TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday alerts; Metro reminder; looking ahead…

June 8, 2015 at 6:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:45 AM: Good morning! The new week is off and running. Notes and reminders:

NEW METRO SCHEDULE: Changes, additions, and restorations took effect on Saturday. (Here again is our list of the key West Seattle points.)

47TH/ADMIRAL SIGNAL, FINAL PHASE: Could start as soon as today, per SDOT’s announcement last week; we’ll be checking.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT SATURDAY: Road closures on Highway 99 as part of the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon. Northbound 99 is set to be closed 5 am-3:30 pm from S. Hudson (which is south of the West Seattle Bridge) to Roy St. (lower Queen Anne) – here’s the full list of closures.

7:33 AM: As the “Shell No” group had demonstrated at Marginal/Spokane again on Saturday and mentioned plans for today on its website, we just went by to check – nobody in view as of 7:30 am. Another note: Fog on the water, and we just heard a foghorn sounding from the Fauntleroy ferry dock vicinity, so if you’re traveling by water this morning, might be some effects.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday alerts; West Marginal/Delridge Way protesters

June 5, 2015 at 6:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 34 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for updates on protest near T-5)

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:39 AM: Good morning. We start the day with word that the entrance to the bridge on Delridge Way is or has been affected by anti-Shell protesters (thanks for the text). We had mentioned here earlier this week that “land blockades” were promised starting today; one subsequent update had said protesters would be gathering at Delridge Community Center Park this morning and heading toward Terminal 5 right about now. Per what we’re hearing on the scanner, police are with them. We’re on our way to find out more.

6:58 AM UPDATE: We’re on scene; about 30 protesters are blocking West Marginal on the north side of Spokane, the side that leads to Terminal 5, not in the eastbound direction.

This is NOT currently affecting travel unless you are T-5 bound. Note that you are likely to see/hear TV helicopters in the area as they get word of this.

(Also note, looking ahead, as we reported on Wednesday, a nighttime demonstration flotilla is planned off Don Armeni tonight.)

7:22 AM UPDATE: We’re continuing to monitor the rest of the commute, too, and it’s quiet so far. Meantime, the West Marginal protest on the north side of Spokane St. (east of Chelan Café) continues. Organizers had said this weekend is pivotal because the Shell vessels could leave for the Arctic as soon as next week. They also have protests scheduled Saturday and Monday.

7:47 AM: The five-way intersection there is important as a bicycle route to the low bridge.

Our crew confirms that bicycle riders are getting through just fine, too (photo added, above).

8:15 AM: The group is now heading BACK south onto Delridge; bicycle and motorcycle police are accompanying them to try to keep roads from being blocked. So if you’re heading toward the bridge via Delridge, you might consider waiting a bit.

8:43 AM: All clear now. Potential repeat this afternoon according to this Facebook event page.

4:01 PM: Protesters were planning to gather near the west end of the low bridge to strategize about possibly trying to blockade Terminal 5 before a shift that they say starts at 4:30 pm. Police on bicycles were spotted heading that way about an hour ago. We’ll have a separate story IF anything happens affecting general traffic. Otherwise, check back here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the roads, trails, seas…

June 4, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Two reminders as we start this morning’s watch:

IF YOU’RE BICYCLING TODAY … take a few minutes to stop at the weekly West Seattle Cyclery Tent just west of the low bridge, where you’ll find not only Brad from WSC with coffee and support but also Mike from AAA (WSB sponsor) with info about the American Lung Association-benefiting Ride Around the Sound, 6:30-9:30 am.

IF YOU USE METRO … a reminder that big changes kick in on Saturday; here’s our breakdown of how West Seattle routes will be affected.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: June’s first Wednesday

June 3, 2015 at 7:14 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

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7:14 AM: Good morning! Another routine commute so far. One note for later: It’s an early-dismissal day for Seattle Public Schools – students will be out two hours earlier than usual.

7:41 AM: If you use 4th Avenue to get into downtown – SDOT reports “police activity” has blocked a lane at Main in Pioneer Square.

8:08 AM: SDOT says that’s clear. No other problems between here and downtown right now.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday watch; 47th/Admiral update; transportation-levy hearing downtown tonight

June 2, 2015 at 7:29 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:29 AM: Good morning! Quiet again so far this morning. We’ll update if that changes. Since our Monday traffic watch, one advance alert has come in:

47th/ADMIRAL SIGNAL UPDATE: After a stopdown while awaiting delivery of the signal equipment, the final phase of work is likely to start next week, SDOT announced:

As soon as Monday, June 8, work will resume at the intersection of 47th Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way. … We anticipate approximately 3-4 more weeks of construction while the signal is installed and configured. After we receive the signal equipment, crews will:
· Install signal equipment including poles and mast arms, signal heads and cabinets
· Stripe the intersection with new crosswalks and a new left-turn pocket on SW Admiral Way
· Remove the existing overhead pedestrian signal
· Complete remaining landscaping

When construction resumes, residents, businesses, and travelers can expect the following impacts:
· Construction activity from 7 AM – 4 PM
· Pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas
· Temporary parking and lane restrictions on 47th Avenue SW, SW Admiral Way and SW Waite Street
· Noise and activity from construction equipment and vehicles

ADDED 8:16 AM: Still quiet, per all the sources we monitor (scanner, transportation/public-safety agencies on Twitter, incoming messaging channels). One more reminder: If you want to tell the City Council something about the proposed Transportation Levy as it stands now, a special evening public hearing is set for 5:30 tonight at City Hall downtown – more info here.

8:34 AM: Transit alert – Metro has just sent a text alert that “the last Route 55 trip from 44th SW and SW Atlantic (scheduled for) 8:17 am is delayed about 30-40 minutes.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Welcome to June! Monday updates

June 1, 2015 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:02 AM: Good morning. Nothing out of the ordinary through/from West Seattle so far.

9:31 AM NOTE: And it stayed that way. The rain’s back, though.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: SB I-5 crash cleared at West Seattle exit

May 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

12:59 PM: In case you’re heading this way from points north – note that I-5 southbound is not a good choice right now because of a crash near the exit to the westbound West Seattle Bridge. (Thanks to the person who tipped us! Check the newest WSDOT camera image here.)

SIDE NOTE: While we’re talking traffic, remember the bridge-ramp alerts for Sunday.

1:20 PM: SDOT says the ramp is open again; beware of residual backups.

WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERT: Bridge ramp changes Sunday

May 29, 2015 at 11:44 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

Maybe you saw the portable sign while outbound today, saying SPOKANE RAMP CLOSED MAY 31st. It’s more than that – there are changes Sunday for both directions of the bridge. SDOT just sent the details:

Roadway Structures crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will perform maintenance work near the western end of the West Seattle Bridge on Sunday (May 31) between 5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Traffic flaggers will assist large trucks and buses through the eastbound on-ramp from SW Avalon Way/ Harbor Avenue SW at Spokane Street, but general traffic will be detoured at several locations as follows:

· The SW Admiral Way off-ramp from the high-level West Seattle Bridge will be closed. Westbound traffic can continue to Harbor Avenue SW/SW Avalon Street and use SW Manning Street to access SW Admiral Way, or continue on SW Avalon Way to Fauntleroy Way SW.

· Traffic intending to travel eastbound to SW Spokane Street will be detoured at SW Genesee Street to northbound Delridge Way SW. From Delridge, depending on their destinations, drivers can access the eastbound lanes of the West Seattle Bridge or turn left at SW Spokane Street.

· If drivers northbound on SW Avalon Way miss the detour on SW Genesee Street, they can continue to SW Manning Street to access SW Admiral Way.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; Junction street closure

May 29, 2015 at 6:52 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:52 AM: Good morning and happy Friday. No outbound problems reported so far. One big alert for today: One block of California SW in The Junction, between Alaska and Oregon, will be closed to vehicles all day for the KEXP Hood-To-Hood Challenge street party – here’s our latest preview, including information on the closure and one Metro reroute. The closure was scheduled to start as early as 6 am; the traffic camera in that area is turned south instead of north, so we’re headed that way shortly to check on its status.

7:03 AM: Local transportation-related news – the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, an all-volunteer community group, elected new board members last night; here are the results. WSTC meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center; next meeting, June 25th.

7:34 AM: We’ve confirmed, the aforementioned block of California IS closed for street-party setup and will remain so into the evening (possibly as late as 9 pm, depending on how long breakdown takes):

On both ends of the party zone, though, Alaska and Oregon ARE open.

FRIDAY: West Seattle street party & more for KEXP’s ‘Hood-To-Hood,’ plus traffic/transit alert

May 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 28 Comments

1:56 PM: Seeing the “No Parking” signs in The Junction a little while ago reminded us to remind you: Tomorrow’s the day for West Seattle’s victory party in KEXP‘s “Hood-To-Hood Challenge” – the prize for being the neighborhood that donated the most in a fundraising drive last summer – and even if you’re not joining the celebration, you need to know that California SW will be off-limits to vehicles between Alaska and Oregon. SDOT says the closure hours will be 6 am to 9 pm. Metro has a reroute advisory up for Route 22 – see it here.

Now the fun part: KEXP has many more details up on its website, beyond what we’d reported earlier. The live broadcast in The Junction, with band performances, runs noon-6 pm – first show at 1 pm, per the published schedule. 6-9 pm, nine venues feature KEXP DJs as they “Take Over West Seattle” (all listed on that same page); and live-music showcases start at 9 pm with West Seattle-residing DJs Kevin Cole @ Feedback Lounge and Troy Nelson @ The Skylark.

ADDED 7:11 PM: Thanks to Kathy for mentioning in the comment section that West Seattle Bike Connections will be part of the street party, too. Don from WSBC has since sent this preview:

Noon-4 pm, West Seattle Bike Connections will put on a bike rodeo for young riders to have fun learning skills and road safety, during the KEXP Block Party at the West Seattle Junction. Kids, bring your bike! Fun and prizes. Helmet fitting. Bike checks by West Seattle Cyclery. Support from Cascade Bicycle Club. On California Ave SW at SW Oregon St.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates, plus our weekly look back

May 28, 2015 at 6:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:43 AM: The major outbound routes are quiet so far in the early going.

METRO CHANGES AHEAD: In case you missed our Wednesday story, here’s how the first major round of bus service addition/restoration will play out in West Seattle starting June 6th, as announced by Metro. (The second round is in September.)

8:06 AM: Still quiet. A reminder for tonight – West Seattle Transportation Coalition meets, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), all welcome, and the agenda will include at-large City Council candidates John Roderick (Position 8) and West Seattle resident Alon Bassok (Position 9) talking about their newly announced “neighborhood rail” proposal.

8:42 AM: Belatedly, we did find a Traffic Throwback Thursday photo in the Seattle Municipal Archives. From 1957:

That’s described as “24th Ave. SW facing north from Delridge Way. [Petition of property owners for vacation of portion of 24th SW].” Click the image to go to the archive page with a much-bigger version – including details on the billboards at right.

9:26 AM: If you’re headed toward southbound I-5 – DON’T. There’s a major crash at mid-Boeing Field and WSP is advising avoiding the area.

UPDATE: 2 taken to hospital after crash at 35th/Juneau

May 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 9 Comments

4:47 PM: A crash at 35th and Juneau is reported to be blocking the northbound side of the road. No word yet on injuries; police and fire are arriving. We’re en route to check.

(Added: WSB photo)
5:19 PM: Two people have been taken to the hospital, neither with serious injuries. Another person is being cut out of his car because the door won’t open, but we are told he’s OK. 35th is open both ways but Juneau is blocked at 35th on the east side.


May 27, 2015 at 6:52 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:52 AM: Good morning! Quiet so far in/from West Seattle and vicinity.

6:58 AM: From the scanner: ‘Large piece of wood in middle lane’ somewhere on the westbound West Seattle Bridge. Police will be looking for it.

7:06 AM: They found and removed it.

7:55 AM: Texter says an SPD motorcycle officer is busting bus-lane violators this morning. (We appreciate tips, so long as you can text/call safely & legally – while a passenger, or after you get where you’re going – 206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline!)

8:03 AM: After we mentioned that on Twitter, Amy replied that she saw a traffic-enforcement officer on West Marginal this morning, too.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Tuesday updates

May 26, 2015 at 6:31 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:31 AM: Back to work and school for most today; so far here in the early going, nothing unusual in, or outbound from, West Seattle.

ROAD WORK ALERTS: Seattle Public Utilities says the Monday-Saturday lane closure at Orchard/Delridge will continue into mid-June … Tomorrow (Wednesday), SDOT plans to inspect the Schmitz Park Bridge 9 am-3 pm.

9:09 AM – MORNING COMMUTE SUMMARY: Quiet. No “motor-vehicle incident” responses in or near WS. But we continue tracking it all around the clock, with your help … if you see or hear about something (and it’s safe/legal for you to call/text), please let us know, 206-293-6302. Thank you!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-holiday Friday updates

May 22, 2015 at 7:49 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The 3-day holiday weekend is almost here. No problems in/from West Seattle so far. Here are the Memorial Day reminders again:

MEMORIAL DAY TRANSIT NOTES: On Monday – Metro will be on its Sunday schedule; the West Seattle Water Taxi will also be on a Sunday schedule; and Sound Transit Route 560 too. Regular weekday schedule for the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth Washington State Ferries route; here’s the system-wide overview.

West Seattle road work: Schmitz Park Bridge inspection next week

May 21, 2015 at 8:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

Before everybody (or almost everybody) starts checking out for the holiday weekend, an alert for next week, sent late today by SDOT:

Bridge engineers plan to conduct a routine inspection of the “Schmitz Park” Bridge on Admiral Way Southwest on May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The U-BIT truck (provides access to the underside of the bridge) will be positioned on the shoulder of the bridge roadway and will not affect pedestrian traffic.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates & holiday previews

May 21, 2015 at 6:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Nothing out of the ordinary in/from West Seattle so far this morning. We’ll be adding some holiday-weekend reminders while watching the commute.

ADDED 7:08 AM – MEMORIAL DAY TRANSIT NOTES: These are for **Monday** – Metro will be on its Sunday schedule; the West Seattle Water Taxi will also be on a Sunday schedule; and so will Sound Transit Route 560. The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth Washington State Ferries route will be on its regular weekday schedule.

ADDED 7:29 AM – TRAFFIC THROWBACK THURSDAY: This week’s view – from the Seattle Municipal Archives – is an example of how some things don’t change, much:

From November 1960, that photo looks east across Fauntleroy Way from the Fauntleroy ferry dock. The photo apparently was taken for reasons involving landscaping in the bus-stop area. (Click the image to go to the page with the largest view.)

ADDED 8:05 AM – ADMIRAL WAY MEETING TONIGHT: Tonight is the first (and likely only) standalone meeting about the Admiral Way Safety Project, which SDOT has presented to the Admiral Neighborhood Association (WSB coverage here) and Southwest District Council (WSB coverage here). Here’s the flyer, which also includes project details:

It’s an “open house” style meeting, 6 pm at Alki Elementary (3010 59th SW), with a presentation at 6:30 pm.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates

May 20, 2015 at 7:37 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 9 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
SDOT reports some residual bridge backup from a non-injury crash this past half-hour, but says the scene itself, west of the 99 overpass, has already been cleared. Meantime, Seattle Public Schools are back in session today so volume is back to normal.

WALKING TOUR TONIGHT: Questions/comments about the SDOT plan for SW Roxbury? Join a walking tour tonight – all or part; it starts at 5:30 pm at 4th/Roxbury, and proceeds westward to end at 35th/Roxbury at 7:45. (For the specific stops inbetween, go here.)

ADMIRAL WAY PROJECT MEETING TOMORROW: SDOT has a meeting of note in our area tomorrow (Thursday) night too – regarding the proposed changes to Admiral Way west of California SW, as previously discussed at two community-group meetings. 6 pm Thursday at Alki Elementary, “open house” style with presentation at 6:30 pm.

9:33 AM: SPD is dispatching units to a crash on the eastbound bridge, midspan, three vehicles, said to be blocking the middle lane.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates, including protest at Terminal 5

May 18, 2015 at 6:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 31 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for updates)

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:03 AM: We’re starting the morning with the usual traffic watch, including updates on how/whether the anti-drilling protest – previewed here – is affecting things, until/unless it becomes big enough to break out into a separate story. (It’s not scheduled to start until 7 am.) Updates to come.

6:37 AM: We dropped off our crew about 15 minutes ago. No commute/low bridge effects so far. Only a few dozen people in view (and as expected, a full contingent of regional media). Police are at the gathering point and while headed eastbound, we saw bicycle officers heading from the Chelan Café vicinity northwest toward the T-5 entrance. Again, if you’re noticing helicopter(s), at this point it’s TV, related to this. Our crew, by the way, has learned the plan – subject to change – is to march over the low bridge toward T-5 starting around 7:30. (In our tweeted photo above, note the portable barricades; during the December 2011 Occupy protest there, police blocked the road with them at one point.)

7:02 AM: The aerial view just shown on KING matches what our crew reports from the ground – about 100 people so far. No other traffic trouble spots so far – sunny morning, so don’t forget your shades.

7:11 AM: Until/unless major traffic effects start, we’re just posting photos to our Twitter feed – go here if interested. Bicycle riders should note that this is having some effects on the path there.

7:20 AM: March is about to begin. From our crew at scene: Police plan to close WESTBOUND LOW BRIDGE while it proceeds so it can move more quickly. EASTBOUND LOW BRIDGE TO REMAIN OPEN. Per scanner, police estimate about 500 demonstrators.

7:27 AM: Entire bridge closed after all (LOW bridge) while protesters head for T-5. Will update when that changes. Here’s a “live” SDOT camera showing the low bridge:

7:43 AM: Per scanner, police are reopening the low bridge now that the protesters have all crossed. Again, this is not affecting the high bridge or other routes. You can check the Chelan/Marginal camera in our top grouping to see what’s happening at the west end of the low bridge.

7:51 AM: Protest march now at Terminal 5, which is NOT on a major traffic route. SDOT confirms low bridge is open again:

8 AM: No traffic effects currently unless you are trying to get onto T-5, which hasn’t been busy since it was officially closed last July.

8:06 AM: Adding photo of demonstrators milling at T-5.

What happens next, we don’t know yet – police are there, and also standing by in case the group decides to march back across the low bridge, though that was NOT in the plan published in advance – there had been an intent voiced to shut T-5 down all day if they could. Meantime, the commute overall remains normal – no incidents in/from this area.

8:21 AM: Looking ahead to tomorrow – remember that Seattle Public Schools will be closed Tuesday for the one-day teacher walkout to protest legislative lack of action on school funding. Teachers are planning morning gatherings at WSHS and Chief Sealth; more on all this in a separate story later.

9:20 AM: Back from picking up our crew and also checking out T-5 from a different angle:

No word of any arrests in connection with the protest but police remain deployed and alert; one drove over to check us out while we were peering through the barb-wire-topped T-5 fence at the end of the driveway into Jack Block Park. We’ll continue to monitor this through the day and will have a separate story later with some of the morning’s scenes, but otherwise, we’re on to other news.

Monday morning reminder: Protest planned by low bridge

May 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 37 Comments

(Polar Pioneer at T-5, photographed from the West Seattle Water Taxi on Friday by JayDee)
Three full days after the arrival of the Polar Pioneer oil rig at Terminal 5, the next promised protest is Monday morning, so we’re publishing a reminder one more time that it might affect low-bridge travelers. The demonstration scheduled to start at 7 am Monday follows the Saturday “flotilla” protest; no citations or arrests were reported from that, but this could be different. As noted here on Thursday, groups opposed to Shell’s offshore-drilling plan for the Arctic say they will gather by the fishing bridge on Spokane St. just east of the low bridge. Today’s version of the media advisory says activists “will flood Terminal 5 and Harbor Island on Monday, stopping work on Shell’s Arctic drilling rig. Organizers with the sHell No! Action Council expect this to be the largest act of environmental civil disobedience Seattle has seen in recent years …” (Also mentioned in our Thursday report, the operators of Terminal 18, east of T-5, decided to be closed tomorrow just in case.)

No route is shown from the gathering point, but getting to T-5 from the fishing pier would require crossing the low bridge. We’ll have a crew on the scene starting early and will have updates here – traffic coverage is a WSB emphasis every weekday morning, whatever’s happening on the roads and paths.

P.S. The regional media says they’ll be on this too, so don’t be surprised to see/hear helicopter(s).

TRAFFIC ALERT: Alki Avenue SW closed for West Seattle 5K

May 17, 2015 at 9:01 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

Until about 11 am, Alki Avenue SW is closed for the annual West Seattle 5K. We’re here to cover the race, which is scheduled to start just after quarter past 9; organizers say 800 are signed up so far. If you’re parked anywhere on Alki SW in the race zone, move your car ASAP, as we’ve seen tow trucks as well as parking-enforcement officers. Race coverage to come in a separate story.

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

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

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

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

Also this morning:

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

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

Alerts for the next few days:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, our weekly look back:

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

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

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on eastbound West Seattle Bridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates & alerts

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

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

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

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

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

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday alerts and updates

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

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

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

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