West Seattle, Washington
7 AM: Good morning. No incidents or transit alerts so far. Reminders:
VIADUCT CLOSED TOMORROW, MAYBE SUNDAY: Yet another reminder – the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for its regular spring inspection, 6 am-6 pm tomorrow, and on Sunday if the work isn’t completed on Saturday. We’ll of course be tracking it on Saturday and will have an update here when WSDOT announces the Sunday plan.
BUS REROUTES DURING CLOSURE: Metro’s reroute alerts are all linked here.
OTHER WEEKEND ALERTS: Saturday’s March for Our Lives from Capitol Hill to Seattle Center, plus two major overnight lane closures on I-5 downtown, are all part of SDOT’s roundup.
6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this rainy Thursday morning; no transit alerts.
VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: On Saturday, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for its regular spring inspection, 6 am-6 pm, and again Sunday if the work isn’t completed on Saturday.
7:05 AM: Just reported by WSDOT, a crash on the northbound 1st Avenue S. Bridge, blocking the HOV lane and “partly blocking” the left general-purpose lane.
7:24 AM: WSDOT says that has cleared.
7:49 AM: I-5 northbound through downtown has a problem – stalled vehicle blocking center lane just south of Seneca.
6:58 AM: We start with word of a “heavy rescue” response to a car-on-its-side crash in the 2600 block of Walnut in Admiral. One person is reported to be hurt. More to come.
7:04 AM: We’re breaking this out to its own story but will cover any other traffic incidents here.
7:53 AM: Reminder that the Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled to close for its regular semiannual inspection on Saturday, 6 am-6 pm, and Sunday too IF needed.
Meantime, there’s a crash at 4th S./S. Spokane that’s reported to be blocking all westbound lanes of Spokane.
4:08 PM: Thanks to Kersti for the tip – police are directing traffic around a crash by Fauntleroy Park, at Henderson/Barton [map]. If you are headed to/from the ferry dock or the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse/YMCA (WSB sponsor) area, you might want to try an alternate route, for now.
5:14 PM: Still not clear – we just went through the area. But probably not too much longer, since a tow truck has arrived.
6:58 AM: Good morning. Spring officially arrives at 9:15 am so it’s the last commute of winter. So far, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle; no transit alerts.
VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: Remember that the Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled to close 6 am-6 pm Saturday (March 24th) for inspection; if the work isn’t completed that day, it’ll close Sunday too.
6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported right now in/from West Seattle; no transit alerts so far.
VIADUCT CLOSURE THIS WEEKEND: We’ll remind you every day this week – the Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled to close 6 am-6 pm Saturday (March 24th) for its spring inspection, and again on Sunday if the work isn’t completed Saturday.
WATER TAXI NOTE: As mentioned Friday, the Water Taxi backup boat Spirit of Kingston is scheduled to fill in for the Kitsap Transit foot ferry starting today, but King County says that if there’s a problem during that time with either of its boats, SoK will fill in.
6:45 AM: Thanks for the tips. Emergency responders are being sent to a crash on the bridge. SDOT describes it as “blocking the left eastbound and left westbound lane at SW Avalon Way.” The most-recent caller tells us it’s by the pedestrian overpass.
6:57 AM: Another tipster says this has pushed out the jersey barriers, which would add time to the crash-clearing work.
7:14 AM: Still blocking, per SDOT. So avoid the Fauntleroy bridge entrance, as that’s the section affected.
7:37 AM: Metro just sent a late alert that the 7:20 am Route 57 didn’t run.
8:03 AM: Two more problems – police are headed to a crash at 11th SW and SW Elmgrove, no injuries reported. And there’s a medical callout to 42nd and Admiral – a vehicle/pedestrian collision is reported.
8:09 AM: The pedestrian’s injuries are not major and won’t require SFD medic-unit transport, per scanner.
8:19 AM: Per Bill‘s tweet from the scene, the Admiral/42nd incident is at the southeast corner.
8:24 AM: And in case you were wondering, still no “all clear” from the bridge crash scene.
8:43 AM: After two hours, SDOT says, the bridge crash scene IS now clear.
7:01 AM: Good morning. No incidents or traffic alerts in West Seattle or on the outbound routes so far.
7:21 AM: At 7:19 we got the Metro alert that the 7:19 Route 56 wouldn’t run today.
7:40 AM: And at 7:38 we got the alert that the 7:32 Route 56 didn’t run.
7:56 AM: Thanks for the tips. Crash in the outside eastbound lane of the West Seattle Bridge. SDOT just tweeted an alert too.
8:36 AM: Bridge crash cleared.
6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents or traffic alerts in/from West Seattle so far.
STUDENT WALKOUTS: If you’re going to be near a middle/high school at 10 am, remember these are expected to happen, as previewed here. The only plan we’ve heard of that’s likely to affect traffic is at Chief Sealth IHS/Denny IMS, where participating students say they’ll be walking to Southwest Athletic Complex across SW Thistle.
ENCAMPMENT CLEANUP: The city and WSDOT are expected to be working on the slope over Highway 509, east of Myers Way, which could mean vehicles on the shoulder of the southbound side.
8:59 AM: Via scanner, police are on their way to check out a collision reported “eastbound, mid-span” on the West Seattle Bridge.
9:04 AM: One person is reported to be hurt.
7:01 AM: Good morning. First weekday since weekend changes – Daylight Saving Time is here, and Metro’s service change took effect. No transit alerts or incidents reported in the area so far.
6:53 AM: Good morning. Metro has sent out a multitude of transit alerts so far this morning. Two are for this area – the 7:15 am Route 55 from Admiral will not run, and the 7:39 am Route 113 from Shorewood will not run (that one skipped its 6:27 am run too).
This is all one day before Metro’s periodic “service change,” which includes some changes to local routes – here’s our original preview with details.
Also this weekend, Daylight Saving Time arrives early Sunday – at 2 am, we “spring forward” an hour to 3 am.
Otherwise – we’ve just checked around, and no traffic incidents are reported in/from West Seattle so far.
7:23 AM: Add to the bus list, the 8:22 am Route 56 won’t run, Metro says.
WSDOT won’t send out a notice until it’s closer, but for your advance planning, we’ve confirmed that – as listed on the city’s weekly Construction Lookahead – the next Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure is set for Saturday, March 24th, 6 am-6 pm. The state also reserves the right to close it again the same hours on Sunday, March 25th, but recent closures haven’t needed that second day. In confirming this with AWV spokesperson Laura Newborn, we noted that many people are likely to be on the road on March 24th getting to and from the March For Our Lives; she says they set the date before the march was planned, but hope it won’t be too much of an impact since the march route is from Capitol Hill to Seattle Center.
P.S. The most recent estimate for the permanent closure of the AWV is September – that’s what County Councilmember Joe McDermott told the West Seattle Transportation Coalition last month.
7:14 AM: Good morning. Rain’s back. No traffic incidents or transit alerts for our area so far.
METRO SERVICE CHANGE SATURDAY: Another reminder that Saturday is when Metro’s next “service change” kicks in. Here’s our preview with West Seattle-specific changes.
10:45 AM: Thanks for the tip about a power outage on Harbor Island. The City Light map confirms 200+ customers out both on Harbor Island and east, around Spokane St. east of Highway 99. SDOT reports downed wires in 1st/Spokane vicinity.
11:01 AM: Eastbound Spokane is blocked west of 1st; stoplights are out on E. Marginal at, and north of, Spokane. The light on Spokane east of the low bridge is out too, though the bridge itself appears to be operating normally.
12:04 PM: Texter says they have power back, and the SCL map confirms the outage is partly resolved.
12:39 PM: The map shows Harbor Island is all back on except for a few spots south of the low bridge.
4:28 PM: Added above, a photo of the power pole that was hit, causing the outage. About two dozen customers are still shown as out, along Spokane between 99 and 4th Ave. S.
7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle.
8:25 AM: Just heard via scanner – police are being sent to Delridge/Edmunds to help with traffic because of a truck that’s having some kind of trouble turning.
6:58 AM: Good morning! Getting ever brighter at this hour … but remember that’ll change for a while after Daylight Saving Time arrives at 2 am next Sunday (when we “spring forward” an hour).
So far, no transit alerts or incidents reported.
4:35 PM: Thanks to Farrah for the photo. That crash has northbound Harbor SW closed right now, north of the bridge. No serious injuries reported but clearing the wreckage will take a bit.
5:17 PM: All lanes are open again.
10:08 AM: Emergency responders are closing northbound Fauntleroy at 36th because of what’s reported to be a collision involving a motorcycle rider.
10:30 AM: This cleared quickly – police and SFD already gone. We’re checking with SFD on the rider’s condition
6:51 AM: We start with a transit alert, just in from Metro:
Transit Alert – Route 56 to downtown Seattle due to leave 61 Av SW & Alki Av SW at 7:32 AM will not operate this morning.
— King County Metro🌍🚌 (@kcmetrobus) March 5, 2018
Speaking of Metro, next Saturday – March 10th – the next service changes take effect, as previewed here.
Back to what’s up this morning – no incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.
6:10 PM: If you are heading to the east end of the Roxbury corridor, be forewarned that traffic is being diverted off Olson because of a crash investigation. Eastbound is going onto 4th; westbound, onto Myers Way. The crash was more than 2 hours ago and didn’t sound huge at the time, but one person was seriously hurt and the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad was called out.
9:11 PM: Still closed.
9:52 PM: Now open again, per SPD via SDOT.
ADDED MONDAY 10:51 AM: We followed up today with SFD and SPD. SFD said a 45-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. And SPD has just posted this:
Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) were called out Sunday afternoon to investigate a serious injury vehicular assault hit and run incident in West Seattle.
On Sunday, March 4th, at about 3:30 pm, a Nissan Pathfinder, occupied by a 54-year-old male driver and a 45-year-old female passenger, was traveling westbound in the 9400 block of Olson Place Southwest. At about the same time, a utility van towing a large trailer was traveling eastbound on Olson Place Southwest. The Nissan crossed over the center line and collided with the utility van. The collision caused the Nissan to spin around and face eastbound. The driver of the van was not injured. The driver of the Nissan then drove approximately a quarter of a mile away from the scene of the collision, finally stopping on 1st Avenue South, just west of the Highway 509 on-ramp.
The female passenger in the Nissan was seriously injured and transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) via Seattle Fire medics. The male driver of the Nissan was also transported to HMC, and evaluated at the hospital by a Drug-Recognition Expert officer and it was determined that he was impaired. After the driver was treated at HMC, he was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault. The female passenger remains in the hospital. TCIS detectives will continue to handle the follow-up investigation.
11:59 AM: Thanks for the tip about a flipped-car crash on the westbound West Seattle Bridge. SDOT – which tweeted the image above (from this camera) – says it’s just west of the Highway 99 overpass and that it’s currently blocking all westbound lanes. Per scanner, one person is hurt.
12:33 PM: SDOT says all lanes are now open.
1:14 PM: Via comment and e-mail, we heard that a dog was loose on the roadway after the crash. Just got a call from someone who says the dog was rescued by a man in a Southwest Plumbing truck. So if anyone’s looking for it – that might be a place (the company is based in North Delridge) to start.
1:26 PM: This commenter says they have the dog. We’re crossposting to the Lost/Found Pets page in case someone looks there.
8:56 PM: As also noted in this comment, Max the dog is back home, and reunited with owner Christa!
If you are headed out of West Seattle tomorrow morning, remember that – as we’ve been mentioning in our weekday morning traffic coverage – the Battery Street Tunnel and part of Highway 99 north of it will be closed for several hours because of the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. The BSTunnel will be closed both ways between 6 am and 11:15 am; north of it, NB lanes will be closed to North 45th Street until 11:15 am, and SB lanes will be closed from N. 38th southward until 10:25 am. See other downtown closures here.