TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Breezy Thursday updates; low-bridge backup

February 13, 2014 at 7:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 12 Comments

(More cameras, and other info, on the WSB Traffic page)
7:03 AM: No major problems so far as we head into the heart of the commute. More to come.

7:24 AM: Since Tuesday, we have mentioned the work under way at 30th/Roxbury by Roxhill Elementary as part of pedestrian-safety improvements. Bradi shared the photo at left and had a warning for others. She says she lost a tire because the crew left yesterday without putting warning signs back in their place, so: “Unable to know just how far the holes are extended out into the road on each side, that they have cut, I turned to go west onto Roxbury from 30th Ave SW, (which there isn’t a sign closing this street off at all, going south, that is visible), my passenger back tire dropped into the, what is at least, 1-foot-deep hole, that is left unmarked, which of course, popped it!” This may have been remedied by now, but if you travel in the area while the work’s under way, be extra careful in case it happens again. P.S. Since we share this number often – in case you run into (literally or figuratively) a road or sidewalk hazard, the hotline to report it to SDOT is 206-684-ROAD.

7:56 AM: We don’t know exactly why, but Chelsea tweeted “Don’t take lower Spokane bridge!” and pronounced it bad X 3. Nothing on scanner or 911 but – you’ve been warned.

8:38 AM – SPEAKING OF ROXBURY: Joe Szilagyi of the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council sends a reminder about the first of two meetings about the SW Roxbury safety project. WWRHAH and other local community advocates lobbied for it, and now it’s happening – but your input is VITAL. Tonight’s meeting is at 6:30 pm at the Wiley Community Center in White Center’s Greenbridge neighborhood, not even a block south of Roxbury, 9800 8th SW.

8:57 AM: As also noted in comments, the low-bridge trouble involves trucks – here’s an SDOT tweet with a grab from a camera turned that way:

12 Comments

  1. Lower bridge is a mess!!!!! Avoid.

    Comment by ell — 8:02 am February 13, 2014 #

  2. Yes the lower bridge has not moved in 10 mins and semis are stacked coming off the upper bridge and clogging intersections. No visible accidents

    Comment by julia — 8:10 am February 13, 2014 #

  3. Something is up on the Port’s access road that feeds into the traffic-light intersection on the west end of the low bridge. I went by at 7:15 and no port traffic was getting out of the port or into it. At the time eastbound traffic over the low bridge was getting waived through the intersection, but the truck backup beginning to stack up to the west was looking like it would be a problem soon, and the backup from the east was already very impressive.

    Comment by Delridge Denizen — 8:11 am February 13, 2014 #

  4. Left house near AK Junction at 7:30. Now stopped in middle of lower bridge at 8:15. Lots of trucks.

    Comment by ell — 8:16 am February 13, 2014 #

  5. Is this why the right lane of westbound bridge traffic was backed up with semis to I 5? I feel bad for people getting off of I 5 trying to get to West Seattle in the morning .. Hopefully they know to get into the left lane vs sitting in the right lane hoping it will move.
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    Also, are people even able to take 1st ave onramp to westbound WS bridge when semis are stacked up like that/not moving westbound in the right lane?

    Comment by enough — 9:31 am February 13, 2014 #

  6. This has been going on for so many years, one would think the city or port would have resolved the issue by now.

    Comment by enough — 9:34 am February 13, 2014 #

  7. Via Twitter, SDOT mentions “delays at Terminals 5 and 18″ that they’re checking on. I’ll make a note to ask them later if they got some kind of answer about whether something unusual was going on today.

    Comment by WSB — 9:41 am February 13, 2014 #

  8. Something is T/U at T5; it’s 1225 and *still* backed. T18 didn’t seem to have issues anymore when I looked a few minutes ago.

    Comment by GlennS — 12:26 pm February 13, 2014 #

  9. Westbound very heavy especially from Nucor to 35th.

    Comment by Enough — 5:52 pm February 13, 2014 #

  10. Stalled car just past logs. Right lane. Cop there.

    Comment by Enough — 5:55 pm February 13, 2014 #

  11. Thank you. There also is an eastbound crash so I’m launching a separate item. Will mention that.

    Comment by WSB — 6:05 pm February 13, 2014 #

  12. I don’t believe the construction crew failed to put up warning signs, its more likely that someone knocked them down or the wind knocked them down.

    Comment by Alan — 10:16 pm February 21, 2014 #

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