Freeway Fright ’07: As Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says…

August 11, 2007 at 3:16 pm | In Freeway Fright '07, Transportation | 5 Comments

… don’t panic.


Those three images, by the way, are the latest images (as of when you arrived on this page) from the (left to right) city traffic cam for the WS Bridge, looking east from midspan; the city traffic cam pointing east at the I-5 ramps from high over 6th/Spokane; and the state traffic cam (direction varies) at I-5/Spokane. (Refresh this page for the newest images.) Meantime, we just took our first eastbound journey since this began 17 hours ago. No awfulness. We took the Costco loop – down Fauntleroy to The Bridge, off at 1st South & up to 4th, to Costco, then back up over the 1st Ave S Bridge to 509 to Myers and up through the north edge of White Center, to our south side of WS ‘hood. Of course we took pix.

Left to right below – looking east down the bridge after the post-Fauntleroy bend; looking east down the bridge after the high hump; top of the 1st Ave S ramp:

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Left to right below — sign on the south edge of the bottom of the 1st Ave S ramp; looking east down Spokane (surface) toward 4th; our only traffic hangup, a train (if you get off at 1st S hoping to use the new 4th S left-turn signal, remember you run the risk of train delay):
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WSDOT’s latest update on how the I-5 work is going (don’t forget the WS Bridge ramp to northbound 5 is completely closed all weekend) is here.

5 Comments

  1. We made our first trip across the bridge to Beacon Hill about 3pm this afternoon – no problems at all, very light taffic. We did run into a back-up approaching the light at 15th & Spokane, and noticed an Asian couple standing by their car, pulled over to the opposite side of the road (heading west) looking perplexed & waving a map. They shouted “which way Pier 30?”.
    We shouted back to go onto the bridge & turn off at 4th, then the light changed and we had to depart. They weren’t there when we returned 20min later, so hopefully they found the way to their ship in time. Haven’t really ever looked before, but did not see any directional signs to the pier – could easily be wrong. Anyway, it wasn’t as bad as we expected.

    Comment by Marge C — 6:06 pm August 11, 2007 #

  2. Doesn’t look too bad. Is everybody staying home?

    Comment by Bonnie — 7:32 pm August 11, 2007 #

  3. Monday, on my commute I plan on using the “Infinite Improbability Drive”

    Comment by Todd in Westwood — 8:17 am August 12, 2007 #

  4. Monday on my commute I plan to use a TARDIS.

    …anyone know where I can get a TARDIS between now and tomorrow morning?

    I did see a backup on northbound I-5 while heading south at about 12:30 this afternoon, but that’s not unusual at that time on Sundays anyway.

    Comment by G. Williams — 4:11 pm August 12, 2007 #

  5. hehehe…Mr. Williams…perhaps you could post a wanted on the freecycleseattle Yahoo group…maybe someone has one just sitting around ;-)

    Comment by Jan — 4:53 pm August 12, 2007 #

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