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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; 9 days to Viaduct closure

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5:58 AM: Good morning! The list of upcoming traffic alerts is longer this morning:

ROAD REPAIRS ON 26TH SW: Starting Monday, south of Westwood Village, with some detours/re-routes, explained here.

FAUNTLEROY EXPRESSWAY CLOSURES: The nighttime closures on the west end of the bridge start one week from tonight. We’re still awaiting an update from SDOT with final word on lane closures under the bridge.

ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT CLOSURE: And we’re now 9 days away from the Alaskan Way Viaduct being closed while the Highway 99 tunneling machine goes beneath it – that’s set to start before the morning commute on Friday, April 29th. The online clearinghouse of closure info is at 99closure.org – even a page where the state promises to post tunneling progress reports once or twice a day during the closure.

8:22 AM: Crash at 35th/Holden … but it is reported to have cleared quickly.

8:55 AM: If you are a Water Taxi rider – this afternoon on the downtown dock, it’s your chance to get a look at the upcoming Colman Dock overhaul:

King County Water Taxi and WSF staff will be at Pier 50 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. to share the latest design for the Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock. This includes the design of the new Water Taxi facility. Please stop by to learn more and ask questions.

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MORE ROAD WORK: Bus-battered street panels in Westwood to be replaced starting next week

(WSB photo from March)

FIRST REPORT, 11:56 AM: The city is about to start replacing concrete panels on 26th SW north of Roxbury. The Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council shone light on this problem during its March meeting, which we covered here; residents along that stretch of 26th south of Westwood Village point out that both the road and their houses have been literally rattled by the dramatic increase in bus traffic since the area became a “transit center” a few years ago. WWRHAH leadership just got this notice from SDOT and shared it with us to help get early warning to you:

SDOT Maintenance and Operations staff will be reconstructing portions of older, thinner concrete pavement on 26th Ave SW that are failing due to heavy Metro bus loads. Work will commence on Monday April 25th, 7:00 a.m.

All southbound traffic, including Metro buses, will be detoured for the duration of the project. Metro buses will continue to use northbound lanes. The roadway will be closed to general traffic, however local access, including solid waste vehicles, postal carriers, etc. will be able to travel northbound only. It is anticipated that the roadway will be reopened no later than 6:00 p.m., Sunday May 1st. Areas adjacent to work zone will be no-parked; Uniformed Police Officers will be assisting during active construction periods.

WWRHAH leadership was told the first phase will be between Roxbury and Cambridge.

ADDED 4:23 PM: An advisory just sent by the city spells it out this way:

From 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 1, travelers can expect the following:

• The southbound direction of 26th Ave SW between SW Roxbury St and SW Cambridge St will be closed to general traffic.

• All southbound traffic, including Metro buses, will be detoured for the duration of the project.

• The northbound direction of 26th Avenue SW will be open to traffic, including Metro buses.

• Local access will be available in the northbound direction only.

• There will be no parking in areas adjacent to the 26th Avenue SW work zone.

They refer bus riders to Metro’s site for bus-detour info, though we’re not seeing it posted there yet.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; 10 days until Viaduct closure

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7:23 AM: Quiet, sunny Tuesday morning so far, headed into the 80s again.

VIADUCT-CLOSURE COUNTDOWN: 10 days until the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for two weeks or so while the Highway 99 tunneling machine goes beneath it. Some new information emerged at a Monday media briefing – here’s our report. The city, county, and state transportation agencies are continuing to add information to 99closure.org.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-spring-break Monday; 11 days to Viaduct closure

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6:03 AM: Welcome to what’s expected to be a sunny, very warm Monday. Spring break’s over and everybody’s back in school, so be watchful for everything from beacons to bicycles to buses.

Two big reminders of what’s ahead:

11 DAYS TO VIADUCT CLOSURE – ANY QUESTIONS? In case you missed it, last Friday brought the two-week warning of the tunneling-related Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. Before the morning commute on Friday, April 29th, Highway 99 will be shut down from the Battery Street Tunnel to the West Seattle Bridge so that the tunneling machine can go beneath The Viaduct; that’s expected to take about two weeks if all goes well. As we’ve been reporting for months, local transit/transportation agencies have made all kinds of plans to try to help you get through it. Do you have any questions? We’re going to a media briefing/Q&A event later this morning with WSDOT, SDOT, Metro, and Water Taxi reps and would be happy to take yours along.

9 DAYS TO BRIDGE CLOSURES AND MORE: Also announced Friday, specific dates and times for bridge and lane closures related to the Fauntleroy Expressway bearing-pad re-replacement project. The west end of the bridge will be closed overnight many nights starting April 27th. Some lane closures are planned for Spokane St. *under the high bridge*, too. Here are all the details.

6:46 AM: Alert from Metro:

Metro Transit Alert – Route 50 is currently rerouted off of S Lander St between 1st Av S and SODO Busway, due to a blockage.

6:57 AM: And now Metro says it’s back to normal.

8:46 AM: Two more reminders:

30TH/YANCY CLOSED ON THE WEST SIDE OF AVALON … as the pedestrian-safety project at that multi-point intersection continues; the work switched from east to west last Thursday.

OVERNIGHT 99 CLOSURE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN: Tonight through Thursday night, the nightly Highway 99 closure north of downtown, 10 pm to 5 am, will be for all lanes of SB 99 between the Aurora Bridge and Thomas Street – full details here.

BRIDGE CLOSURES: Dates/times for Fauntleroy Expressway bearing-pad re-replacement work

(2012 WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli, during original bearing-pad-replacement work)

Since January, we’ve been warning you that dozens of closures are ahead for the west end of the West Seattle Bridge, for the work to re-replace hundreds of earthquake-safety cushions, officially known as bearing pads. (Here’s the backstory.) SDOT announced earlier this month that the work would likely start in late April, and this morning the contractor has sent word of the specific dates and times, starting April 27th. Note that the announcement includes not only nighttime closures of the west end of the high bridge (formally called the Fauntleroy Expressway), but also lane closures on Spokane Street beneath it – daytime as well as nighttime. Here are full details:

C A Carey will be closing the Fauntleroy Expressway (West Seattle Bridge) from 9 pm to 5 am. The bridge will be closed westbound at Delridge Way and eastbound at 35th Ave SW.

In the evenings, under-bridge traffic (Spokane Street) will be reduced to one lane in both directions east- and westbound. C A Carey will be out flagging along with the closed lanes. Expect delays if traveling under the bridge. Carey will also be working during the day to reduce traffic under the bridge to one lane in both directions, and flagging as needed. Hours for the lanes are westbound Spokane St are 7 am to 6 pm and eastbound Spokane St are 9 am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday.

This work will start on April 27, 2016 and continue through July 15, 2016.

Daytime (Lane) Closures
Spokane St eastbound 9 am to 6 pm
Spokane St westbound 7 am to 6 pm
Mondays thru Fridays

Nighttime Closure
Spokane St (lane) eastbound 6 pm to 6 am
Spokane St (lane) westbound 6 pm to 6 am
Fauntleroy Expressway [bridge] 9 pm to 5 am
Sundays thru Fridays

Throughout the closures, we will include reminders (and any changes/updates) in our weekday morning traffic/transit watches and weekend previews, and will also add the overall information to the WSB Traffic page.


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7:06 AM: Good morning and happy Friday! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.

ROAD WORK: 30th and Yancy both are closed at Avalon now that the SDOT project at that intersection has moved from the west side to the east side.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Spring-break Thursday

April 14, 2016 7:23 am
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7:23 AM: Another quiet morning so far, second-to-last weekday of Seattle Public Schools‘ spring break. One road-work note: SDOT says the 30th/Yancy/Avalon project will switch to the east side of the intersection today. During this phase of the project, 30th and Yancy will both be closed at Avalon.

NEW METRO SURVEY: This one’s about late-night bus-riding. If you use the bus between midnight and 5 am, Metro really wants to hear from you. Even if you don’t, your replies could be helpful. Take it here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates

April 13, 2016 7:06 am
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7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far. Notes for today include:

AFTERNOON BASEBALL: The Mariners play the Rangers one more time at Safeco Field, 12:40 pm.

30TH/YANCY/AVALON PROJECT: SDOT announced earlier this week that this work could switch from the east side of the intersection to the west side as soon as today – we’ll head out to check shortly. (8:28 am update – SDOT tells us the change will be made TOMORROW, Thursday.)

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN: Another overnight closure of SB 99 north of downtown is set for overnight tonight, 10 pm-5 am, between Valley and Thomas.

SPRING BREAK CONTINUES … for Seattle Public Schools, which reopen next Monday (April 18th).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Spring-break Tuesday

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6:43 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far.

30th/Yancy/Avalon update: Switching sides soon


Two weeks into the work at 30th/Yancy/Avalon/Andover, SDOT says it’s about to switch sides from the west to the east:

Construction on the west side of SW Avalon Way at SW Andover St is progressing smoothly. The crews anticipate that they will wrap up the west side work and move over to build the east side improvements as soon as this Wednesday, April 13.

As a reminder, when crews are working on the east side of SW Avalon Way both 30th Ave SW and SW Yancy St will be closed at SW Avalon Way. Local access will be maintained from SW Genesse St and 28th Ave SW. Pedestrian access will be maintained through the work zone and crews will set up No Parking signs.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Spring-break Monday

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6:21 AM: Good morning! One incident of note so far this morning that was clearing when we were at the scene just before the top of the hour, covered separately here, a crash on southbound California just south of Admiral.

Otherwise: It’s spring-break week for Seattle Public Schools (and Vashon too), so traffic should be lighter. More notes as the week begins:

OVERNIGHT SB HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN: This week, for each of four nights starting tonight, 10 pm-5 am, the closure will be southbound, between Valley and Thomas Streets.

WHAT’S UP WITH THE TUNNEL PROJECT/VIADUCT-CLOSURE PLAN? Hear for yourself during this morning’s 9:30 am City Council briefing.

MARINERS’ GAME TONIGHT: SODO evening alert – M’s vs. Rangers, 7:10 pm at The Safe.

UPDATE: Genesee reopens east of Avalon after truck spills load


6:05 PM: Thanks for the tips – westbound Genesee is closed just east of Avalon because a truck trailer’s load spilled.

6:28 PM: Just went by. Still blocked but traffic is getting by both ways, alternating, with SPD directing.

7 PM: Via Twitter, SDOT says it may take a few hours for this to be cleaned up so the westbound lane can reopen.


8:05 PM: Added that photo from Daniel, who says he saw it happen: “Truck driver attempted to go up the hill, failed, rocked the truck and the load of bricks came out.” He says police told him the driver was cited.

10:23 PM: Thanks for the updates – Genesee is open again both ways.


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7 AM: Good morning – no incidents in/from West Seattle so far. What you need to know otherwise:

WATER TAXI NOW 7 DAYS A WEEK: The spring/summer schedule starts today (and remember the free-rides-all-day celebration on Sunday). The new schedule adds weekends and Friday/Saturday nights in time for the …

MARINERS’ HOME OPENER: Tonight at Safeco Field, 7:10 pm vs. the A’s.

SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK: Seattle Public Schools are out next week (Vashon, too).

520 BRIDGE CLOSED THIS WEEKEND … so the I-90 bridge will be busier. (520 is being readied for a partial opening of the new bridge to vehicle traffic starting next week.)

8:14 AM UPDATE: Just getting word of trouble on northbound 99 at King Street – a crash is blocking the right lane.

8:57 AM UPDATE: SDOT says the crash has cleared, but the 3-mile backup will take a while to ease.

ROAD-WORK ALERT: Saturday work on Dumar Way

Seattle Public Utilities has a cleanup plan for Saturday that might affect traffic on Dumar Way:

SPU will perform routine ditch and culvert cleaning beginning on the 1700 block of Dumar Way SW [map] in West Seattle on Saturday, April 9 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Maintenance crews will be progressively cleaning along Dumar Way SW, with a single lane closure shifting in conjunction with their workflow. Traffic will be impacted in the area. SPU has scheduled this work on a weekend to reduce traffic congestion. Expect traffic and bus delays.

BRIDGE CLOSURES AHEAD: April 25th start set for Fauntleroy Expressway bearing-pad re-replacement closures

(2012 WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli, from original pad-replacement work beneath the bridge)

As we first reported back in January, dozens of nighttime closures are ahead for the Fauntleroy Expressway end of the West Seattle Bridge, as SDOT begins the year-delayed re-replacement of 600+ earthquake-safety bearing pads.

This afternoon, the city announced that the first closure is expected to be the night of April 25th. Read on for the rest of the announcement:

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday on the move

April 6, 2016 6:58 am
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6:58 AM: No incidents in or from West Seattle so far this morning.

7:23 AM: Since it’s still quiet, some reminders:

-Overnight closures on 99 north of downtown continue tonight, 10 pm-5 am, between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. The full list of closures for the rest of this week and the next two weeks is here.

-The West Seattle Water Taxi‘s 7-days-a-week spring/summer schedule starts Friday, with a free-rides-all-day celebration on Sunday.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Crash on EB bridge, stall on WB bridge both clear

(Screengrab from SDOT cam, before SFD left the scene)

5:49 PM: Thanks for the tips: A crash is blocking the left two lanes of the eastbound high bridge.

5:57 PM: Multiple tips note it’s backing up the westbound bridge too.

6:18 PM: And if you’re headed west on the Fauntleroy end of the bridge, there’s a stall blocking one lane by Walking on Logs.

6:39 PM: Both scenes are now clear.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: April’s first Tuesday

April 5, 2016 6:27 am
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6:27 AM: Good morning – the big issue right now on area outbound routes is eastbound I-90. A police investigation has the main lanes closed; eastbound traffic is using the express lanes only. That’s backing up northbound I-5, including the stretch to which you exit from the West Seattle Bridge.

Otherwise – the Viaduct is back to normal after yesterday’s crab-truck crash. But remember the overnight closures on NB 99 continuing north of downtown – 10 pm-5 am, nightly through Thursday night, and then the next two weeks bring overnight closures on SB 99, again north of downtown – if you travel that stretch during those hours, get the details here.

6:48 AM: All lanes of eastbound I-90 have just reopened, according to an e-mail alert from WSDOT.

UPDATE: NB Alaskan Way Viaduct fully open again, 6 hours after crab-laden truck goes sideways

(TOPLINE: As of 8:29, six hours after the truck full of frozen crab went sideways, the Viaduct is fully open again)

2:54 PM: That crash has just led to a followup alert that the NB Alaskan Way Viaduct is “subject to closure,” so don’t head that way for a while. Metro is routing 120, 125, and the C Line off NB 99 for now, too.

3 PM UPDATE: Here’s the view from the other side, thanks to a reader who texted us (we’re at 206-293-6302, 24/7):


And another view, texted from a back-seat passenger of someone who was on the Viaduct:


Again, while the photos show left-lane traffic getting by, SDOT has warned that both lanes are “subject to closure,” so an alternate route remains your best bet. Here’s the “live” view:

3:24 PM UPDATE: Tow trucks have arrived.

3:45 PM UPDATE: The southbound lanes also are being closed, says SPD, while they work to right the truck.

4:11 PM UPDATE: Southbound 99 has JUST reopened. Check the “live” view above for an update on northbound – the truck’s been pulled upright, for starters.

4:35 PM: Thanks to the reader who sent this video showing items falling from the truck to the surface below The Viaduct:

SDOT’s latest tweet, meantime: “We’re currently off-loading the truck and will then tow it. Once the structure is deemed safe lanes will reopen.” P.S. Regional media reports the boxes falling off the truck are filled with frozen crab.

4:47 PM: And WSDOT has just tweeted that the truck is being towed. It’s been about two hours since the wreck. (added) You can’t see it in the current “live” view above but other views show MANY boxes left behind, so northbound is going to be out of commission a while longer.

4:59 PM: Thanks to the reader who texted a view showing exactly what we just mentioned:

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5:30 PM: This update from SPD Blotter says it’s been determined the Viaduct does *not* have any structural damage as a result of this, and so it’ll be able to reopen once all the debris are cleared. SPD also verifies that the cargo was frozen crab. (Another side note – it’s been a little more than a year since the infamous fish-truck crash; that too happened around 2:30 pm, but it was on SB 99, not NB.)

6 PM: Northbound 99 is still closed at the crash scene. We’ll continue updating until it reopens.

6:37 PM: One lane of NB 99 has just reopened. The right lane will remain closed TFN because of guardrail damage, says WSDOT.

6:47 PM: Metro says Rapid Ride C and Routes 120 and 125 are back on their regular routes using the Viaduct.

8:29 PM: Six hours after the crash, SDOT just announced that NB 99 is fully open again.

8:45 PM: … with this postscript:

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: April’s first Monday

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6:07 AM: Good morning! Welcome to the first Monday in April. Notes for today and beyond:

FERRY ALERT: 7:30 am-3 pm daily, today through Thursday, WSF warns of possible service delays on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route because of work being done on a Vashon slip, explained as “dependent on the tides and must be completed during this time period.”

LAST WEEK OF WATER TAXI’S WINTER SCHEDULE: 7-day-a-week operations start this Friday; two days later, it’s the special ride-free-all-day celebration on Sunday.

WHO’S ON SPRING BREAK: Highline Public Schools, the district immediately south of Seattle (including White Center and Burien), is out all week; Seattle Public Schools and the Vashon Island School District have spring break next week.

VIADUCT CLOSURE? No start date yet, according to the WSDOT tunnel-machine update published here last Friday.

8:31 AM: One more note – tonight through Thursday night, WSDOT plans to close northbound 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street (lower Queen Anne) 10 pm-5 am nightly. So if you’re headed northbound from here on 99 during those hours, you’ll have to exit by Western.

8:46 AM: Josh sends word via Twitter that northbound Delridge is backed up to Kenyon. No word of crashes so we’re not sure about the cause yet.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates and alerts

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6:29 AM: Good morning and welcome to April. The day begins with a transit alert – a crash at 3rd/Seneca has Metro routing the C Line, 120, and 56 off Seneca between 1st and 3rd. SDOT says the crash is blocking one southbound lane.

6:31 AM: And just like that, Metro has now sent an alert saying those routes are all back to normal.

9:26 AM: Reminder for next week – the parochial schools that were out on break this week will be back to school; the Highline district just south of West Seattle will be on break. (Seattle and Vashon public schools are out the week of April 11th.)


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6:21 AM: Good morning – welcome to the last day of March. No incidents in/from West Seattle so far.

AVALON/YANCY/30TH/ANDOVER PROJECT: As of yesterday afternoon, crews on this pedestrian-safety project had closed Andover at Avalon.

7:54 AM: Matt says via Twitter that lower Spokane St. is jammed east of the low bridge but isn’t seeing why; no incidents that we’re seeing logged, either.

8:46 AM: Crash reported at Olson/Myers – one south/westbound lane of Olson is blocked.

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