West Seattle, Washington
1:44 PM: Avoid SW Roxbury/8th SW for a while – it’s going to take some time to clean up after that car fire. After hearing the first engine at the scene call for backup, we went over to check it out. SFD tells us no one was hurt.
2:46 PM: Just heard via scanner that most of the intersection has reopened (sounds like eastbound Roxbury is the exception). Heading back to check in person.
4:05 PM: Finally made it over. Now open all ways.
4:03 PM: Thanks for the texts. A crash at Fauntleroy and Edmunds is having traffic effects, we’re told. We’re off to check it out.
4:11 PM: An SDOT camera zoomed toward the scene shows that SB Fauntleroy is blocked, with traffic being detoured onto westbound Edmunds, while NB Fauntleroy has one lane getting through.
4:18 PM: Added a photo. Our crew says no one appears to be getting treatment for injuries – so nothing major. Also remember that Edmunds will be closed west of this intersection all weekend because of paving work.
5:08 PM: In comments, Brian mentioned that the tow trucks had arrived by 4:45 – and SDOT has moved the camera away from the scene, so it looks like it’s back to normal.
7:08 AM: Good morning. No classes @ Seattle Public Schools today. And so far, no incidents in/from West Seattle.
PAVING THIS WEEKEND: As announced late yesterday by SDOT, 40th/Edmunds will be repaved over the next two weekends, and SW Edmunds will be closed there both weekends, 9 am Saturday to 5 pm Sunday.
9:04 AM: Quiet commute – as always, we appreciate your traffic-related (and other!) tips throughout the day and night, 206-293-6302 (text or voice). One more weekend note: In the stadium zone, Sounders FC hosts Dallas, 4:30 pm Sunday.
6:39 AM: Good morning! We start again today with no incidents in/from West Seattle.
REMINDER FOR TOMORROW: No classes Friday for Seattle Public Schools – it’s an in-service day for teachers.
P.S. Thanks as always for letting us know if you see a traffic/transit problem we haven’t reported on yet – text/voice 206-293-6302 (provided you can use your phone legally & safely).
7:02 AM: Good morning – so far, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle.
LOOKING AHEAD: Reminder that Seattle Public Schools have no classes this Friday (October 13th) – in-service day for teachers.
4:49 PM: Thanks for the tips: If you use 1st Avenue South to get to/from, or instead of, the West Seattle Bridge, be advised the intersection is closed right now, after a collision that SPD says involved a bicycle rider and a semitruck.
5:39 PM: Per scanner, 1st/Spokane is now reopening, all directions. Right now, though, we don’t have any information about the condition of anyone involved in the collision.
ADDED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: As noted in comments, SPD provided some information in a blotter post today; the collision involved a bicyclist and dump-truck driver. The bicyclist is a 61-year-old man whose injuries are described as life-threatening.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
MOBILE BLOOD DRIVE: If you can donate blood, you’ll find the mobile donation van at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) today, by the Clock Tower, 10:30 am-4:30 pm, closed for a break 12:30 pm-1:30 pm. Walk-ups welcome. (6000 16th SW)
NEW ALL-GENDER SCOUTING GROUP: Tonight’s the first evening meeting for the new all-gender scouting group, part of the Baden-Powell Service Association, forming in West Seattle: “The group is divided into Chipmunks (age 2-4), Otters (age 5-7), Timberwolves (age 8-11), Pathfinders (age 12-17), and Rovers (ages 18+).” 6-7:15 pm at High Point Library. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:45 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. This month’s title is “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante. All welcome! (2306 42nd SW)
MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION: 7 pm at Sound Yoga (WSB sponsor): “Each week we will explore a different aspect of Buddhist psychology and the practical ways we can apply it within our modern, busy lives.” This week, the topic is “Consideration for Others.” (5639 California SW)
7:43 AM: While half of the scheduled Highway 99 closure continues this morning – northbound, between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel – there’s a problem south of the bridge you might need to know about: A crash that “knocked over a light post” is blocking 99 (East Marginal Way) both ways at Hudson [map], per WSDOT, which warns that repairs “will take a few hours.”
12:51 AM: Still blocked:
Reminder: E Marginal Way S at S Hudson St is closed to all traffic due to earlier collision. A pole is being replaced. Use alt routes. pic.twitter.com/xPrS2OYB1E
— seattledot (@seattledot) October 8, 2017
3:01 PM: Now open – repair work’s done, says SDOT. (But northbound 99 remains closed for the weekend-long tunnel-related work, so if you are headed northbound from there, you won’t get much further. Whenever that is over, we’ll have another separate update.)
6:20 AM: We start with an emergency response at Delridge and Thistle. Texter said a pedestrian was hurt. Two of the three SFD units sent, including the medic unit, already have been dismissed, so apparently no major injuries.
VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: The first part of the inspection-and-more closure starts tonight at 11 – northbound between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel – and is scheduled to continue all weekend. The southbound closure is scheduled for 5 am-6 pm Saturday and same hours Sunday.
6:42 AM: The last SFD unit at Delridge and Thistle has now cleared the scene.
9:04 AM: The heart of the commute has concluded with no further problems reported. Thanks again for the alerts – you can reach us any time (but not while you’re driving!) via text or voice at 206-293-6302 with traffic alerts or other breaking news. We will be tracking the Highway 99/Viaduct closure all weekend and will update with any changes, including early reopening(s), as well as an extra-close watch on alternate routes.
7:02 AM: No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.
WEEKEND VIADUCT/99 CLOSURE: It starts tomorrow night – Highway 99 will close in two phases, for the regular twice-yearly Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure, plus work related to the tunnel project. First, from 11 pm Friday to 5 am Monday, northbound 99 is scheduled to close between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel. Then, 5 am to 6 pm Saturday and 5 am to 6 pm Sunday, the southbound lanes of the same stretch are set to close. (If anything reopens ahead of schedule, as always, we’ll update.)
7:18 AM: SDOT reports a crash partly blocking the right lane on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge at midspan. Apparently no injuries, as SFD has not been sent. (Watch the top-right camera for updates.)
7:37 AM: That incident has now cleared.
8:15 AM: SDOT reports a crash at Delridge/Holden.
6:43 AM: No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
WEEKEND VIADUCT CLOSURE: Another reminder that Highway 99 will be closed in two phases this weekend, for work in addition to the regular twice-yearly Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure – 11 pm Friday to 5 am Monday, northbound 99 is scheduled to close between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel. 5 am to 6 pm Saturday and 5 am to 6 pm Sunday is the schedule for the southbound lanes to close.
8:14 AM: Thanks for the texts and comments – there’s a crash under the bridge on the ramp from Avalon, reportedly involving a bicycle rider.
8:18 AM: The SFD medic unit’s been canceled and a private ambulance called instead, per scanner, so injuries are apparently not major.
8:50 AM: For those who use 4th Avenue S.- SDOT reports the signal at 4th and Lander is in flashing mode. Remember, that means it’s an all-way stop.
9:54 AM: We checked with SFD regarding the bicyclist hurt in the Avalon crash. SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley says he’s a man “approximately 50” and was in stable condition when taken to the hospital.
7:06 AM: Good morning – so far, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle.
The big reminder all week is that the Alaskan Way Viaduct will close next weekend – northbound is set to be closed all weekend, late Friday night to early Monday morning, while southbound is scheduled for 5 am-6 pm closures Saturday and Sunday.
7:36 AM Metro has sent an alert saying the 7;48 am Route 116 from Brace Point/Wildwood won’t be running today.
9:04 AM: Uneventful commute today but if you spot trouble any time day or night, especially on major routes, let us know (when you can call/text safely/legally) – 206-293-6302 – thank you!
9:21 AM: Spoke too soon. There’s a crash at California and Admiral. One Seattle Fire unit responded – no medic unit, so apparently injuries, if any, are not major.
6:35 AM: Thanks for the texts – the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct is blocked, all lanes, by an incident near Seneca. More to come.
6:44 AM: The incident has been described both as a collision and as a vehicle fire. It already has NB 99 backed up all the way past the West Seattle Bridge.
7 AM: SDOT says one northbound lane is now open. Backups stretch to the 1st Avenue S. Bridge, though. Though Metro has not issued an official alert, some buses have rerouted, we’re hearing via comments and Twitter.
7:14 AM: Commenter and texter say the vehicle involved was labeled as being from Cupcake Royale. We haven’t heard whether anyone was hurt.
7:21 AM: If you’re on Delridge, note that two Seattle Fire units are headed to Louisa Boren STEM K-8 school for an automatic fire alarm. **No** word of an actual fire, but just in case you see the response while stuck in bridge/Viaduct-bound traffic and wonder.
7:30 AM: Back on the NB Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle Fire has cleared the scene, and no medic unit was involved, so if anyone was hurt, it wasn’t major. But the lane closures remain.
7:41 AM: The aforementioned fire-alarm call at STEM K-8 has closed, no fire, SFD units back in service. Meantime, on NB I-5 on the north side of downtown, an SFD aid response has blocked a lane, so I-5 as an alternative to 99 has one more challenge right now.
7:44 AM: Metro has now sent an alert about the reroutes that readers have been mentioning:
Transit Alert – Expect service delays on rts 21, 55, 56, 57, 113, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125 & the C Line due to a blockage on SR-99/Seneca St.
— King County Metro 🚌 (@kcmetrobus) October 2, 2017
7:50 AM: The NB I-5 incident has cleared.
8:12 AM: NB 99 has NOT cleared. Here’s the camera we’re watching.
8:20 AM: Looks like a tow truck has shown up at the 99 scene. (Added a few minutes later, screengrab from the SDOT webcam):
8:29 AM: Tow truck’s taken it away. Waiting for word of reopening.
8:32 AM: And that word has just come – all lanes open again – with the caveat about “residual delays.”
8:39 AM: Now that the incident is closed – a reminder that the Viaduct will be *deliberately* closed this weekend for its twice-yearly inspection closure as well as some other work – northbound all weekend (late Friday night to early Monday morning), southbound 5 am-6 pm Saturday and again Sunday (if needed).
9:18 AM: No further incidents. Thanks again to the first person who tipped us to the trouble in the early going – our breaking news hotline, text or voice, 24/7, is 206-293-6302.
9:30 AM: And now … word of a crash on the eastbound bridge, no injuries. Waiting for word on exactly where.
9:36 AM: Looks to be somewhere on the high-rise, per where SDOT is turning one of the bridge cameras.
9:41 AM: From SDOT:
There is a collision on the West Seattle Bridge mid span blocking the left EB lane. Use caution. pic.twitter.com/DdRJF3tyK9
— seattledot (@seattledot) October 2, 2017
9:49 AM: SDOT says the bridge crash has cleared.
10:14 AM: We’re working on a Viaduct followup but in the meantime, via Twitter, we shared a photo by Brian, who was on scene right after the van fire erupted, and also, Cupcake Royale says its driver is OK.
7:54 AM: Thanks for the text – the traffic signal at 35th and Alaska is out. It’s because of a planned power outage in the area, which Kevin had messaged us about minutes earlier. The Seattle City Light map says 134 homes/businesses in the area are without power for “planned work” and expect they’ll have power restored by about 10:30 am. While the signal’s out, meantime, remember that it’s an all-way stop.
11:04 AM: Kevin’s power was back on as of an hour ago but the map still shows the 134-customer outage. We’re headed over to check on the signal.
12:10 PM It’s working.
If you missed the brief mention in today’s morning traffic report – WSDOT has scheduled the next twice-yearly Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closures for next weekend. But this time, it’s a 2-part plan:
–NORTHBOUND Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel is scheduled to be closed all weekend, 11 pm Friday, October 6th, until 5 am Monday, October 9th. In addition to the twice-yearly inspection, parts of this stretch are also scheduled for other projects including utility work.
–SOUTHBOUND Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel is scheduled for closure 5 am to 6 pm each day on Saturday, October 7th, and Sunday, October 8th.
(As always, we’ll be monitoring all this for updates in case the closures end early.)
7:25 AM: Good morning. No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle. Three notes:
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: The fall schedule and fare changes take effect Sunday.
SUNDAY NIGHT WATER TAXI: The West Seattle Water Taxi will run the extended schedule on Sunday because the Seahawks are playing an evening game.
VIADUCT CLOSURE NEXT WEEKEND: Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled to be closed much of next weekend (October 7-8) for its annual inspection as well as other work, according to the weekly Construction Lookahead – we’ll be verifying details later today.
10:31 AM: Speaking of the Viaduct, there’s road work right now on the northbound end at Western, and that’s causing a backup. Also a big crash on southbound I-5 by the West Seattle Bridge exit – avoid SB I-5 through downtown entirely for a while.
7:06 AM: Good morning. So far, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle.
ADMIRAL DISTRICT REPAVING: The repaving work between College and Hill on California SW is scheduled to continue today.
7:02 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.
ADMIRAL DISTRICT REPAVING: We checked yesterday afternoon and the repaving work between College and Hill on California SW has indeed begun; that’ll continue today.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7:30 pm at CenturyLink.
7:32 AM SFD is responding to a car fire reported in the 900 block of SW Austin.
7:02 AM: Good morning – no incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.
One alert: Today’s the day SDOT says paving work on California SW between College and Hill will start.
6:54 AM: Two incidents to report this morning – a crash blocking
westeastbound Sylvan Way SW in the 7100 block [map], and, if you use surface Spokane St. east of West Seattle, it’s blocked at Colorado because of a truck/train collision nearby.
*It’s the first weekday since Metro’s “service change” took effect on Staurday – here’s the plan for routes in our area.
And remember the Columbia/2nd stop downtown has closed and moved (Metro photo added above).
*The fall quarter starts today at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor).
7:12 AM: The truck/train crash affecting surface Spokane St. has been cleared, per scanner.
7:27 AM: SFD has just closed out of the Sylvan Way call.
7:57 AM: SDOT reports a crash at Admiral and 42nd.
Just announced by SDOT – two blocks of California SW will be repaved next week in the Admiral area:
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that crews will be repaving California Ave SW between SW College St and SW Hill St starting Tuesday, September 26 to Friday, September 29.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, beginning Tuesday, September 26, to Friday, September 29, travelers can expect:
*Northbound and southbound traffic on California Ave SW will be reduced to a single lane between SW College St and SW Hill St
*Traffic will alternate in the single open lane
*Flaggers will direct traffic
*Parking will be restricted on California Ave SW in the work zone
*“No Parking” signs will be placed 72 hours prior to start of work
*Driveway access will be maintained but travelers may have to wait up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear
This work is part of the Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program, funded by the Move Seattle Levy. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.