TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; 3 traffic advisories

(East-facing camera on the West Seattle Bridge; see other cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:11 AM: For starters: The below-freezing air has finally arrived. The Boeing Field temp, usually the closest to ours, was 27 at the top of the hour.

7:40 AM: Jana reports a crash on the eastbound bridge, “red lights everywhere.” Nothing on the 911 log so far.

8:04 AM: Per scanner, there’s debris – “ladder, boxes, some wood” – on the eastbound bridge. No specific spot mentioned yet. Also, a report of a crash at Delridge/Andover, with the drivers possibly in some kind of post-crash argument.

8:31 AM: Also from the scanner, police heading to check out a report of an incident/crash possibly involving a Metro bus, California/Edmunds. (Update: Thanks to NanC for an eyewitness report in comments below.)

9:13 AM: Thanks to Mike Jensen for the Twitter update on the bridge debris – he says a crew is out cleaning them up, which is/was blocking the left lane of the eastbound bridge.


Three advisories today:

BRIDGE LANE CLOSURES: Today through Friday, the city plans to install LED streetlights on the high-rise bridge, and that means lane closures, starting with sections of the eastbound right-hand lane 10 am-4 pm today. Here’s the advisory we published Tuesday.

42ND SW ALERT: The half-block closure of 42nd SW between Alaska and Edmunds continues today, according to an advisory from Andersen Construction, which is working on the two-building mixed-use development at 42nd/Alaska/California.

They’re connecting sewer lines and expect the closures to continue daily through Friday and again next Monday-Friday, 7 am-3:30 pm. Access is maintained to 42nd SW businesses, but you can’t take a right turn when leaving Jefferson Square.

SW GENESEE ALERT: The prefab-townhouse project continues today on SW Genesee west of 26th SW, and that means a lane is blocked at times. Here’s our coverage from Tuesday.

10 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; 3 traffic advisories"

  • stb December 4, 2013 (7:51 am)

    Backed up big time. Down Fauntleroy a long ways.

  • Joe Szilagyi December 4, 2013 (8:26 am)

    Incredibly backed up on the #21. Near stand still… Again. If you all are increasingly fed up with our daily battle:

  • Azimuth December 4, 2013 (8:32 am)

    I could have sworn I heard Bing Crosby singing “Slow, Slow, Slow!”

  • Driver December 4, 2013 (8:36 am)

    Just a reminder to people to slow down. People were blasting down California Hill & there is ice on the road. I had slowed down 5 mph aware that that hill going down to the beach typically has ice & had a tailgater in a hurry. When up on California Ave, same thing with people in a hurry going over the speed limit with possible ice on the road. Please slow down as you could be the one that hits that ice patch you did not see. Thank you.

  • NanC December 4, 2013 (8:40 am)

    Yep. Bus vs car. RapidRide bus in the right side lane pulled left, crossed into next lane and mashed in the side of a car in the center lane. Left side of bus. Both on California going south at Edmonds. Traffic seems to be getting by on both sides.

    • WSB December 4, 2013 (8:46 am)

      Thank you for the eyewitness update, NanC. Our crew’s out checking on something else so we couldn’t send them over for a look – TR

  • trickycoolj December 4, 2013 (11:26 am)

    Ugh, that ladder was on the bridge last night around 5:45 when I was headed to an event.

  • NW December 4, 2013 (12:31 pm)

    When I see debris or any items coming from the vehicle or vehicle load in this case which was not secured properly I get the license plate and report it. Individual behind the wheel either need to take responsibility of the vehicle or pay the price if its not secure they need to be held responsible. Check your load before heading out!

  • Jules December 4, 2013 (1:37 pm)

    FYI – I noticed a ladder in the left shoulder, just barely between the jersey barrier and the left eastbound lane just before the 1st ave exit. This was early though – around 6:15am

    • WSB December 4, 2013 (1:46 pm)

      For those who mentioned possibly seeing this earlier – don’t call if you’re driving, but when/if you can, please consider calling 911 to report a safety hazard like debris. If it’s a road-damage type of safety hazard like a pothole, the non-emergency SDOT line is 206-684-ROAD.

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