Video: Beach Drive slide work; traffic moving with flagger help

January 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle video | 5 Comments

That’s WSB photojournalist Christopher Boffoli‘s video from the Beach Drive slide scene, where city crews were back working today. Though SDOT had said the road would be closed, commenter Peter (on our earlier report) and Christopher both report that it’s been allowed through one lane at a time, with flagger help. SDOT had said they expected today’s work on the slope – which first slid last week – to be done by 4 pm, and that they would be monitoring the site daily TFN while evaluating what else to do. We’ll be heading toward the area soon to check on its status. 4:30 PM UPDATE: From Marybeth Turner at SDOT:

To aid with traffic, SDOT’s Street Maintenance crews made modifications on site that allowed one lane of Beach Drive SW to remain open. They were able to clear away the debris from the roadway while using flaggers to let traffic by. Our urban forestry crews also removed trees that might otherwise fall onto the roadway or power lines. SDOT crews finished earlier this afternoon and then left the street as it was before, with one lane open and drivers taking turns. We will continue to monitor this site.


  1. Nice sequence Christopher!
    I just wish you were a bit wider on your second shot to show more of the ‘blue van’ that pete says is on vacation.

    Comment by sliding nulu — 5:32 pm January 20, 2010 #

  2. A hardworking blue van’s entitled to some R&R now and then.

    Comment by KBear — 11:19 am January 21, 2010 #

  3. Hey nulu! It isn’t doing anything so it must be on vacation! (recovering from soccer season?)

    Comment by Hal Snyder — 11:22 am January 21, 2010 #

  4. Nulu is wrong. It’s not really blue. More of a teal.

    Comment by nulu watcher — 3:38 pm January 21, 2010 #

  5. Sorry.
    Teal it is!

    Comment by watched nulu — 8:30 pm January 21, 2010 #

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