TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend alerts

August 8, 2014 at 6:57 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! No issues on the main routes through/from West Seattle so far this morning. Other notes:

WEEKEND PREVIEW - Here’s the city roundup of what’s happening where, through Sunday, with potential traffic effects.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Thursday pm, we had a lot of it -
*RapidRide route change? SDOT confirmed what a tipster told us, that it’s studying the feasibility of moving the outbound SW Alaska RapidRide stop east of California, so the C Line could use California instead of Edmunds/44th/Alaska.
*Road work: Next week, SDOT crews are scheduled to pave part of Roxbury and improve traction on the Charlestown/Genesee hills.


  1. Does anyone know if Mercer Street is drivable these days? I have to be in Ballard this morning, then I was going to head to REI on Yale Ave. Google Maps is recommending leaving Elliot Ave and taking Mercer to Yale Avenue. It looks pretty direct, but I wonder if it is a congested mess with all the construction. Anyone been that way lately. Thanks, ~z

    Comment by zephyr — 8:59 am August 8, 2014 #

  2. Mercer is open but SLU block party is today in addition to construction so expect delays and congestion.

    Comment by Ericak — 11:28 am August 8, 2014 #

  3. Thanks, Ericak. I tried getting through there at 11:22 am from Elliot Ave via Roy. It flowed until I reached Seattle Opera House and then completely stopped through several light cycles. I managed to get back on Roy and head east and squiggled over to Valley Street through the various obstructions to get on to Aurora/99 (that wasn’t easy) and then dive off at Denny and eventually reach Yale Ave from there. I had gone to the SDOT website for information, but did not find any warnings or alerts. Mercer is, as I suspected, a congested mess. I would have been better off staying on Elliot to Denny Ave.

    I would not want to be in that area after noon into evening. I wonder how events are able to happen there with such inability to move on the streets other than walking or biking.

    Comment by zephyr — 7:18 pm August 8, 2014 #

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