West Seattle traffic alerts 1943 results

TRAFFIC & WEATHER: Thursday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning! Cold but no snow this morning – that’s expected later today.

One outbound-commute problem: A crash backing up northbound I-5:


LOW-BRIDGE ALERT: For drivers and riders, this is something of a reverse alert – the low bridge will NOT be opening for marine traffic between approximately 8 am and noon today, because of maintenance that SDOT announced a few weeks ago. They say it will NOT affect vehicle traffic.

7:22 AM: Two lanes have reopened at the scene of the I-5 crash, but WSDOT says one is still blocked and backups are big.

7:56 AM: The scene is clear but the backups aren’t.

TRAFFIC & WEATHER: Wednesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:26 AM: Good morning! No incidents but frosty out there – below freezing for the first time since the cold snap began.

WINTER STORM WATCH: If you missed it last night – we’re under one for Thursday morning until Friday morning. Here’s the latest version, as of early today. Might bring a few inches of snow, forecasters say.

SDOT’S WINTER WEATHER MAP: Check here to see which roads have been treated most recently. And if you notice any problem spots – let SDOT know; Monica e-mailed to say the bicycle path eastbound out of West Seattle had been oversalted yesterday.

TRAFFIC & WEATHER: Tuesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

5:59 AM: Good morning! A bit colder this morning than Monday but still above freezing. The National Weather Service canceled the potential-snow alert early today, so we’re mostly just looking for a chilly commute. SDOT‘s winter-weather map shows the bridge was treated early today, just in case (choose the “last 3 hours” view).

7:02 AM Still no trouble reports.

8:35 AM: Temps have dropped a few degrees since sunrise. What was moisture on cars parked on the street, for example, has turned to frost.

TRAFFIC & WEATHER: Monday watch, as snow arrives

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

5:04 AM: As promised, we’re starting traffic watch – with weather added to it – early, just in case. So far, no snow reported. However, one texter says the West Seattle Bridge is slick. It and 35th SW have been treated, according to the SDOT winter-weather map.

5:35 AM: Still nothing out of the ordinary, except colder temperatures.

6:30 AM: Patrick reports a few flakes in Sunrise Heights.

6:59 AM: Bus alert just texted and tweeted by Metro:


Otherwise, Metro says, “buses are operating normally” so far this morning.

7:24 AM: @MetPatrick22 in Sunrise Heights is watching the incoming weather and reports, “Another “slug” of moisture inbound and heavier, could bring all snow down to about 300′.” That’s where we are. So far, everything has fallen as rain – we can hear it in the downspouts.

7:42 AM: Some missing buses beyond what Metro has announced – see comments (125) and Twitter (55).

7:55 AM: First snow sighting here. Also reports of snow in Arbor Heights and Sunrise Heights, snow/rain mix in South Delridge and Highland Park.

8:04 AM: Snow shower continues. Sticking on parked cars here, not on the road:

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Also, another West Seattle bus that didn’t run:


8:21 AM: Sticking on roofs and yards too, where we are. And from Patrick in Sunrise Heights, at 35th/Holden:


8:32 AM: Snowing more lightly here, still not sticking on the road. Photo from Jessica at 37th/Austin in Gatewood:

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And this video features snow excitement! Thanks to Ben on Pigeon Point:

Again, SDOT now has a map showing you where plows, de-icing trucks, etc. have been, and it also includes some cool features like road-surface temps (click a yellow triangle) – see the map here.

9:09 AM: Snow’s over here, for now. Thanks to everyone for sharing images/video/info! More likely on the way later…

3:45 PM: Metro has announced several more cancellations this afternoon. If you ride the bus, keep close watch on the trip planner, they’re advising.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: December’s first Friday; weekend reminders

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:52 AM: New trouble on the northbound 1st Avenue S. Bridge – half an hour after an early-morning crash cleared, a new one is partly blocking the right lane, according to WSDOT.

HOLIDAY EVENT REMINDERS: Tonight SW Myrtle will be closed for the block east of 35th SW during the Our Lady of Guadalupe “Light Up the Night” celebration, approximately 6-8 pm … Saturday night, the West Seattle Junction Tree Lighting and Night Market will close SW Alaska between California and 42nd SW approximately 3-9 pm (the market is 4-8 pm, tree lighting starts 4:30 pm). That means a reroute for RapidRide C Line – here’s the info from Metro.

7:09 AM: WSDOT says the 1st Avenue S. Bridge is clear again.

7:48 AM: After Kathleen pointed out on Twitter that the bus she had been waiting for never showed, Metro sent an after-the-fact alert & tweet:


8:45 AM: No new trouble for today but a reminder that snow MIGHT be a factor for Monday’s commute, per the National Weather Service …we’ll be tracking it all weekend and if it does happen, coverage will start extra early.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates, as December begins

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:11 AM: No incidents reported in the area so far this morning.

WEEKEND REMINDER: The West Seattle Junction Tree Lighting and Night Market on Saturday night will close SW Alaska between California and 42nd SW approximately 3-9 pm (the market is 4-8 pm, tree lighting starts 4:30 pm). That means a reroute for RapidRide C Line – here’s the info from Metro.

8:59 AM: Water is bubbling up on Delridge at Myrtle, reports Julia, who says SDOT told her they had already had calls about it – she wanted to share the news so you’re aware a crew might be working in the area soon. (We’ll be checking with Seattle Public Utilities.)

UPDATE: Crash at Highland Park Way/2nd SW

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(Photo sent by Al)

5:41 PM: We’re on our way to Highland Park Way/2nd SW [map] to check on a crash that has drawn a big Seattle Fire “automobile rescue” dispatch. That’s east of West Marginal Way and most likely to affect traffic headed toward the 1st Avenue South Bridge-bound onramp near the transfer station. More when we get there.

5:51 PM: Eastbound traffic on Highland Park Way, and southbound on West Marginal Way, both at near-standstills as we attempt to get to the crash scene.

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(Added: Photo tweeted by SFD)

Via scanner, we heard a few minutes ago that SFD had extricated two people, but we still have no other details on the circumstances. Police are heading back up the Highland Park Way hill so you might be facing traffic closures.

6:01 PM: We’ve gotten closer and can now see that HP Way is closed both ways just west of the 509/1st Avenue S. Bridge approach overpass. Al has sent a photo that we’re adding atop the story, while our photographer sees how close he can get on foot to try to get more information. Again, avoid Highland Park Way east of the hill TFN.

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(WSB photo)

6:12 PM: Our photographer just spoke with SFD/SPD at the scene. It’s a three-vehicle collision. The two people who had to be cut out of the car on the left in our top photo were taken to the hospital but neither had life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other car involved was checked out but did not need to be hospitalized. And the truck driver is OK. Police hope to clear the vehicles from the scene before too long.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:26 AM: Good morning. A crash on NB 99 just past the bridge has cleared into the transit lane, and that’s the only problem in the area right now.

BUS NOTE: As reported last night, the main bus stop at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) is back to normal as of today.

SATURDAY REMINDER: The West Seattle Junction Tree Lighting and Night Market on Saturday night will close SW Alaska between California and 42nd SW approximately 3-9 pm (the market is 4-8 pm, tree lighting starts 4:30 pm).

7:43 AM: Problem on the EB bridge, tweeted by SDOT:


7:48 AM: SDOT says the bridge and 99 problems have both completely cleared.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:10 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/outbound from West Seattle so far this morning.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Back to work/school Monday

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

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6:30 AM: Good morning. Back to work, school, and regular transit schedules as we start the post-Thanksgiving week.

SPOKANE ST. PROJECT: The work on and around surface Spokane St. east of the low bridge continues this week – here’s the official flyer with the newest details.

LOOKING AHEAD: There’s talk the weather might get wintrier next week. MIGHT – but still, you might consider taking a look at SDOT‘s winter-weather info THIS week, just so you’re up to speed.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-Thanksgiving Friday

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning – here’s what you need to know if you’re headed out this morning:

TRANSIT CHANGES:
*strong>Metro buses are on the “reduced weekday” schedule
*King County Water Taxi is out of service
*Sound Transit Route 560 is on the regular weekday schedule; Link light rail is on the Saturday schedule

DOWNTOWN ROAD CLOSURES THIS AM AND PM:
The 9 am Macy’s Holiday Parade and 5 pm lighting of the store’s big star both will bring big crowds and road closures – more info in this SDOT holiday-weekend event roundup.

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Bridge trouble; Delridge/Orchard tree

11:21 AM: Thanks to everybody who’s sending tips on this Thanksgiving – our usual sources of traffic info are not at full speed today so info from the streets matters a lot. Just got a text that the eastbound bridge entrance at 35th/Fauntleroy was blocked off as of a few minutes ago. That could be related to a westbound bridge crash reported about half an hour ago. Also, a caller advises taking care toward the east end of the eastbound bridge, by the I-5 entrance, because of a protruding jersey barrier – we asked them to call 911, which is the best thing to do on a holiday or weekend *if something dangerous is in or affecting the road*. And then let us know – call or text 206-293-6302, 24/7/365.

12:45 PM: Another text – tree down on Delridge just north of Orchard (the Home Depot, etc., intersection). On our way to check.

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12:59 PM: Our crew reports the tree is blocking the southbound and center lanes of Delridge by the Lam-Bow Apartments. SDOT has just arrived; police are on scene directing traffic, which is being allowed through, both ways. Close call for a car but it was spared and no one was hurt.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, & holiday changes

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:15 AM: Good morning and welcome to Thanksgiving Eve. So far, no incidents in/from West Seattle.

Info you might find useful:

TODAY: Seattle Public Schools get out one hour early today, and won’t be back in session until next Monday.

THANKSGIVING DAY TRANSPORTATION NOTES: Metro buses will be on the Sunday scheduleSound Transit Route 560 will be on a Sunday schedule too (as is Link light rail) … King County Water Taxi is out of serviceWashington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route will be on a regular schedule … Street parking will be free in areas of the city that have pay stations.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:11 AM: Good morning – no incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.

STADIUM-ZONE ALERT TONIGHT: 7 pm at CenturyLink Field, soccer playoffs – Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-Thanksgiving Monday

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.

PRE-HOLIDAY NOTES: While the official school holidays are Thursday and Friday, schedules vary at some schools starting today, because of parent-teacher conferences, so be extra-careful in school zones. … Here’s this week’s plan for the surface Spokane St. paving/repair project east of the low bridge.

8:29 AM: If you are inbound – stalled vehicle on WB bridge just past Admiral.

UPDATE: Wrong-way semi forces bridge closure

7:35 AM: If you’re headed this way via I-5 or Beacon Hill any time soon, you might not be able to get onto the westbound West Seattle Bridge for a bit – Seattle Police are shutting down access toward the east end so they can get that semi-truck safely off the bridge. Somehow, it wound up on the westbound bridge, facing east. This probably won’t take too long but we’re making note of it just in case.

8:01 AM: As expected, SPD made short work of this, and the bridge is fully open both ways.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch, with road-work alert for the bridge

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far.

Alerts and updates:

BRIDGE WORK STARTING AT 8 AM: Announced Thursday by SDOT, the left eastbound lane will be closed on the bridge, between the 1st and 4th Ave. S. exits, 8 am-4 pm.

FERRY SPILLOVER OVER: Washington State Ferries announced last night that the Point Defiance-Tahlequah (south Vashon) run would be back in operation today, so you don’t have to worry about spillover on the Fauntleroy-(north) Vashon run.

7:20 AM: Texter sends this photo from East Marginal Way:

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“Situation right now on Marginal Way S. for a half-mile to T-46. That’s three rows of vehicles all headed northbound,” they write.

7:25 PM: Also visible on this traffic cam:

UPDATE: Emergency on southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct

11:48 PM: The emergency response that is backing up southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct traffic right now involves a C Line bus driver, according to Jon, who e-mailed us right after someone else texted about the traffic situation. He says his wife was on the bus and reported that the driver had a medical emergency, possibly a heart attack, right after the bus got onto the Viaduct from Columbia. The call is on the SFD log as a “med 7 response” (major medical situation) but there’s been no official information yet. If you are headed this way, avoid SB 99 for now.

12:06 AM: Still nothing official on this, not even a traffic alert, and nothing on the scanner, so we are not likely to be able to get followup information until tomorrow. The closest traffic cam shows traffic moving, slowly, southbound just north of the scene, with police-car lights visible.

12:38 AM: That traffic cam shows the emergency response has cleared, as has traffic.

FRIDAY, 3:30 PM: Metro reports that the driver died, and that passengers took heroic action both to try to save him, and to get the bus under control. Here’s their news release.

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Heavier traffic tonight @ Fauntleroy ferry dock; lane closure Friday on West Seattle Bridge

3:40 PM: Two more traffic alerts:

FERRY ALERT: Washington State Ferries sends an alert that traffic headed for the Fauntleroy terminal is expected to be heavier than usual because boat trouble has suspended the south Vashon Island run (Tahlequah-Point Defiance). So far, WSF tweets, it’s already a one-hour wait. The south Vashon run isn’t expected to resume before tomorrow.

BRIDGE ALERT: SDOT has just sent word that one lane will be closed on the Spokane Street Viaduct side of the West Seattle Bridge all day tomorrow: “From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 18, travelers can expect the eastbound left lane of the Spokane St Viaduct to be closed between 1st Ave S and 4th Ave S while crews conduct roadwork repairs. This work is to implement a permanent repair on a temporary patch crews did earlier this week.”

9:36 PM UPDATE: WSF says the Tahlequah-Point Defiance run will be back in service (with M/V Tillikum) on Friday, so the Fauntleroy terminal will be back to its usual volume.

ROAD-WORK ALERT: Street, ramp closures tonight for surface Spokane St. paving

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SDOT has just confirmed that the much-delayed paving of surface Spokane Street east of the low bridge ****IS ON**** for tonight. That means lane closures starting at 2 pm, and a complete closure of SW Spokane starting at 6 pm, along with ramp closures from/on the high bridge. Here’s what SDOT says will be happening between 6 pm and midnight:

Westbound SW Spokane Street will be closed between 11th Ave SW and E Marginal Way.

Eastbound SW Spokane Street will be closed between 11th Ave SW and SW Manning Street.

The ramps from southbound SR-99 and westbound Spokane St Viaduct to Harbor Island will be closed.

Detours will be in place:

o Westbound through traffic on SW Spokane St will be detoured down E Marginal Way to the 1st Ave S Bridge and back up W Marginal Way.

o Westbound traffic on the Spokane St Viaduct and southbound traffic on SR-99 destined for Harbor Island will be detoured across the West Seattle Bridge to Delridge Way SW to access Harbor Island from the west.

o Eastbound through traffic on SW Spokane St will be detoured locally on Harbor Island to continue eastbound via SW Manning St.

Full details here.

UPDATE: Fauntleroy reopens south of Alaska after gas-leak response at construction site

9:46 AM: We’re on the way to check out a Seattle Fire response at Fauntleroy/Alaska that’s closed some traffic lanes, according to what we’ve heard on the scanner (real-time 911 is down, so the nature of the call isn’t visible). Avoid the area for now; updates to come.

9:52 AM: The traffic camera we’ve added above shows Fauntleroy fully closed right now south of Alaska. Scanner discussion indicates this is a gas-leak situation and Puget Sound Energy is on the way.

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10:03 AM: Our crew has arrived and talked with SFD; they confirm it’s a gas leak at The Whittaker construction site. PSE has arrived. SW Alaska remains open; (added) SW Edmunds is, too.

10:38 AM: The camera view above shows that traffic is being allowed on Fauntleroy again.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents right now in/from West Seattle and vicinity. Road-work reminders:

FAUNTLEROY/HUDSON: We noticed lane reductions here while driving through the area last night, and Hudson itself was blocked. Looked like something ongoing.

PAVING ALERT: It’s not raining, which means the lower Spokane St. paving plan for today might be on, scheduled to start after 9 am. We’ll be checking. Here again are the details.

4TH AVENUE REMINDER: For the next few months, 4th Avenue has lane closures on the south side of downtown because of the Yesler Way bridge replacement. This came up in comments yesterday. The long-term alert is here.

One more note:

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: WSTC has changed its night/location for this month’s meeting – 6:30 pm tonight at The Kenney. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

7:54 AM: Big response for a possible fire at Highland Park Way and Kenyon, but it’s just been canceled, except for two units, as they haven’t found the reported fire yet.

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