: SPD confirms something we thought we had heard on the scanner – the 32-year-old driver had at least one warrant out for his arrest. They also confirm an “active DUI investigation” in the case. We are also asking SFD for any final information about injuries and will add whatever we learn there.

TRAFFIC ALERT: 47th/Admiral/Waite signal, crosswalks’ final phase

June 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off


The :15 video panorama shows you what’s happening at the 47th/Admiral/Waite crosswalk project today, as the final phase of work intensifies. A bit dusty (and this part of the work had eastbound traffic stopped while we were there):

SDOT had announced about a week ago that the signal equipment had arrived, so the final phase of installing it and marking crosswalks around the intersection would launch. Thanks to everybody who messaged us about the stepped-up work today!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday ‘last day of school’ edition

June 16, 2015 at 7:10 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy last day of school to Seattle Public Schools students! No problems reported in the outbound commute so far. Two notes:

BEACH DRIVE/LINCOLN PARK WAY/48TH: The major work previewed in last Friday’s alert had not begun as of end-of-day Monday, and we saw no signs of staging, but will check again today.

(Added 8:55 am – that’s a Monday aerial of the project – and, at lower right, the inland side of Lowman Beach Park – just received from West Seattle pilot/photographer Long Bach Nguyen.)

SEACREST BOAT LAUNCH REPLACEMENT: Part of the parking lot at Seacrest will be closed again today during work to replace the small boat launch, announced last week. We noted a crane had arrived by end of day Monday.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates

June 15, 2015 at 7:31 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

7:31 AM: While covering the Polar Pioneer departure, we’ve also been keeping an eye on traffic as always. Keeping this short unless there’s an incident to report – you’ll find the cameras here; please also remember the Beach Drive/Lincoln Park Way/48th SW alert starting today.

8:19 AM: Just went through the aforementioned area – the street-cutting work hasn’t started yet, no sign of staging, either, just a couple concrete trucks on the south end of Beach Drive.

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