TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday info and alerts

May 20, 2014 at 7:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:39 AM: No problems reported so far on the routes through/from West Seattle. Road-work reminder: Crews are expected to be working on both Charlestown (west of California) and Genesee (east of Avalon Way) today.

8:01 AM: From comments – bridge trouble, explained by D as: “Stalled truck on the bridge just before midspan.” (Not seeing it on the cameras, though.)

8 Comments

  1. Traffic is not moving on upper or lower bridge. Please look into this. It’s not clear

    Comment by julia — 7:46 am May 20, 2014 #

  2. Stalled truck on the bridge just before mid span.

    Comment by D — 7:57 am May 20, 2014 #

  3. Thanks, D. I just checked all the sources we watch and there’s no word of any kind of crash, nor any problems on 5 or 99 nearby, but stalls don’t show up on 911 or anywhere without firsthand reports – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:00 am May 20, 2014 #

  4. Slow slow..can’t get out of west seattle this am!!

    Comment by Dennis — 8:17 am May 20, 2014 #

  5. Genesee being closed near Delridge diverted a lot of traffic – there was significant back up on the high bridge and Admiral, none on Delridge at all! Yippee! (sorry)

    Comment by helridge — 8:56 am May 20, 2014 #

  6. While I’m thankful to have cameras to aid me in my commute decision making, it feels like SDOT chose some sub-optimal locations. The crest of the bridge seems like where many breakdowns occur but I don’t see any coverage there, just 2 cameras on either side looking away. The head-scratcher for me is the 6th Ave S & S Spokane St camera that tells me nothing. I would like to have a camera where, heading eastbound, the road completes its bend from the hill heading past the metal recycling plant. It would look straight west down the road and let you see how the backup is doing where admiral traffic joins the bridge. The West Seattle Bridge @ Delridge Exit is almost there but doesn’t quite illustrate the east-bound backup to Fauntleroy. Rant over.

    Comment by Azimuth — 9:30 am May 20, 2014 #

  7. Also, I saw so many HS kids standing at the #50 bus stops today. The high schools should be notified when there are reroutes since they have to take the city bus, or the schools should sign up for Metro alerts. I only knew about it because I read this blog.

    Comment by helridge — 9:40 am May 20, 2014 #

  8. Azimuth, I so wish for better camera locations too. They do have some zooming/repositioning capabilities, as we see if there’s a major incident and SDOT turns the cameras, but the standard view otherwise misses big segments of the bridge. You might bring it to the attention of Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, not just because he lives here but because he chairs the Transportation Committee and therefore he and his staff work with SDOT, a lot. I don’t know if they have a general “suggestion box” – just the 684-ROAD line to call in case of somewhat urgent problems. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:55 am May 20, 2014 #

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