West Seattle, Washington
7:11 AM: We start with a collision at 35th/Holden. A texter says a motorcyclist was injured. No other details. That’s it for incidents so far in or from West Seattle.
ADDED: The call closed fairly quickly; commenter Will explains why.
NOTE FOR JULY 28: The city has provided early heads-up that the West Seattle Bridge’s Admiral Way ramp will be closed for “tidying up” on July 28th.
7:11 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.
8:07 AM: The Vashon Water Taxi is out of service this morning. That’s led to busier buses from Morgan/Fauntleroy as riders switched to the state ferry to Fauntleroy – thanks for the tip on that.
11:50 AM: The Vashon Water Taxi will be back in service as of the 4:30 pm departure from downtown.
7:06 AM: Good morning! The most recent incident reported in/from West Seattle was a crash in the Delridge/Dakota area. SFD has closed out its response, which means no major injuries.
SUMMER FEST ROAD CLOSURES: Remember that California is closed to vehicle traffic between Edmunds and Genesee, and SW Alaska between 44th and 42nd, through Sunday night, for West Seattle Summer Fest, which starts at 10 this morning. That means Metro reroutes too – find that info here.
REVIVE I-5: Starting tonight, scheduled to continue through early Monday, it’s the next major weekend-long northbound I-5 closure. However, WSDOT note that you can still get to/from West Seattle, and that’s explained here.
8:01 AM: SFD and SPD are arriving at a flipped-car crash in the 5000 block of Delridge Way SW [map]. SFD reports that everyone’s out of the vehicle and that no one is seriously hurt. Avoid the area.
8:11 AM: The crash response is primarily affecting the southbound side of Delridge, per texter and scanner.
8:20 AM: Photo added. Our crew reports driver of flipped car hit two parked cars. Nobody required hospitalization. Tow truck has arrived; traffic is getting by both ways with use of center lane as well as NB lane.
7:11 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle.
SUMMER FEST ROAD CLOSURES: Later today, starting around 4 pm, California closes to vehicle traffic between Edmunds and Genesee, and SW Alaska closes between 44th and 42nd, through Sunday night, for West Seattle Summer Fest. That means Metro reroutes – find that info here.
REVIVE I-5: Tomorrow night through early Monday, it’s the next major weekend-long northbound I-5 closure – remember that you can still get to/from West Seattle, as explained here.
7:58 AM: Big SFD dispatch for “rescue extrication” situation in 5000 block Delridge Way SW. We’ll be starting a separate story about it. (Update: Here’s that link.)
2:24 PM: If you have to travel on Beach Drive SW south of Jacobsen, consider waiting a bit. There’s a Seattle Fire response blocking the road for a natural-gas leak in the 4800 block (here’s a map of the vicinity where it was reported). According to SFD communication monitored via scanner, a line was not punctured; it’s a “small leak” and they’re working to shut off the gas while awaiting Puget Sound Energy.
2:57 PM: Per the incident log, all SFD units have closed out of the call.
7:20 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle.
LOOKING AHEAD: Reminders that – starting 4 pm Thursday, California closes to vehicle traffic between Edmunds and Genesee, and SW Alaska closes between 44th and 42nd, through Sunday night, for West Seattle Summer Fest … Friday night brings the next major weekend-long northbound I-5 closure – you can still get to/from West Seattle, as explained here.
A few days later than originally announced, the second closure of 35th SW for the Arbor Heights Safe Routes to School sidewalk project is now in effect – we just went over to verify that 35th is closed between 102nd and 104th. This closure is expected to last about two weeks before crews move to the final stretch, 35th SW between 100th and 102nd.
7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle.
LOOKING AHEAD: Thursday night, California closes to vehicle traffic between Edmunds and Genesee, and SW Alaska closes between 44th and 42nd, as West Seattle Summer Fest setup begins … Friday night, the next major northbound I-5 closure begins, but you can still get to/from West Seattle, as explained here.
6:57 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle.
PATH ALERT: Scott tweeted about tree and light trouble on the bicycle/foot path near the bridge about an hour ago. We haven’t heard if SDOT has responded yet.
7:02 AM: Good morning. First up, the scene of last night’s deadly crash on 99/509 has not fully reopened. WSDOT tweeted a few minutes ago, “The S Cloverdale St on-ramp to NB SR 99 is back open. However, all lanes of NB SR 99 remain closed @ Des Moines Memorial Dr/14th Ave S. Continue to avoid the area!” (Southbound is open.)
No other area incidents so far this morning.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Mariners are home vs. Colorado, 7:10 pm.
WEEKEND NOTES: Here’s the SDOT roundup, including tomorrow’s Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki (no road closures but the beach will be extra-busy for the all-day event, with the landing itself expected around 1:30 pm).
7:28 AM: From Brian in comments: “The 7:06 route 57 bus is a no-show. No alerts from Metro.”
UPDATE: The 99/509 crash scene reopened as of 8:33 am.
11:21 PM: The State Patrol and other agencies are dealing with a deadly one-vehicle crash at the Cloverdale overpass where 509/99 meet – avoid the area. The crash brought down a big sign – see the WSP-tweeted photo above – and Trooper Rick Johnson says that’ll mean a long closure on the NB side. More as we get it.
11:39 PM: Thanks to the reader who texted this wider view:
A nearby resident says the driver hit the pole at high speed. [map]
12:49 AM: Still closed.
7:30 AM: As noted elsewhere, NB is still closed as crews deal with the sign. SB reopened overnight. Meantime, WSP’s media update says the driver was a 17-year-old Seattle resident.
UPDATE: The 99/509 crash scene has reopened as of 8:33 am.
2:26 PM: Seattle Public Schools has confirmed what was first reported in comments below – that the victim was a West Seattle High School student. Here’s the letter WSHS principal Brian Vance has just sent to families:
Dear West Seattle High School families,
It is with a heavy heart that I share the tragic news that one of our students, Jonathan Teso-Rueda was killed in a car accident on Thursday night. Jonathan was a bright, talented and well-liked student at West Seattle High School. His sense of humor and big, caring heart will be missed. As a community, I know we will come together to not only support Jonathan’s family, but one another.
We will have counselors available at West Seattle High School on Monday, July 9 from 9 am-12 pm for students needing support or wanting to be with their friends on campus.
When someone dies, particularly suddenly, it’s normal for children and teens to have different kinds of feelings and reactions. Parents and guardians have important roles in helping students understand about death.
Here are some suggestions for how to help students
• Stick to facts. Answer questions factually.
• Remain calm and reassuring. Students take their cues from their parents and adults.
• Be a good listener and observer. Pay attention to changes in behavior.
• Be especially loving and supportive; children and teens need you even more at this time.
We recognize that even if your student may not have known or been close to Jonathan, or his family, he/she may still feel a strong reaction. We also realize this may be your student’s first experience with death or it may trigger feelings about other deaths your child may have experienced. This is an opportunity for students and families to acknowledge their grief and express their feelings about a sudden loss for which they have no control over.
Please take care and we will share information about any events to support students, staff and families if and/or when they become available.
West Seattle High School
6:58 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: The Mariners‘ home stand continues with a 7:10 pm game vs. the Angels.
If you’re going to Alki for the 4th of July – you need to know about reroutes that police are planning in hopes of getting traffic cleared out more efficiently. “We’re trying something a little different this year,” is how Southwest Precinct Sgt. Ryan Long explained it. If you’re going up the California Way hill to California SW, once you get to Admiral, you’ll have to turn left – eastbound. If you’re heading southbound on Harbor toward the bridge, once you get to Spokane, you’ll have to turn left – eastbound. In order to set that up as a “free left turn,” traffic coming downhill – northbound – on Avalon will be directed onto EB Genesee. Sgt. Long says this will all start around 10 tomorrow night and will last just as long as it takes for people to clear out.
2:28 PM: Thanks to the tipster who just called our 24/7 hotline (206-293-6302) about that crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. It’s before the highrise, so if you need to head eastbound, you might want to wait a while before heading out from the Fauntleroy end, or access it via Delridge.
3:26 PM: Scene just finished clearing, per SDOT live cameras, and all lanes are open.
One more reason to stay on the peninsula and spend the weekend of July 13-14-15 at West Seattle Summer Fest: The next major “Revive I-5” closure of northbound I-5 is planned for that weekend. WSDOT is stepping up the awareness-raising starting today and e-mailed us to be sure West Seattleites know about it. This time, they’re being clearer in advance about what will be closed and what will be open. Though the one-line description will be “Northbound I-5 closed at the West Seattle Bridge,” you will be able to exit onto the westbound bridge if you are approaching from the south, and you will be able to use the exit from the eastbound bridge to get to eastbound I-90, or the collector/distributor offramps to James/Madison Street, continuing back on to I-5 post-closure-zone. “One of our key messages is that you still can get to and from West Seattle during the closure,” Tom Pearce, the project’s lead communicator, assures us. Here’s the full explanation of what’s happening, where, and when.
6:57 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.
FAUNTLEROY WAY WORK: SDOT says the long-anticipated replacement of the asphalt sidewalk along part of Fairmount Park starts this morning.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: The Mariners start a homestand tonight, 7:10 pm vs. Kansas City.
METRO FARE CHANGE SUNDAY: Here’s the reminder we published Thursday about the new $2.75 fare.
8:17 AM: Crash on the eastbound bridge just before 99, right lane, says SDOT.
9:22 AM: One more note looking ahead – WSDOT has published a reminder about one more full NB I-5 closure coming up the weekend of July 13-15, so here’s your two-weeks-in-advance warning.
6:59 AM: Good morning! If you missed it Tuesday afternoon, the West Seattle “low bridge” has reopened after 5-plus days of repair work. Otherwise, no incidents in/from WS so far this morning.
1:20 PM: The West Seattle “low bridge” has reopened after emergency hydraulic repairs kept it closed to non-maritime traffic for almost six days, SDOT just announced. More to come …
2:48 PM: A little more info just in from SDOT:
Around lunchtime today, Roadways Structures crews completed several test openings, and picked up all the traffic control and detour signage.
More details to come, when the damaged piston assembly is inspected later this week. Work focused singularly on efficient opening of the Spokane St Bridge, as a priority for travelers.
7:06 AM: We start again with the reminder that the West Seattle “low bridge” remains closed to all non-maritime traffic:
SDOT now says the closure could last until the end of this week.
Our other regular cameras:
(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links)
As for traffic problems – there’s a residual backup on NB I-5 from a crash that just cleared.
7:16 AM: Texter says the 7 am 56 hasn’t shown up. No alert on that so far but Metro did report the first 57 of the day at 6:41 was running 15 minutes late.
SDOT has just provided another update on repairs of the West Seattle “low bridge,” closed since last Wednesday night for emergency hydraulic repairs. Now it says the work – first described as “at least a week” – might last until the end of this week. Today, SDOT says, “the Roadway Structures crew is moving a 15-ton replacement cylinder [SDOT photo above] into its exact place, inside the west shore pier house” of what’s officially the Spokane Street Swing Bridge, which is 27 years old. SDOT’s update adds, “The nearly 30,000-pound cylinder must be installed per specific controls, right down to cleaning it, along with reconnecting hydraulic oil lines, rewiring electrical conduit, etc. There’s also continuous monitoring and testing along the way … It all means there are several more days of hard work ahead.” SDOT says it expects to “know more tomorrow” about a potential reopening date. Meantime, it’s continuing weekday morning and afternoon bicycle shuttles – times and location are in the update.