TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; weekend reminder

December 12, 2013 at 6:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 17 Comments

(More area traffic cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Here’s the live look at both major views of the high bridge. (Westbound view has been removed – stuck on old view.

Now, the weekend reminder – Highway 99 north of downtown will be closed late Friday night until early Monday morning, from the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley St., because of the ongoing Mercer work; details here.

7:35 AM: Commenters report trouble on W. Marginal Way. A crash was on the 911 log for the 5900 block but SFD is shown as having cleared.

7:52 AM: Commenter Amy says traffic is being allowed around that scene in alternating directions. We’re heading over to check it out.

8:08 AM: Our crew has just driven through the area and it appears to be clear now.

8:33 AM: Police are checking out word of a possible stalled or otherwise stopped vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Out of camera range with the westward view broken, so we’re waiting to hear confirmation.

8:45 AM: The stalled vehicle is confirmed, blocking the right lane parallel with Nucor.

9:02 AM: Per radio discussion, the vehicle is moved out of the lane, while help is awaited.

9:40 AM: Problem now on northbound 99, reported in comments and via Twitter. This traffic cam shows the backup:

(Live picture, so if you see this later, it will look normal, but we saved a frame grab for posterity.)

5:16 PM: In case you got stuck in a slowdown past South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) on 16th, it was a car fire:

Fire’s out and car’s about to be towed. No other details so far, but the road should open all the way up shortly if it hasn’t already.

17 Comments

  1. Looks like northbound on West Marginal Way (just north of Highland Park Way) is blocked across all lanes. Flashing lights up ahead and a cop just went flying by with lights on but no siren.

    Comment by Ash — 7:17 am December 12, 2013 #

  2. Any reports on what’s going on on marginal way? My dad just called and said traffic is completely blocked and he hasn’t moved in 10 min.

    Comment by AM — 7:32 am December 12, 2013 #

  3. Still blocked but now some traffic getting through. They are taking turns letting northbound go around then southbound

    Comment by Amy — 7:45 am December 12, 2013 #

  4. Accident between a car and a semi. All lanes are/were blocked.

    Comment by GoGo — 7:50 am December 12, 2013 #

  5. Traffic completely stopped both north & southbound W Marginal. Go around!

    Comment by Elizabeth — 7:53 am December 12, 2013 #

  6. Co-publisher Patrick has just driven all the way from Highland Park Way to T-107 and there’s nothing – so unless it’s a different location, it has cleared.

    Comment by WSB — 8:07 am December 12, 2013 #

  7. PLEASE HELP ME ,my truck just got stolen at 8 am this morning, I heard it start up and left. Its a BLACK Ford F250 with Colorado license plates, four door, its dirty right now.
    VMI sticker on rear left window, another sticker in white” Nobody Cares About Your Stick Family”, my cleaning supplies were in it. Please help me. It was stolen from Highland Park on 7th SW and Kenyon

    Comment by Alki resident — 8:50 am December 12, 2013 #

  8. Sorry to hear it. I see it on the SPD Twitter feed and will retweet that – was just mulling a Crime Watch post anyway. Any additional info, please e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:00 am December 12, 2013 #

  9. License plate Colorado 232 VUH, please somebody help find my truck, black four door lifted f250. Its dirty. It was stolen at 8am from Highland Park

    Comment by alki resident — 9:11 am December 12, 2013 #

  10. Right lane blocked North 99 at about Royal Brougham.

    Comment by workdowntown — 9:27 am December 12, 2013 #

  11. I was about two cars behind the accident, but didn’t witness it. Stuck for about 30 minutes until they could partially clear the road. From what I observed of the vehicle’s positions, a semi was making a left turn onto SB W Marginal and a passenger vehicle going NB hit it sideways.

    BTW, there is a crew working to the side of SB W Marginal just south of the 4800 block going into the “S” curves. Only one lane going in each direction, the rest of the road is coned off. The road was very shiny when I went through around 7:35 and may be icy. People are going TOO FAST going into it. Please slow down.

    Comment by Cathy — 9:42 am December 12, 2013 #

  12. NB 99 is barely moving. Here’s hoping the SDOT interns have noticed!

    Comment by JL — 9:43 am December 12, 2013 #

  13. Stall car has been towed away. All lanes open.

    Comment by workdowntown — 10:05 am December 12, 2013 #

  14. Thanks!

    Comment by WSB — 10:10 am December 12, 2013 #

  15. I find it interesting that SDOT can only afford to staff 1 intern for early morning weekday traffic management yet they can afford to hire a dozen “Safety Elves” to remind downtown “visitors, employees and residents to be super safe”.
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/safety_elves.htm

    Comment by Alphonse — 3:04 pm December 12, 2013 #

  16. Traffic on viaduct/SB 99 is barely moving…probably getting home after six today rather than the usual 5:40 pm…

    Comment by Greta — 5:36 pm December 12, 2013 #

  17. Does look kind of ugly out there, especially outbound from WS

    Comment by WSB — 5:56 pm December 12, 2013 #

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