TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates, including NB 99 crash aftermath and Bike To Work Day

May 15, 2015 at 5:44 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
5:44 AM: We’re launching traffic watch earlier than usual because Northbound 99 is still closed in the stadium zone after an overnight car-motorcycle crash. TV crews there say one lane might be open soon – but for now, you can’t use 99; your options are I-5 or surface streets instead. Buses that use 99 have been diverted. Here’s the “live” camera view:

We’ll of course update. SPD says the crash was caused by a wrong-way driver hitting a motorcycle rider, who has life-threatening injuries.

Also this morning:

(Added: WSB photos. Commute station included WS Bike Connections with info on ’5-way intersection’)
BIKE TO WORK DAY: It’s Bike To Work Day around Puget Sound, and if you are riding your bicycle this morning, make time to stop at the special “commute station” open until 9 am under the high bridge, co-presented by West Seattle Bike Connections and DIY Bikes.

(At right, Stu Hennessey of DIY Bikes)
More on that here.

Alerts for the next few days:

SATURDAY & MONDAY PROTESTS: Saturday is most likely to bring congestion around Don Armeni Boat Ramp and Seacrest Park with kayakers gathering for an on-the-water demonstration because of the Shell rig Polar Pioneer‘s arrival; Monday, an early-morning on-land demonstration is planned, going from the fishing bridge to Terminal 5, which might affect commute-hour travel on and around the low bridge.

SUNDAY, WEST SEATTLE 5K: The first and biggest run/walk of the season on Alki is happening Sunday morning, 9:20 am, with Alki Avenue closed to vehicles (and heed the “no parking” signs) until 11 am or so. Once again, NO “car-free day” festival afterward, for the first time in many years, so the road will fully reopen afterward.

6:01 AM UPDATE: One lane of northbound 99 is now open.

6:48 AM: Both lanes of NB 99 are now open.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday alerts & ‘Throwback’ view

May 14, 2015 at 7:20 am | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 27 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Nothing out of the ordinary in/from West Seattle so far this morning. Alerts/reminders:

BRIDGE WORK: Today is the last announced day of off-peak work on the outer lanes of the bridge.

THIS WEEKEND: Anti-drilling demonstrations on sea and land Saturday are expected to bring crowds to Seacrest, Don Armeni, and Jack Block Park … On Sunday, Alki Avenue will be closed until about 11 am for the West Seattle 5K. More on both later today.

Now, our weekly look back:

TRAFFIC THROWBACK THURSDAY: This week’s featured image is NOT from the Seattle Municipal Archives, much as we love them. It’s courtesy of the Sheppard Family, who granted us permission to use the view of Admiral/California, from the southeast corner looking north:


(Click for a larger view)
While asking WSB contributor Megan Sheppard if we could use the photo, we forgot to ask the year. Guesses?

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on eastbound West Seattle Bridge

May 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

Thanks for the tips – Avoid the eastbound bridge from Fauntleroy for a while; a multi-vehicle crash has closed at least one lane. No indication of injuries so far – it’s not even on the 911 (Seattle Fire response) log, but we have multiple reports (thanks to Rachel, Jissy, and Brian).

3:41 PM: Can’t tell the status from off-bridge vantage points and SDOT hasn’t been reporting on this, but EB bridge traffic does appear to be moving, albeit slowly.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates, including Admiral Way water problem

May 13, 2015 at 6:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 11 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:43 AM: We start with a problem reported in the 3800 block of Admiral Way (map) – water, possibly from a pipe break. We had just heard about it via scanner when Rachel texted us a photo and alert:

Seattle Public Utilities and SFD have been advised, per scanner. We’ll be following up.

7:36 AM: Just went to Admiral to find out more. The outside westbound lane is blocked by an SPU rapid-response truck; in front of it, water is still bubbling up:

The SPU rapid-response worker who was at the scene said it appears a plastic pipe broke.

8:31 AM: While out checking on that and the Pigeon Point fire, we were also reminded we should remind you about the 35th SW walking tour on Saturday morning (May 16th) – meet SDOT reps at 9 am at 35th/Avalon. Details here.

11:51 AM: A comment reminds us – the ongoing bridge lane closures continue. Though the initial alert just mentioned eastbound, we’ve seen them on westbound too. Until the work concludes (tomorrow, SDOT says), be extra careful during the non-peak hours, as you might suddenly encounter the work crew.

3:01 PM: Crash on the eastbound bridge – tracking it here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates & alerts

May 12, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! We start with notes/alerts for today and beyond:

HARBOR AVENUE WORK: Noticed while making rounds on Monday that this project is well under way. – be aware when continuing onto Harbor northbound from south of the bridge or turning northbound from westbound Spokane.

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE WORK: The ongoing work in the outer lane of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge is scheduled to continue again today and tonight, outside the peak hours; here’s the SDOT schedule.

WEST SEATTLE 5K THIS SUNDAY: Time to start with the reminders that Alki Avenue SW will be closed to traffic during this Sunday’s annual West Seattle 5K Run/Walk, starting early in the morning and continuing until about 11 am. A change this year: As first reported here a month ago, the 5K will *not* be followed by the SDOT Summer Streets “car-free” festival this year as it has been each previous year, so the street will fully reopen to vehicles after the 5K. (A community celebration has been organized by Alki neighbors, but no street closure is involved.)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday alerts and updates

May 11, 2015 at 7:33 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning – so far, no trouble reported in or from our area.

POST-COMMUTE ALERT: Work that started over the weekend in the outer lane of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge is scheduled to continue today and tonight; here’s the SDOT schedule.

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Highway 99 open; West Seattle Bridge work

May 10, 2015 at 2:42 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

This weekend’s Highway 99 closures north of downtown are over; not only is that mentioned briefly as an update to this alert, we can attest to it firsthand, having just had to drive to Green Lake and back. Meantime, the eastbound high bridge lane closure of which SDOT warned the other day IS under way, closing the outside lane between the Delridge onramp and the crest of the high rise.

TRAFFIC ALERT: West Seattle Bridge lane closures starting tonight

May 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

Late word from SDOT of bridge lane closures planned starting tonight and continuing off and on for the next six days/nights:

The eastbound curb lane of the West Seattle Bridge will be closed through Thursday, May 14 during off-peak traffic hours for utility work. The schedule will be:

Friday to Sunday, May 8th to May 10th — 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Monday to Thursday, May 11th to May 14th — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; weekend notes; bridge crash

May 8, 2015 at 7:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:39 AM: Good morning! Much quieter so far than yesterday was – no trouble spots to report so far.

WEEKEND 99 CLOSURES: If you have seen the signs, you might not realize these do NOT involve 99 between here and the Battery Street Tunnel – the Alaskan Way Viaduct itself remains open. The closures are from the tunnel north to Valley Street, as explained here.

VIEW FROM THE WATER: Maggie, who commutes from Vashon and has long shared helpful info, also shares beautiful views like this on occasion, snapped from the Water Taxi:


WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY TOMORROW: If you’ve missed the mentions elsewhere – tomorrow is the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (an event coordinated by WSB since its fourth year in 2008). Many people use it as an occasion to wander around their immediate neighborhoods and see who’s selling what – with 340+ sales, chances are there’s at least one near you; both versions of the map (with short descriptions highlighting some features of each sale) are here. Forecast: Sunny, high in the mid-to-upper 70s.

8:28 AM – BRIDGE CRASH: First trouble spot of the morning. Crash reported to be blocking the bus lane on the eastbound bridge, midspan.

8:35 AM: Just added that screengrab of the bridge camera showing the crash-related activity. Haven’t heard anything on the scanner yet about injuries.

8:57 AM: No update yet on how soon this might clear. At least one person is reported to be hurt and the outside lane is blocked.

9:06 AM: Cleared!

TRAFFIC ALERT: ‘Technical malfunction’ puts low bridge out of service for almost 2 hours; 2nd breakdown in 5 days

May 7, 2015 at 5:48 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 12 Comments

5:48 PM: Just one of those days. Almost every major route has had something go wrong. Right now, the low bridge:


The low bridge, officially known as the Spokane Street Swing Bridge, also suffered a “technical malfunction” on Sunday that made it unusable to surface traffic for an hour and a half. Here’s the “live” webcam that looks at the low bridge:

More as we get it; no ETA on a fix so far.

6:33 PM: As of the latest update from SDOT a minute ago via Twitter, still out of commission.

7:40 PM: After almost two hours, it’s working again. No explanation of the malfunction – we’ll be following up tomorrow.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Battery St. Tunnel open again both ways

May 7, 2015 at 2:36 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

2:36 PM: At first the call was for a crash in the southbound Battery St. Tunnel; now SDOT says the tunnel is closed in both directions, so if you’re heading to or from the north side of downtown (or beyond), looks like I-5 is your choice for now. Updates to come.

2:46 PM: We’ve added the city webcam view from the curve going into the northbound side of the tunnel – traffic remains at a complete halt. Seattle Fire says it’s a two-car crash with minor injuries.

2:59 PM: SDOT says the northbound side of the tunnel has reopened (you can see from the “live” cam above that the backup has dissipated) – but the southbound side is still closed.

3:26 PM: The tunnel is open again both ways, according to SDOT.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday alerts; looking ahead & back; bridge crash; stuck truck blocks Fauntleroy ferry dock for hour-plus

May 7, 2015 at 6:34 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 41 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:34 AM: Good morning! We start with a traffic alert from WSDOT today, if you use the 1st Avenue S. Bridge:


Looking further ahead, and farther north, remember this weekend’s closures on Highway 99 from the Battery Street Tunnel north to Queen Anne – details are here.

AND NOW A LOOK BACK … this week’s “Traffic Throwback Thursday” view from the Seattle Municipal Archives:


(Click for the much-larger view on the SMA site.) The archives describe that as “West Spokane Re-deck,” dated October 6, 1958.

7:04 AM UPDATE: And now back to the present: A crash on the eastbound bridge, toward the crest, reportedly involving a car and motorcycle. (added) Two lanes are blocked, SDOT says:


7:08 AM: Over the scanner, we hear arriving officers say it’s a “minor injury” situation.

7:26 AM: One SFD unit is still at the crash scene, as you can see via the top-left image atop this story. (And a moment later …) Now, just one police car and what appears to be the motorcycle, with one lane blocked.

7:41 AM: As the camera shows, a tow truck is now on scene.

7:50 AM: Scanner: “Bridge is now clear, all lanes.”

8:18 AM: New problem. From Washington State Ferries: “Service to and from the Fauntleroy terminal is temporarily suspended due to necessary repairs.” This was just posted on the WSF website minutes ago, just as we were investigating a texter’s report of what seemed to be an interruption in service. More as we get it – we’re headed to the dock to find out more.

8:31 AM: No word from our crew yet but Melissa says in comments that the Fauntleroy dock problem is a stuck truck.

8:39 AM: Stuck propane truck, our crew has learned. Somewhat “high-centered” on the ramp, we’re told.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
That’s the front of the tow truck you see, with the propane truck behind it.

8:57 AM: WSF tells us they have engineers “inspecting the hinge and span.”

9:01 AM: Vehicles appear to be loading onto the ferry now – we’ve been watching one particular vehicle in the waiting-to-load lanes and it’s advanced. (Update: It advanced a ways and stopped. So we’re not entirely sure.)

9:08 AM: WSF says the “transfer span” is clear and operations are “back to normal.” With some catching up ahead, of course.

9:18 AM: And now … a stalled vehicle reported on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct “just south” of the Seneca exit, according to radio discussion monitored via scanner.

2:48 PM: New trouble, as reported separately – a crash shutting down both directions of the Battery Street Tunnel, so avoid that section of 99 TFN.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday alerts; Bike To School Day

May 6, 2015 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

Due to malfunctioning city cameras as of early this morning, we’re starting with a different roundup this morning. Meantime, we want to remind you that it’s Bike To School Day – at least one local school has big events planned; Alki Elementary students are riding in two “bike trains” this morning, and one is expected to be accompanied by former Alki resident Mayor Ed Murray. Later in the morning, he’ll be announcing some big transportation news – the revised version of the proposed “Levy to Move Seattle.” Once that’s out around 11:15 am, we’ll report back on any changes regarding its West Seattle specifics (here’s what we reported when the first version was unveiled in mid-March).

West Seattle road work: City to seal cracks on California, Admiral

May 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

From SDOT today, news that the warmer, drier weather will bring out its crack-sealing crews and equipment. They’ve sent a list of spots around the city which will be on the list where work could start as soon as next week, “applying low-tack sealant to pavement cracks to keep water from seeping under the street surface, helping to prevent potholes and other roadway damage.” The two West Seattle streets listed are:

*SW Admiral Way – between Olga Street and California Avenue SW

*California Avenue SW – between SW Admiral Way and SW Edmunds Street

The city says you’ll get about three days’ warning when the crews are on the way, when NO PARKING signs go up. The work will be done in the daytime and: “Crews will close one lane at a time for approximately 3-4 hours for the operation and to allow the sealant to set. Traffic flaggers will assist and sidewalks will remain open at all times.” The full citywide list of to-be-sealed zones is here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; crashes on I-5, 99, 4th Ave. S.

May 5, 2015 at 7:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 16 Comments

(MAJOR ALERT: Northbound I-5 closed in heart of downtown – see below)

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page. P.S. Sorry about the broken cameras – out of our control)
7:38 AM: There’s a crash on northbound 99 right where it meets the West Seattle Bridge, and that’s slowing traffic in all directions 99-bound, according to SDOT:


Updates as we get them. Meantime, speaking of 99:

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND: If you use Highway 99 from the Battery Street Tunnel northward to Valley Street, either direction, please note planned closures this weekend. They’re in phases, with reopenings for sports-related traffic.

7:56 AM UPDATE: Now the blockage on northbound 99 is down to one lane.

8 AM UPDATE: If you are thinking of taking 4th Avenue South as an alternative – note that there is a crash just south of Costco – a car hit a bus – and they’ve just upped the response to rescue so they can cut someone out.

8:10 AM UPDATE: The 4th Ave. S. crash is blocking both northbound lanes, per scanner, but police are diverting NB traffic into a SB lane to get people by.

8:16 AM: Back to the NB 99 crash, “all lanes are open” per SPD announcement monitored via scanner.

8:20 AM: New problem, 4-vehicle crash on northbound I-5 at the Convention Center, with at least one reported to be on fire, per scanner. That could soon affect the WS Bridge traffic headed for NB 5.

8:25 AM: WSDOT now says all northbound lanes of 5 are CLOSED because of the crash/fire. Several people are hurt, at least one seriously. So stay away from NB 5 TFN!


9:23 AM: All but one lane of northbound I-5 is open now.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: May’s first Monday; downtown bus-stop changes

May 4, 2015 at 7:34 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:34 AM: So far, so good for this morning’s commute. One reminder for today:

DOWNTOWN BUS STOP CHANGES: Two bus stops on 3rd will be closed for more than two months starting today, and one is now closed permanently – read about them here.

8:09 AM: From the scanner, police are being dispatched to check out a report of a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Not sure yet exactly where – the main camera for the eastbound bridge isn’t working.

8:24 AM: Center lane @ the crest, says commenter WSBorn&Bred.

8:29 AM: And now SFD is being dispatched to a reported 2-car crash at Delridge/Brandon with one possible injury.

8:40 AM: Commenter “Fun” says no sign of stall now.

8:47 PM: SFD has closed out of the Delridge/Brandon incident, per the 911 log; no further details.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Low bridge now working again

May 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

FIRST REPORT, 2:40 PM: As of just before 2:30, the low bridge is out of commission because of a “technical malfunction,” per SDOT. Updates as we get them.

2:59 PM: SDOT says a crew is on the way.

3:50 PM: Just walked out onto the bridge. SDOT truck visible beneath it but crew not in sight.

Bridge is stuck “closed”; no perceptible gap in the deck. Some bicyclists are choosing to squeeze through gap in gates and cross anyway; alternatives are Water Taxi, C Line, or 1st Ave S Bridge.

4:21 PM: SDOT says the low bridge is now working again, after about an hour and a half.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; looking ahead

May 1, 2015 at 7:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning – no problems so far on the routes through/from West Seattle, and SDOT describes traffic overall as “relatively light.” You’ve probably heard the citywide media previewing how demonstrations for May Day *might* affect traffic later; we’ll be monitoring everything too and will be updating during the afternoon/evening commute if there’s anything you need to know while headed this way.

METRO NOTES: Starting next week, bus-stop closures downtown will affect some lines serving West Seattle. Read about them here.

FERRY FARES: Washington State Ferries’ seasonal fare changes took effect today.

WEEKEND I-90 ALERT: Eastbound I-90 is reduced to one lane east of I-5 for another round of tunnel work this weekend, so heads-up for those traffic effects.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch; ramp closures tonight

April 30, 2015 at 7:37 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:37 AM: No trouble spots in the area so far this morning. One alert for tonight: Seattle Public Utilities plans to clean storm drains on the bridge overnight, so between 10 pm tonight and 6 am tomorrow (Friday), the 1st Avenue South offramp and onramp on the westbound side will both be closed.

8:33 AM: Still quiet so we’re getting back to Traffic Throwback Thursday. From the Seattle Municipal Archives, November 1962, described only as being related to “Spokane Street widening”:


Click the image to open a page with a much-larger view, if you want a closer look at the row of businesses in the photo.

UPDATE: Southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct closed 2+ hours because of spool-carrying truck’s trouble

April 29, 2015 at 11:51 am | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 32 Comments

(UPDATED 4:41 PM with new post-incident info from SPD)

11:51 AM: The traffic backup on the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct looks more like afternoon commute right now than lunchtime. SPD says it’s because of a lost load – reportedly a “12-foot spool.” SDOT says it’s at Seneca Street and blocking the right lane. WSDOT describes it as “a truck striking the Seneca St. overpass.” More to come.

11:59 AM: Now SDOT says the southbound Viaduct is closed at the Battery Street Tunnel.

12:04 PM: Update from SFD:


Here’s a picture from the scene. (Added: Alan sent this photo looking southwestward toward the trouble spot, taken in the early going:)

12:16 PM UPDATE: The Columbia Street onramp to 99 remains open, per SDOT. And they’ve just announced they’re opening a lane beyond that.

12:29 PM: Southbound 99 is being closed again from the BSTunnel and Western – but again, access from Columbia Street is *not* affected. WSDOT now says, “Forklifts from the Viaduct project are going to the semi on the SB 99 Viaduct to help secure the large spools of wire.” (Added: Photo sent by Ben:)


1 PM: They’re still working to clear the situation.


1:52 PM: SPD says the semitruck driver will be cited. They’re close to clearing the scene.

1:57 PM: Reopened!

2:18 PM: It did not go unnoticed that all this happened one day after a City Council committee was debriefed on the 9-hour fish-truck crash closure – also on SB 99 – last month (here’s our coverage of the debrief). The mayor’s office just tweeted this:


We’re adding, above, some additional images that came in during the operation to clear the spools. Thanks to everyone who sent photos!

4:41 PM: Just in via SPD Blotter, including an update on the Viaduct’s structural status and the fine faced by the trucker:

olice received 911 reports at 11:34 AM that a semi-truck had lost a load of two 12-foot spools—each weighing between 700 and 1,000 pounds—on the southbound lanes of the viaduct, near Columbia Street. At least one of the spools struck the underside of the upper level of the viaduct, dislodging the massive load from the truck’s flatbed trailer.

Officers blocked traffic onto the viaduct between the Battery Street Tunnel and Stewart Street while officials from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Fire Department and Seattle City Light worked to bring in heavy equipment to remove the spools.

Crews were able to use a bulldozer to re-load and secure the spools back on the semi-truck, which was moved to a construction area. Officials reopened the viaduct shortly before 2 PM. Today’s efforts to clear SR99 were significantly aided by planning and partnerships developed after another incident involving a semi-truck in March, which led to a nine-hour closure of the viaduct.

The Seattle Department of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Enforcement team cited the semi driver for “no oversized permit,” a violation of a state permit, and for “hitting a structure with impaired clearance.” The driver received $482 in citations, and could potentially face fines totaling thousands of dollars to cover the costs of the efforts to remove the spools. Oversized loads are not permitted on the portion of the viaduct where today’s collision occurred.

Officials have confiscated the driver’s commercial transportation permit, which he will need to reapply for before he can transport the load anywhere.

State officials say the spools—which were reportedly headed for Alabama—appear to have only caused minor damage to the viaduct. They will conduct a further assessment later this evening.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch & alerts

April 29, 2015 at 7:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:12 AM: One traffic incident of note as we get going today – SDOT has just reported a stalled vehicle blocking the right lane in the northbound Battery Street Tunnel, which could affect NB Alaskan Way Viaduct traffic if it goes on for a while.

7:15 AM: SDOT has upgraded that to “northbound Battery St. Tunnel closed.”

7:19 AM: And – just heard via scanner – it’s been cleared.

7:59 AM: Texter says SPD has bus-lane enforcement out today at eastbound bridge offramp to 99. (Thanks as always for alerts – when you can text safely/legally, e.g. from a bus or a passenger seat or when you arrive at your destination – 206-293-6302.)

**We covered the early-afternoon Viaduct closure separately. And now that it’s afternoon, another problem’s been unfolding:

4:22 PM: The eastbound bridge isn’t a hot spot this time of day but just in case you have to head that way:


TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: SB 99 ramp to West Seattle Bridge reopens

April 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments


1:26 PM: Headed toward southbound 99 to get home? You’ll need to take an alternate route – as shown in SDOT’s tweet above, the ramp from SB 99 to the West Seattle Bridge is blocked right now. So SB I-5 or 1st Avenue S. are your alternate routes to the bridge until this is cleared. (Thanks to the texter who tipped us to this!)

2:06 PM: SDOT just reported that this crash has cleared and the ramp from southbound 99 to the westbound bridge is open again.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates & alerts

April 28, 2015 at 6:28 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:28 AM: Tuesday morning’s commute is off to a breezy start. Two road/trail-work alerts, too:

ALKI TRAIL IN 3400 BLOCK OF HARBOR: As previewed here on Monday, SDOT is making changes for safety’s sake, and work is scheduled to start today.

24TH/MYRTLE LANE CLOSURES: As mentioned Sunday night, westbound Myrtle at 24th will be restricted in the daytime today and tomorrow as part of work related to the nearby Delridge/Orchard CSO project.

ADDED 7:27 AM: Traffic’s still quiet. So one more mention of note today, the City Council Transportation Committee meets at 9:30 am. The agenda includes the periodic update from SDOT director Scott Kubly; as previewed here last Friday with the document prepared for his appearance, it includes several West Seattle project updates.

1:28 PM: Ramp from SB 99 to the westbound bridge is blocked right now. We’re updating this separately.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Alki Trail safety-improvement realignment

April 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm | In Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

3:25 PM: Announced by SDOT this afternoon:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will realign the Alki Trail at the driveway of 3400 Harbor Avenue Southwest (several hundred yards north of Spokane Street). Moving the trail away from the building at the driveway will improve visibility for drivers exiting the building parking lot and for bicyclists and pedestrians using the trail. Please see the [above] aerial visual with realignment super-imposed.

Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow, April 28, and take up to three weeks to complete. Work will occur weekdays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. with pedestrians and bicyclists detoured away from the building into an adjacent temporary pathway currently used to provide on-street parking. A single general traffic lane in each direction will be maintained, although they lanes will be narrowed to accommodate the work zone and temporary trail through the area. Access to building storefronts will also be maintained.

We had been asked recently about some parking changes in the area and are following up to ask if that was related to this.

ADDED 6:19 PM: SDOT’s Marybeth Turner responded to our question about the parking changes:

To make way for the trail’s new location, the truck load zone in front of 3400 Harbor Ave SW will be relocated approximately 23 feet to the south. Two on-street parking spots, one just north of the driveway and one just south of the driveway (for the relocated load zone) will be permanently removed.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Last Monday in April

April 27, 2015 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! A new month will start before the week ends. But first, let’s get through Monday. Transportation-related notes:

ROAD-WORK UPDATES: Newest 47th/Admiral project info here; newest Delridge/Orchard project info here.

WHITTAKER CRANE: The first of two tower cranes for The Whittaker at Fauntleroy/Edmunds/Alaska is expected today, according to what the project team told us last week. We’ll be checking the area later to see if it’s bringing any additional traffic effects.

THINKING ABOUT TRYING TWO WHEELS? Bike Month is almost here, and Bike To Work Day is two weeks from Friday. Might be time to try two wheels. Tonight at 6, you’re invited to explore the concept at a free bicycle-commuting workshop presented by West Seattle Bike Connections at Delridge Library.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates & road-work notes

April 24, 2015 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning and happy Friday! We start with project notes:

47TH/ADMIRAL SIGNAL: Concrete pouring could start on the south side of the intersection today, for new curbs and sidewalk, if the weather doesn’t interfere. The detailed update is here.

DELRIDGE/ORCHARD PROJECT UPDATE: In case you missed it – we published an update from Seattle Public Utilities, including added traffic effects at Myrtle next week.

And a transportation-news note:

LIGHT RAIL FOR WEST SEATTLE? After its Thursday board meeting, Sound Transit explained what’s next (“major public-involvement effort”) for its work toward the next ballot measure.

9:59 AM: If you’re headed toward 1st through SODO, you might try 4th instead, because of this:


4:33 PM NOTE: SPU has e-mailed to say the Delridge/Orchard/Myrtle work mentioned earlier has been moved up: “The lane restriction on SW Myrtle St. at 24th Ave. SW has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 (as opposed to 4/29 and 4/30, as previously announced).”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

April 23, 2015 at 6:20 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:20 AM: Good morning! One issue in the area, as the commute gets going – a crash on NB 99 at the 1st Avenue South Bridge, blocking the carpool lane.

6:40 AM: WSDOT says the 1st Ave. S. Bridge problem “is clearing.”

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