PROGRESS REPORT: 47th/Admiral signal & crosswalks

March 31, 2015 at 4:11 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

Just received this 47th/Admiral signal/crosswalks-project update from SDOT, including an alert for neighbors tomorrow, and a road closure next week:

Construction continues this week at the corners on the north side of the intersection of 47th Avenue SW, SW Admiral Way and SW Waite Street. Crews will begin pouring new concrete at the northeast corner as soon as today, March 31, and through the end of this week. New concrete at the northwest and north center (between SW Waite Street and 47th Avenue SW) corners is expected to be poured next week, weather depending. These corners will continue to be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists during work. People walking and biking will need to follow marked detours or find an alternate route.

Tomorrow, April 1, residents in the area can expect work to be louder than usual, when crews begin excavating for pole foundations at the southeast corner of the intersection. This work is scheduled to take place in the morning, beginning at 8 AM, and will last approximately four hours.

Closure and local access only at SW Waite Street
Beginning next Monday, April 6, SW Waite Street will be closed to thru-traffic for five days. This closure will be in place to allow crews to safely and efficiently perform underground electrical work in preparation for installation of the new signal. Local access will be permitted on SW Waite Street from the west. A detour will be signed on SW Admiral Way directing travelers to continue on SW Admiral Way and access SW Waite Street from 49th Avenue SW.

The project team will distribute flyers in the area later this week with detour information and post this information on the project webpage additionally.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: On-the-move notes for Tuesday; bridge crash

March 31, 2015 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 9 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! While we watch the commute, two transportation-news notes to start with:

$900 MILLION TRANSPORTATION LEVY? Hear and talk about it tonight with city reps at West Seattle High School, 6-8 pm, the last of three meetings around the city. SDOT officials have stressed that this is a “draft” levy, pending both what they hear from citizen comments and also what the City Council decides to do before sending it to the ballot. Here’s what SDOT told us is in the “draft” for West Seattle. P.S. Whether you’re going tonight or not, take the survey!

‘BERTHA’ WATCH: The Highway 99 tunneling machine’s cutterhead made it up and out of the repair-access pit by mid-evening; WSDOT’s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners decided to leave it hanging there overnight. so today they’ll finish the move to the spot where they will work on it. (P.S. You can see a current image, as well as past images and time-lapse, here.)

8:05 AM: Still a relatively quiet commute, at least in our area and outbound from here. Slow going in the rain but nothing out of the ordinary.

8:34 AM: In comments, ECC mentions the 21X being off-schedule earlier.

9:14 AM: SFD crews are being dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on the eastbound bridge entry from Fauntleroy. Injuries are reported.

10:01 AM: As you can see in the top-right camera view, the Fauntleroy leg of the bridge is backed up as a result. The scene itself is not in camera range.

(Added: Thanks to Joel for video of the crash scene)
10:06 AM: Police have now closed the bridge at the 35th/Fauntleroy entrance.

10:28 AM: Per scanner, the bridge is clear and now reopening.


March 30, 2015 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)

The weekend Highway 99 closures are over and it’s on with a new week. First, in case you missed it over the weekend:

(WSB photo)
That’s the new Water Taxi, M/V Sally Fox, christened during an afternoon public celebration this past Saturday. It happened on Vashon Island, which Sally Fox will serve, but we covered it because it’s twin to M/V Doc Maynard, which will take over the West Seattle route this fall. P.S. This is the last week of the weekday-only schedule for the WS Water Taxi; the 7-day spring/summer schedule starts next Monday, April 6th.

ROAD WORK THIS WEEK: The second half of a 2-day resurfacing project on California Avenue SW in Fauntleroy was rescheduled to this Wednesday, April 1st.

BERTHA’S BIG LIFT: As first shown in this report last Friday, the big red-frame crane is in place over the Highway 99 tunnel-machine access pit alongside The Viaduct, and WSDOT says its contractor is likely to bring up the last, biggest piece of it for repairs sometime this week. It’ll be a painstaking process – possibly up to 16 hours long.

Now, on with the commute watch. If you see a problem and can text/call safely/legally, our always-on hotline is 206-293-6302.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Highway 99 north of Battery Street Tunnel reopens early

March 30, 2015 at 1:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

According to a WSDOT e-mail alert sent to media a few minutes ago, the work on Highway 99 north of the Battery Street Tunnel also has ended early, and 99 is now fully open. (South of the tunnel, the Alaskan Way Viaduct has been open since Saturday night; its inspection took only one day instead of two, so it did not re-close on Sunday.)

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Viaduct open for rest of the weekend

March 28, 2015 at 7:53 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

7:53 PM: WSDOT says the Alaskan Way Viaduct not only has reopened for tonight, it will NOT have to close again tomorrow – the inspection work is all done. But that *only* affects the stretch between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel; north of the tunnel, it remains closed until Monday morning, so if you head northbound on 99, you’ll have to exit by Western. Read the full announcement here.

9:55 PM: As of a short time ago, the “Viaduct Closed” lights are still flashing on signs approaching the bridge – but the road really is open.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Crash cleared on eastbound bridge

March 28, 2015 at 3:45 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

3:45 PM: Thanks to the texter who just alerted us to this (206-293-6302 any time), noting that it’s compounded by the fact 99 is closed: A three-car collision is blocking two lanes on the eastbound bridge, described by SDOT as “west of 4th Avenue S.”

4:02 PM UPDATE: Adding the WSDOT camera that’s currently pointed westward, looking at the collision scene. Here’s the view looking eastward over the upper and lower bridges – the latter seems a better option right now.

4:44 PM: SDOT says the crash has cleared. The backup will take a while longer.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; weekend 99/Viaduct closures; the last big lift for ‘Bertha’

March 27, 2015 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
We start today with one big reminder – the Highway 99 closures this weekend (and westbound I-90, too). From the Battery Street Tunnel north, it’s an all-weekend closure, late tonight until early Monday; from the Battery Street Tunnel south to the West Seattle Bridge, the twice-yearly inspection closure is scheduled for 6 am-6 pm each day, Saturday and Sunday. Those closures plus the westbound I-90 lane closures are all detailed here; for bus reroutes, check Metro’s site. We’re on duty 24/7 so if there’s any change in the plan (early reopening, etc.) you’ll find out about it here.

Speaking of Highway 99:

We noticed while checking the “live” camera that that the big red frame that’ll lift the tunnel machine’s cutterhead has moved into place right over the access pit – looks like it happened in the 5 pm hour yesterday (we went back through the stored images to find the one above). No word yet, though, when that mega-lift is expected to happen.

12:56 PM UPDATE: WSDOT has since published an update about the aforementioned impending Big Lift.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

March 26, 2015 at 7:19 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 22 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No trouble spots in/from West Seattle so far. Alerts/advisories:

FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK: The pump-station project next door is almost done, but some work this morning will result in a closure of the northern lane/tollbooth for up to two hours starting at 9:30 am.

VIADUCT/99 CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Yet another reminder – a stretch of 99 from the Battery Street Tunnel *north* will be closed from late Friday to early Monday; between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the BSTunnel, inspection closures are scheduled 6 am-6 pm Saturday and the same hours Sunday.


SDOT DIRECTOR @ WSTC: Questions about the big road/trail projects under way and coming up here? Or, about the 9-hour Highway 99 closure earlier this week (here’s our followup from Wednesday)? Or? 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), West Seattle Transportation Coalition hosts SDOT director Scott Kubly tonight, and all are welcome.

Added at 8 am since it’s still quiet:

THIS WEEK’S ‘TRAFFIC THROWBACK THURSDAY‘: For the second week in a row, we’re presenting a historic West Seattle road photo from the Seattle Municipal Archives:

(Click the picture for a larger image.) That’s in the files from 1951 as supporting evidence for “rezoning 6051-6053 35th” as proposed by a lumber company. We haven’t figured out whether this is looking north or south; the address checks to a 35-year-old condo building on the west side of 35th at Graham.

8:32 AM: Thanks to AD in comments and Jeremy via Twitter for word that a RapidRide bus is broken down at the onramp to the bridge and passengers are awaiting rescue.

12:21 PM: The Viaduct’s had some off and on trouble this morning.

One of those incidents is clearing as we type this … but another one still has a lane blocked in the stadium zone.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch, & what’s ahead

March 25, 2015 at 7:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Just in case you missed it, yes, southbound 99 finally reopened late last night, nine hours after a truck toppled across the lanes by the stadiums. Not that you’re going that way this morning. (And remember this weekend’s *planned* closures.) So far, otherwise, this commute’s main challenge is the rain.

EARLY RELEASE DAY: Reminder that Seattle Public Schools are out two hours early today.

7:47 AM: Texter says a dump truck is stalled in the left lane on the eastbound bridge by Nucor, so things might be backing up from the Fauntleroy entrance.

8:04 AM: Now the word is that the truck apparently lost a wheel, so this is not just a stall. Looking at the video feed from the city map, the Fauntleroy entrance appears to still be moving OK, so this isn’t catastrophic, so far.

8:41 AM: Haven’t heard confirmation of clearing yet – the video feed shows slow going before the curve, before you’d reach this scene (which itself is out of camera range). (Added below – photo from Robert:)

Also, emergency responders are headed to a crash reported on northbound 99 near the bridge – checking for the exact location on this.

8:50 AM: Fire units are clearing that scene, but SDOT says two lanes are blocked, so backups could persist.

9:04 AM: Thanks to the commenters who’ve explained where the 99 crash is – just past the onramp from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. Also a truck involved. One lane blocked.

9:16 AM: Fauntleroy access to the bridge is now back up to speed, per the video feed, so we’re thinking the truck’s been moved. We’re off to verify.

10:35 AM: It actually hasn’t yet been moved. Thanks to the texter who sent us an update, even before we made it to an East Admiral overlook from which we could see firsthand (without further complicating traffic ourselves!).

UPDATE: Southbound 99 reopens after 9-hour closure caused by overturned semitruck full of salmon

March 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 141 Comments


2:39 PM: All lanes of southbound Highway 99 are blocked by an overturned semi-truck in the stadium zone. More to come.

2:55 PM: The southbound Viaduct is now closed at the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel, so if you are headed that way from north of downtown, you’ll have to exit on Denny Way. Otherwise, to head south from downtown, you’ll need to take I-5 or surface streets such as 1st or 4th. We’ll keep updating this since we’re heading into the pm commute.

3:14 PM: This is affecting buses too:

3:22 PM: For those stuck on the Viaduct when this happened, here’s what’s being done:

We have another view of that courtesy of Chi Krneta:

3:43 PM: Still closed. And southbound I-5, we’re told, has a stall on the south side of downtown. Another alternative for getting back to West Seattle: The Water Taxi. Its afternoon schedule is just now starting up:

Here’s the schedule. Meantime:

And a view texted to us:

We’re still trying to find out if there’s any ETA for this being cleared. For now, just assume it’ll be hours, and plot your homeward alternative (or don’t leave until you hear it’s clear).

4:07 PM: SPD says a tow truck’s on the case – but that still doesn’t mean it’ll clear fast:

4:19 PM: Keep in mind that there’s a domino/spillover effect in many other places. For example, if you click around on the live video cameras in the general downtown area accessible via the SDOT Travelers’ Map (lower right) – you’ll see scenes such as vehicles STILL clearing off the Viaduct backward – right now at the Columbia onramp, a bus can be seen backing toward 1st, and someone is directing traffic. Also, via Twitter, SDOT says they’re hoping to have at least one lane open within a half-hour or so.

5:40 PM: SPD now says two tow trucks are on scene.

5:45 PM: And the problem has finally been explained – “a very large load of fish” is what the semi was carrying.

6:11 PM: The Sounders FC/Club Tijuana match has been pushed back to 7:23 pm. And SPD has an update on the semitruck’s driver:

6:33 PM: Latest tweet from the scene – “Responders have separated the tractor from the overturned trailer and are attempting to put the trailer back on its wheels again now.”

6:57 PM: Making progress:

7:12 PM: After 4 1/2 hours, the truck is right-side up again:

7:47 PM: Now they’re moving on to cleanup.

8:19 PM: And that’s not so easy, tweets SDOT: “Trailer contents have shifted, making it unstable to transport. They will detach trailer from truck and pull it off roadway.”

9:30 PM: Now going on 7 hours since this happened. The trailer has to be unloaded before it can be moved. We asked via Twitter, just out of curiosity, what kind of fish? Answer: Salmon.

10:05 PM: Still closed while crews work with the trailer.

10:47 PM: According to discussion just monitored via scanner, the problem is that the trailer remains unstable. It’s about a third empty now and they might try to move it again once it’s half empty. We are now in hour 9 of the total southbound 99 closure from the Battery St. Tunnel southward.

11:34 PM: They’re about to start reopening southbound 99, now that the truck and trailer have been moved successfully. They’re reopening starting at Denny, and then from Columbia.

11:40 PM: Official confirmation, 9 hours after the closure began:

That’s almost twice as long as the much-dissected 5-hour closure in June of last year following a head-on crash south of the West Seattle Bridge. Different circumstances here – no life-threatening injuries, but the wreckage posed a major challenge to clear. Some of what was promised in reports following the June incident (most notably this one) has been implemented, notably longer coverage hours in the city’s Traffic Management Center. We’ll be following up on this tomorrow, and certainly we won’t be the only ones.

11:16 AM WEDNESDAY: We did indeed inquire with SPD this morning. No direct response but they’ve published a long report on SPD Blotter which includes photos and tweets from yesterday (some of which we featured in real-time in this report) – we’re writing a separate story on this.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: What you need to know for Tuesday

March 24, 2015 at 7:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:07 AM: The aftermath of a car-fire call at 35th/Fauntleroy, by the entrance to the bridge, is still causing a backup, we’re told via Twitter. The car-fire call itself is closed but if you’re heading to the bridge that way, you might wait a bit until the scene is completely clear.

Two advisories, meantime:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HOME GAME TONIGHT: 7 pm vs. Club Tijuana at CenturyLink Field, 39,000 people expected, so be aware of extra evening traffic/transit in the stadium zone.

VIADUCT/99 CLOSURES NEXT WEEKEND: Between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel, the inspection closure is scheduled for 6 am-6 pm both days, Saturday and Sunday. But a stretch of 99 north of the tunnel will be closed around the clock late Friday to early Monday. Full details here.

7:20 AM UPDATE: What remains of the earlier incident is a car on the right shoulder of Fauntleroy just east of the entrance lane from northbound 35th, and a police car right behind it with its rollers going, so vehicles entering the bridge there are having to swerve a bit to the left to get around it, as shown on the live-video feed from the SDOT Travelers’ Map.

7:25 AM: Tow truck has arrived, so this should be clear shortly.

7:32 AM: All clear!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: First Monday of spring

March 23, 2015 at 6:57 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 4 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
As always, we start with what you should know while on the move this week:

STATE FERRIES’ NEW SCHEDULE IN EFFECT: The spring schedule started Sunday.

CONTINUING ROAD WORK: Most notably, the Delridge/Andover/23rd and 47th/Admiral projects.

VIADUCT/99 CLOSURES NEXT WEEKEND: Between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel, the inspection closure is scheduled for 6 am-6 pm both days, Saturday and Sunday. But a stretch of 99 north of the tunnel will be closed around the clock late Friday to early Monday. Full details here.

SPEAKING OF HIGHWAY 99 … the second of four big lifts for tunnel-machine pieces happened Saturday night.

EARLY-RELEASE DAY FOR SPS THIS WEDNESDAY: It’s not road work but it’ll mean different schedules for school buses and school-zone cameras/lights, and extra care to be taken, earlier, for kids/families on the move – Seattle Public Schools has a two-hour-early-release day this Wednesday.

Traffic alerts for NEXT weekend: Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closures, Highway 99 to the north, I-90

March 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

A week and a half after first mention, the official alert about next weekend’s Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closures is out, including details of other Highway 99 work PLUS another westbound I-90 constriction (a similar closure a few weeks ago backed up I-5 just north of the bridge, so beware). Read on for details from WSDOT:

Click to read the rest of Traffic alerts for NEXT weekend: Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closures, Highway 99 to the north, I-90…

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday, with spring just hours away

March 20, 2015 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy end of winter! Spring arrives at 3:45 this afternoon (and Spring Equinox Sunset Watch with Alice Enevoldsen is three hours later). One weekend note: Washington State Ferries starts its spring/summer schedule on Sunday.

UP, UP, AND AWAY: The first big piece of the Highway 99 tunnel machine to come out of the repair-access pit achieved liftoff on Thursday – see it here.

TWO SURVEYS FOR YOU: Both about transportation – the West Seattle Transportation Coalition is focusing on parking, and the truth of what we do and don’t use and why; take that survey here. And the city is asking your thoughts related to its big levy plan – take that survey here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday, now and then

March 19, 2015 at 6:25 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 20 Comments

(More cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! For starters:

NOVEMBER BALLOT LEVY FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS: Our report from Wednesday includes the specifics of what’s in it for West Seattle – and what’s not. Take the survey and tell the city what you think; if you can, come to the March 31st West Seattle meeting.

THROWBACK THURSDAY, TRAFFIC JAM EDITION: It’s an online custom to share retro photos on Thursdays. Wandering around the Seattle Municipal Archives last weekend, we happened onto some traffic images that seemed perfect to deploy here on TBTs … for starters, this is from almost exactly 58 years ago, March 1957, looking west from east of where the “low bridge” ends now, 11th/Spokane:

Click the pic to see a larger image on the city website (get a better look at the details including those buses on the left).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; road-work notes

March 18, 2015 at 7:33 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No trouble spots in our area as we head for the heart of the commute.

ROAD-WORK UPDATES: If you missed them last night – the latest on 47th/Admiral and 22nd/Barton.

TUNNEL-MACHINE WATCH: As reported in our story on the Highway 99 project’s quarterly “stakeholders” meeting, a piece of the tunnel machine – not THE cutterhead, yet – might be lifted out as soon as today, Seattle Tunnel Partners has told the state. More details on the project website.

West Seattle road/utility-work updates: 47th/Admiral; Barton/22nd

March 17, 2015 at 9:24 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

Two road-work/traffic-alert updates from the city. First, an SDOT update on the 47th/Admiral signal work:

(WSB photo from midday today)

Crews have begun working at the northeast corner of the intersection [above] and will continue demolition and begin electrical work this week. The corner is expected to be poured with new concrete next week, the week of March 23. The corner is currently closed to pedestrians and bicyclists. People walking and biking will need to follow the suggested detour around the work area or seek an alternate route. Crews will be at work on this corner for approximately three weeks.

Work hours are generally 7 am-3 pm, says SDOT. You can go here to sign up for e-mail updates on the work, or keep an eye on the official project page.

Second update, a traffic alert for Thursday near the 22nd/Barton CSO 3 project:

On Thursday, March 19, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., traffic on SW Barton Place at 22nd Avenue SW will be stopped intermittently for five-minute intervals to allow for delivery of materials. A flagger will be on site to direct traffic and we are communicating directly to residents whose driveways share this intersection. We are also coordinating with Metro to minimize bus impacts whenever possible. More information about the work can be found in the attached flyer.

Here’s what this project is all about.


March 17, 2015 at 7:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:46 AM: A crash at 35th and Holden is on the SFD log right now – no word on whether it’s blocking traffic but we’ll be checking.

7:53 AM: The crash call has closed. Reminder – the South Park Bridge‘s overnight closures are scheduled to continue tonight, midnight-5 am.

ROAD WORK AHEAD: If you missed the announcement Monday afternoon – one block of California SW in Fauntleroy will be resurfaced next week, March 24-25.

8:39 AM: At the east end of SW Roxbury, there’s an emergency response at Olson/2nd. Haven’t heard the specifics of the call, but if you’re headed that way, you’ll see one fire engine and at least one police car.

West Seattle traffic alert: Resurfacing for California SW in Fauntleroy

March 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

Just in from SDOT:

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will resurface a block of California Avenue Southwest, between Southwest Brace Point Drive and California Drive Southwest on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24 and 25. The crews will resurface the street pavement, working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The street will be open to traffic on Tuesday, March 24, but there may be a wait of up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear the roadway. On Wednesday, March 24, the street will be closed to through traffic and pedestrians and driveways on this block will not be accessible. On-street parking will be restricted in the work area.

That block is in Fauntleroy – here’s a map.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Final Monday of winter

March 16, 2015 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Winter, what we’ve had of it, is in its final days – spring officially arrives Friday afternoon. This morning, we’re dealing with the aftermath of Sunday’s deluge; please let us know, when you can, if you encounter any trouble spots (here’s what was happening last night).

Also, one alert to start the week – those overnight closures of the South Park Bridge are scheduled to start tonight.

8:23 AM: Still a relatively quiet commute. And weatherwise, we’re seeing some blue sky.

West Seattle traffic-alert update: California/Myrtle open again after 5-vehicle crash

March 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 15 Comments

(WSB photo)
6:20 PM: A crash involving as many as five vehicles is blocking southbound traffic at California/Myrtle, just south of the south Morgan Junction business district.

6:32 PM: Our crew reports that no one is seriously hurt, and no one will have to go to the hospital. That also means the scene will be cleared sooner rather than later, since no serious injuries means the major investigation team won’t be needed. Police are on scene and trying to sort out exactly what happened. Traffic remains down to one lane for both directions, so if you can avoid California between Frontenac and Myrtle for a while, do so.

6:37 PM: Update (via scanner) – now California is closed both ways until the crash is cleared. Photo added (two vehicles out of the frame).

7:38 PM: Just announced (via scanner) – scene’s clear and road has reopened both ways.

8:00 PM: Added photo shared by Sean, above, with a wider view of the scene, from earlier.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday on the roads & trails

March 13, 2015 at 7:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
All’s well on the roads and trails so far as we’re seeing and hearing. And the forecast still says this will be even more spring-like than Thursday.

Two notes:

DELRIDGE/ORCHARD/DUMAR SPU WORK: Seattle Public Utilities says the “intermittent 15-minute full closures on SW Orchard St. will be wrapping up this week as planned. Moving forward, traffic will occasionally be stopped momentarily to let trucks in and out, but we do not anticipate significant delays.” The westbound lane on Orchard east of Delridge will stay closed 7:30 am-4 pm seven days a week through the end of April, with a flagger to help you get around that.

UPCOMING SOUTH PARK BRIDGE, ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT CLOSURES: If you missed this update published Thursday – two weeks of early-early-morning closures are ahead for the South Park Bridge, and we have more details of the late-March Highway 99 closure.

8:03 AM: Port-truck traffic is backing up on Marginal again today, according to Helga in comments, plus what we’re hearing via the scanner.

Plan ahead! South Park Bridge overnight closures ahead; plus, details of upcoming Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure

March 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm | In South Park, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

From SDOT‘s weekly “lookahead,” just out:

SOUTH PARK BRIDGE OVERNIGHT SURFACE-TRAFFIC CLOSURES: Thanks to the tipster who let us know this morning that a mobile sign had gone up on the South Park Bridge with news of upcoming overnight closures. That put us on the lookout for the details that are in the “lookahead” – Monday through Friday nights (technically Tuesday-Saturday mornings, March 17-21) next week, the bridge will be closed to surface traffic 12:01 am-5 am. The closures are scheduled to repeat a week later, same times, March 24-28. (added) As explained by the county: “The closure will be confined to the overnight hours and will allow the contractor to complete bridge painting and finishing work in areas accessible only when the bridge is partially open. While work is underway, the waterway will remain open to recreational vessels that don’t require full openings to clear the bridge. Because the work will be performed overnight, traffic impacts should be minimal.”

ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT INSPECTION CLOSURE: When first word of the March 28-29 closure emerged last Monday, WSDOT wasn’t able to tell us whether it would be a full weekend closure or “all day Saturday plus all day Sunday.” Looks like it’s the latter; the “lookahead” lists the closure as 6 am-6 pm each day, Saturday 3/28 and Sunday 3/29, at least for the stretch between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel. However, it also mentions that both directions of 99 will be closed between the north end of the tunnel and Valley Street from 10 pm Friday 3/27 to 5 am Monday 3/30 for utility work.


March 12, 2015 at 8:01 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
It’s been another routine commute so far. Two notes:

47TH/ADMIRAL WORK CONTINUES: The photo is from Wednesday morning, as work ramped up on the north side of the intersection. More details on the project page.

35TH SW CHANGES: Missed the meeting Tuesday night at which SDOT revealed two “design alternatives” plus the plan to lower the speed limit? A daytime edition of the presentation is set for today, 3:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room at Southwest Branch Library (35th/Henderson). Bring your questions. If you can’t go to this one either, feedback goes to

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Wednesday on the move

March 11, 2015 at 7:18 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! No big problems so far, but the roads are wet – the rain started around 11 last night and is expected to continue on and off through tonight. Road-work alerts and transportation news:

47TH/ADMIRAL SIGNAL/CROSSWALKS: As previewed by SDOT, the first day of work on Tuesday did indeed involve surveying. As soon as today, they’ll move on to concrete-cutting for curb ramps. (8:53 am note: We just heard from City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who confirms that the work has intensified today; he led the council in pushing to fully fund this light.)

35TH SW SAFETY PROPOSALS: Last night brought Stage 2 of the 35th SW Safety Project – “design alternatives” unveiled by the city. If you weren’t there, see our coverage here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates/alerts

March 10, 2015 at 6:39 am | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

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Good morning! We start the day with updates …

47TH/ADMIRAL SIGNAL WORK BEGINS: As noted here last night, SDOT says prep work for the 47th/Admiral signal (and new crosswalks and curb ramps) starts today.

99 LANE CLOSURES POSTPONED: If you missed the news at midday Monday, WSDOT heeded the suggestions that it postpone the Highway 99 lane closures that were supposed to start tomorrow and run for weeks north of downtown, since the work is for something that won’t even be needed until the tunnel is finished.

NEXT INSPECTION CLOSURE, MARCH 28-29: Same link as above – the morning briefing also included word that the next Viaduct inspection closure (the kind they’ve been doing twice a year dating way back before the tunnel project) is set for March 28-29. We’re still waiting for the hours – whether it’ll be an all-weekend closure or a “daytime only” as had been done recently.

Followup: 47th/Admiral signal work to start tomorrow

March 9, 2015 at 6:55 pm | In Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 17 Comments

Work will start tomorrow on the 47th/Admiral traffic signal and other pedestrian-safety components.

A week and a half ago, SDOT announced the project could start “as soon as” this week, and now we have the alert with details of what’s ahead:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will begin work to install a new traffic signal, new crosswalks and upgraded curb ramps at the five-leg intersection of 47th Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way at SW Waite Street. Crews will work at this location for up to four months.

Residents, businesses and travelers can expect to see crews and equipment in the area beginning tomorrow, March 10. Construction will begin with survey work and site preparation. Crews will begin saw cutting at the northeast corner of 47th Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way as soon as Wednesday, March 11, with demolition of the northeast corner to follow on Thursday, March 12. “No park” signs will be placed around the work zones prior to the start of work. We will notify adjacent properties prior to the start of work at a given corner.

Crews will begin work to demolish the existing curbs and prepare to set the foundation for new signal equipment. Crews will continue to work in preparation for installation of the signal but there may be a lull of activity between the corner work and installation of the new signal. The existing overhead pedestrian signal will remain in place until the new signal is operational and the crosswalks are marked. No impacts are expected to adjacent Metro bus stops.

During construction you can expect:
· Construction activity from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
· Pedestrian and bicycle detours around work areas
· Temporary lane and parking restrictions during off-peak travel times on 47th Avenue SW, SW Admiral Way and SW Waite Street
· Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving

If you have questions or concerns during construction, contact Rachel McCaffrey, construction outreach lead, at or 206-615-0925.

According to the city website, the contractor is CA Carey of Issaquah, awarded the contract for $352,026. That’s close to the projected $350,000 cost, but considerably less than expected when the City Council decided in 2013 to fully fund the signal. SDOT says the work will last about three months.

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