TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move

December 8, 2014 at 7:19 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Heading into the peak period of the commute from here, and nothing unusual to report right now. No rain, but it’s expected back by tomorrow.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: One big story has been unfolding since Friday night – involving the Highway 99 tunnel plan; first, on Friday afternoon, WSDOT disclosed an inch-plus of “settling” for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the vicinity of the pit being dug to get to the stalled tunneling machine. Inspecting/surveying was done during the preplanned closure early Sunday, and then last night WSDOT said the contractor would stop digging and dewatering the pit, for now. We expect to hear more as the day goes on; the City Council’s Viaduct committee already had a meeting scheduled for 2:30 pm.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; bridge ramp crash; weekend previews, including 99 closure

December 5, 2014 at 7:15 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 19 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:15 AM: Again this morning, we head into the heart of the commute without anything unusual in or from West Seattle.

VIADUCT CLOSURE SATURDAY NIGHT: WSDOT updated the plan to BOTH directions from 11:59 pm Saturday night until about 5 am Sunday.

CITYWIDE WEEKEND ALERTS: Here’s the SDOT roundup of what’s happening tonight through Sunday.

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAY EVENTS: Check out the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide for the many, many big events this weekend, including the Junction Tree Lighting (5 pm Saturday, Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska).

7:29 AM UPDATE – BRIDGE CRASH: Thanks to the commenter on board a C Line bus for the firsthand report on why there’s an SFD response to a crash on the eastbound bridge “just before the Delridge merge.” As our commenter notes, the bus was not involved, but some on board might have seen the crash.

7:38 AM UPDATE: Commenters say another bus has stopped to help (possibly to take on some passengers) so right now TWO buses are stopped on the ramp. If you have to get on the bridge, Fauntleroy or Delridge would be better, or wait a while.

7:51 AM UPDATE: Commenter CKelly says four people on the bus have minor injuries from the sudden stop to avoid hitting the cars involved in the collision ahead. From the scanner, police called for more help to get witness statements since “about 70 people” are on the bus.

8:10 AM: Most recent tweet from SDOT:


8:21 AM: And now SDOT says, all clear:


8:37 AM: On-peninsula traffic note – City Light is continuing its pole-replacement work and will be in the California/Holden, California/Ida area of Gatewood between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm (some residents have been warned of outages) today.

9:07 AM: Also on-peninsula – scheduled start today of concrete pour with up to 20 trucks an hour at the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project by Lowman Beach. We’ll be checking on its status shortly.

Update: Suspected drunk driver arrested after crash at 35th/Alaska

December 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 14 Comments

8:13 PM: Avoid 35th SW in the Alaska/Edmunds vicinity – a car took out a pole and hit at least one other car, and traffic is being rerouted. No major injuries reported so far. More to come.

8:28 PM UPDATE: WSB’s Katie Meyer reports that if you’re headed eastbound on Alaska, you’ll be detoured onto 36th. If you’re headed southbound on 35th, you’ll have to turn westbound onto Alaska. This reportedly is a hit-and-run that damaged at least one other vehicle, which Katie says has just been towed.

8:35 PM UPDATE: Katie reports the roads have reopened.

9 PM UPDATE: Metro has confirmed via text alert that buses are back on their regular routes.

11:05 PM UPDATE: Tipsters on Twitter reported seeing someone in handcuffs near the scene, and we’ve confirmed with police that the suspected drunk driver, a man in his 20s, was indeed arrested, and had minor injuries. Some passengers in the vehicle were reported to have fled on foot. And police confirm that after the pole was sheared off, another vehicle was hit but its occupants weren’t hurt (see this comment).

Traffic alert: 5-hour Highway 99 closure this weekend now both ways

December 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

Update on the five-hour closure planned for the Alaskan Way Viaduct this weekend - WSDOT says it will close in both directions, not just southbound as originally announced. The time frame is the same, 11:59 pm Saturday night until about 5 am Sunday morning, closed between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel. WSDOT says the closure “will allow crews to move heavy equipment across the roadway and conduct survey work.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates

December 4, 2014 at 7:14 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Heading into the heart of the commute, no problems reported in or from West Seattle, so far.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: In case you missed them, stories here from the past 24 hours: 20-trucks-an-hour concrete pour set to start tomorrowWhen will Highway 99 tunneling resume? What the ‘stakeholders’ group’ was told

8:44 AM: First problem of the morning. SDOT reports a crash on the eastbound bridge:


So far, no medical response dispatched for this, so it’s not on the 911 log.

8:53 AM: Update from SDOT – that was cleared quickly; all lanes open.

9:56 AM: Firsthand explanation from the driver whose car was rear-ended – in this comment.

3:22 PM: Last weekend, we mentioned the plan for a partial closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct this Saturday night. Now, WSDOT says it will close both ways: “The closure – which will last from Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 – will allow crews to move heavy equipment across the roadway and conduct survey work on SR 99.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; ORCA card-reader woes

December 2, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:02 AM: Good morning! Freezing (or just below) temps out there again today, but it’s going to start warming up. No trouble reported in our area so far.

8:34 AM: Had trouble with an ORCA card reader this morning? Jeremy and Colleen did (see Twitter exchanges below), and Metro says it’ll check that out:


9:04 AM: Thanks to Flint for sharing this video of the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry, time-lapsed to a minute and a half:

This was recorded in the Monday sunshine.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday-weekend Monday updates

December 1, 2014 at 6:57 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:57 AM: Good morning. It’s a cold post-Thanksgiving-weekend Monday morning – below freezing, so be careful of icy spots that might be lingering from the weekend, including sidewalks and planting strips as well as some roadsides that have been in the shade. (If you were out of town – in review, we had an inch-plus of rain Friday, followed by a temperature drop and about half an inch of snow Saturday morning, though the north-wind-fueled Alki surf eclipsed it visually.) No major problems in or from West Seattle, so far.

7:56 AM: Of note, the “low bridge” has opened for vessel traffic twice in the past 40 minutes, as logged via @SDOTbridges.

Update: Woman hurt by hit-run driver at 15th/Roxbury

November 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 13 Comments

(WSB photo by Tracy Record)
6:14 PM: Westbound Roxbury is closed between 15th and 16th SW (map) after a hit-run crash that sent a woman to the hospital. Police told us at the scene that she was in the crosswalk when hit by what witnesses describe as a blue SUV. The road closure will last a while, since the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called in. We don’t yet know the victim’s condition or age; the initial callout was on the 911 log as a simple medic response, but readers (thank you) alerted us to a major police presence and crime tape across the road, so we went over to find out what had happened. If you have any information about this crash, please call 911.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
8:15 PM: That section of road was still closed when we went back over about 15 minutes ago; TCIS is on scene doing its work. At this point we might not be able to get any more information until tomorrow; we’ll add an update when the road reopens tonight.

9:22 PM: Police have just announced (as monitored via scanner) that the road is open again.

MONDAY 10:58 AM UPDATE: We’re following up today with SPD and SFD. We’ve heard back from the latter, with spokesperson Kyle Moore telling us the woman is 35 years old and was in stable condition when taken to the hospital, where she was to be checked for possible serious internal injuries. (That’s all the information we will get about her without knowing her name, so if anyone reading this knows how she is doing, please consider either commenting, or e-mailing us at editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you.)

Post-Thanksgiving Friday morning: Traffic/transit & weather

November 28, 2014 at 7:50 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts, West Seattle weather | 3 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for updates on weather-related trouble)

7:50 AM: Good morning! 4-day holiday weekend for so many people, the bridges are relatively clear:

Notes for getting around, plus the latest on the weather:

TRANSIT: Reduced weekday/no UW schedule today for MetroNo Water Taxi service today … Regular schedule for Sound Transit, and regular schedule for Washington State Ferries.

CITYWIDE ALERTS, INCLUDING DOWNTOWN PARADE: The SDOT holiday-weekend roundup includes road-closure info for downtown’s two big events today, the Macy’s Parade this morning and the Star Lighting tonight. (If you’re going to the parade, keep an eye out for local participants! We haven’t found the full lineup yet.)

WEATHER UPDATE: Rainy/breezy this morning, and temperatures are continuing to fall from yesterday’s unseasonable peak near 60. The National Weather Service‘s updated “special weather statement” says the possible snow you’ve heard about is more likely to the north tonight, maybe some over Seattle on Saturday morning. Here’s the newest forecast.

9 AM NOTE: Texter says the Delridge onramp to the bridge is flooded and all but unusable. We’ll be checking on it shortly.

9:22 AM NOTE: Another deep-water alert via text: “Large puddle, nearly reservoir, on Admiral Way eastbound at Schmitz Park.” (Thanks again for the alerts – text or call 206-293-6302 with urgent info any time.)

9:56 AM: Thanks to another texted tip – a semi-truck is on its side on the railroad-track overpass bridge at East Marginal Way S., just south of the West Seattle Bridge.

10:18 AM: Seattle Fire says the overturned tractor-trailer is “stable” but they have been working to free the driver’s arm, which is reported to be trapped under a seat.

10:52 AM: Major water over NB Fauntleroy south of Findlay.

Update: Another crash on Sylvan, no injuries reported

November 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

7:40 PM: Suddenly Sylvan Way, which runs through High Point between Upper Morgan and Delridge, is a hot spot for crashes. Police and fire are currently at the scene of another one near Sylvan Way/Sylvan Heights (map). No details yet, but it’s affecting traffic, with at least one lane blocked.

8:24 PM: The crash involved just one vehicle; it ran into a fence and took out a tree. Police told us at the scene that no one was hurt. This was very close to the spot where a driver hit a tree two nights ago.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; holiday info

November 26, 2014 at 6:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy day before Thanksgiving! We start with another reminder about holiday transit schedules:

*Metro will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day and a “reduced weekday/no UW” schedule on Friday.

*The Water Taxi does NOT run on Thursday *or* Friday.

*Sound Transit‘s express bus serving our area (560) will be on a Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving Day, normal schedule for Friday.

*Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run will keep a normal schedule. WSF reminds you that lines will be longest in the westbound direction this afternoon/evening. For Fauntleroy, all the space/wait info, plus dock-area cameras, can be found here.

CITYWIDE ALERT FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: If you’re not leaving town, you still might need to know times/places for parades, runs, etc., and that’s all in the SDOT alert.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; Battery St. Tunnel reopens after crash closure

November 25, 2014 at 6:35 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:35 AM: We start with a problem affecting Northbound 99 – a crash has closed the northbound side of the Battery Street Tunnel.

6:55 AM: Still closed, no ETA announced for reopening. Seattle Fire was not dispatched to the crash, which indicates no one was hurt. Here’s the traffic cam that looks southward at the northbound traffic from just before the closure point:

7:08 AM: Per scanner, the tunnel is clear and about to be reopened. A stalled car nearby, though, might still complicate matters for a bit.

7:12 AM: Officially reopened, per SDOT.

7:33 AM: Avalon is “crawling,” reports WS Since 1979 in comments, just before the eastward turn to Spokane/bridge ramp.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-holiday Monday

November 24, 2014 at 7:49 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

Heading into the heart of the commute … the SFD response to a crash on northbound I-5 at Holgate has just closed out, but there’ll be residual backup.

LOOKING AHEAD: For the extended holiday weekend – transit notes:

*Metro will be on a Sunday schedule this Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and a “reduced weekday/no UW” schedule on Friday.

*The Water Taxi does NOT run on Thursday *or* Friday.

*Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run will keep a normal schedule.

*Sound Transit‘s express bus serving our area (560) will be on a Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving Day, normal schedule for Friday.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Friday; weekend preview

November 21, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
So far this morning, the rain is the biggest factor affecting everyone heading out for the day:


WEEKEND NOTES: Here’s the citywide weekend advisory from SDOT.

8:08 AM: As you can see on the top left camera, there’s a stalled vehicle on the ramp – Justina sent first word via Twitter, that it’s up the eastbound ramp “from Luna Park.”

8:22 AM: Camera shows police have now arrived behind the stalled SUV.

Update: Driver hits pedestrian at Delridge/Brandon; police say victim did not survive

November 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 66 Comments

(WSB photo: Vehicle involved in collision, per police)
4:36 PM: Thanks to everybody who has messaged us about an emergency response at Delridge/Brandon – we’re working to find out more; avoid the area for now.

4:39 PM: This is reported to be a case of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian – a ~40-year-old man, and medics are doing CPR on him right now. Delridge will be closed for hours – the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on the way to investigate, as they do with all crashes that result in serious injuries or worse. Metro Route 120 is being rerouted, according to a text alert – use stops north of Brandon or south of Juneau. The victim is being taken to Harborview, per SPD.

5:01 PM: We’re at Delridge/Brandon, which is where southbound traffic is being detoured west (and where northbound traffic is being detoured to, coming from south of here). Congested, to say the least, so if you can delay your return home, or find a very alternative way to get around – do it.

(Added: Photo by Alex)
5:20 PM: Police tell us at the scene that they’ve been told the pedestrian did not survive.

6:22 PM: According to a tweet from police, Delridge has reopened.

11:01 PM: No further official information tonight about the victim or the crash circumstances; we’ll be following up tomorrow.

FRIDAY NOTE: We expect to write a separate followup later today, but in the meantime, in case you don’t read the comment section: A DESC spokesperson confirms to WSB that the victim was a Cottage Grove Commons resident. Police have yet to release further information about the crash; a commenter who identifies herself as the victim’s sister says he was in the crosswalk when hit.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON NOTE: Police have published a short update on SPD Blotter. We noted it earlier in comments but also want to note here, since our full update is still in the works – the two new pieces of information are that the victim was 52 years old, and that he was crossing at the intersection when hit.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

November 20, 2014 at 7:17 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:17 AM: Only thing to note so far in the commute, the lane closures on 99 north of downtown, one lane closed in both directions for emergency sewer repairs, scheduled to continue until tomorrow. And – wet roads after overnight rain.

7:39 AM: From comments – eastbound bridge backup but no obvious cause so far. (We’ve checked all the sources and no word at this point of crash, stall, etc.)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday’s watch

November 19, 2014 at 6:59 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:59 AM: Again today, the early commute’s proceeding without problems.

7:57 AM: If you happen to be heading *back* this way on SOUTHBOUND 99 from north of downtown, that’s a mess for two reasons, a lane closure near Mercer and a car fire at Aurora/59th.

8:15 AM: Update, as pointed out in comments – the lane closure near Mercer is actually one lane in each direction on 99 at that point. It’s for an emergency sewer repair. Here’s the advisory published by Seattle Public Utilities – round-the-clock from yesterday morning through Friday.

8:49 AM: A bit of backup at northbound I-5 from the bridge because of a crash – the vehicle(s) involved have been moved to the shoulder/gore point.

10:14 AM: Texter reports a “crash/disabled vehicle on eastbound West Seattle Bridge right before gore point” and says traffic’s backing up.

Traffic-alert update: Northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct open again after closure for cleanup

November 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

9:31 PM: This might not last too long but in case you got stuck in the backup or have seen it – a crash on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct is requiring a debris cleanup, and traffic is temporarily stopped because of it (live cam here). That includes police blocking the ramp to northbound 99 from the West Seattle Bridge. So if you have to head toward downtown – take note.

9:41 PM: Just got info from Seattle Police via Twitter:

We’re adding the live camera as an image atop this report, so you can see firsthand when it clears.

10 PM: Per scanner, police were trying to figure out how to get cars off 99. In the meantime, they also say a street sweeper will arrive in 10 minutes or so.

10:45 PM: Now open again.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates

November 18, 2014 at 7:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:07 AM: So far, nothing out of the ordinary on the routes through/from West Seattle as the sun rises on our Tuesday.

7:39 AM: Even around the rest of the region (we monitor the regional traffic reports as well as local emergency-service logs, etc.), nothing much so far.

7:56 AM: If you missed the big bright sunrise about an hour ago, here’s Brian‘s view from High Point:

Sunrise, sunset, breaking news, traffic IF you’re not the driver … photos welcome at editor@westseattleblog.com.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move

November 17, 2014 at 6:57 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Aside from some early delays on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route, traffic and transit have been more-or-less normal so far in our area this morning.

West Seattle traffic-alert update: High-bridge crash cleared

November 14, 2014 at 10:09 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

10:09 PM: If you have to head eastbound sometime soon, you might consider the low bridge – there’s a multiple-car crash on the high bridge. No injuries, though, according to what we’ve heard via the scanner, so only one fire truck is staying on the call (along with police).

10:39 PM: Drove by about 10 minutes ago. It’s right at the top of the bridge. About half a dozen SPD cars, mostly for visibility/safety so far as we could see, as the scene wasn’t fully visible from a distance. Inside lanes. Tow truck summoned.

11:11 PM: Scene was completely clear when we were on the high bridge headed the other way at the top of the hour.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday on the move

November 14, 2014 at 6:37 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 17 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:37 AM: Just got a call reporting a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Checking for more info.

6:57 AM: Not seeing anything more on that. Overall, the regional picture has been looking pretty good. Regional note for the weekend: Highway 520 bridge will be closed, tonight through Monday morning.

7:28 AM: From the scanner – dispatchers are sending police to check out a reported “3-car blocking” incident on the eastbound bridge, west of 99. The SDOT camera that would normally point that way is still out of service, and sun glare dominates the other one, but if you happen to see it from a bus or another *passenger* situation, updates appreciated. ***Update*** – closer to the 4th Avenue exit.

7:36 AM: Emergency personnel arriving on scene. Tweeted by SDOT:


7:42 AM: SDOT says the two left lanes are blocked there. A texter who just went through the area confirms it’s 3 vehicles.

7:51 AM: As SDOT puts it on Twitter, the crash scene has “consolidated.” Now blocking 1 lane between 1st and 4th Ave. exits. Meantime, police are investigating a car theft in High Point – the car reportedly was left running to warm up. Every year, police warn against doing that. (P.S. While car theft is reported to be up in the city, most recent WS-specific update showed a year-to-year drop. But any theft is too many.)

8:25 AM: Scanner: Police just called for a city crew to clean up a fluid spill at the crash scene.

8:42 AM: SDOT confirms the scene is clear and all lanes are open.

9:36 AM: Thanks to Tom for the photo of what’s backing up the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct now:


(See comments for more details.)
11:13 AM NOTE: Neglected to update but that *did* clear about 45 minutes after we mentioned it.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Chilly Thursday updates

November 13, 2014 at 7:06 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Off to a better start this morning – nothing of note in our area so far but the chilly temp. Other notes:

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Bridges and buses were a big part of the discussion Tuesday night, and by the time we finished writing about it Wednesday night, we had yesterday morning’s woes to address, too. Here’s the story.

WEST OF THE LOW BRIDGEDon Brubeck of West Seattle Bike Connections caught this scene on Wednesday:

He wrote, “BNSF was replacing the train crossing signal at Chelan/West Marginal/Spokane/Delridge … on the little safety island by the Chelan Cafe. Second time this year that someone has driven into it.”

7:39 AM: If you’re headed for northbound I-5, there’s a bit of trouble just north of the West Seattle Bridge, blocking the right-center lane before I-90, per WSDOT.

8:48 AM: That cleared fairly fast, and no added trouble’s been reported in our vicinity (or the main outbound routes) since. The low bridge is now closed for vessel traffic, though, per @sdotbridges.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Wednesday updates

November 12, 2014 at 6:49 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 65 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:49 AM: There’s a crash at the crest of the eastbound high bridge – thanks to those who messaged us about it. SFD cleared it fairly quickly (no injuries, apparently), but the top-left camera shot above indicates it’s blocking the left lane right now, and that police are still on the scene.

7:06 AM: Discussion monitored via scanner suggests police are having trouble finding a tow truck that can respond any sooner than an hour or two. They’re still trying. (The topic of routinely stationing tow trucks near the bridge – as was done for a while years ago – had just come up at last night’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting; our story on that and other WSTC topics is in the works.)

7:33 AM: Lane still blocked, still awaiting tow truck (we haven’t heard anything more on an ETA – the crash itself happened around 6:20 am). And now SDOT warns via Twitter that the “low bridge” will be closing to vehicles in a few minutes. (Also a topic last night, with Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who has led previous unsuccessful efforts to get the Coast Guard to exempt the bridge from rush-hour openings, saying he agrees it’s time to revisit the situation.) If you haven’t seen the regional news, many areas – but NOT the city – are dealing with the aftermath of an overnight windstorm, especially SE King County, which is tying up many resources.


(Traffic-cam images we grabbed/tweeted at 7:40 am during high-bridge problem and low-bridge vessel opening)
7:48 AM: Vehicles are moving across the low bridge again.

8:01 AM: Hard to tell if any progress is being made, because the only working camera on the high rise is impeded by sun glare (as you can see at top left). But there’s now a problem BEFORE the bridge – outbound C Line bus has a medical emergency at Avalon/Charlestown in the Luna Park business district; everyone’s been taken off the bus, and we’re told, some are getting onto another.

8:08 AM: The crash scene is finally clear. Backups of course will last a while.

8:29 AM: New problem, per Jessica on Twitter: Right before the I-5 ramps, at the eastbound edge of the bridge, a “fender-bender” just happened. She says, “People (are) getting out of their cars; likely to back up.”

8:40 AM: And back on the peninsula, Sage notes that Delridge is backed up all the way to Brandon. Meantime, people headed for the 1st Avenue South Bridge should take note, WSDOT has tweeted “On SR 509 northbound just north of S Cloverdale St, there is a collision blocking the right center lane.”

9:12 AM: Surface problem not far away – East Marginal/1st, from the scanner, some debris on the road that need to be cleaned up, and part of the intersection is being blocked off until that happens.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014 at 6:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 9 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
As we start the morning, here’s what might affect how you get around on this Veterans Day:

*Metro is on a reduced-weekday/no-UW schedule
*No Water Taxi service on either route
*Sound Transit: Regular schedule
*Washington State Ferries: Regular schedule
*Schools are closed today (as are other government-run facilities including libraries)
*In Seattle neighborhoods with street parking, it’s free today

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION TONIGHT: The holiday is NOT pre-empting a full slate of community meetings, including the WSTC, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW) – see the agenda here.

7:25 AM: As noted in comments, some Battery St. Tunnel trouble, but no official word on its current status….

West Seattle traffic alert: Low bridge reopens after closure

November 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

3:48 PM: SDOT says the low bridge is closed right now because of “police activity.”

3:52 PM: And it’s now open again.

4:04 PM: According to Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, the incident involved someone threatening suicide. He says, “The officers successfully talked him down.” (Every time we mention suicide, we also want to be sure you know about the 24/7 resource in our area, the Crisis Clinic hotline – 206-461-3222.)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates

November 10, 2014 at 7:06 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
So far, a relatively average commute here and regionally, according to all the sources we’ve checked. (Two of the cameras we regularly show are down, by the way.)

VETERANS DAY TOMORROW: Tuesday’s holiday means, among other things, no school and some transit changes, including “reduced weekday” service for Metro and no Water Taxi service.

SPEAKING OF THE WATER TAXI … its first-ever “strategic plan” is out. Eastside service? New West Seattle terminal? Tax increase? See what it says.

SOUNDERS TONIGHT: We should mention that Sounders FC plays Dallas at C Link, 7:30 tonight,

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