TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; southbound I-5 trouble; Bidens in town

May 29, 2014 at 6:25 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:25 AM: The road/trail/etc. watch is on for Thursday!

6:48 AM: The big problem right now is on southbound I-5 south of I-90, so if you are headed this way from points north, we should mention it. An old expansion joint has popped up and is forcing the closure of three lanes. WSDOT is tweeting updates here, such as:

6:53 AM: WSDOT estimates repairs to take another half-hour or so. Again, that’s on the southbound side, but just FYI.

9:07 AM: Those lanes haven’t reopened yet, by the way. And other southbound routes like 99 are reported to be jammed.

11:17 AM: Open now! Adding photos here from West Seattle photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen, from before repairs were completed – above, the traffic jam; below, the work zone:

By the way, more expansion-joint work – scheduled, this time! – is in the works for I-5, the first weekend in June. It’s part of the story we published last night about upcoming highway projects.

11:35 AM: By the way, Vice President Joe Biden is in town, in case you bump into a motorcade. Private fundraiser:

His wife Dr. Jill Biden is also in Seattle, at a business-related event at Seattle Center, along with former West Seattleite, now Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.


  1. Nah. We don’t need Light Rail, or better public transportation systems in general. Our infrastructure is just fine! I sympathize with all stuck in this mess today!

    Comment by Andi — 11:23 am May 29, 2014 #

  2. What Andi said. I was stuck in it coming home from Shoreline – took about 2 hours total.

    Comment by Alyxx — 11:28 am May 29, 2014 #

  3. Traffic backed up again heading west bound on the bridge and south bound on 99. Is the Veep leaving town now?

    Comment by workdowntown — 2:39 pm May 29, 2014 #

  4. Seems to be. I have nothing official but that’s what the consensus of texters/tweeters seems to be…

    Comment by WSB — 2:52 pm May 29, 2014 #

  5. OMG what is happening now? 99 not moving.

    Comment by SammiT — 3:33 pm May 29, 2014 #

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