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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday, with Vice Presidential visit updates

March 21, 2016 6:07 am
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6:07 AM: Good morning! The first Monday of spring is under way (and rainy). Notes for today:

WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: The system is now on its spring schedule, which began Sunday.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: VP Joe Biden is coming to Seattle today for an event with Sen. Patty Murray as well as a visit to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Since that means potential traffic effects when he’s in transit – for times, the Boeing Field VIP advisory is usually the best source; it cites a window of roughly 10:30 am-3:40 pm, “subject to change.”

10:24 AM: Preps are under way as the Vice President’s arrival nears. Remember that the West Seattle Bridge exits by/to I-5 close for the motorcade. WSDOT is providing updates via Twitter:

We’ll update once we hear he’s on the ground and on the move.

11:18 AM: Regional media says he’s arrived.

11:45 AM: Northbound Battery Street Tunnel is closed because of a crash – not related to the VP’s visit; he’s reported to have now arrived downtown, via I-5.

3:02 PM: VP Biden is at Fred Hutch – arriving later than planned, so we don’t know what that means to the rest of his schedule – but that means the next leg of his journey will be to Boeing Field.

Be mindful of freeway ramp closures from the West Seattle Bridge, again.

4:50 PM: The VP’s late-starting Fred Hutch visit is reported to be wrapping up.

5:20 PM: WSDOT is reporting I-5 closures – so the motorcade is or will shortly be on the move.

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6:35 AM: Happy Friday! Just checked; no incidents in our area or on outbound routes, so far.

6:53 AM: Metro reminds us via Twitter that this is Transit Driver Appreciation Day.

7:15 AM: We mentioned earlier this week that some high-profile campaigning is planned here in the week ahead, with the Democratic caucuses coming up one week from tomorrow (March 26th), and that tends to mean potential traffic effects. Last night, the Bernie Sanders campaign announced he’s headed this way, for a Sunday (March 20th) rally at KeyArena. Hillary Clinton is coming to the area Tuesday but has only announced a private fundraiser in Medina. And Vice President Joe Biden is due here Monday, with stops reported to include a Sen. Patty Murray fundraiser and a visit to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


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6:46 AM: No incidents reported so far in or from West Seattle.

7:34 AM: Still quiet on the outbound routes.

9:05 AM: Thanks to Mark for sending word of a crash in northbound lanes on 35th just north of Morgan. Apparently no injuries, as there’s nothing on the SFD 911 log.


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6:47 AM: Good morning – again today, the day starts with no incidents reported in/from West Seattle.

LOOKING AHEAD: A few notes for the days ahead – with the Democratic caucuses on March 26th, candidate/campaign visits are expected next week, including Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, March 22nd, and Vice President Joe Biden one day before that (we will of course be watching for times/routes when that all gets closer). … We’re now a week and a half from Metro‘s March 26th spring service change, which includes the splitting of RapidRide C Line (which will thereafter go to South Lake Union) and D Line – if you’re not already steeped in the details, find them here.

7:29 AM: We’re covering the 4th/Roxbury fire separately but if we discover any traffic effects as we get closer, we’ll make note here.

7:49 AM: The fire is in a residential area off the south/westbound side of Olson/Roxbury – the outside lane in that direction has a couple SFD units but traffic the other way, toward 509, is not affected at all.

11:54 AM: Driving around, we just saw two things you might want to know: Avalon is down to one lane each way between Fauntleroy and 35th; Yancy east of Avalon is closed. Utility work in both cases.


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6:34 AM: Good morning! So far, no incidents in/from West Seattle.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-storm Monday; Highland Park Way & Morgan flipped-car crashes

(10:53 AM UPDATE: Highland Park Way and Morgan have both reopened, post-crashes)

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6:28 AM: Good morning! While Seattle City Light is still working on outages around the city, the map does not show any remaining in West Seattle that would seem to affect this morning’s commute – but please let us know if you discover otherwise (206-293-6302 text or voice, when you can use the phone safely/legally – from the passenger seat or after you get where you’re going) – thank you. Meantime, no incidents in the area, and for Eastside-bound commuters, yes, the 520 Bridge *did* reopen early this morning after wind-damage repairs.

6:42 AM: Just texted (thanks!) – the Delridge/Henderson signal is in flashing-red mode. (If you see a signal out, or road hazard, please report to SDOT at 206-684-ROAD, and then let us know.)

7:05 AM: Heavy rescue call for a crash at West Marginal/Highland Park Way. Avoid the hill. One tipster says it’s a multiple-car crash. We’re en route.

7:26 AM: It will be closed a while – serious enough that the special investigation team is being called out. Police are blocking the hill both ways. 8th southbound to Roxbury is jammed.

7:48 AM: Olson/Myers light is still flashing red and that’s making Roxbury backup worse.

7:54 AM: We finally made it to West Marginal/Highland Park Way. W. Marginal is open both ways. It’s the Highland Park Way hill that’s blocked off, and of course the turn to Highland Park.

SFD spokesperson Corey Orvold is here and just told our photographer that two cars are involved, each with one person inside, a 19-year-old woman in one, 21-year-old man in the other, and he has been taken to Harborview. Photo added – the crash scene is about 100 yards up the hill south/SW of Pioneer Industries, and debris is strewn across the roadway, so once the investigators are done, there will be a significant cleanup too.

8:08 AM: And for further verification that it will be closed a while:

8:23 AM: Bicycle riders and pedestrians are being allowed on the downhill HP Way sidewalk.

9:01 AM: New rollover crash reported – via scanner, 34th/Morgan, “vehicle hit a parked car and is flipped over on its top.”


9:16 AM: Morgan is blocked from just east of 35th SW to Lanham – we’ve added a photo of the flipped car, which is in the eastbound lane. The parked car the driver hit is on the westbound side of Morgan:


No major injuries so far as we can tell – a private ambulance is at the scene.

9:34 AM: Metro has sent an alert that Route 128 is routed off Orchard/Sylvan/Morgan between Delridge and 35th because of the aforementioned crash.

10:10 AM: Highland Park Way is reopening both ways, according to police discussion monitored via scanner – the post-crash cleanup is over.

10:53 AM: Metro has just sent the alert that it’s back to normal service on Morgan/Sylvan/Orchard, so that scene has cleared too.


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6:35 AM: Good morning! No incidents on the routes through or from West Seattle so far.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME REMINDER: Saturday night/Sunday morning at 2 am, we “spring forward” an hour.

6:38 AM: Trouble on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route, just tweeted by Washington State Ferries:

The 6:40am departure from Vashon to Fauntleroy is cancelled due to a shortage of Coast Guard documented crew. Replacements are being dispatched. This will also cancel the 7:05 am departure from Fauntleroy to Vashon. The next departure from Fauntleroy to Vashon is 6:50 am. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will occur when more information is available.

6:48 AM: Thanks to Thomas for e-mailing about a small power outage – 15 customers (homes) in Seaview, surrounding 45th/46th/Graham. No signals on that stretch, so it shouldn’t affect traffic. He reports hearing a distant boom just before it started.

7:06 AM: Update from WSF: “The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will return to full service with the 7:30am departure from Vashon to Southworth.”

7:14 AM: The backup will take a while to clear – via Twitter, @SudsyMaggie says, “Line is 2+ miles long on Vashon! Past the fire station and around the corner.”

7:58 AM: We’re headed downtown for a City Hall meeting this morning and can report the bridge is moving relatively well – we’re just off it at 4th Avenue South, barely 15 minutes after leaving Upper Fauntleroy. (Updating from the passenger seat, of course.)

8:01 AM: Traffic alert downtown for tomorrow, with a local angle: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes down 4th Avenue at 12:30 pm, and three local schools have marching bands in it, according to the running order: Denny International Middle School, West Seattle High School, and Chief Sealth International High School.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATES: Highland Park Way, West Seattle Bridge

5:43 PM: If you’re about to head home … you might want to wait a while. We’ve received multiple reports of a backup on Highland Park Way, uphill/westbound, where the 911 log shows a crash blocking a lane; also, SDOT has just tweeted about a crash on the westbound West Seattle Bridge, Fauntleroy end.

6:25 PM: We don’t have an update on HP Way yet, but SDOT says the westbound West Seattle Bridge incident is now cleared.

TRAFFIC/WEATHER: Wind advisory for today, too

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6:12 AM: Good morning – we’re watching weather as well as traffic this morning; a “wind advisory” was added overnight and is in effect until 4 pm, with gusts up to 50 mph. Charge everything! That’s in addition to the “coastal flood advisory” until 8 am. If the weather causes any serious problems, such as power outages, we’ll break out to a separate report, but for now we’ll track it along with the usual early-morning traffic watch. If you see trees/wires down, power out, or other storm effects, once you’ve reported to 911 (or City Light), let us know – 206-293-6302.

7:04 AM: We’ve been out checking on the wind/tide effects. Main one so far: Waves are crashing over the Constellation Park stretch of Beach Drive:
7:33 AM: Waterfront residents, at least on the west-facing side of West Seattle, are dealing with the tide’s aftermath, as Beach Drive Blog shows. We meantime also went over to the north-facing shore to check on the Alki Beach promenade was getting some spillover but nothing too dramatic:

No traffic trouble so far, meantime.

8:36 AM: From Paul Brannan, a view of the tide rolling all the way up to beach houses on Fauntleroy Cove that usually have a sand buffer:

10:48 AM: The crash that has closed Sylvan Way will clear as soon as tow trucks arrive.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates

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6:29 AM: Good morning – no incidents so far today on the routes in or from West Seattle.

8:45 AM: Still a normal commute on this side of the city. If you’re seeing SFD units in the Gatewood Elementary area (Myrtle/California), they’re checking out a possible electrical problem but haven’t traced its source yet.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday on the move

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6:30 AM: Good morning! You can’t see it in the cameras but if you have a southeast view, check out the sunrise colors. So far, no incidents in or from West Seattle.

8:53 AM: I-5 northbound has a lane blocked right before I-90, which might cause some backups because of the proximity to the West Seattle Bridge offramp. Otherwise, a relatively “normal” commute; rain is due back this afternoon.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch; bridge crash

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6:30 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle reported so far this morning.

LOOKING AHEAD: No scheduled closures to preview for the week, so far, but we’re noting that it’ll be darker this time *next* Monday (but lighter in the evening) because Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 am Sunday.

6:39 AM: Thanks to the texter (206-293-6302 if you’re a passenger) who just reported a crash on the eastbound bridge: “Two cars rear-ended each other in the middle lane right after the top of the bridge.” Now seeing that SFD has been dispatched too.

6:47 AM: No injuries, so the SFD units have already cleared from the scene.

7:09 AM: SDOT says it’s not seeing the crash aftermath and “volumes appear normal” for this time of the morning.

8:30 AM: No incidents reported since then, but it’s a sluggish morning overall around the region, according to the citywide traffic reporters, so be aware of that.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Viaduct open, but Highway 99 north of downtown is closed until noon

March 6, 2016 6:18 am
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Just to clarify where things stand on Highway 99 this morning:

As announced Saturday evening, the Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection is over. So Highway 99 from here to the north end of downtown is open.

But as previously scheduled (and mentioned in our advance alerts), the Hot Chocolate Run has closed Highway 99 both ways until noon today from the Battery Street Tunnel northward. As WSDOT explains, “The closure starts at the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and ends just south of the Woodland Park Zoo.” So if you’re heading north on 99, until that closure ends, you’ll have to exit at Western.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Bridge crash clears

March 5, 2016 2:12 pm
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2:12 PM: If you were planning on heading east – wait a while if you possibly can. The crash shown in the SDOT image above is blocking lanes and backing up traffic, which means extra trouble since the Alaskan Way Viaduct remains closed for its twice-yearly inspection.

2:58 PM: We’re seeing a tow truck in the live image – shouldn’t be too much longer.

3:12 PM: And … it’s clear.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend 99 closures

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6:52 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle right now. One more reminder about the Alaskan Way Viaduct/Highway 99 closures this weekend – the Viaduct closes 6 am-6 pm Saturday, and again 6 am-6 pm Sunday if needed, for its twice-a-year inspection; Highway 99 north of the Battery Street Tunnel closes 6 am-noon Sunday for the Hot Chocolate Run. Here are full details; and here’s the info about bus reroutes.


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6:14 AM: We start this morning with an incident at Delridge/Orchard. A texter says it’s a collision involving a bicycle rider. We’re on our way to find out.

6:30 AM: The medical call at the intersection has closed, meaning SFD crews are no longer involved.

6:33 AM: Our crew has arrived and the scene’s completely clear – no police, either. If anyone had been seriously hurt, investigators would still be on scene; we’ll call around later this morning to follow up. Meantime:

WEEKEND VIADUCT/HIGHWAY 99 REMINDER: WSDOT plans its twice-yearly inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, starting Saturday 6 am-6 pm and continuing Sunday 6 am-6 pm if needed; separate from the inspection, Highway 99 will be closed both ways north of the Battery Street Tunnel 6 am-noon on Sunday for the Hot Chocolate Runget the specifics here.

7:52 AM: Commenters are reporting a truck problem on NB 99 “at the top of the S-curves.”

7:54 AM: SDOT now finally has this:

7:58 AM: … and now SDOT says it’s cleared but “residual backup remains.”

8:45 AM: Again this morning, we’re getting reports that the northbound school-zone lights on Fauntleroy by Gatewood Elementary aren’t working, but that the speed cam seems to be. We’ve asked those who mentioned this to be sure to report it to SDOT, but if they did, it hasn’t been fixed yet, so we’re checking with SDOT and should have a separate story later today.


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6:34 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported currently in or from West Seattle. Reminders:

BUS-LANE CRACKDOWN THIS MORNING: Today’s the day that SPD plans a bus-lane enforcement operation, 7-9 am.

VIADUCT CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: The semi-annual inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will shut it down Saturday 6 am-6 pm and possibly also Sunday; that day will begin, separate from the inspection, with a closure north of the Battery Street Tunnel for the Hot Chocolate Run. Full details here.

7:20 AM: One more reminder for tonight – if you’ve got questions about the upcoming Fauntleroy Expressway closures to re-replace earthquake-safety cushions (here’s our most-recent story), a briefing is part of the Southwest District Council meeting tonight, 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building (Senior Center) in The Junction.

7:54 PM: Thanks for the text (206-293-6302 any time)! If you’re noticing SFD at 41st/42nd/Alaska (SDOT cam here), it’s an automatic fire alarm call in the Altamira/QFC/etc. building.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: March’s stormy start

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6:03 AM: Welcome to March! The National Weather Service has a wind advisory out for later today, noon-9 pm. Here’s what else you should know as the day begins:

Water Taxi fares increase today – see the new prices here
Advance alert of bus-lane enforcement on the bridge tomorrow morning
-Remember the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closing for its twice-yearly inspection this weekend
-The megaship that arrived at Harbor Island yesterday is due to head back out this morning around 8 am.

7:39 AM: Thanks to Living In The Wild West for the comment tip – we’ve just confirmef the signals at Avalon/Harbor/Spokane are flashing. Not a major backup factor so far as we can tell.

8:26 AM: A vehicle fire at California/Fauntleroy has led to a call for police to help direct traffic. We’re headed over to find out more.

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8:32 AM: Not a major fire – the vehicle is blocking a northbound lane on California just south of Fauntleroy; SFD has already left but SPD is with it.

8:37 AM: We had a question earlier about a backup on the Fauntleroy approach to the bridge. In comments, CandrewB says there is (or was) a crash by Nucor. Neither SDOT – which is checking now that we mentioned it – nor any of the other dozen-plus sources we monitor had any word of it, so we didn’t either.

10:30 AM: Crash reported on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct, blocking the two left lanes at Seneca.

10:31 AM: Also sounds from the scanner like there’s a problem on Fairmount Avenue in the ravine and there’ll be traffic control added at Harbor to keep people from heading partway up and having to turn around.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: February finale; megaship watch

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6:30 AM: Welcome to the final day of February. A few notes to start:

BIGGEST SHIP EVER TO STOP HERE: If you’re watching for the Benjamin Franklin – it’s just starting to pass north Bainbridge Island, per MarineTraffic.com.

VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: This Saturday is the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s next inspection closure, 6 am-6 pm. Sunday only if needed, as WSDOT told the West Seattle Transportation Coalition last week.

WATER TAXI FARES RISE TOMORROW: March 1st brings a fare increase for the Water Taxi – see the West Seattle rates (new in blue) here.

7:07 AM: Car fire on NB I-5’s “collector-distributor” by Dearborn – could affect traffic north of the bridge. Meantime, the Benjamin Franklin is now in Elliott Bay. We just passed groups of shipwatchers at vantage points including Luna/Anchor Park. Separate story later, but for now, we’ll be updating here.

7:28 AM: It’s now southward, headed for Harbor Island. We’re watching from Jack Block. Check our Twitter feed for photos.

7:54 AM: And it’s now in the East Waterway, arriving at Harbor Island. Our last view from JB Park:

Meantime, rain’s returned.

8:24 AM: Motorcycle vs. semitruck crash reported on Harbor Island, 16th SW and SW Lander.

8:35 AM: Sounds like the motorcycle rider, a 31-year-old man, will be OK – hand and arm injuries, per scanner.

8:59 AM: One more note about the big boat – thanks for the photos! – we’ll be including a gallery with our coverage of the welcoming event that’s coming up at the Port later this morning.

UPDATE: Pole trouble in 4800 block Delridge Way

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3:13 PM: Thanks for the tips – a utility pole in the 4100 block of Delridge is apparently leaning far enough over to be a risk, and one tipster says police are blocking off southbound Delridge there. We’re on our way to check it out.

3:16 PM: Update via scanner – Delridge is being blocked both ways, and traffic is being diverted west to 25th.

3:32 PM: Update – this is actually in the 4800 block of Delridge, just south of Edmunds. Adding a photo. If you are heading southbound, you’ll have to turn onto Edmunds; we’re off to check where it’s blocked on the NB side.

3:44 PM: On the northbound side of Delridge, it’s blocked at Hudson. If you detour to 25th or 26th, please go slow – as Tina points out in the comment section, it’s residential (and 26th is a greenway).

5:33 PM: Still closed but City Light is on scene fixing.

6:36 PM: We just went by one more time, and the work is done, road is reopened.

West Seattle Friday: What’s up today/tonight

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The weekend’s in view, and here’s where it begins – with Friday highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and archives:

RESTAURANT OPENING: As first reported here three weeks ago, Meander’s has returned, taking over what was Kokoras Greek Grill in Morgan Junction, whose owners sold the restaurant, to retire. Opening day was scheduled to start at 8 am. (6400 California SW)

LOUISA BOREN K-8 STEM TOURS: Two sets of tours this morning – 9:30-11 am for prospective K-5 families, 10:15-11:45 am for prospective middle school families. More here. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS @ EASY STREET: The hip-hop duo’s new album is out today and they’ll be at Easy Street Records tonight for one hour of signing (not performing). ESR has published this “what you need to know list” including, most importantly, if you pre-ordered and are on the list of people who get to meet them, you’ve already been notified. Line starts at 5, signing at 6, and ESR says they’re out of here after an hour. (California/Alaska)


It’s Family Movie Night at Highland Park Elementary! We will be showing “The Good Dinosaur.” The cost is $1. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 6:30 pm. There will be popcorn and baked goods for sale, and a huge raffle. All are welcome!

(1012 SW Trenton)

PLAY GAMES! Three groups meet tonight at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor), at 6:30 and 7 pm – see the sidebar lineup on the Meeples home page and drop in if you’re interested; RSVPs are cool too. (3727 California SW)

ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: “An eclectic mix of originals” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. (5612 California SW)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: If you’re interested in helping shape how the city’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) happens – 8 pm tonight is your deadline to apply to be on one of the “community focus groups” the city is setting up. Details are in our original report.

CASCADIAN DIRT ROCK AND DRAMACORE … are the genres for tonight’s live, no-cover bands at Parliament Tavern, 8:30 pm – Devils Hunt Me Down and Spit in the Well. (4210 SW Admiral Way)


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6:59 AM: Heading for the heart of the commute, we have a report of a crash blocking one lane on northbound 99 at Lander.

7:06 AM: The vehicles are now on the shoulder (as our fifth camera above shows).

7:15 AM – WEEKEND REMINDER: If you’ll be out late Saturday night-early Sunday, remember the lane closures on northbound I-5 between Highway 599 and I-90 – details are on the right side of this WSDOT alert page.

7:35 AM – JUNCTION REMINDER FOR TONIGHT: Between 5 and 7 pm, you’ll see a crowd outside Easy Street Records at California/Alaska because of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis signing event. ESR has published this “what you need to know” list – including, if you’re on THE list to get in, you’ve already been notified.

8:18 AM: The Highway 99 crash that’s been on the shoulder for an hour-plus has finally cleared, says SDOT.

SPEAKING OF HIGHWAY 99 – ALERTS FOR NEXT WEEKEND: As first reported here last night, the next Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure will be a week from tomorrow, 6 am-6 pm Saturday, March 5th with Sunday in reserve just in case WSDOT needs more time); Sunday, March 6th, is already set for morning closures NORTH OF the Battery Street Tunnel for the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K run.

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