TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Wednesday updates; West Seattle Water Taxi trouble

July 23, 2014 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:12 AM: Be careful on rain-slick roads/paths/sidewalks this morning.

While we watch the morning traffic, only one advance alert to remind you of – Saturday (July 26) is Seafair Torchlight Night, and NB Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled to be closed 5:30 pm-7:45 pm for the Torchlight Run (which is followed on 4th Avenue downtown by the Torchlight Parade – here’s the lineup – and here are the night’s bus reroutes).

8:06 AM: No West Seattle Water Taxi until 9 am “due to mechanical issues,” per text just in from King County. Service will resume then from Pier 50 with Melissa Ann (which usually takes a post-commute hiatus from the Vashon run then); we’ll check later on how things are looking for the afternoon.

2:32 PM: All’s now well with the Spirit of Kingston this afternoon, says the county, so West Seattle-Downtown service will continue as scheduled from here on out.


  1. Did anyone else run into the Battery Street Tunnel closure going south on 99? It was a big surprise since I purposely chose 99 due to heavy southbound traffic on I-5. It happened around 2:15 pm or so. Luckily I was able to get onto Fifth Avenue, then Columbia and get on that entrance. By the time I got on the viaduct, there was some oncoming southbound traffic that either accessed via the Elliott on-ramp or they opened the tunnel again. But all traffic was being diverted at Denny Ave. when I arrived.

    Wondering if this sort of sporadic closing and opening happens a lot?

    Comment by zephyr — 2:59 pm July 23, 2014 #

  2. Apparently a vehicle stalled, looking back at some tweets. Not on the 911 log – which it wouldn’t be, unless someone was hurt – and nobody texted, so it didn’t hit our radar, apologies.

    Comment by WSB — 3:04 pm July 23, 2014 #

  3. Okay, thanks. So it was just a ripple in the Matrix and I happened to get caught in it. I’m glad I was able to squeak through downtown before the main rush.

    Comment by zephyr — 4:33 pm July 23, 2014 #

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