TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move

January 28, 2013 at 5:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 30 Comments

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
5:58 AM: As we start a new week, there’s just one traffic alert for scheduled work: One more week with southbound 99 closed from Battery St. Tunnel to West Seattle Bridge, 10 pm-5 am tonight and each of the next three nights, for SODO overpass work.

7:25 AM: Multiple reports of a crash or stall on northbound 99 in the stadium zone – JayDee says it’s by Royal Brougham. Commenters say it’s a major backup – avoid 99.

7:43 AM: WSDOT just tweeted that the problem’s been cleared. Backup may take a while longer, though.

7:51 AM: Metro has just sent a text advisory:

Due to high volumes of traffic this morning, expect delays in transit service to downtown Seattle.

30 Comments

  1. What is happening on 99 northbound?

    Comment by BP — 7:08 am January 28, 2013 #

  2. As of 7:13, my 120 driver for permission to skip the viaduct. it’s completely backed up to the bridge. We don’t stop until downtown anyways. This driver’s pretty nifty.

    Comment by jedifarfy — 7:17 am January 28, 2013 #

  3. 6:45 Wife called – northbound on s-curves Viaduct two car accident.

    Comment by let them swim — 7:17 am January 28, 2013 #

  4. Northbound 99 pretty much stopped ar 7:25

    Comment by steve — 7:25 am January 28, 2013 #

  5. 99 is especially slow this Monday morning for some reason? 30 minutes from bridge and haven’t got to stadium yet. Bad juju to the random drivers that took the bus lane all the way!

    Comment by Stopago — 7:26 am January 28, 2013 #

  6. The traffic is really backed up on 99. There may be a stall but I can’t see it right now. I’ve been trying to get on to 99 for the last 5 minutes, but have been stuck on the on ramp. We were moving slowly, but now we’re not moving at all.

    Comment by Kp — 7:27 am January 28, 2013 #

  7. Its a 2 car fender-bender. Didn’t look serious but both drivers were standing outside their cars when I went by at 7:10. Left lane.

    Comment by Work downtown — 7:28 am January 28, 2013 #

  8. Traffic seems way slower this morning trying to get on NB 99 from EB WSBridge. It looks like NB 99 is at a standstill, but I can’t find any news about it, and Metro doesn’t seem to be rerouting buses yet.

    Comment by Jen — 7:28 am January 28, 2013 #

  9. Skip 99 – take 1st or 4th

    Comment by Dan — 7:29 am January 28, 2013 #

  10. still very slow. Incident response towing truck just went by. There are also some cars who are driving in the bus only lane. Not fair for us who are waiting patiently.

    Comment by Kp — 7:32 am January 28, 2013 #

  11. Accident north 99 at 1st Ave merge. Took me 30 mins extra to get through.

    Comment by Kim — 7:33 am January 28, 2013 #

  12. Now Metro is re-routing.

    Comment by Jen — 7:34 am January 28, 2013 #

  13. Sitting on the bridge trying to get onto 99N for 20 min. Grrr going to be late!

    Comment by ws born & bred — 7:36 am January 28, 2013 #

  14. Stuck on RR trying to get on viaduct. After 15 minutes of standstill finally moving. Slowly. Have patience today.

    Comment by Babs — 7:54 am January 28, 2013 #

  15. 99 dead still, still. Been trapped on Rapid Ride on bridge/99 connector loop for 25 minutes. Send rescue dogs and alcohol.

    Comment by Joe — 7:55 am January 28, 2013 #

  16. As updated above – the problem cleared but as always, the residual backup takes a while …

    Comment by WSB — 8:04 am January 28, 2013 #

  17. RR full again this morning @ the junction. Not everyone able to board. Painful.

    Comment by KC — 8:08 am January 28, 2013 #

  18. Btw, big thumbs down to KOMO radio whose traffic guy didn’t report on it until about 7:24 or so… by that time I had finally gotten to the accident scene and could see the tow truck taking the second car off with my own eyes. Traffic reporting fail!

    Comment by BP — 8:13 am January 28, 2013 #

  19. Lanes to I 5 are bad at this point, 99 looks normal fyi

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 8:28 am January 28, 2013 #

  20. Lanes to I 5 are bad at this point, 99 looks normal fyi.

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 8:30 am January 28, 2013 #

  21. Lanes to I 5 are bad at this point, 99 looks normal.

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 8:30 am January 28, 2013 #

  22. Disabled vehicle where northbound I 5 merge is from the bridge. WSP on scene.

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 8:36 am January 28, 2013 #

  23. Just made it Downtown via the WS Bridge and 99N, and it was pretty smooth sailing (for buses at least).

    Comment by SeaDirtLawyer — 8:37 am January 28, 2013 #

  24. 4th Ave S very slow going into town. Don’t know what’s going on.

    Comment by oh — 8:55 am January 28, 2013 #

  25. Thanks to everybody for the updates today. Including the first person to text us – which is what breaks us out of anything that temporarily takes us away from the keyboard. 206-293-6302 any time (text or voice), as long as you can call legally/safely (passenger in car/bus, etc.) … TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:45 am January 28, 2013 #

  26. I think at one point the travel time board said 88 minutes to Green Lake via 99. Is that a record? :-)

    Comment by Robert — 10:40 am January 28, 2013 #

  27. WSB, My 3 in a row above happened because I kept getting an error message on my mobile saying something like “your comment cannot be published at this time based on content.” Just wanted to let you know in case it is something with wordpress.

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 11:15 am January 28, 2013 #

  28. Hello, I’m a new West Seattle resident. Does anybody have experience as to how early to get onto RR Line C before overcrowding becomes an issue? How about if you’re commuting with a bike? I’d be getting on at the ferry terminal. Thanks in advance!

    Comment by Steve — 12:45 pm January 28, 2013 #

  29. I understand their was an accident (an hour before I passed 35/Fauntleroy but does it always take a 1/2 hour to get on 99?

    Comment by Wet — 1:25 pm January 28, 2013 #

  30. Wet, it takes me on average 30 minutes to get to I 5 .. I used to be able to drive to Issaquah from WS in 30 minutes..

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 2:18 pm January 28, 2013 #

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