West Seattle traffic alert: Crash at 8th and Roxbury

October 30, 2014 at 3:55 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts, WS breaking news | No Comments

3:55 PM: Avoid 8th/Roxbury for a while if you’re heading out – a crash is blocking at least part of the intersection. No word yet on injuries or other circumstances; we’re en route to check.

4:06 PM: Won’t be blocked for too long, per scanner – tow trucks have been called. Northbound Metro on 8th is affected for a bit, though.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

October 30, 2014 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)

Good morning! Final Thursday of the month – here we go. Notes for starters:

TUNNEL MACHINE RESCUE DIG MIGHT RESUME SOON: One day after the state announced the start of the archaeological examination of shells found in the tunnel-machine-rescue pit, the Seattle Times (WSB partner) has an update – they probably are related to settlers, not natives.

‘FALL BACK’ EARLY SUNDAY: This is the weekend that Daylight Saving Time ends – Sunday morning at 2 am, “fall back” to 1 am.

West Seattle traffic-alert update: Fauntleroy/Oregon light fixed

October 29, 2014 at 10:50 am | In Triangle, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 9 Comments

10:50 AM: Heard this on the scanner and just checked it out. The signals at Fauntleroy/Oregon are out – a truck is believed to have taken out part of the equipment. People are zipping through the light rather than treating it as an all-ways stop as they should be. No sign of a repair crew yet.

11:37 AM: Just added two photos, including the pole that was knocked down on the north side of Fauntleroy. If you’re in the area, please let us know (206-293-6302 text/voice or editor@westseattleblog.com) if you see a repair crew; we’ll otherwise be checking back in an hour or so.

3 PM UPDATE: We went by within the past hour; the light’s back on and other repairs were being completed:

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; beware bridge mess

October 29, 2014 at 6:59 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:59 AM: Nothing unusual reported on the routes through/from West Seattle so far this morning. So we start with transportation news you might have missed:

TUNNEL PIT ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION BEGINS: You’ll recall that the digging stopped last Thursday at the pit to access the Highway 99 tunnel machine’s broken cutter head, when a concentration of shells was found. The archaeological investigation of those shells has begun, WSDOT announced late Monday.

Also of note:

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OUT EARLY: Today is a two-hours-early-dismissal day for students district-wide.

7:39 AM: First commenter traffic report of the morning – Avalon backed up.

8:09 AM: “20 big blocks of wet concrete” reported as a traffic hazard on the eastbound bridge. No further location details heard via scanner – police are checking it out.

8:33 AM: Just got a phone call about this – whatever form it’s in, cars are driving through the concrete and the mess is getting worse. The caller pins the location from the Fauntleroy entrance to the bridge, down and around the curve and parallel with Nucor.

8:50 AM: We’re seeing what looks to be cleanup, under way on the eastbound bridge entrance – screengrab from the nearby traffic cam:

11:38 AM: If you haven’t seen this story – beware Fauntleroy/Oregon until the light’s fixed.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Tuesday

October 28, 2014 at 7:17 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 9 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Heading for the peak commute time, no trouble outbound from here so far, aside from the rain.

2ND ‘KICKOFF MEETING’ FOR 35TH SW SAFETY PROJECT: If you’re available at 3:30 pm today, SDOT’s second “kickoff meeting” for the 35th SW Safety Project starts then, upstairs at Southwest Library (35th/Henderson). Here’s our report from the first meeting last Wednesday night.

7:43 AM: From WSDOT: “On I-5 southbound just south of West Seattle Bridge, there is a collision blocking the 2 left lanes.”

8:38 AM: From Nancy via Twitter:

8:48 AM: Thanks to the texter who mentioned a crash that’s not on the 911 log (which just means, no injuries), Delridge/Oregon. We’re off to see if that’s still a factor.

9:23 AM: That’s clear. But while trying to get there, we found eastbound Spokane at a standstill under the bridge.

9:53 AM: Likely standing-water problems, we’re told by people who commuted earlier, including:

Traffic alert: Emergency lane closures on southbound I-5 tonight

October 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

WSDOT is doing “emergency expansion joint repairs” on southbound I-5 at the West Seattle Bridge right now. According to a late-in-the-day alert, the center lane should already be closed, and then starting at 7 pm, crews will close three southbound lanes for about two hours, with the warning: “Drivers heading south on I-5 should expect significant delays or take alternate routes such as SR 99 or Airport Way.” (Thanks to Jann for the tip.)

West Seattle sinkhole: Avoid 45th SW between Alaska & Edmunds

October 27, 2014 at 11:38 am | In Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

A sinkhole is blocking the northbound side of 45th SW between Alaska and Edmunds (map) west of The Junction. After two reader tips (thank you!) we arrived just as an SDOT worker was putting out cones and tape to block off the sinkhole. One neighbor says it happened, at a previously patched spot in the road, around 8 am. No repair ETA yet; the worker told us that, as you might have guessed, many crews are out dealing with downed trees right now. Though there’s enough room for a car to squeeze by in the southbound lane, that’s still very close to the sinkhole’s edge and we’d advise avoiding the road unless you live on that block and have to get to/from home.

ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: We went back to check on the sinkhole just as it was getting dark. A Seattle Public Utilities crew was there to do some investigating:

We’ll check in with SPU and SDOT tomorrow.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; Water Taxi schedule change…

October 27, 2014 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning and welcome to the new week! Be mindful of possible lingering effects from Saturday night’s storm – not all fallen trees/branches might be cleaned up yet, etc. Meantime, three reminders as we begin:

WEST SEATTLE WATER-TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE: Today’s the first day of the reduced fall/winter schedule, Mondays-Fridays, morning and afternoon/evening commutes. See it here.

CRANE ASSEMBLY AT MURRAY CSO PROJECT: As announced last week, crane assembly will block part of Beach Drive at the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project across from Lowman Beach today, 11 am-5 pm.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT (EARLY SUNDAY): Last week for Daylight Saving Time; at 2 am November 2nd, we “fall back” one hour.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend (& beyond) previews

October 24, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! Traffic watch is on. And so are our previews for the weekend and beyond:

LOTS OF HALLOWEEN: This weekend is arguably bigger for Halloween events than October 31st. Preview them in our West Seattle Halloween Guide. And take extra care out there tonight and tomorrow night.

WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERTS, CITYWIDE: See SDOT’s roundup for this weekend here.

HARVEST FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY: Junction streets are closed and buses are on reroute for Sunday’s 10 am-2 pm festival – the closure starts first thing in the morning, as participants (including us!) will be loading in, as will Farmers’ Market vendors.

WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE ON MONDAY: The 7-day-a-week, all-day West Seattle Water Taxi schedule ends Sunday. Then on Monday, the 5-day fall/winter schedule begins – preview it here.

Update: Crash at 26th/Roxbury; man hit by bus, hospitalized

October 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

4:47 PM: Police are blocking most if not all of the 26th/Roxbury intersection because of a crash, reported to involve a bus and pedestrian. If you need to travel in that area, find alternatives for now.

5:11 PM: Police just announced over emergency radio that they’ll be reopening Roxbury.

9:26 PM: The pedestrian is a 25-year-old man, according to SFD, who suffered a severe arm injury and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. We don’t have police information about the crash but commenters say a Sound Transit bus hit the man.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

October 23, 2014 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The second bridge camera is back, so we have four views once again in our daily traffic watch. Meantime, two reminders:

SUNDAY – HARVEST FESTIVAL: Junction streets are closed and buses are on reroute for the 10 am-2 pm festival (and the setup/breakdown time before/after). Details in our most-recent preview.

MONDAY – WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE: The 7-day-a-week, all-day West Seattle Water Taxi schedule ends Sunday; next Monday, the 5-day fall/winter schedule begins – preview it here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Wednesday; 35th SW ‘kickoff’ tonight

October 22, 2014 at 6:34 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 24 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:34 AM: Early trouble: Northbound I-5 is backed up to and through downtown because of a jack-knifed semi-truck near Mercer, currently blocking the two left lanes. And if for any reason you are headed this way from north of downtown, the southbound Battery Street Tunnel is closed with a stalled vehicle.

6:43 AM: WSDOT reports tow trucks have pulled the semi out of the way, so now it’s just “residual backup” on northbound I-5. We’ll take the chance to publish this morning’s transportation-news notes:

35TH SW SAFETY PROJECT KICKOFF MEETING TONIGHT: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW), a meeting you could say has been years in the making. This isn’t the unveiling of a plan, according to SDOT, but an “issue identification/feedback session,” as explained a ways down the project’s home page.

7:07 AM: The southbound Battery Street Tunnel has reopened.

‘WHAT TIME DO YOU HIT THE BRIDGE?’: WSB Forums member “Beaglenut” is asking the question here as an informal poll. Come back for the link later and jump into the conversation!

7:47 AM: New truck trouble on NB I-5 into downtown – a stalled semi in the right lane before the Convention Center lid.

8:26 AM: Delridge has been worse than usual, per commenters. Nothing officially on the logs or otherwise mentioned, so we’re not sure if there’s a specific cause besides “terrible commuting morning overall.”

In cheerier news – If you ride ferries or maybe the Vashon Water Taxi, watch again for whales. We reported late-in-the-day sightings yesterday – and now an Orca Network commenter on Facebook has first word of one today, a few whales seen last hour from the Bainbridge ferry.

8:35 AM: Thanks to Dartanyon for the tip via Twitter, if you’re headed toward Beacon Hill: “Disabled Vehicle left lane, Spokane Street between 14th and 15th.”

9:15 AM: SPD tweets that there’s been a spinout in the NORTHBOUND Battery Street Tunnel, with one lane blocked.

9:45 AM: Now **all** northbound lanes of 99 at the tunnel are reported by SDOT to be blocked while tow crews clear everything out.

9:53 AM: All lanes open, per SPD.

3 PM: Various traffic challenges around West Seattle but biggest one is likely to last into the afternoon commute, at last report: 9th SW at Henderson, Barton, Trenton is closed because of a power-pole fire; the pole is going to be replaced, we were told.

West Seattle traffic alert: 3-car crash at 16th/Myrtle

October 21, 2014 at 11:46 am | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

Nobody’s hurt, according to police, but a three-car crash at 16th/Myrtle is causing some traffic trouble – as you probably know, that’s on the road to/from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and not far from Sanislo Elementary. If you don’t absolutely HAVE to head that way, you might consider waiting a while. Tow crews are on the way.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; ferry-dock alert

October 21, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Time to keep watch for anything out of the ordinary on the roads/paths … One alert for today:

FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK ALERT: Today’s the day that the Barton Pump Station Upgrade north of the dock – close to complete! – will be affecting many dock users. As noted in the alert issued last week, from about 7 am-3:30 pm today, the north-side toll booth and lane will be closed. See the dock’s cameras and wait times here.

11:33 AM: Three-car crash said to be blocking part of the road at 16th/Myrtle.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday gets going

October 20, 2014 at 6:41 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:41 AM: So far, today’s traffic trouble is all far north of the city. After more rain overnight, it’s still a challenge elsewhere, though, so take care. So far for this week, no major traffic alerts, but we do have one note: This is the last week of the 7-day schedule on the West Seattle Water Taxi; one week from today, the weekday-only fall/winter schedule begins (preview it here).

8:58 AM UPDATE: If you are headed for southbound I-5, you might want to wait or find an alternative – a crash by Boeing Field has drawn a major emergency response.

Traffic-alert update: Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens early

October 19, 2014 at 8:47 am | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

8:47 AM: We’ve confirmed by phone with a WSDOT spokesperson that the Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection work ended early, so they will NOT be closing Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel again today after all. The closure from the tunnel north to Valley St. IS continuing, though, so if you’re using the NB Viaduct, you’ll have to exit at Western Avenue (if not sooner).

SUNDAY NIGHT NOTE: The northern closure ended early, too, so Highway 99 is fully open both ways.

West Seattle traffic alerts: Delridge ramp to bridge; Highland Park Way

October 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 11 Comments

Two traffic alerts right now: First, according to scanner traffic, police are blocking off the Delridge Way onramps to the West Seattle Bridge because of a medic response on the bridge. That’s all we know so far. Also, @mjs1980 tweets that there’s a police car and tow truck with a vehicle on the uphill side of the Highland Park Way hill, so if you’re headed that way, be careful.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; this weekend’s Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closures

October 17, 2014 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! This weekend’s big traffic news will be the Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closures, so we’ll get right to that reminder:

HIGHWAY 99/ALASKAN WAY CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: The multi-part closure is explained here. The main parts you should know about: (1) From the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, Highway 99 will be closed all weekend, from late tonight until early Monday. (2) The stretch from the West Seattle Bridge to the BS Tunnel will be closed for its semiannual inspection, 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

OTHER WEEKEND ALERTS: SDOT‘s citywide list is here, including another major closure this weekend – the 520 bridge.

TWO UPCOMING LOCAL ALERTS: Both published here Thursday – one for 26th SW in North Delridge, one for two FYI’s related to the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

10:42 AM: Julia tweets that the 35th/Roxbury signal is out. We’re heading out to check.

Use the Fauntleroy ferry dock? Two alerts, from WSF and KCWTD

October 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

These two advisories are from different agencies but both are potentially of interest to Fauntleroy ferry-dock users.

POSSIBLE TEMPORARY SERVICE REDUCTION: From Washington State Ferries:

Starting Saturday, Oct. 18 through Tuesday, Oct. 21, customers travelling on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route are advised to prepare for longer than usual wait times due to a possible vessel downsizing and a two-boat schedule. The temporary downsizing and 2-boat schedule may be needed in order to maintain a full, system-wide sailing schedule while the Wenatchee is out of service for its annual mandatory U.S. Coast Guard safety inspection. Updates will occur as more information is known.

ONE-DAY REDUCTION IN BOOTH/LANE AVAILABILITY: This is from King County Wastewater Treatment, as its Barton Pump Station project continues north of the dock:

North ferry lane entrance and toll booth closed for electrical work
October 21, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 21, a quiet generator will be brought on site to allow for Seattle City Light crews to perform electrical work at the Barton Pump Station. Work will begin around 7:00 a.m. and is expected to be complete by 3:30 p.m. During this time, the north ferry lane entrance and toll booth will be closed.

King County has been working closely with Washington State Ferries throughout the project to ensure minimal disruption to traffic along Fauntleroy Way SW and to keep ferry traffic moving.

While the north ferry lane is closed, commuters and neighbors can expect extra flaggers to assist pedestrian, bike, and vehicular traffic.

The upgraded pump station is expected to be in operation by year’s end, the county says, with restoration work, including Cove Park on the beach, planned early next year.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Updates for Thursday

October 16, 2014 at 6:51 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No traffic trouble in, or outbound from, West Seattle so far. Today’s notes:

VIADUCT/99 CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel, Highway 99 will be closed 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday for its semiannual inspection. But it’ll be closed all weekend, late Friday night until early Monday morning, from the BST to Valley Street. The multipart closure is explained here.

BRIDGE STOP FOR BICYCLE RIDERS: West Seattle Cyclery is under the West Seattle Bridge again this morning until 9 am “with hot coffee, drinks, and snacks. We will also have service equipment to help with any minor repairs.”

7:25 AM: Per SDOT tweet (remember, they have a separate account for bridge updates now), the low bridge is closed to traffic right now. (The camera that’s been showing it lately is offline, so it’s not in our highlight boxes above.)

7:38 AM: Open again. All’s still relatively quiet out there otherwise. By the way, last night’s Morgan Community Association meeting included an update on the overflow-tank project at Lowman Beach that’s been generating extra double-dump-truck trips lately – the dig is halfway down and is still on track for completion in early November.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; NB 99 crash south of WS Bridge; 35th SW paving

October 15, 2014 at 7:05 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 11 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:05 AM: Good morning! Highway 99 is the trouble spot in our area right now, just north of the 1st Avenue S. Bridge, if you come in from south of the West Seattle Bridge. Lanes are blocked in both directions.

Today’s notes:

35TH SW PAVING: The city is scheduled to continue the work on 35th SW between Morgan and Juneau that started Tuesday, almost a week ahead of what was previously announced.

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE THIS WEEKEND 6 am-6 pm inspection closures for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and 99 north of the West Seattle Bridge both days this weekend, plus stretches to the north of that, in phases.

7:20 AM: The problem north of the 1st Avenue S. Bridge continues blocking most lanes (which is also backing up Highway 509), and if you’re contemplating East Marginal Way S., a crash is reported at 4th.

7:38 AM: From SDOT, an illustration of how this is affecting traffic south of downtown:

And it’s raining.

7:51 AM: The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad will be investigating this, per radio communications. They expect that to take a few hours.

7:59 AM: In West Seattle, a three-car collision – no one hurt – is reported at Delridge/Genesee, blocking the bus lane. And right after we added this – police have spotted a 3-car crash at 40th/Morgan.

8:34 AM: According to SPD, the problem north of the 1st Avenue S. Bridge originated as a car/motorcycle crash. Its surface location is East Marginal/Fidalgo, and again, investigators will be at work there for hours, so if you are heading in from the south, find an alternate route.

8:46 AM: Jennifer Knutson shares a photo from 8th/Roxbury, where traffic is backed up because of the northbound 99 crash/investigation we’ve been tracking – this is a look at eastbound Roxbury:

Again, the 99 (East Marginal/Fidalgo) situation will be a problem for at least a few hours. We’ll update here whenever it reopens; even after we move on to other news atop the main WSB page, you can find the daily traffic watch linked atop the “BIG STORIES” list on the right sidebar, every weekday.

10:40 AM: East Marginal, aka surface 99, is now clear at the crash scene, all lanes open again.

West Seattle road-work update: 35th SW paving, round 2

October 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(Added: Photo courtesy Deb)
The second round of 35th SW repaving has been accelerated – the Morgan-to-Juneau plan originally mentioned for next week – according to this update just in from SDOT:

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation are working on 35th Avenue Southwest between Southwest Morgan Street and Southwest Juneau today and tomorrow, weather permitting.

They had planned to close part of the street, leaving one lane open in each direction from 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. each day. They have now decided to keep one southbound lane on 35th Avenue Southwest closed overnight for safety reasons. One southbound lane will remain open. If weather allows, they plan to complete paving the street tomorrow.

P.S. While we’re on the topic of 35th – next week is the meeting launching the safety project, 6:30 pm October 22nd @ Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (backstory here).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday transportation watch

October 14, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Welcome to Tuesday! Notes as we start our traffic watch:

SIDEWALK ALERT IN THE JUNCTION: Last time we checked on Monday, it hadn’t started yet, but the contractor for the California/Alaska/42nd two-building project has warned that it will be putting up new covered walkways this week, and while the work is under way, sidewalks will be closed alongside its site on California and Alaska. The alert says the work should be done by week’s end.

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Monthly meeting tonight, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with a big decision to be made – endorse Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1 or not?

REMEMBER, THE VIADUCT … will be closed 6 am-6 pm both days this weekend, as part of an intricate Highway 99 closure scenario detailed here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates, including Junction bus collision

October 13, 2014 at 6:25 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 16 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The new week is here, and we’re watching the roads – the weather, too, since it might be a rainy commute heading back this way later today.

LOOKING AHEAD, 2 NOTES: Next weekend’s Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure has a few complications around the edges – here are the full details … Looking further ahead, just two more weeks left in the West Seattle Water Taxi‘s 7-day-a-week season; two weeks from today, on October 27th, the 5-day-a-week fall/winter schedule takes effect (preview it here).

7:36 AM: There’s a crash on the eastbound bridge at the ramp to northbound 99. Also, there is a medic response in The Junction at California/Alaska. Checking further on both.

7:47 AM: The incident in The Junction has closed Alaska both ways just west of California, according to SDOT. It’s delaying multiple routes, according to Metro. Also, per scanner, Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called, and that usually means the scene will be closed for some time.

7:54 AM: Clarification from the scanner: Eastbound Alaska is closed between California and 44th. Westbound is still open.

(Traffic camera showing Junction scene)
8:01 AM – JUNCTION INCIDENT UPDATE: There is a temporary stop set up on 44th if you need to catch an outbound bus. Meantime, we’re starting to get more information – a Metro bus is reported to have hit someone, who has been taken to the hospital.

8:15 AM – BRIDGE INCIDENT UPDATE: This has cleared, according to SDOT. No injuries reported.

(WSB photo)
8:17 AM – JUNCTION UPDATE: Metro says the buses that usually stop at the eastbound Alaska stops between 44th and California are using the stop on 44th north of Alaska instead.

8:36 AM: Still no details about exactly what happened in the Junction incident – police are still sorting out and can only confirm that a bus did hit someone. We’ll have a separate followup later when more info is available, likely within the hour. Meantime, Metro supervisor at the scene told us they would be advising people to use the outbound bus stop on Alaska east of 42nd.

8:43 AM: Seattle Fire says the person hit is a woman around 30 years old and describes her injuries as serious.

9:22 AM: We’ve just published our followup with more info, and will also update that when Alaska reopens.

Followup: New details of next weekend’s Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure

October 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

Two days after our first report that the next Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closures are happening next weekend, WSDOT has new details today. Here’s the schedule:

First, a section of 99 on the NORTH end of downtown will be closed all next weekend:

·10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20: SR 99 will be closed between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street for utility and paving work.

Then, it’s the previously announced closure between the West Seattle Bridge and the BSTunnel, daytime only, both days next weekend:

·6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19: The SR 99 closure will be extended south to Spokane Street to allow WSDOT bridge inspectors to conduct their semiannual inspection of the viaduct. Preliminary inspection results will be released once they are available.

Two other notes:

*8 am-noon Saturday morning (October 18th) the closure will stretch to North 39th St. for a fundraising walk.

*And while all this is happening on Highway 99 – the 520 Bridge will be closed too (11 pm Friday night, Oct. 17th, until 5 am Monday, Oct. 20), which means I-5 and I-90 will be extra busy.

As always, traffic updates are a priority here, given the peninsula’s transportation challenges, so we’ll have extra weekend coverage during the closures.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Foggy Friday; road work; no school

October 10, 2014 at 7:29 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! Foggy again, and that’s helping keep things slow (also delaying Fauntleroy-Southworth-Vashon ferries up to 25 minutes). Note that Seattle Public Schools have no classes today.

35TH SW REPAVING: SDOT will continue repaving 35th SW between Cambridge and Roxbury (map) today.

WEEKEND ALERTS: Here’s the citywide alert list for this weekend.

(added) MORE DETAILS OF NEXT WEEKEND’S HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURES: Here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates, including 35th SW paving & motorcade alert(s)

October 9, 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)
Good morning! We start with advisories:

35TH SW REPAVING: Today and tomorrow, SDOT will be repaving 35th SW between Cambridge and Roxbury (map). Sorry for the short notice – we hadn’t heard about it until checking with SDOT after spotting a portable sign on 35th yesterday afternoon; after our inquiry and initial report, they sent an advisory. (Though it says work hours are 8:30-5, the mobile sign said 7-7.)

VICE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: VP Joe Biden arrived at Boeing Field Wednesday evening and is here until mid-afternoon. He is expected to travel from downtown to Renton for an 11 am event at Renton Technical College, then back downtown to the Convention Center for a Democratic fundraising lunch, then to Boeing Field for takeoff in the 2 pm hour. Until then, be on motorcade alert.

Meantime, on the (non-campaign) trail:

POP-UP STOP FOR BICYCLE RIDERS: As noted in our late-night biznotes, West Seattle Cyclery plans a trailside stop under the bridge 6-9 am-ish today with “coffee, snacks, and on-the-spot service.”

(ADDED: Photo courtesy of West Seattle Bike Connections president Don Brubeck, who reports, “Lots of people were stopping for juice, coffee, bananas, baked goods and bike advice. A flat was fixed while I was there, and Brad (left) tells me I need a new bottom bracket.”)

ADDED 9:51 AM: Regional media reports via Twitter that VP Biden is or is about to be on the move to Renton. This means temporary stops along southbound I-5 (including the West Seattle Bridge ramp to it).

ADDED 2:44 PM: The vice presidential visit is ending – right about now (or perhaps it’s happened already) the motorcade is heading back to Boeing Field, which means more temporary stops on and near I-5.

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