Road-work alert updates: 35th SW paving next two days; Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closures October 18-19

October 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

Two road-work alerts we’ve discovered since today’s traffic watch:

35TH SW: Big lighted signboard advises road work is scheduled for 35th SW between Cambridge and Roxbury tomorrow and Friday, 7 am-7 pm. No SDOT announcement otherwise, so we have a message out to find out more, and will add the details when we get them. 2:24 PM update: SDOT says it’s paving and is about to send out this announcement:

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will work on 35th Avenue Southwest between Southwest Roxbury and Southwest Cambridge streets on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10. They will grind and repave the asphalt part of the street. (The street is part concrete and part asphalt.) One lane will remain open in each direction. Work hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SDOT tells us there is also a tentative plan, weather permitting, to pave 35th between Morgan and Juneau the week of October 21st.

(back to original report) ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT INSPECTION CLOSURES: Found in the fine print of the weekly Construction Lookahead, the next Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closures are penciled in for 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Foggy (in spots) Wednesday; VP arrival tonight

October 8, 2014 at 6:47 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Foggy again in some spots, though the bridge/99 views look clearer today than they did at this time on Tuesday.

LANE CLOSURE REMINDER: Today’s the day SDOT plans to close the Spokane Street Viaduct‘s inside eastbound lane 10 am-2 pm, between 4th and 1st, for repairs.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to arrive this evening and stay through early tomorrow afternoon. The Boeing Field advisory indicates he’s arriving in the 6 pm hour tonight.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: What’s happening with SDOT‘s proposal to change RapidRide C Line routing in the heart of The Junction? Here’s the latest

7:44 AM: Regular user of the low bridge? Just another reminder that SDOT now has a separate Twitter feed for bridge closures around the area (and tweeted just a few minutes ago that the low bridge is closed) at @SDOTbridges.

Traffic alert: Southbound Battery Street Tunnel reopens after crash

October 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

6:24 PM: If you’re heading this way from north of downtown – note that a crash has closed the southbound Battery Street Tunnel. Traffic is being diverted off at Denny Way, just before the tunnel.

7:18 PM: SDOT says a tow truck has arrived and the scene should be cleared soon.

7:40 PM: The tunnel has reopened.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Foggy Tuesday; Olson/Myers crash

October 7, 2014 at 6:57 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Foggy as we head for the heart of the commute, and that’s the biggest challenge this morning, so far.

7:23 AM: For our Vashon Island friends – King County advises the Vashon Water Taxi is running up to 15 minutes late because of the fog. No advisories re: West Seattle, so far.

7:50 AM: If you’re headed toward Highway 509 via Roxbury and vicinity – note that police and fire are responding to a “heavy rescue” call at Olson and Myers. More when we get it.

7:55 AM: “Heavy rescue” means emergency responders might have to cut someone out of the wreckage – but scanner conversation says the people in the vehicle got out OK and won’t need that, so some SFD units are being canceled. A private ambulance is being called. Still likely to be affecting traffic.

8:50 AM – VICE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: We’ll hit this again tomorrow, but note that Vice President Biden‘s visit will be Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon, at least according to our interpretation of the Boeing Field advisory.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: October’s first Monday

October 6, 2014 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Welcome to a new week! Perhaps the biggest traffic note of the day, so far, would be expectations that the pm commute might ramp up a bit earlier tonight, with Seahawks fans trying to get to wherever they plan to watch tonight’s game (5:30 pm vs. Washington)

TRANSPORTATION NEWS OVER THE WEEKEND: Want to help look at the “big picture” in The Junction – what it would take to truly be a “transit community”? Join a tour and conversation Saturday … Speaking of The Junction, a signal-sequence change has drawn attention … Here are two alerts for later this week.

8:50 AM UPDATE: Northbound I-5 has a lane-blocking crash described as “south of I-90,” so that’s likely to be affecting the offramp from the east end of the bridge.

8:58 AM UPDATE: WSDOT says the crash has cleared.

Two traffic alerts for next week: SSV & VP

October 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

Looking ahead to next week, two traffic alerts that might give you cause to plan ahead:

SPOKANE STREET VIADUCT: Just announced by SDOT:

Roadway Structures Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will close the left-hand, eastbound lane on the Spokane Street Viaduct from Fourth Avenue South to First Avenue South on October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. The closure will allow crews to make pavement repairs on the viaduct.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: VP Joe Biden’s still on for a visit to Seattle next week, on Thursday (October 9). The full schedule hasn’t been announced but we do know he’s expected at a noon fundraising event for U.S. Senate candidates at the Convention Center downtown.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend preview

October 3, 2014 at 7:02 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! Nothing out of the ordinary in the routes through/from West Seattle so far.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Short and sweet – no major road work, as WSDOT says the Highway 99 work is done for now. The SDOT citywide weekend-alert list is short, too.

7:41 AM: SDOT reports a stall on the right shoulder of the eastbound bridge at the Delridge onramp. They’ve turned one of the cameras toward it – the one at top right of our four-camera display above – for now, anyway.

8:10 AM: Thanks for the sunrise photos this morning, after the beautiful sunset last night. This one is from Carolyn Newman:

Any time you need sunrise/sunset/moonrise/moonset times, forecasts, tides, the WSB West Seattle Weather page can help.

9:56 AM: Seen while driving through The Triangle a short time ago:

Here’s our Thursday report on that.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates and road reminders

October 2, 2014 at 6:36 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
None of the trouble spots so far this morning are in our area. So while we keep watch on the commute ahead, here’s what else you should know:

SCHOOL-ZONE CAMERAS START TICKETING: After a month of issuing “warning” citations, the two new speed cameras on Roxbury start issuing “real” tickets today. Here’s our report from Monday.

OVERNIGHT HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: With the rain past, WSDOT is back on track with its overnight partial Highway 99 closures for road-surface work. Tonight, it’s scheduled to close northbound 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and the stadium zone, 10 pm-5 am, which means bus reroutes, as well as the closure of the exit from the eastbound bridge.

JUNCTION/TRIANGLE NOTE: As mentioned here Wednesday, the tower crane for Spruce (the former “Hole” site at Fauntleroy/Alaska/39th) is coming down today, which might have some effects – if only the lookie-loo factor – at that busy intersection.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Our partners at The Seattle Times take a closer look at the new monorail proposal you’ll see on the November ballot.

8:41 AM: Headed downtown again, for Day 3 of the development-appeal hearing we’ve been covering. (Our report on Day 2 goes live in a few minutes.) Two traffic notes as we head north: There’s a broken-down semi-truck on W. Marginal Way S. just before the exit to the northbound 1st Avenue S. Bridge. Could get dicey. Also, the low-hanging cables over Trenton at 25th – just east of Westwood Village – are still a hazard:

Neighbors say this was reported last night; police came out and put the streamers on, but the cable is still dangerously low. We’re going to try to find out if repairs are planned; this would seem like the kind of hazard that could and should be reported via 206-684-ROAD.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates

October 1, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 10 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The commute is on – nothing out of the ordinary on routes through/from West Seattle so far.

DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT REMINDER: Seawall work resumes today and that means changes along the downtown waterfront, some involving transportation. Here’s the SDOT reminder.

8:42 AM: We’re commuting downtown again today (second day of the 3078 Avalon appeal hearing – here’s our report on day 1) and while the bridge was OK, 4th Avenue is more sluggish than we’ve experienced before, including several light cycles to get off the overpass and onto 4th.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday on the move

September 30, 2014 at 6:52 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 15 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Nothing unusual on routes through/from West Seattle right now.

ROAD WORK: If weather permits, the state plans to close northbound 99 tonight between the West Seattle Bridge and the stadium zone, 10 pm-5 am.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: County Council members announced in dueling news releases Monday that they have taken action described as “sending back to committee” or “canceling” the February 2015 Metro bus cuts (which were to include killing Route 22), pending the outcome of the county budget process. Seattle Times (WSB partner) transportation reporter Mike Lindblom sorts it out, including possible implications for the transit-funding ballot measure you’ll be considering in a few weeks.

7:02 AM: Via Twitter, @cdawg2610 reports a possible stalled car on the eastbound bridge by the 99 overpass.

7:47 AM: The stalled vehicle is still there – in the left lane, per SDOT. You can also see it (as of this writing) on the WSDOT Spokane St. camera. The “low bridge” has just opened for marine traffic, so that’s not a good option right at the moment. The 1st Avenue S. bridge is showing its share of brake lights.

8:12 AM: SDOT just tweeted that the stalled vehicle has been cleared, but as always, “residual backups” remain.

8:42 AM: We’re headed downtown for a story this morning, so we’re trying the “back route.” After 25 minutes from Upper Fauntleroy, headed to the 1st Avenue S. Bridge via Highland Park and then 4th Avenue S., we are almost to 4th/Spokane.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: What’s in view for Monday

September 29, 2014 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 12 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Welcome to a brand-new week. The traffic watch is on. And so is the look ahead:

OVERNIGHT HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: If it’s not canceled for weather or another reason, work is scheduled overnight tonight on southbound 99, closing that side of the highway between our bridge and the stadium zone, 10 pm-5 am.

METRO REMINDER: The September service change took effect on Saturday. No West Seattle routes were among the cuts/reductions, but if you transfer to/from other routes, you might want to doublecheck the list.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: The West Seattle Transportation Coalition is starting its second year with a list of 5 priorities it believes the city could and should address ASAP … ICYMI over the weekend – dog rescued on the bridge!

7:52 AM: Thanks to everyone in comments (also Lise and Maggie via Twitter) for word of the broken-down RapidRide bus on the eastbound bridge. Maggie also points out that WS buses have extra passengers this morning because the Vashon Water Taxi is out of service (mechanical trouble with Melissa Ann).

8:00 AM: SDOT says the stalled bus is cleared now (but as always, residual backups will take a while to clear).

West Seattle traffic alert: Crash by Lincoln Park, motorcycle rider hurt

September 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments


(WSB photo tweet, substituted for traffic cam that originally was atop this report)
4:05 PM: Traffic alert for Fauntleroy Way alongside Lincoln Park, north of the ferry terminal – emergency crews are at the scene of what’s reported to be a motorcycle-car collision. Emergency radio communication describes the rider (added: a 52-year-old man) as having been thrown off his motorcycle after hitting the car, but not having lost consciousness. A Seattle Fire medic unit is arriving to take the rider to a hospital. This is in the southbound lanes, heading toward the dock, so if you have to head in that direction, we’d suggest waiting a while.

4:18 PM: Police have just allowed some northbound traffic through, but southbound (toward the ferry terminal) is still described as snarled, and people are reported to be using side streets, trying to get to the ferry dock any way they can.

4:24 PM: Coordination efforts are continuing, to try to move some traffic through the area. The victim, meantime, is en route to Harborview.

4:46 PM: An officer is directing traffic by the south parking lot to help keep things moving.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: First Friday of fall

September 26, 2014 at 6:25 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The morning traffic watch is on.

In the looking-ahead department, here’s the SDOT roundup of this weekend’s big, potentially traffic-affecting events. On Highway 99, more overnight closures are scheduled for the week ahead, weather permitting.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; Highland Park Way, Shorewood crashes

September 25, 2014 at 7:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 12 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Another rainy morning, and slow going so far. A crash on the ramp from the eastbound bridge to southbound I-5 is reported to be contributing to slowdowns, partly blocking the ramp, though there’s no medic response, so apparently no injuries.

ROAD WORK: Today was announced as the day SDOT would close the inside lane on the eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct after the morning commute for repairs – but work is often postponed when it rains, so we’ll be checking on its status.

7:53 AM: Texter reports a crash at 28th and 106th, possibly involving a school bus. We’re sending a crew to check it out. Meantime, the earlier crash on the ramp to southbound I-5 has cleared out of the travel lanes.

8:14 AM: The collision involves a car and Highline Public Schools bus and is in the middle of the intersection.

No injuries on the bus, we’re told; another bus has arrived for the kids to transfer onto. The driver of the car is being checked out. The scene should clear soon, as tow crews are arriving.

8:32 AM: If you’re just leaving, be forewarned – “bridge bad again,” reports commenter Jovan.

9:06 AM: A crash is reported on Highland Park Way hill. Haven’t yet heard which direction. (added) Just after typing that, we received a text saying two cars are in the ditch and the road is reduced to one lane going downhill. SFD is sending a second engine. Thanks as always for traffic tips – but of course, please only text/call us – 206-293-6302 – when it’s safe to do so (if you’re a passenger, OR once you’ve arrived at your destination).

(Photo added – thanks to Meg; note the vehicle off the road at left)
9:15 AM: Per scanner, Highland Park Way hill is closed in the uphill direction for now. We’d advise avoiding the hill entirely until there’s word the crash is clear.

9:49 AM: As Kam notes in comments, the hill is closed both ways now – they had let a few buses through, but then shut it down entirely – and scanner discussions indicate there’s a significant oil slick, so cleanup is likely to take a while.

11:26 AM: Per scanner, Highland Park Way hill has reopened, after cleanup, towing, etc.

Traffic notes: Crash south of 1st Ave. S. Bridge; tonight’s Highway 99 closure canceled

September 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

NEW, 5:09 PM: Since we already have a traffic note atop the page, we’re adding this: If you use the First Avenue South Bridge, beware – a rollover crash is reported south of the bridge, in the southbound lanes. Only one lane reported blocked for starters, but that was before the major emergency response headed that way. (added) One person was in the vehicle, and is reported to be inhurt.

EARLIER TRAFFIC NOTE, 4:39 PM: Update from the road-work plan mentioned in this morning’s traffic watch: Because of the rain, WSDOT has canceled its plan to fully close northbound Highway 99 between the bridge and the stadiums overnight tonight. (You might still encounter lane closures, though.)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Tuesday updates; ‘Fauntleroy Boulevard’ open house tonight

September 23, 2014 at 6:58 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! Wet roads now that the rain’s arrived, but no major problems overall on West Seattle-area routes.

OVERNIGHT HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURES: WSDOT’s schedule for this week continues:

Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 25
Crews will close all lanes of northbound SR 99 between South Spokane and South Atlantic streets, and the eastbound South Spokane Street ramp to northbound SR 99, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Crews will close up to two lanes of southbound SR 99 between South Atlantic and South Spokane streets from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99 between South Atlantic and South Spokane streets, and the Columbia Street on-ramp to southbound SR 99, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

‘FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD’ OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT: The city is almost midway through design for major changes to Fauntleroy Way between the bridge and SW Alaska, in the “Fauntleroy Boulevard” project; the mayor’s budget, unveiled yesterday, includes $500,000 to finish the design. Tonight, 5-7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California), drop in and offer comments/ask questions at a key stage in the process, after taking a closer look at what’s planned so far.

4:42 PM: Note that tonight’s overnight Highway 99 closure has been canceled because of the rain.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move

September 22, 2014 at 6:59 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! No trouble so far on West Seattle-area routes.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), which means more traffic around/to/from its campus at 6000 16th SW.

OVERNIGHT HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURES: WSDOT has announced closures each of the next 4 nights:

Monday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Sept. 24
Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99 between South Atlantic and South Spokane streets, and the Columbia Street on-ramp to southbound SR 99, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 25
Crews will close all lanes of northbound SR 99 between South Spokane and South Atlantic streets, and the eastbound South Spokane Street ramp to northbound SR 99, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Crews will close up to two lanes of southbound SR 99 between South Atlantic and South Spokane streets from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

7:24 AM: Text report of a stalled Route 131 bus on Highland Park Way downhill, with passengers off the bus. Also, commenter “Trickycoolj” reports that the early trouble on northbound I-5 in Southcenter – a late end to an overnight closure for City Light work – has added traffic to Highway 99 northbound. The closure is over now, but the residual effects aren’t.

West Seattle road work: More repairs for Spokane Street Viaduct

September 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm | In Spokane St. Viaduct project, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

Announced late today by SDOT, more repair work is ahead for the surface of the Spokane Street Viaduct. Next Thursday (September 25th), the inside (left) eastbound lane will be closed 10 am-2 pm to fix “spalls” between the Highway 99 overpass and the 4th Avenue exit.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday! Current views plus the look ahead

September 19, 2014 at 6:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
We’re headed into the last weekend of what’s still technically summer.

PARKing DAY TODAY: As we’ve been reporting, it’s PARKing Day, and two of the 50 temporary in-the-street mini-parks in the city will be in West Seattle, one in front of Husky Deli and Mashiko in The Junction, one in front of Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village, both 9 am-3 pm. See the citywide map here.

CITYWIDE WEEKEND ALERTS: From the Susan G. Komen 3-Day leaving Memorial Stadium downtown early this morning (good luck, everybody!) to the Seahawks game on Sunday, citywide notes are in this roundup from SDOT.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Published here since the last traffic watch – Transportation triple bill @ Delridge District Council … WSB’s Christopher Boffoli on the tunnel tourMurray CSO excavation followup – where IS all that dirt being taken (etc.)?

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch; transportation news notes

September 18, 2014 at 6:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Thursday’s commute is on. We start with notes:

WATCH OUT FOR TRUCKS: As reported here last night, the county says excavation will start today at the sewer-overflow-control project across from Lowman Beach, and for several months, that means up to 55 truck trips a day on two stretches of road.

ROAD WORK: If everything is according to SDOT schedule, East Marginal Way paving north of the bridge continues today, and Highway 99 lane closures continue overnight tonight.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS NOTES: If you missed our coverage of Metro’s newest budget outlook – projecting fewer cuts in the long run – see it hereWashington State Ferries sends the reminder that its fall schedule takes effect Sunday.

9:04 AM UPDATE: Thanks to Don Brubeck from West Seattle Bike Connections for this photo of the work on East Marginal:

Don says, “Here is a shot of the paving work in progress on East Marginal Way South, north of South Hanford St. Crews are removing the curving RR tracks and ties. This is another good step by SDOT for safety for bike riders – the curving cracks caused by the buried tracks are a hazard. It should help the paving last longer, too. Maybe until a real roadbed reconstruction is done to actually hold up to heavy truck traffic on the poor fill soils.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday on the move

September 17, 2014 at 7:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Another quiet start to the commute. Rainy weather is forecast tonight, though, so tomorrow might be a little trickier.

ROAD WORK: Today is the first of two days scheduled for East Marginal Way paving north of the bridge. … We just double-confirmed with WSDOT that tonight’s Highway 99 closure is CANCELED, though as of this writing it’s still on their website. (Thanks to Metro for noting the cancellation in a general text alert yesterday.)

TRANSPORTATION NEWS NOTES: 10 am today, Metro/county officials plan a media briefing about what’ll be in County Executive Dow Constantine‘s budget proposal next week regarding transit. … 7 pm tonight, the monthly Delridge District Council meeting at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center includes three transportation-related guests – Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, newly confirmed SDOT director Scott Kubly.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates

September 16, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
All’s well so far on routes from/through West Seattle.

ROAD WORK: Nightly work on Highway 99 north of the West Seattle Bridge continues – tonight, lane closures in both directions, 9 pm-5 am, and the exit to 99 from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge will also be closed. … Tomorrow is the first of two days for East Marginal Way paving north of the bridge.

HAPPENING TONIGHT: While the official city “open house” meeting about the Fauntleroy Boulevard project is one week from tonight, if you have questions but can’t go, you can get a sneak preview at tonight’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting, with SDOT reps for the project on the agenda. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).

7:54 AM: Kerry tweets that the bridge is “backed up to 35th.” Kerry’s later update: Traffic-enforcement officer’s in view at the offramp to 99.

8:53 AM: Heavy-rescue call in the 7900 block of 9th SW – we’re en route. SFD describes it as “car into a building with the smell of natural gas” and says everyone is out OK. (Note: Full coverage of the incident is here.)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Mid-September Monday

September 15, 2014 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! No traffic alerts at the moment, so we start the week with a look ahead:

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURES: Every night this week, some stretch of 99 north of the West Seattle Bridge will be partly or fully closed. Tonight (Monday night-Tuesday morning), lane closures are expected between here and Atlantic St. in the stadium zone, both directions, 9 pm-5 am, and the exit to 99 from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge will also be closed.

EAST MARGINAL WAY PAVING THIS WEEK: In case you missed the announcement toward the end of last week, work on this stretch north of the West Seattle Bridge is expected Wednesday-Thursday.

West Seattle traffic alert: Junction streets have reopened

September 14, 2014 at 5:01 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

Just in case you’re wondering – streets in The Junction are open to traffic and parking again; the West Seattle Car Show load-out and cleanup is wrapped up. Our as-it-happened coverage is here; we’ll be adding the winners list/photos this evening. Next street-closing event in The Junction will be the Harvest Festival, six weeks from today, on Sunday, October 26th.

West Seattle traffic alert: Taxi fire at Olson/3rd

September 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Added: Photo, courtesy of Jason)
7:48 PM: Traffic alert for the east end of Roxbury – Seattle Fire crews are handling a “car fire” call at Olson/3rd (map) that’s described on the scanner as a “taxicab on fire.” Not sure how it’s affecting traffic yet, but we’re checking it out.

8:04 PM: Fire’s out. Affected the front end of a cab that’s in the outside lane of the uphill (southwestward) side of the Olson hill, so traffic headed toward White Center is affected more than downhill/outbound. No injuries reported.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: 42nd/Dakota crash; other Friday notes; weekend preview

September 12, 2014 at 7:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No trouble on the major roads through/from West Seattle so far. But 42nd/Dakota has an unusual sight, until it’s towed:

See our coverage from the 6 am hour here (or if you’re reading this on the main page, scroll down to the previous story).

WEST SEATTLE CAR SHOW ON SUNDAY: The 7th annual West Seattle Car Show is two days away and will close California to traffic between Oregon and Edmunds starting early Sunday morning and continuing until late afternoon. That includes Metro bus re-routes.

OVERNIGHT CLOSURES ON/NEAR HIGHWAY 99 NEXT WEEK: Listed in the new “Construction Lookahead,” which says that, between the West Seattle Bridge and the stadium zone, Highway 99 will be closed northbound 10 pm Wednesday (September 17th) to 5 am Thursday (September 18th), and southbound 10 pm-5 am Thurs. night-Fri. morning (Sept. 18th-19th). The ramp from the eastbound bridge to NB 99 will be closed overnight Mon., Tues., Wed. (Sept. 15-16-17).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

September 11, 2014 at 6:41 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Up to six days of clear weather, starting now, the forecast says, so don’t forget to take the sunglasses along today. Routes through/from West Seattle are OK so far. Tonight, one last round of Highway 99 lane closures, including the ramp from the eastbound bridge.

SUNDAY REMINDER: California will close to traffic early Sunday morning until late afternoon for the 7th annual West Seattle Car Show in The Junction – that includes bus reroutes, which are now listed here. Here’s our latest update on the show, open to all vehicle years/types for the first time.

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