TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Friday; weekend preview

November 21, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
So far this morning, the rain is the biggest factor affecting everyone heading out for the day:

WEEKEND NOTES: Here’s the citywide weekend advisory from SDOT.

8:08 AM: As you can see on the top left camera, there’s a stalled vehicle on the ramp – Justina sent first word via Twitter, that it’s up the eastbound ramp “from Luna Park.”

8:22 AM: Camera shows police have now arrived behind the stalled SUV.

Update: Driver hits pedestrian at Delridge/Brandon; police say victim did not survive

November 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 63 Comments

(WSB photo: Vehicle involved in collision, per police)
4:36 PM: Thanks to everybody who has messaged us about an emergency response at Delridge/Brandon – we’re working to find out more; avoid the area for now.

4:39 PM: This is reported to be a case of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian – a ~40-year-old man, and medics are doing CPR on him right now. Delridge will be closed for hours – the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on the way to investigate, as they do with all crashes that result in serious injuries or worse. Metro Route 120 is being rerouted, according to a text alert – use stops north of Brandon or south of Juneau. The victim is being taken to Harborview, per SPD.

5:01 PM: We’re at Delridge/Brandon, which is where southbound traffic is being detoured west (and where northbound traffic is being detoured to, coming from south of here). Congested, to say the least, so if you can delay your return home, or find a very alternative way to get around – do it.

(Added: Photo by Alex)
5:20 PM: Police tell us at the scene that they’ve been told the pedestrian did not survive.

6:22 PM: According to a tweet from police, Delridge has reopened.

11:01 PM: No further official information tonight about the victim or the crash circumstances; we’ll be following up tomorrow.

FRIDAY NOTE: We expect to write a separate followup later today, but in the meantime, in case you don’t read the comment section: A DESC spokesperson confirms to WSB that the victim was a Cottage Grove Commons resident. Police have yet to release further information about the crash; a commenter who identifies herself as the victim’s sister says he was in the crosswalk when hit.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON NOTE: Police have published a short update on SPD Blotter. We noted it earlier in comments but also want to note here, since our full update is still in the works – the two new pieces of information are that the victim was 52 years old, and that he was crossing at the intersection when hit.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

November 20, 2014 at 7:17 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:17 AM: Only thing to note so far in the commute, the lane closures on 99 north of downtown, one lane closed in both directions for emergency sewer repairs, scheduled to continue until tomorrow. And – wet roads after overnight rain.

7:39 AM: From comments – eastbound bridge backup but no obvious cause so far. (We’ve checked all the sources and no word at this point of crash, stall, etc.)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday’s watch

November 19, 2014 at 6:59 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:59 AM: Again today, the early commute’s proceeding without problems.

7:57 AM: If you happen to be heading *back* this way on SOUTHBOUND 99 from north of downtown, that’s a mess for two reasons, a lane closure near Mercer and a car fire at Aurora/59th.

8:15 AM: Update, as pointed out in comments – the lane closure near Mercer is actually one lane in each direction on 99 at that point. It’s for an emergency sewer repair. Here’s the advisory published by Seattle Public Utilities – round-the-clock from yesterday morning through Friday.

8:49 AM: A bit of backup at northbound I-5 from the bridge because of a crash – the vehicle(s) involved have been moved to the shoulder/gore point.

10:14 AM: Texter reports a “crash/disabled vehicle on eastbound West Seattle Bridge right before gore point” and says traffic’s backing up.

Traffic-alert update: Northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct open again after closure for cleanup

November 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

9:31 PM: This might not last too long but in case you got stuck in the backup or have seen it – a crash on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct is requiring a debris cleanup, and traffic is temporarily stopped because of it (live cam here). That includes police blocking the ramp to northbound 99 from the West Seattle Bridge. So if you have to head toward downtown – take note.

9:41 PM: Just got info from Seattle Police via Twitter:

We’re adding the live camera as an image atop this report, so you can see firsthand when it clears.

10 PM: Per scanner, police were trying to figure out how to get cars off 99. In the meantime, they also say a street sweeper will arrive in 10 minutes or so.

10:45 PM: Now open again.


November 18, 2014 at 7:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:07 AM: So far, nothing out of the ordinary on the routes through/from West Seattle as the sun rises on our Tuesday.

7:39 AM: Even around the rest of the region (we monitor the regional traffic reports as well as local emergency-service logs, etc.), nothing much so far.

7:56 AM: If you missed the big bright sunrise about an hour ago, here’s Brian‘s view from High Point:

Sunrise, sunset, breaking news, traffic IF you’re not the driver … photos welcome at

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move

November 17, 2014 at 6:57 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Aside from some early delays on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route, traffic and transit have been more-or-less normal so far in our area this morning.

West Seattle traffic-alert update: High-bridge crash cleared

November 14, 2014 at 10:09 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

10:09 PM: If you have to head eastbound sometime soon, you might consider the low bridge – there’s a multiple-car crash on the high bridge. No injuries, though, according to what we’ve heard via the scanner, so only one fire truck is staying on the call (along with police).

10:39 PM: Drove by about 10 minutes ago. It’s right at the top of the bridge. About half a dozen SPD cars, mostly for visibility/safety so far as we could see, as the scene wasn’t fully visible from a distance. Inside lanes. Tow truck summoned.

11:11 PM: Scene was completely clear when we were on the high bridge headed the other way at the top of the hour.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday on the move

November 14, 2014 at 6:37 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 17 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:37 AM: Just got a call reporting a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Checking for more info.

6:57 AM: Not seeing anything more on that. Overall, the regional picture has been looking pretty good. Regional note for the weekend: Highway 520 bridge will be closed, tonight through Monday morning.

7:28 AM: From the scanner – dispatchers are sending police to check out a reported “3-car blocking” incident on the eastbound bridge, west of 99. The SDOT camera that would normally point that way is still out of service, and sun glare dominates the other one, but if you happen to see it from a bus or another *passenger* situation, updates appreciated. ***Update*** – closer to the 4th Avenue exit.

7:36 AM: Emergency personnel arriving on scene. Tweeted by SDOT:

7:42 AM: SDOT says the two left lanes are blocked there. A texter who just went through the area confirms it’s 3 vehicles.

7:51 AM: As SDOT puts it on Twitter, the crash scene has “consolidated.” Now blocking 1 lane between 1st and 4th Ave. exits. Meantime, police are investigating a car theft in High Point – the car reportedly was left running to warm up. Every year, police warn against doing that. (P.S. While car theft is reported to be up in the city, most recent WS-specific update showed a year-to-year drop. But any theft is too many.)

8:25 AM: Scanner: Police just called for a city crew to clean up a fluid spill at the crash scene.

8:42 AM: SDOT confirms the scene is clear and all lanes are open.

9:36 AM: Thanks to Tom for the photo of what’s backing up the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct now:

(See comments for more details.)
11:13 AM NOTE: Neglected to update but that *did* clear about 45 minutes after we mentioned it.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Chilly Thursday updates

November 13, 2014 at 7:06 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 5 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Off to a better start this morning – nothing of note in our area so far but the chilly temp. Other notes:

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Bridges and buses were a big part of the discussion Tuesday night, and by the time we finished writing about it Wednesday night, we had yesterday morning’s woes to address, too. Here’s the story.

WEST OF THE LOW BRIDGEDon Brubeck of West Seattle Bike Connections caught this scene on Wednesday:

He wrote, “BNSF was replacing the train crossing signal at Chelan/West Marginal/Spokane/Delridge … on the little safety island by the Chelan Cafe. Second time this year that someone has driven into it.”

7:39 AM: If you’re headed for northbound I-5, there’s a bit of trouble just north of the West Seattle Bridge, blocking the right-center lane before I-90, per WSDOT.

8:48 AM: That cleared fairly fast, and no added trouble’s been reported in our vicinity (or the main outbound routes) since. The low bridge is now closed for vessel traffic, though, per @sdotbridges.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Wednesday updates

November 12, 2014 at 6:49 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 65 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:49 AM: There’s a crash at the crest of the eastbound high bridge – thanks to those who messaged us about it. SFD cleared it fairly quickly (no injuries, apparently), but the top-left camera shot above indicates it’s blocking the left lane right now, and that police are still on the scene.

7:06 AM: Discussion monitored via scanner suggests police are having trouble finding a tow truck that can respond any sooner than an hour or two. They’re still trying. (The topic of routinely stationing tow trucks near the bridge – as was done for a while years ago – had just come up at last night’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting; our story on that and other WSTC topics is in the works.)

7:33 AM: Lane still blocked, still awaiting tow truck (we haven’t heard anything more on an ETA – the crash itself happened around 6:20 am). And now SDOT warns via Twitter that the “low bridge” will be closing to vehicles in a few minutes. (Also a topic last night, with Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who has led previous unsuccessful efforts to get the Coast Guard to exempt the bridge from rush-hour openings, saying he agrees it’s time to revisit the situation.) If you haven’t seen the regional news, many areas – but NOT the city – are dealing with the aftermath of an overnight windstorm, especially SE King County, which is tying up many resources.

(Traffic-cam images we grabbed/tweeted at 7:40 am during high-bridge problem and low-bridge vessel opening)
7:48 AM: Vehicles are moving across the low bridge again.

8:01 AM: Hard to tell if any progress is being made, because the only working camera on the high rise is impeded by sun glare (as you can see at top left). But there’s now a problem BEFORE the bridge – outbound C Line bus has a medical emergency at Avalon/Charlestown in the Luna Park business district; everyone’s been taken off the bus, and we’re told, some are getting onto another.

8:08 AM: The crash scene is finally clear. Backups of course will last a while.

8:29 AM: New problem, per Jessica on Twitter: Right before the I-5 ramps, at the eastbound edge of the bridge, a “fender-bender” just happened. She says, “People (are) getting out of their cars; likely to back up.”

8:40 AM: And back on the peninsula, Sage notes that Delridge is backed up all the way to Brandon. Meantime, people headed for the 1st Avenue South Bridge should take note, WSDOT has tweeted “On SR 509 northbound just north of S Cloverdale St, there is a collision blocking the right center lane.”

9:12 AM: Surface problem not far away – East Marginal/1st, from the scanner, some debris on the road that need to be cleaned up, and part of the intersection is being blocked off until that happens.


November 11, 2014 at 6:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 9 Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
As we start the morning, here’s what might affect how you get around on this Veterans Day:

*Metro is on a reduced-weekday/no-UW schedule
*No Water Taxi service on either route
*Sound Transit: Regular schedule
*Washington State Ferries: Regular schedule
*Schools are closed today (as are other government-run facilities including libraries)
*In Seattle neighborhoods with street parking, it’s free today

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION TONIGHT: The holiday is NOT pre-empting a full slate of community meetings, including the WSTC, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW) – see the agenda here.

7:25 AM: As noted in comments, some Battery St. Tunnel trouble, but no official word on its current status….

West Seattle traffic alert: Low bridge reopens after closure

November 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

3:48 PM: SDOT says the low bridge is closed right now because of “police activity.”

3:52 PM: And it’s now open again.

4:04 PM: According to Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, the incident involved someone threatening suicide. He says, “The officers successfully talked him down.” (Every time we mention suicide, we also want to be sure you know about the 24/7 resource in our area, the Crisis Clinic hotline – 206-461-3222.)


November 10, 2014 at 7:06 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
So far, a relatively average commute here and regionally, according to all the sources we’ve checked. (Two of the cameras we regularly show are down, by the way.)

VETERANS DAY TOMORROW: Tuesday’s holiday means, among other things, no school and some transit changes, including “reduced weekday” service for Metro and no Water Taxi service.

SPEAKING OF THE WATER TAXI … its first-ever “strategic plan” is out. Eastside service? New West Seattle terminal? Tax increase? See what it says.

SOUNDERS TONIGHT: We should mention that Sounders FC plays Dallas at C Link, 7:30 tonight,

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday alerts; weekend notes

November 7, 2014 at 6:39 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The cameras are back! SDOT fixed the ones whose problems made it tough to monitor yesterday’s multi-problem morning commute. We’ve also added the 11th/Spokane view, since at least as of first thing this am, it’s still pointing to the low bridge. Now, on with notes and previews, while we can:

BATTERY STREET TUNNEL CLOSURE: One more reminder – the BSTunnel will close overnight tomorrow night for fire-system testing – original announcement here.

CITYWIDE WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERT: From Oprah (tonight/tomorrow) to the Seahawks (Sunday) – useful info here.

REROUTE RAPIDRIDE IN THE JUNCTION? Here’s our report on the first official open-to-the-public presentation, during Wednesday night’s Southwest District Council meeting.

10:18 AM: This morning’s rollover scene is cleared and Admiral Way has just reopened between 59th and 61st.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday bridge trouble; weather alert

November 6, 2014 at 7:10 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 72 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! No road trouble to report so far. Transportation-news notes:

FAUNTLEROY TRAFFIC MEETING TONIGHT: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), city leaders will meet with community members about traffic/transportation challenges, as first announced last month. All welcome.

TRANSIT VOTE UPDATE: After two more vote counts, Transportation Benefit District Prop. 1 is at 60 percent “yes.” Here’s our report on the Wednesday morning media briefing about what was called the “framework” of a city-county agreement on where the money will go for starters.

7:15 AM: Scratch the “no trouble.” Just got a text “wreck on the bridge.” It’s just before 99, blocking an eastbound lane. It was not listed on the 911 log, which at least means “no injuries.”

7:32 AM: The regular bridge camera has been down for two days, so we can’t see the crash zone, but commenters say it doesn’t look likely to clear soon. Meantime, the weather alert for today upgraded overnight to a “wind advisory,” noon-6 pm.

7:40 AM: The rain is intensifying. And there’s a new crash reported on the eastbound bridge at 99, possibly 4 vehicles, per scanner.

7:45 AM: From SDOT via Twitter:

Metro has even sent an advisory warning of delays.

7:59 AM: The backup is apparently leading people to drive in the bus lane at 35th/Alaska – heard via scanner, a call for any available enforcement help, so buses can get through.

8:20 AM: The low bridge is open for marine traffic and SDOT says it’ll be a “long” opening. (See the comment section for some background.)

8:36 AM: A stall parallel with Nucor on the bridge, Brian reports; “Wsea” in comments says the Water Taxi is packed and also running slower because of mechanical trouble.

8:45 AM: Lisa via Twitter confirms what sounded on the scanner like a second stall, in the Delridge onramp vicinity. On the “good news” side, we’re seeing some blue sky to the west, so the weather may be calming (until the afternoon “wind advisory”).

9:18 AM: Tow truck has arrived for at least one stalled vehicle, per scanner. Traffic will be temporarily stopped in all lanes so it can get the job done.

9:44 AM: Lost count of the stalls but one has just been picked up by AAA (WSB sponsor), per what we heard on the scanner, while another one is still blocking a lane. Meantime, we just discovered the 11th/Spokane camera is currently turned toward the “low bridge”:

(That is subject to change at any time – SDOT controls it.)

9:54 AM: Speaking of SDOT, they have captured a view of the latest stall:

9:58 AM: Live camera (see top of the story) suggests the stall has now cleared.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-election Wednesday

November 5, 2014 at 7:26 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Another nothing-out-of-the-ordinary traffic morning for our area, so far. Looking ahead:

TRANSIT FUNDING PASSES – WHAT NEXT? At 11:30 this morning downtown, city and county leaders will meet the media to talk about the passage of the transit-funding measure on yesterday’s Seattle ballot. (It was ahead 59%-41% after the first and only election-night ballot count; next round of results this afternoon.)

RELOCATE RAPIDRIDE IN THE JUNCTION? Is the SDOT proposal to move RapidRide onto California SW in the heart of The Junction, first reported here in August, moving forward? An SDOT rep is scheduled to discuss it at tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).

FAUNTLEROY MEETING TOMORROW: 7 pm tomorrow (Thursday) at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), city leaders including SDOT director Scott Kubly will meet with community members about traffic/transportation challenges from speeding to sidewalks and beyond, as first announced last month. All welcome.

Back to today’s getting-around watch …

7:52 AM: Low bridge is open for marine traffic. No advance-warning system yet but SDOT does continue to tweet bridge “openings” at @sdotbridges. (Added: If you’re keeping score, according to the tweets, the closure lasted about 11 minutes.)

West Seattle traffic alerts: Avalon trouble today; Battery St. Tunnel closure next weekend

November 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

Two traffic notes, one this evening, one this weekend:

AVALON BACKUP THIS EVENING: If you wondered what was backing up SW Avalon, probably this:

Kevin tweeted that photo of a stalled school bus. Haven’t heard how conditions are now, but thought we’d mention this in case you got caught in it and never saw what was happening. Meantime, also via Twitter, we’re hearing traffic is steady headed to the West Seattle Stadium ballot dropoff (35th just south of Avalon) – you have until 8 pm to get your ballot (no stamps required) dropped off there.


The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the Battery Street Tunnel (SR 99) to both directions of traffic from 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 until 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. During the closure, SDOT crews will test the fire suppression system.

Northbound traffic on the Alaskan Way Viaduct (SR 99) will be routed off the viaduct at Western Avenue, then directed to Broad Street, then to Second Avenue, and on to Battery Street to return to northbound Aurora Avenue North (SR 99).

Southbound traffic on Aurora Avenue North (SR 99) will be detoured from Aurora Avenue at Denny Way, then directed to Wall Street and then to Elliott Avenue to return to southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct (SR 99).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; vote by tonight!

November 4, 2014 at 7:15 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Another typical fall morning – more rain overnight, but nothing unusual so far on the roads through/from West Seattle as we head into the heart of the morning commute.

ELECTION DAY: Voted yet? You have until 8 pm tonight to get your ballot in (if you’re mailing it, be sure it’s postmarked today). Two transportation measures are on it – Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1 (transit funding) and Seattle Citizen Petition #1 (monorail).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: November’s first Monday

November 3, 2014 at 6:47 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:47 AM: It’s the first Monday in November and the first Monday since the end of Daylight Saving Time, so we have a glimmer of light here before 7 am, for now. No problems so far on the routes through/from West Seattle. Dry weather right now, but rain is expected to return later today.

8:10 AM: First problem reported this morning – From a bus, Joe reports, “West Seattle Bridge to SR99 crossover is bad. Stalled car just past the gore on 1st Ave lane side.”

8:28 AM: The rain has arrived, at least where we are (east of Lincoln Park).

West Seattle traffic-alert update: Crash closes Sylvan Way for 7+ hours

November 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 24 Comments

(Thanks to @hommesea for tweeting that photo)
12:33 PM: Thanks to everybody who texted about this. A driver hit a utility pole on Sylvan Way just east of High Point, and the eastbound side of the road is closed, so if you’re trying to get from High Point to Delridge, you’ll have to go another way. The westbound (uphill) side is open. Police tell us nobody was hurt, but Seattle City Light is headed out to figure out if the pole has to be replaced.

P.S. SCL says this has left two customers without power.

1:31 PM UPDATE: In comments, Terri says it’s now closed both ways.

5:40 PM: Still closed at last report and Metro has been rerouting 128. We went by around half an hour ago – the closure is far from the actual crash scene so no way to tell what kind of progress they’re making.

8:30 PM: As Egan reported about 20 minutes ago in comments, it’s now open again. Thanks to everyone for the updates.


October 31, 2014 at 7:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Nothing scary about this morning’s commute so far. Rainy, but that’s nothing new lately. Remember that trick-or-treaters will be on the street this afternoon/evening – business-district events are 3-6 pm in The Admiral District, 4-7 pm in White Center, 5-7 pm at Westwood Village, and that’s just some of what’s happening – see our West Seattle Halloween Guide here.

REMINDER – ‘FALL BACK’ EARLY SUNDAY: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am Sunday, which means an hour of “extra” sleep tomorrow night for most.

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 | 2 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.

4:30 PM: The tow trucks were there when our crew arrived a short time ago. One lane on Roxbury was blocked eastbound, and 8th was blocked pending removal of the cars. No injuries, we’re told.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

October 30, 2014 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

(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 | 10 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 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.


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:

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