Update: West Marginal Way SW reopened after tree cleanup

December 13, 2010 at 7:53 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

(12:09 PM: Road is open again)

(Photo added 9:05 am – we walked into the cleanup zone; more visuals to come)
ORIGINAL 7:53 AM REPORT: New reports are just in that West Marginal Way SW is closed again this morning – and that follows a report from Seattle Parks of new slide concern in the 5000 block, which is close to yesterday’s closure. So an alternate route is in order this morning. Just got a note from Erik that the closure is at SW Edmunds (map) and an image that suggests a big backup.

8:17 AM UPDATE: Official information just e-mailed by Peg Nielsen of SDOT:

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews are working to remove 25 trees which are down across the 5400 block of W Marginal Way (SW) just S of Puget [map]. Traffic is being detoured off of W Marginal between Highland and S Spokane Street. The crew is working to get two lanes open by noon; however, it could take most of the day to remove all the trees and open all lanes at that location. Local business access is being maintained.

10:06 AM NOTE: Back from checking out the site. Sizable SDOT crew working to cut the fallen/falling trees, which are going into the chipper you see in the photo above. On the south side, the roadblock/turnaround is at the Alaska Marine Lines west terminal in the 5600 block of W Marginal.

12:10 PM UPDATE: The city hasn’t sent official word yet but a KING 5 live shot shows the road has just reopened.

4 Comments

  1. “Rich folks with more money than sense have been building in these sensitive areas for years, then attempting to recover damages from the city when nature takes its course…after constructing their three story mcmansion for two people and surreptitiously girdling trees on the slope to improve their views.” Brian
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    If it were only true.
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    This is another hillside that has been sliding for decades, but if Brian saw a house on this hill he would be posting the same rant again.

    Comment by Nulu — 8:49 am December 13, 2010 #

  2. Will you post when W Marginal re-opens?? Please.

    Comment by joe — 11:08 am December 13, 2010 #

  3. Oh absolutely. When we get word of that, it’ll be here, plus on Facebook and Twitter. And if we don’t get updates on that and Beach Dr shortly, we’ll be driving back to the scenes to check in person … TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:46 am December 13, 2010 #

  4. The city hasn’t sent an official announcement but we knew KING 5 was on site (saw them when we went for photos) so we checked out the noon newscast, and they just reported live that it’s open again (showing the traffic moving by, as visual proof) – TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:11 pm December 13, 2010 #

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