TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; weekend 99 closure(s) reminder

February 27, 2014 at 6:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

(More cams, and other info, on the WSB Traffic Cameras page)
Good morning! The day again begins without major trouble, so far. So here are today’s transportation notes/reminders:

HIGHWAY 99/ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT WEEKEND CLOSURES: Saturday and Sunday, 6 am-6 pm both days, Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct north of the West Seattle Bridge will close for its twice-yearly inspection. From Friday night until Sunday noontime, other stretches of 99 from the Battery Street Tunnel north will close for other reasons – all explained by WSDOT here.

ROXBURY SAFETY-MEETING REPORT: Couldn’t be there last night? We were. See the story for your next chances to say what you’d like to see on Roxbury.

WATER-TAXI FARE REMINDER: In case you missed it – Water Taxi fares go up as of March 1st (but since that’s a Saturday, and the WT routes don’t run weekends this time of year, technically the increase kicks in on Monday, March 3rd).

7:16 AM: Andrew reports in comments, “Just now, stalled VW Vanagon east bound bridge at bottom of hill adjacent to Nucor.”

8:08 AM: Crash reported on NB 99 near Seneca. Your editor here is on a RR bus waiting to get onto 99 and indeed we are all but stopped. But moving in fits and spurts.

8:28 AM: By the time our bus got off 99 at Seneca, looked like flashing lights beyond – we had continued moving with few delays.

9:04 AM: If you are leaving late, note that a crash is reported on I-5 northbound at Denny – so that might cause some trouble here in the late going.

FOOTNOTE: Continuing our “temporary commuter” exploration, we took RapidRide in, and took the Water Taxi home. First time on the Spirit of Kingston, we realized. It is FAST – listed as a 10-minute crossing but really seemed like about five minutes sailing, five minutes docking and undocking. Compared to the $16 we’ve been paying (tax included) for an earlybird all-day parking spot near the courthouse, $2.50 bus fare in and $4 boat fare out combined for a bargain. Lots of room for more people on the boat; we were dropped off by the 35th/Avalon bus stop and had to stand, but we’re blessed with good health and didn’t mind, especially facing a full day of courtroom-bench-sitting.


  1. Just now, stalled VW Vannagon east bound bridge at bottom of hill adjacent to Nucor. I sure hope that gets cleared soon.

    Comment by Andrew — 7:11 am February 27, 2014 #

  2. Pretty major accident on 99 N near Seneca. Van hit a vehicle and careened across the fwy and now sits partially on the concrete barrier. Will probably require equipment! Expect delays…

    Comment by wundrgrrrl — 8:05 am February 27, 2014 #

  3. Thanks – I just got on a RR bus so we will see 1sthand….

    Comment by WSB — 8:07 am February 27, 2014 #

  4. VW was still there around 8 AM.

    Comment by enough — 9:15 am February 27, 2014 #

  5. Why the slow response times in Seattle to stalled vehicles? This VW van is just the latest in incidents where vehicles have been left for an hour or 2 or more on the West Seattle Bridge or 99.

    Comment by enough — 10:32 am February 27, 2014 #

  6. How will the viaduct closure alter bus routes? I imagine the C will be routed over the West Seattle Bridge and then travel downtown via SODO, but that’s just a guess.

    Comment by Brandon — 9:54 pm February 27, 2014 #

  7. Thanks for the reminder, Brandon. We’ll include the reroute links in tomorrow’s traffic watch as well as Saturday and Sunday coverage. It’s all on the Metro reroute/rider alert page – for example, for the 120, 125, and C Line, they’ll take 4th Avenue off the West Seattle Bridge/Spokane St. Viaduct:

    Comment by WSB — 10:45 pm February 27, 2014 #

  8. Thanks!

    Comment by Brandon — 6:07 am February 28, 2014 #

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