West Seattle, Washington
6:59 AM: Good morning! Just checked around, and no incidents are reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
WEEKEND NOTE: WSDOT has postponed this weekend’s round of “Revive I-5” work, because of the forecast.
7:01 AM: Good morning and welcome to sunny Wednesday. No incidents in/from West Seattle, and no local traffic alerts so far.
7:31 AM: Thanks for the tip about a crash at 40th/Alaska; SDOT says it has already cleared.
6:49 AM: Good morning! No traffic incidents or transit alerts in our area so far.
ROAD WORK: The warm, dry weather has brought out the crews – while going around the peninsula yesterday, we happened onto several projects, including spot repaving on Alki Avenue SW and on Sylvan Way just west of Delridge. If you find work under way that’s affecting traffic, consider letting us know if/when you can (206-293-6302) so we can track it – thanks!
7:54 AM: Crash on NB 99 blocking left lane near stadiums.
8:24 AM: Cleared.
7:01 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning, and no transit alerts.
WEEKEND REMINDER: As noted here last night, WSDOT is warning you about ramp and lane closures all weekend on NB I-5.
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WSDOT wants to make sure you know about the big I-5 work this weekend, shown on the map above. This alert is specifically for people in our area:
Our “Revive I-5” project begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, with major lane and ramp closures on northbound I-5 between the West Seattle Bridge and Olive Way. The work will go all weekend until 5 a.m. Monday, April 23.
The big thing to note is that travelers on northbound I-5 that are headed toward West Seattle will not be able to use the off-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge/Spokane Street/Columbian Way. They will have to follow the signed detour via Edgar Martinez Drive and 1st Avenue South.
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They should consider using alternate routes such as such as state routes 99, 509, 518 and 599. However, those headed from West Seattle will be able to get onto northbound I-5, but should expect long delays and consider using SR 99 as an alternate route through the city.
The info is all on the WSDOT website, too.
7:01 AM: Good morning! No incidents or transit advisories for West Seattle and vicinity so far.
7:07 AM: Crash on the eastbound bridge at the Admiral entrance, blocking the bus lane according to a texter.
7:52 AM: That crash is not yet clear, per SDOT.
8:05 AM: And now it is.
6:58 AM: Good morning! No traffic incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
One transit note: The 6:41 am Route 55 bus did not operate, according to Metro. That’s the second day in a row that the 55 missed a run.
7:57 AM: WSDOT reports a crash blocking the left lane on the NB 1st Ave. S. Bridge.
8:17 AM: Cleared.
6:58 AM: Good morning! So far – no incidents in/from West Seattle; no transit alerts.
7:47 AM: After-the-fact alert from Metro: “Route 55 to downtown Seattle due to leave SW Atlantic St & 44 Av SW at 7:40 AM did not operate this morning.”
6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents in our area so far but lots of commute challenges outside it and depending on where you’re going, you may experience delays. Spring break is over for Seattle Public Schools and others, too.
FAUNTLEROY WORK RESUMES: The second week of nighttime paving/walkway work at the Fauntleroy ferry dock is scheduled to start tonight.
SPEAKING OF FERRIES … today the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route has some vessel-shuffling.
2:30 PM: A crash on the westbound side of the west end of the West Seattle Bridge is affecting EB traffic too because of jersey-barrier displacement. SDOT is on scene.
3:40 PM: Still one lane blocked each way, according to the live camera accessible via the city map.
4:18 PM: Still working on the jersey barrier.
4:28 PM: SDOT has just cleared the scene and it’s now back to normal both ways. Apologies but we don’t have any information about whether anyone was hurt in the crash itself – from the incident log, it doesn’t appear anyone was transported by medic unit, so if there were injuries, they weren’t major.
10:51 AM: Thanks for the tip. The West Seattle Bridge offramp to southbound I-5 is blocked right now by a crash – our tipster says it’s a rollover. No Seattle Fire dispatch for injuries so far, though.
12:30 PM: Though WSDOT hasn’t updated the status, the “live” webcam pic (as shown above) shows the ramp open again.
If you’re up at this hour, you might need to know about this Saturday night/Sunday morning traffic alert. From WSDOT:
Rain this weekend will not affect an overnight closure of the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge, Spokane Street, and Columbian Way.
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the ramp from 11 p.m. Saturday, April 14, to 6 a.m. Sunday, April 15. The work is part of the #ReviveI5 project to rehabilitate about 13 miles of the interstate between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard.
So even though the all-weekend closure was postponed, this one-night closure is on. Here’s what’s planned in the weeks ahead.
7:02 AM: Good morning and happy Friday. No traffic incidents or transit alerts reported in this area so far.
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners open a homestand tonight, 7:10 pm vs. Oakland.
OTHER WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERTS: Here’s the city’s roundup.
SPRING BREAK: Today is the final day of no classes for Seattle Public Schools and independent schools that follow the same schedule; everybody’s back on Monday.
1:47 PM: Just caught this via the scanner: SFD and SPD are being dispatched, for cleanup and traffic control respectively, for what’s described as “a 100-foot-long fuel spill” on the 1st Avenue S. northbound downhill toward the Highway 509 entrance, north of Myers Way. Avoid the area for a while.
2:14 PM: SFD’s log shows that its crews have closed the call.
6:59 AM: Good morning! We just checked around and there are no traffic incidents or transit alerts for this area.
POSTPONEMENT: WSDOT has announced that the “Revive I-5” plan to close the NB I-5 offramp to the West Seattle Bridge all weekend is again postponed because of weather concerns.
7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents or transit alerts in/from West Seattle so far.
WEEKEND ALERT: WSDOT is planning to close the NB I-5 exit to the West Seattle Bridge from Friday night through early Monday.
4:57 PM: If you’re headed this way, avoid the low bridge for a while – it’s still blocked by a westbound crash, according to the live camera accessible via the SDOT map. (Thanks to Patrick for the tip.)
P.S. This is advice for motorized-vehicle drivers – it looks like the bicycle path remains open.
5:53 PM: Per scanner traffic, the bridge has reopened both ways.
Heads up if you will be south of here at any point this weekend – WSDOT has rescheduled the closure of the northbound I-5 exit to the West Seattle Bridge exit for 9 pm this Friday night (April 13th) through 5 am Monday morning (April 16th). It’s part of a busy spring/summer of work dubbed “Revive I-5”; you can read the backstory here, and you can go here to see the list of other work planned on area state highways in the days/nights ahead.
6:52 AM: Good morning. We start with a crash on the NB 1st Avenue S. Bridge, reported to be blocking the left lane. No transit alerts. Weather-wise – the rain is back.
7:22 AM: some progress on the 1st Ave S. Bridge – tow truck on scene.
7:45 AM: All clear.
6:49 AM: Good morning! No traffic incidents or transit alerts reported in the area so far this morning.
SPRING BREAK: Seattle Public Schools and independent schools that follow its schedule are out all week.
FAUNTLEROY DOCK PAVING: Six weeks of work, scheduled to start tonight and continue Mondays-Thursdays, 7 pm-4 am.
One more reminder – Sunday morning, if you’re not participating in the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Emerald City Ride, you won’t be using northbound Highway 99. From about 6 am to 11:30 am, it’ll be closed from here to Western Avenue; 6 to 9:30 am, it’ll also be closed north of that stretch, all the way north to Bridge Way. Here’s the full WSDOT alert. (The full list of road-access changes for the ride is here.)
6:13 PM: Another traffic incident with SFD and SPD responding – thanks for the tips. It’s at California/Admiral. Multiple texters say (updated) a pedestrian was hit. Avoid the area.
6:34 PM: Witnesses and the incident log indicate one person was transported to the hospital via SFD medic unit.
6:44 PM: The scene is clear.