West Seattle, Washington
7:06 AM: No incidents on the routes through/from West Seattle so far.
Looking ahead to Memorial Day:
WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: On Monday, the WS Water Taxi will run a Sunday schedule. (The Vashon WT won’t run at all.)
METRO BUSES: They also will be on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day.
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run will be on its regular schedule Monday.
And a reminder:
HARBOR AVENUE SPEED LIMIT CHANGE: As of today, Harbor Avenue SW is 30 mph, down from 35 mph. Signs were installed yesterday – briefly, the wrong ones.
8:05 AM: We’ve continued to hear from people about the port-truck backups – hearing on the scanner now that city and port police are checking out today’s situation right now.
6:59 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far.
7:38 AM: Still quiet. So we’ll take a moment to look ahead to some transportation-related events tonight:
8:20 AM: The relative quiet continues. We’ve heard, however, that the port-truck traffic backup early this morning – long before we got the morning traffic report rolling – was particularly intense. We’ll be working on an update about this – if you have any anecdotes/information to share, firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
6:54 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle right now.
7:33 AM: SDOT reports a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge is blocking the right lane just past the Delridge ramp.
7:06 AM: Good morning. Reader report of a multi-car crash on the eastbound bridge, “far left lane … where Admiral merges in.” No SFD dispatch on the log.
FERRY REMINDER: Washington State Ferries says the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run remains on the 2-boat schedule.
8:21 AM: Quiet since last hour (just the usual slowness).
6:43 AM: Good morning and welcome to the week before Memorial Day. Summery weather will greet you as you head out. No incidents reported so far on routes in/from West Seattle.
2-BOAT FERRY SCHEDULE: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry run has been down to two boats since yesterday and that continues this morning. The boats are Issaquah and Cathlamet. Here’s the schedule.
7:30 AM: SDOT reports a crash on the eastbound low bridge (see the camera at lower left, above).
7:38 AM: There’s also an SFD medical response on the eastern half of the high bridge, but two of the three units already have been canceled and there’s no info on whether it’s affecting traffic.
7:47 AM: That call is now closed. But a new problem – crash at Roxbury and 8th, according to SDOT. No SFD dispatch for it, so far.
8:08 AM: The low-bridge crash has cleared, per SDOT.
8:19 AM: From the scanner, a dispatch for a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Waiting to hear exactly where.
8:03 PM: Thanks for the tips and photos – there’s a car fire on NB 99
in south of the stadium zone.
No details, including whether anyone has been hurt.
8:45 PM: The two fire engines originally dispatched to the scene are still there, per SFD’s incident log. SDOT, meantime, says two northbound lanes are now open at the scene.
9:09 PM: SDOT says all lanes are open again. We’re checking with SFD about cause and injuries; if we don’t hear back tonight, we’ll add the update whenever we do.
11:44 PM: SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley says the car was engulfed in flames when their engines arrived; the cause wasn’t immediately determined, but she does confirm that no injuries were reported.
6:59 AM: Good morning and happy Friday! No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.
Thanks for the photo!
SUNDAY REMINDER: If you’re not running/walking in Sunday morning’s West Seattle 5K (co-sponsored by WSB) – don’t forget that Alki SW will be closed to traffic for a few hours along the route (which goes from 61st/Alki to Anchor Park and back) starting at 8 am. (Though online registration is over, you can still sign up Saturday at West Seattle Runner [2743 California SW, WSB sponsor] or Sunday before the race.)
7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents so far in/from West Seattle.
BIKE EVERYWHERE DAY TOMORROW: If you’ll be riding on what used to be Bike to Work Day,
stop at the west end of the low bridge for the special station with West Seattle Bike Connections and friends, 6-9 am – details in our calendar listing.
WEST SEATTLE 5K ON SUNDAY: A reminder that Alki Avenue will close to traffic for a few hours on Sunday morning (May 21st), starting at 8 am, for this year’s West Seattle 5K – the route is from 61st/Alki to Anchor Park, and the closure usually goes a bit beyond on both sides, Don Armeni to 63rd/Alki.
6:25 AM: Good morning! No incidents so far in/from West Seattle.
BIKE EVERYWHERE DAY ON FRIDAY: What used to be Bike to Work Day is Bike Everywhere Day, and once again, West Seattle Bike Connections and friends will have a special stop along the bike path 6-9 am, with bicyclists also invited to join a 7:30 am ride to the rally downtown – details in our calendar listing.
WEST SEATTLE 5K ON SUNDAY: Alki Avenue closes to traffic on Sunday morning (May 21st) at 8 am for the West Seattle 5K and should reopen sometime in the 11 am hour – the route is from 61st/Alki to Anchor Park, and the closure usually goes a bit beyond on both sides, Don Armeni to 63rd/Alki.
6:45 AM: Waikikigirl e-mailed to ask you to watch out for wildlife crossing: “This morning at 5:30am walking eastbound on SW Roxbury (south side of road) and approximately 22nd Ave SW, there were a Mother duck and her 6 babies walking the fog line. PLEASE BE CAREFUL, motorists – KEEP AN EYE out for them!”
8:03 AM: SDOT reports a crash at Delridge/Oregon; SFD has been dispatched.
8:16 AM: SFD has closed that call.
6:30 AM: Good morning! Off to a damp start. No incidents reported in or from West Seattle.
7:42 AM: SDOT says there’s a crash at 47th/Lander. No SFD dispatch so apparently no serious injuries.
8:08 AM: SFD has since been dospatched.
4:46 PM: Thanks for the text – a traffic incident at Delridge and Willow (map) is detouring vehicles. We’re on our way to find out more.
5:11 PM: By the time we got there, SFD was leaving and the scene was completely clear. We’re told by witnesses that it was a collision between a bicyclist and driver, and the bicyclist was transported by private ambulance.
5:28 PM: Via e-mail, SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley confirms this was a bicyclist/driver collision, and the rider, a woman about 30 years old, was transported to a hospital via AMR, in stable condition.
6:56 AM: Good morning and welcome to the brand-new week. No incidents reported in or from West Seattle so far.
FAUNTLEROY FERRY TERMINAL TOLLBOOTH TEST: Today is the first of four days that Washington State Ferries will test tollbooth-procedure changes to see if they help ease backups at Fauntleroy, as announced here.
8:10 AM: Still incident-free.
8:22 AM: That just changed. SFD and SPD have just been dispatched to a crash reported at 16th and Barton.
8:53 AM: The SFD call for that crash has closed.
Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle right now, but a texter says the East Marginal truck backup is spilling onto the bridge again today.
Advance alerts for the next few days:
CITYWIDE ALERTS: Here’s the city’s list of major events for the next four days. …
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY TOMORROW: 9 am-3 pm Saturday, all over the peninsula; the maps and list are here.
FAUNTLEROY FERRY TOLLBOOTH TEST NEXT WEEK: Another reminder that Monday-Thursday next week, Washington State Ferries will test new tollbooth procedures at Fauntleroy to see if that relieves backups.
8:38 AM: If you are headed south, or up from the south, on 16th/Ambaum, a caller warns of a crash at 16th/112th on the south edge of White Center.
6:59 AM: Good morning! Wet roads today for the first time in a while. Otherwise – no incidents right now in/from West Seattle.
WEEKEND PREVIEW: Here’s the city’s list of major events for the next four days. … And on our side of the bay, Saturday is West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, with 300+ sales (mapped here) in neighborhoods around the peninsula.
8:27 AM: Per scanner, there’s a crash, possibly with injuries, at 35th SW and SW Willow. We are off to check it out.
8:35 AM: Our crew is there and reports it’s a “fender bender,” on the northbound side of 35th SW but traffic is getting around. SFD is already about to leave.
6:59 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in or from West Seattle.
BIKE-TO-SCHOOL DAY: It’s happening today around Seattle.
EARLY DISMISSAL DAY: Seattle Public Schools are out two hours early today.
7:20 AM: Thanks to Kelly for first word of this – the Highland Park Way/West Marginal Way SW signal is flashing, and that’s backed up eastbound traffic all the way up the hill, and then some. Avoid.
7:26 AM: At left of Kelly’s photo, that’s an SDOT crew on scene, but the Traffic Operations Center didn’t have word of this until a moment ago.
6:59 AM: Welcome to sunny Tuesday! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
ADMIRAL ALERT: If you didn’t see this when we published it last night … what one resident described as a “sinkhole” is blocked off in the main eastbound travel lane on Admiral Way near 57th.
ORIGINAL REPORT, MONDAY, MAY 8TH: Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent that photo, saying SDOT just blocked off a “sinkhole” right in the middle of the uphill (eastbound) travel lane on Admiral Way at 57th. We don’t know if a crew will be working on it tonight – if not, we’ll check on it first thing in the morning.
UPDATED FRIDAY, MAY 12TH: After noticing last night that it wasn’t fixed yet, we asked SDOT today about the repair plan. At day’s end, they said the hole was scheduled for repair today; we drove by tonight and indeed, it has been.
6:55 AM: Good morning! No traffic incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
If you are passing Fauntleroy/Alaska and notice a Seattle Fire response outside Spruce/LA Fitness, with people standing outside, it’s a fire-alarm call but no fire. According to this photo tweeted by Cami, the units are on 39th SW so not affecting the arterials.
BRIDGE CLOSURE: Crews are back to working the westbound bridge for streetlight repair as of early today – we’ll be checking to verify whether another closure is planned tonight.
7:15 AM: The aforementioned SFD call at Spruce has closed, which means it’s over and all units have left.
8:05 AM: WSDOT reports a crash on the NB 1st Ave S bridge, right lane.
Quick note if you are a late-night/early-morning West Seattle Bridge user – the closures on the west end for streetlight work that started this past Monday night will continue on Sunday night (May 7th), according to an update from SDOT, and crews will be back to closing the westbound west end of the bridge this time. They’re scheduled to start detouring westbound traffic onto the Delridge exit at 8 pm Sunday, ending by 5 am Monday.
6:59 AM: Good morning! Much-better weather this morning. But there’s one outbound problem – on NB I-5 downtown, the left lane is closed near Seneca, and that’s backing things up.
BRIDGE CLOSURES: The overnight closures for streetlight work have now moved to the eastbound side of the west end of the West Seattle Bridge.
STADIUM ZONE: This weekend’s lineup – Mariners are home vs. Texas at 7:10 tonight, 6:10 Saturday night, 1:10 pm Sunday; Sounders FC plays at home vs. Toronto at noon Saturday.
7:20 AM: If you use East Marginal south of the West Seattle Bridge, SDOT warns that the light at Hudson is flashing and that’s leading to backups stretching to the 1st Avenue South Bridge. They are sending a crew.
7:25 AM: The NB I-5 problem at Seneca is cleared, WSDOT says. Long residual backups, though.
7:55 AM: New trouble. Multiple-vehicle (6 or 7, says a reader) crash on the eastbound bridge approaching the crest, reportedly blocking the transit lane.
8:05 AM: SDOT says the East Marginal/Hudson light is back to normal.
8:48 AM: No update on the bridge crash, but if you are coming into West Seattle on the westbound bridge, SDOT reports a stalled vehicle is blocking one of the turn lanes to southbound 35th SW.
8:55 AM: SDOT now confirms the bridge crash has cleared.
9:07 AM: And the 35th/Fauntleroy problem has cleared too.
9:57 AM: One more weekend alert – eastbound I-90 work will add a lot of time if you’re heading that way – here are the details from WSDOT.
6:45 AM: Good morning. Fog is the big factor this morning. The Water Taxi is running late because of it, according to an alert a few minutes ago.
OVERNIGHT BRIDGE CLOSURE: SDOT is scheduled to set to start at 9 pm tonight, close the west end of the West Seattle Bridge again tonight, ~9 pm-5 am, for streetlight work.
STADIUM ZONE: 7:10 pm, Mariners are home again vs. Angels.
7:19 AM: Washington State Ferries says the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is 15-20 minutes behind because of the fog.
8:33 AM: The delays are now up to almost an hour.
6:59 AM: Good morning! Again this morning, we start without any incidents in or from our area.
BRIDGE CLOSURE SCHEDULED AGAIN TONIGHT: The third overnight closure for streetlight work on the westbound west end of the high bridge is set to start at 9 pm tonight, and we’ll be checking with SDOT to verify that.
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners are home vs. the Angels again tonight at 7:10 pm.