TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday, on the move

January 24, 2013 at 6:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 16 Comments

(Live view from the west-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
If you drive or ride on Avalon Way, remember that as reported here yesterday, the new stoplight at SW Genesee is in action. Only other traffic alert is the week’s final night of a scheduled southbound 99 closure between Battery St. Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge for SODO overpass work, 10 pm tonight till 5 am tomorrow (and then one more week of Monday through Thursday nights). Be safe!

16 Comments

  1. The 120 which came through White Center at 6:20ish ended up packed to the rafters – more people standing than sitting, no room for anyone else to get on. Seems to be like this every time I catch it unless it’s a holiday. Good job Metro?

    Comment by madpanic — 7:30 am January 24, 2013 #

  2. Traffic in Genesseee he priority. As soon as a vehicle pulls up on Genessee the light on Avalon Way goes red. My kitchen looks out on this intersection and I’m timing the light on Avalon Way going red every 20-25 seconds. Not good at commute time.

    Comment by Joe Grande — 7:53 am January 24, 2013 #

  3. Another brilliant move by the city to try to improve traffic. Instead they cause a backup from Avalon up to Fauntleroy. Nice work.

    Comment by NWryan — 8:13 am January 24, 2013 #

  4. This light is awful during the morning commute. Our rapid ride c line sat here for 2 minutes. Gotta fix it.

    Comment by Marley — 8:32 am January 24, 2013 #

  5. Yeah, they’re going to have to consider some changes to that. Traffic was backed up Avalon to Fauntleroy this morning at 7:45, and also backed up 35th waiting to make the turn onto Avalon. I love that there’s a light there, but not sure why Genesee has the priority there, especially during morning rush hour when everyone is headed that way to the bridge.

    Comment by Sue — 8:35 am January 24, 2013 #

  6. City throws down this new rapid ride bus system to get people around the city faster, installs stoplights to slow it down…

    Comment by Ian — 8:43 am January 24, 2013 #

  7. DOT should put a red light camera on the Genesee onto Avalon signal (top of the hill if you come westbound up the hill from Delridge). They can wrack up some $$$. At least 2 out of every 10 cars are running through that red light. They do need to fix the timing.

    Also, while the crosswalks are lovely, since cars are stopped across them waiting to run the red lights onto Avalon, pedestrians are still having to walk out into traffic. Hopefully, it will smooth out in the next few days.

    Comment by BWD — 8:48 am January 24, 2013 #

  8. Agreed. It appears to cycle twice, once for eastbound cars and once for westbound cars.
    Those traveling north on Avalon sit and wait. At 8:15 this morning it was indeed backed up to Fauntleroy. The timing needs to be improved to clear the backlog of cars on Avalon before letting the Genesee cars through.

    Comment by slc — 9:26 am January 24, 2013 #

  9. Rather than us all simply complaining here, who do we address our concerns to? Would Washington DOT be the people to comment to about light timing?

    Comment by Sue — 9:56 am January 24, 2013 #

  10. It’s the city of Seatttle. WSDOT takes care of State highways. I think the manager’s name at the city is Brian Kemper.

    Comment by bus rider — 10:06 am January 24, 2013 #

  11. Don’t bet on anything Metro or the City does smothing out anytime soon. Your tax dollars at work!!

    Comment by dwar — 10:17 am January 24, 2013 #

  12. SDOT.
    (206) 684-7623
    traffic.signals@seattle.gov

    Comment by BWD — 10:36 am January 24, 2013 #

  13. Thanks, BWD – email sent! (Hope everyone else will do the same!)

    Comment by Sue — 11:39 am January 24, 2013 #

  14. I emailed as well. That was so bad this morning! Only three cars could get through on Avalon at a time before it turned red again, and the red lights were lasting longer than the green ones. Well done, City of Seattle. Well done!

    Comment by Scooterista — 12:58 pm January 24, 2013 #

  15. it seems like this is something SDOT could fix. i feel like the light at Delridge/Andover has different timing during rush hours than it does at 9:00 pm for example.

    Comment by sam-c — 1:04 pm January 24, 2013 #

  16. If we don’t hear from SDOT first (sometimes we do), we’ll check with them to see how this is being addressed. An older story mentioning a different intersection just got this unsolicited update about a signal:
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    http://westseattleblog.com/2013/01/community-proposed-projects-repaving-update-more-delridge-neighborhoods-district-councils-first-2013-meeting#comment-959674

    Comment by WSB — 1:09 pm January 24, 2013 #

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