TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: June’s first Monday

June 2, 2014 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:12 AM: Good morning! Looking ahead as we start the week:

*Road work on Alki Avenue in the Duwamish Head vicinity the next two days; we’ll be asking SDOT for details this morning.

*Next weekend, Friday night 6/6 until Monday morning 6/9, southbound 99 will be closed between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge, as explained here; the lane-reconfiguration project’s results are shown here (along with the results of a similar northbound closure two weeks later).

*Next Saturday is the start date for Metro’s next service change, detailed here. The only West Seattle route with changes is the 21, with a route change for several afternoon runs.

DOWNTOWN ALERT FOR TODAY & BEYOND: Could be some traffic trouble on the north side of downtown (and in the Uptown/lower Queen Anne area) as people get used to major changes that took effect as of last night – two-way Mercer, two-way Roy, closed section of Broad; SDOT explains here; here’s what WSDOT has to say.

6:48 AM: Reader report: Crash at Holden/Delridge. Not on the 911 log so likely not major.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend preview

May 30, 2014 at 7:41 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:41 AM: All’s well (relatively) so far on the major routes, as we head into the heart of the morning commute.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Only major closure in the region this weekend is the 520 bridge. Around the city, some big events might affect traffic – they’re in the SDOT weekend-alert roundup.

8:44 AM: Matt reports traffic-signal trouble at Delridge/Kenyon. We’re headed that way for a look. (Update: OK by the time we arrived.)

West Seattle traffic alert: Crash on 35th blocking two lanes

May 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 10 Comments

One lane is blocked each way on 35th SW in the High Point area because of a crash – thanks to the person who texted to let us know. Police at the scene tell us no one was hurt, but it’s slow going in the area so avoid it there for a while if you can. In all, police confirm three cars were involved.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; southbound I-5 trouble; Bidens in town

May 29, 2014 at 6:25 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:25 AM: The road/trail/etc. watch is on for Thursday!

6:48 AM: The big problem right now is on southbound I-5 south of I-90, so if you are headed this way from points north, we should mention it. An old expansion joint has popped up and is forcing the closure of three lanes. WSDOT is tweeting updates here, such as:

6:53 AM: WSDOT estimates repairs to take another half-hour or so. Again, that’s on the southbound side, but just FYI.

9:07 AM: Those lanes haven’t reopened yet, by the way. And other southbound routes like 99 are reported to be jammed.

11:17 AM: Open now! Adding photos here from West Seattle photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen, from before repairs were completed – above, the traffic jam; below, the work zone:

By the way, more expansion-joint work – scheduled, this time! – is in the works for I-5, the first weekend in June. It’s part of the story we published last night about upcoming highway projects.

11:35 AM: By the way, Vice President Joe Biden is in town, in case you bump into a motorcade. Private fundraiser:

His wife Dr. Jill Biden is also in Seattle, at a business-related event at Seattle Center, along with former West Seattleite, now Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Highway 99: Weekend-long southbound shutdown in June; nighttime closures this summer

May 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm | In Transportation, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

The state has just laid out its plan for major summertime road work, and that includes Highway 99 just north of West Seattle. First, a busy weekend of regional work will include a shutdown of southbound 99 between Denny Way and the WS Bridge, 10 pm Friday, June 6, until (no later than) 5 am Monday, June 9. This, WSDOT says, is “to shift southbound traffic onto a new route through the State Route 99 tunnel project site.” That same weekend, two lanes of northbound I-5 will be closed just north of the WS Bridge for more expansion-joint work, and the 520 Bridge across Lake Washington will be closed, so that first weekend of June might be a great time to just not try to leave the peninsula.

WSDOT also has announced Highway 99 work that will include nighttime closures in the late summer:

This project will replace 81 concrete panels on the aged stretch of Highway 99 in the area shown above, between the West Seattle Bridge and the remaining elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct. From the project webpage:

In summer 2014, contractor crews will repair 81 concrete panels in both directions of State Route 99, between South Spokane and South Holgate streets in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. Crews also will grind down 198,000 square feet, approximately three and a half football fields, of wheel ruts. This project is similar to concrete grinding and replacement work we have done on I-5 in Kent, Seattle near the Ship Canal Bridge, and I-405 near Bellevue.

What can drivers expect?

• Weekend and weeknight lane closures in both directions of SR 99 between South Spokane and South Holgate streets

Right now, that work is not expected to start until August. Watch our weekday traffic coverage for reminders about upcoming projects as well as day-to-day updates.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday on the move

May 28, 2014 at 7:38 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Slow going this morning, though no specific situation is blamed.

SPEED-CAMERA INSTALLATION: If you missed the story on Tuesday – the two school-zone speed cameras announced almost a year ago for Roxbury are being installed starting today. However, the city says they won’t be activated until fall.

8:45 AM: Via scanner, there’s word of a crash in the outside eastbound lane “midspan” on the high bridge.

9:07 AM: We just checked Roxbury for any sign of the camera-installation crews that the city said would be starting work today. Not seeing anyone yet.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Tuesday updates

May 27, 2014 at 6:26 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Quiet on the roads here and beyond so far.

TRAFFIC NOTES: No major West Seattle road work announced for this week. SODO/Pioneer Square drivers/riders, take note that the Mariners are home all week (7:10 pm game tonight).

7:18 AM – ‘LOW BRIDGE’ ALERT: Via scanner – what the dispatcher described as a “disabled tractor-trailer” on the westbound low bridge.

7:44 AM: That’s clear now, according to SDOT.

Update: Driver cut from car hit south of The Junction

May 23, 2014 at 10:48 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 11 Comments

10:48 AM: Three people are hurt in a two-vehicle crash just south of The Junction, according to Seattle Fire. It’s in the 5000 block of California. More info when we get there.

10:56 AM: Emergency vehicles are blocking California at the crash scene parallel with the south end of the Rite-Aid lot.

11:05 AM: Police at the scene tell us a car coming out of the Rite-Aid lot was hit by another car headed south. The driver of the first car had to be cut out of it and is now in an ambulance. Police estimate it will be about half an hour before the scene is cleared and the road reopened.

12:35 PM: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore says the driver cut out of the car in our photo, a woman in her 50s, was in stable condition when taken to Harborview Medical Center by private ambulance, and that “two teenage males” were in the car that hit hers; one was taken to Virginia Mason by private ambulance, another by private car, both with minor injuries.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend info

May 23, 2014 at 6:27 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! The holiday weekend is in sight – but first, the Friday morning commute. Also, transit reminders for the holiday on Monday – both Metro and the West Seattle Water Taxi (as well as its shuttle buses) will be on Sunday schedules that day. The citywide alerts for the weekend, meantime, are here.

7:22 AM: Could be some NB I-5 trouble – a car fire is reported north of the bridge offramp.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday info and updates

May 22, 2014 at 6:25 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:25 AM: The holiday weekend is almost here! First, it’s time for Thursday’s traffic watch.

4:24 PM: Fairly quiet day on the roads, until now. Big emergency response has closed 14th Avenue South in South Park between Cloverdale and Henderson – a driver hit two pedestrians. Neither has major injuries, according to SFD. (Update: It reopened relatively quickly.)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday info and updates

May 21, 2014 at 7:05 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
“Uneventful” commute so far, as WSDOT’s Twitter account put it.

ROAD WORK: SDOT confirms that crews are expected back at Charlestown hill (west of California) today, between 46th and 47th.

7:31 AM: Crash reported (via the SFD 911 log) at Olson/Myers – no word how/whether it’s affecting traffic on the hill to/from 509.

8:08 AM: That call is closed on the 911 log and we haven’t heard anything further.

8:53 AM: SPD is/was back on bus-lane enforcement today, according to this Twitter exchange.

West Seattle road-work update: Genesee, Charlestown open again

May 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

4:27 PM: Just in case you were planning afternoon-commute detours – we checked the hills on Genesee (east of Avalon) and Charlestown (west of California) in the past hour and both are now open again, after traction-improvement work. Along with Olson, where crews worked last weekend, that makes three West Seattle roads where the work was done in the past week.

6:32 PM: And now we’re getting conflicting information from neighbors regarding the status of both sites, so we’re trying to reach city spokespeople/consultants for an accurate status beyond both hills being open *right now*.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: Ironically, the work crews have had trouble on the steep hills – and so the work’s on hold. SDOT promises updates.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday info and alerts

May 20, 2014 at 7:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:39 AM: No problems reported so far on the routes through/from West Seattle. Road-work reminder: Crews are expected to be working on both Charlestown (west of California) and Genesee (east of Avalon Way) today.

8:01 AM: From comments – bridge trouble, explained by D as: “Stalled truck on the bridge just before midspan.” (Not seeing it on the cameras, though.)

Followup: Charlestown hill traction work moves up; Genesee still set for tomorrow

May 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm | In Transportation, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

When the city announced a week ago that three stretches of West Seattle roadway would get traction-improvement work this month (along with other areas of the city), there was a warning that the dates were “subject to change.” Indeed, one date did change – thanks to Paula and Marc for the heads-up; in case you missed the mention in today’s traffic/transit watch, here’s your standalone advisory that the SW Charlestown traction-improvement work west of California SW, originally planned for this Thursday/Friday, is under way NOW. Side streets are all marked a block to the north and south with signage warning that access is for residents only. It’s expected to take two days.

The first West Seattle project on the list, Olson Place, happened as announced, over the weekend; we asked SDOT if the Charlestown acceleration would affect the remaining West Seattle project, SW Genesee east of Avalon Way, but spokesperson Marybeth Turner says Genesee is still scheduled to start tomorrow.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday info and alerts

May 19, 2014 at 7:31 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
An alert if you drive 1st Avenue South to get downtown – SDOT says signals are out in the stadium area for maintenance, so that’s going to slow things down:

SDOT says two signals on Alaskan Way are involved too, so don’t detour that way.

7:46 AM: West Seattle neighborhood traffic alert – though SDOT’s announcement of dates for traction-improvement work on local roads didn’t have Charlestown hill west of California SW scheduled until later this week, area resident Paula says the closure is being set up right now.

7:54 AM: Update from SDOT on those downtown signals:

Update: Man killed in motorcycle crash on northbound 99

May 18, 2014 at 11:35 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 11 Comments

11:35 PM: Northbound Highway 99 is closed in the stadium zone because of a crash involving a motorcycle. Police have closed the ramp from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge, too, since there’s no place to detour before that. Per radio communications, they’re working now to figure out how to reroute the traffic that is already on 99 and now stopped. The closure is likely to last a while, as the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been dispatched.

12:27 AM: The motorcycle rider was killed, according to SFD.

NOTE: Official updates have been scarce so far, so the highway might reopen before there’s official word; if you’re heading out early and want an update, you can check this camera to see if traffic has resumed on NB 99.

5:12 AM: According to citywide media, 99 has reopened.

10:56 AM: More details now via a report on SPD Blotter – the rider was a 34-year-old man pronounced dead at the scene (not yet identified by name); police found no evidence that another vehicle was involved, but believe speed was a factor.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT ALERTS: Alki Avenue SW closures for West Seattle 5K, Summer Streets

May 18, 2014 at 7:05 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

(WSB photo, signage on 59th at Alki)
One more reminder now that Sunday is here: Today’s the big doubleheader on Alki Avenue SW – the West Seattle 5K run/walk just after 9 am, closing the waterfront road to Duwamish Head until about 11, and then a shorter closure, Alki SW between 56th and 63rd, for the Seattle Summer Streets “car-free day” festival until 5 pm.

(SDOT map)
As always, we’ll have coverage all day, once things get going. And you can still be in the 5K (which we’re co-sponsoring again this year) even if you didn’t pre-register – the final signups start at 8 am by the Alki Bathhouse (map).

TRANSIT: Reroute information for today – Route 50 here; Water Taxi shuttle Route 775 here.

West Seattle development: Tower-crane takedown Saturday

May 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm | In Development, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

Right now, four tower cranes are working at West Seattle construction projects. After tomorrow, that’ll be down – temporarily – to three. Neighbors have been informed that the crane at the Blake Apartments (5020 California SW, just south of The Junction) is coming down tomorrow (Saturday). The work is scheduled to start at 5:30 am, with another crane being brought in to remove this one, and that’s likely to affect traffic in the area. The crane has been on site for 11 months. Its departure will leave cranes at Spruce (the former “Hole” at Fauntleroy/Alaska/39th, and the two projects in the heart of The Junction; next crane to arrive in West Seattle will likely be for 4435 35th SW, which, as reported here earlier this week, is just getting going – its developer, Trinsic, tells WSB they expect their tower crane to go up in July.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday on the move; Bike To Work Day

May 16, 2014 at 6:00 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
In honor of Bike to Work Day, we’re adding the camera closest to the low bridge’s West Seattle end:

From 6-9 am, three “commute stations” are welcoming riders in West Seattle and White Center – click the markers to find out more:

View Commute Stations — Bike to Work Day presented by F5 in a larger map

Fun and treats promised at all three stops. Other notes this morning:

WEEKEND ALERTS: Here’s the citywide list of weekend events that will or might affect traffic – among them, the West Seattle 5K (last day to register online!) and Seattle Summer Streets road-closing fun on Alki on Sunday – the full race route to and from Anchor Park will close Alki SW until 11 am, and then a smaller section, between 56th and 63rd SW, will be closed 11 am-5 pm.

TAKE THE POLL YET? As first mentioned here Thursday morning, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition wants to know which taxing option(s) you would use – from the ones the city has the authority to enact – if it were up to you to decide how to get money to avoid Metro cuts. Go take the poll here (before Tuesday morning).

9:13 AM NOTE: We stopped by the local Bike To Work Day stations – separate report coming up.

9:37 AM: If you use Airport Way – take note:

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; looking ahead

May 15, 2014 at 6:47 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:47 AM: Quiet on the routes through/from West Seattle, so far.

Looking ahead to tomorrow – it’ll be Bike To Work Day on Friday, with the usual “commute station” for bicyclists beneath the West Seattle Bridge, plus two in White Center; here’s the regional map.

Looking ahead to the weekend – remember that Sunday brings the West Seattle 5K (co-sponsored by WSB), closing Alki SW along the full route until about 11 am, and then between 56th and 63rd until 5 pm for the “car-free” Seattle Summer Streets event.

8:33 AM: If you haven’t headed out yet and usually take Fauntleroy from Morgan Junction or southward, we’ve received a report of a potential hazard – somebody standing out in the street in the Fauntleroy/Graham vicinity. En route to check it out.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; bridge crash

May 14, 2014 at 6:48 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 30 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:48 AM: Trouble on the bridge – thanks to everyone who’s reporting a crash at/near the top, described as blocking the bus lane and part of the lane to the left of it. No injuries.

7:20 AM: Still causing a backup. (Added – screengrab we snagged at the time, for posterity:)

Meanwhile, if you’re going to be on the road in SODO at midday today, remember that the Mariners have a day game.

7:29 AM: Thanks for comment updates, including bus rider reporting tow truck at crash scene. (Added – another screengrab for posterity:)

7:59 AM: After almost an hour and a half, the bridge crash has JUST cleared. Just last night, the “one stalled car/crash blocking thousands of commuters” problem was among the questions the West Seattle Transportation Coalition had for Mayor Murray’s transportation adviser Andrew Glass Hastings; our story’s coming up later (spoiler alert on that point, no clear answer).

8:14 AM: As commenters are pointing out – there’s still a residual backup, so if you can wait to leave, that’s still good advice. We also were asked if SDOT tweeted about the crash (here’s the context for asking) – the first tweet we see was at 7:42 am, an hour after the earliest reports we received.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday on the move

May 13, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
As we start today’s traffic watch, some news notes:

BUYING BUS SERVICE? Following up on King County Executive Dow Constantine‘s Metro announcements Monday, Mayor Ed Murray is set to go public with his plan at 9 this morning. And then tonight at 6, it’s the closest public meeting a County Council will have on the cuts that are in the works all the while. And at 6:30 here in West Seattle, the mayor’s transportation adviser is the guest at the next West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting.

ROAD WORK AHEAD: Announced Monday by SDOT – traction-improvement ahead for three local stretches of road, starting this weekend.

West Seattle road work: Traction-improvement work announced for stretches of Genesee, Charlestown, Olson

May 12, 2014 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 12 Comments

You’ll recall that, when announcing recent concrete-panel-replacement work on SW Charlestown west of California and SW Genesee east of Avalon, SDOT mentioned it would be followed up by work to improve traction on those steep hills. The department has just announced a work schedule for those two stretches and one other in West Seattle that had recent panel replacement (as well as others around town):

The Seattle Department of Transportation will grind the concrete street surface to improve traction for safety at multiple locations around the city from May 15 through May 29. Work will take place during weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. with the exception of some weekend work, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dates for each location are subject to change depending on work progress or other factors. Flaggers will be on site at road closures to provide local access and guidance. The locations were selected based on traction vulnerability due to heavy rain, snow or ice.

May 17-18:
Olson Place SW between SW Cambridge Street and First Avenue South (one lane of traffic open in both directions)

Work zone is in the northbound lanes of Olson Place SW between Fourth Avenue SW and Second Avenue SW.

May 20-21:
SW Genesee Street between SW Avalon Way and Delridge Way SW (local access only)

Work zone is SW Genesee Street between SW Avalon Way and 30th Avenue SW.

Eastbound traffic detoured via SW Avalon Way, SW Yancy Street, 28th Avenue SW, SW Andover Street, and Delridge Way SW.

Westbound traffic detoured via Delridge Way SW, SW Andover Street, 28th Avenue SW, SW Yancy Street, and SW Avalon Way.

May 22-23:
SW Charlestown Street between 49th Avenue SW and California Avenue SW (local access only)

Work zone is SW Charlestown Street between 47th Avenue SW and 45th Avenue SW.

Eastbound traffic detoured via 49th Avenue SW, SW Admiral Way, and California Avenue SW.

Westbound traffic detoured via California Avenue SW, SW Admiral Way, and 49th Avenue SW.

SDOT’s full news release also includes the three non-West Seattle stretches where this work is scheduled.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; Highland Park Way crash; I-5 fire

May 12, 2014 at 7:01 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 21 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:01 AM: Quiet, sunny commute right now in and beyond West Seattle. An earlier problem on the Highland Park Way hill is reported to have cleared – please let us know if you’re seeing otherwise.

7:20 AM: We’re on our way to check firsthand but in the meantime, we just got a call that traffic is OK coming up the Highland Park Way hill toward HP, but that it’s still blocked headed out (downhill).

7:41 AM: Still closed and the closure might last a while – it appears that the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on scene.

7:53 AM: Andrea reports in comments that an uphill lane has been opened for downhill traffic – that’ll still be slow going. Meantime, unusual hazard reported via scanner at Delridge/Roxbury – “man who keeps running in and out of traffic.”

8:26 PM: The aforementioned person is now the subject of a medical call. Meantime, we’re headed back to Highland Park Way for a status check. Haven’t heard back from SPD for more details on the crash. One more note – if you are I-5 bound, there might be something of a distraction on the southbound side just north of the bridge – a vehicle-fire call.

8:31 AM: Our crew says the top of the hill is completely closed off – we’re not seeing the possible downhill lane. Meantime, Seattle Fire spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl tells us the crash victim is a 34-year-old man taken to the hospital “in serious condition.” And the aforementioned southbound I-5 incident near I-90 is now described as a truck fully involved in flames – lots of smoke too (see this traffic cam)

9:01 AM: Again, the I-5 situation is on the southbound side, but certainly a distraction if nothing else on the northbound side:

10:26 AM: SPD spokesperson Patrick Michaud says the Highland Park Way scene is now clear. He says the driver suffered a “life-threatening head injury.”


May 9, 2014 at 6:50 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! Aside from the breezy weather, nothing much of note so far during the commute. Weekend notes:

CITYWIDE TRAFFIC ALERTS: Here’s the weekly SDOT roundup of what’s happening around the city that might affect traffic. This also now includes construction notes (the weekend-long closure of westbound 520 is among them).

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: Neighborhoods around West Seattle will be bustling 9 am-3 pm tomorrow with more than 280 sales of all sizes (as mapped here) in the 10th annual WSCGSD (coordinated by WSB).

And a bit of transportation news in case you missed it here Thursday:

LIGHT RAIL FOR WEST SEATTLE? See what Sound Transit is looking at in its study of the south “corridor” that could include West Seattle, White Center, and points south.

7:28 AM: Thanks to Mike for this note – if you drive SW Charlestown west of California SW, a car is partly blocking the road near 51st SW.

He says a note on it says a tow truck is on the way – but in the meantime, you have to go into the oncoming lane to get around it, precarious to say the least.


May 8, 2014 at 7:08 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:08 AM: On commute watch as usual, and nothing out of the ordinary so far.

7:18 AM: Via Twitter, Paul reports police are back on the bridge for bus-lane enforcement again today.

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

May 7, 2014 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
As we keep an eye on this morning’s traffic and transit, midweek is when we usually would start reminding you about major road-work projects for the weekend. Nothing’s scheduled for West Seattle or adjacent routes, but if the Eastside is in your weekend plans, take note that the westbound 520 bridge will close all weekend for work on its under-construction replacement.

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY: Today’s the day, and we know of at least two West Seattle schools organizing special rides to school. We’ve already mentioned the plan for Alki Elementary, which will have Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda along for one of its bike trains, both of which are scheduled to meet just before 8 am at 59th and Alki, so please be extra watchful in that area; we also got word that Schmitz Park Elementary is participating again, with multiple rides being led to school. Any other local schools participating today? Please let us know ( or 206-293-6302) – thanks!

8:10 AM: Added a photo of one of the Bike To School groups waiting for another one at Alki in the sunshine. By the way, Safe Routes to School (biking, walking, etc.) projects in West Seattle are part of the discussion at tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting, 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (More later in a separate report on this morning’s Bike To School events.)

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