(Latest bridge and Viaduct views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:03 AM: School is back in session after winter break, which in turn means family-vacation time is over, so just about everyone will be back on the roads, the buses, the sidewalks, the trails, etc. Be careful until everyone’s used to each other again! If you see a problem, text or call us *if/when you can do so legally and safely*, not while behind the wheel – 206-293-6302. Thank you!
TRAFFIC ALERTS THIS WEEK: Late-night/early-morning I-5 closures – details here.
7:14 AM UPDATE: Multiple commenters are warning about icy/slick roads. WSDOT too, regionally, via Twitter:
Travel times aren't horrible but we've seen a ton of collisions. Please be cautious, it's very slippery out there.
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) January 6, 2014
7:35 AM UPDATE: Not really a traffic update but if you see police in the Beach Drive/Richey Viewpoint/Weather Watch Park vicinity, they’re doublechecking on what some people called in as possible gunshots – one officer said over the radio that he was in the area, heard it, and is fairly sure it was fireworks.
7:41 AM: Back to those slick roads. Co-publisher Patrick Sand is just back from an errand and reports California SW through Gatewood is among them. We also have multiple reports about Sylvan Way, including this one from Linda in comments: “… Incredibly icy going up Morgan to 35th then down Sylvan way where a car had already spun out. A bit icy down Highland Park way, hit a patch making the right at the bottom of the hill and didn’t hit clear roads until I was on the freeway towards Burien.”
7:56 AM: Some consolation for the return to school, bridge traffic, etc. – a beautiful sunrise:
Thanks to Lise Thivierge for the photo from the Water Taxi dock at Seacrest.
8:18 AM: From the scanner – police have been called to check out someone sleeping and/or intoxicated on a Metro bus by Roxhill Park.
9:08 AM: Annie warns via Twitter that there’s debris as you head off southbound I-5 and onto the westbound West Seattle Bridge – some kind of “metal pipe.” As we noted on Twitter, when you can safely make a phone call, please report a hazard to 911 or (if a city roadway) 206-684-ROAD.