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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend previews

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7:02 AM: Good morning and happy Friday! No major incidents in or from West Seattle.

WEEKEND ALERTS: Here’s the SDOT roundup of what’s happening around the city this weekend, most notably the Seafair Torchlight Parade downtown on Saturday night, which brings road closures and bus reroutes. … If you’re headed for South King County or points southward via I-5, another weekend of lane closures for road work is ahead.

7:27 AM: Just texted and tweeted by Metro:


8:10 AM: We’re expecting highs in the 80s again today and tomorrow and a concerned West Seattleite asked us to remind you PLEASE don’t leave your pet in your vehicle, even with a window cracked open. The temperatures can rise dramatically and dangerously. Yesterday there was apparently a bit of a scene in The Junction when a dog was locked in a car, windows up; concerned passersby tried to find its person, who eventually showed up and was quoted as saying something like, it hasn’t even been half an hour. That would have been more than enough time for the animal’s life to be in danger. Even if you “think” it will be OK – don’t run the risk.

8:28 AM: WSDOT is clearing a stall on northbound I-5 at a spot that appears to be just north of the West Seattle Bridge.

8:30 AM: And now there’s word of a crash at 8th/Roxbury. Heading off for a look.

8:52 AM: No photo because we were driving, but it’s a 2-vehicle crash in westbound lanes, affecting the entire intersection. Eastbound was at a near-standstill for a while. Private ambulance called for someone

9:35 AM: Just checked back – 8th/Roxbury crash scene is now completely clear.

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UPDATE: Crash leaves car atop jersey barrier on West Seattle Bridge

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9:20 PM: Thanks for the tips, and thanks to BW for the photo- a crash has left a car atop the jersey barrier on the West Seattle Bridge near the Luna Park curve.

9:25 PM: No word on injuries so far, but scanner reports indicate multiple parts of the jersey barrier have been pushed into the westbound lanes.

9:40 PM: SDOT says this is blocking the eastbound bridge completely near its westbound end – right now the live video on the “West Seattle Bridge @ Delridge view” (find link from lower right of that page) is verifying that. One westbound lane is getting by (this is west of the Admiral exit, so you can get off there and avoid it entirely). Looks like a tow truck has arrived.

10:36 PM: The eastbound side has reopened at the crash scene on the curve over Avalon. Looks like one lane each way.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch, and beyond

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

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6:30 AM: Good morning! As we start the day, one look ahead to the weekend:

SATURDAY BUS ALERT: The Seafair Torchlight Parade downtown will bring bus reroutes on Saturday night (July 30th), including Route 21 and RapidRide C Line. Go here for the full reroute list.

8:28 AM: Still no traffic incidents of note in or from West Seattle.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Last Monday in July

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6:43 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.

8:27 AM: Still a quiet commute.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Battery Street Tunnel reopened

1:06 PM: If you’re heading toward Northbound 99, could be trouble for a while – the Battery Street Tunnel is closed after its sprinklers activated, following a reported vehicle stall, according to SDOT’s Twitter feed.

1:21 PM: SDOT says the tunnel is now open again.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Friday; weekend preview

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6:54 AM: Good morning. Friday is off to a rainy start. So is traffic – a stalled-semi problem reported earlier from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge to northbound I-5 has just been cleared, but residual backups will take longer to dissipate.

PARADE AND FLOAT DODGER 5K TOMORROW: The weather IS expected to clear long before the West Seattle Grand Parade and Float Dodger 5K hit California Avenue on Saturday morning. Even if you’re not going, you should know about road closures, parking restrictions, and bus reroutes, ~7 am-3 pm Saturday – all in our latest preview.

ALKI ART FAIR: While the Saturday-Sunday Alki Art Fair (co-sponsored by WSB) does not close roads, you might want to know about the free shuttle – follow the link to the fair website and scroll down its homepage for info.

7:10 AM: Metro just texted and tweeted this bus cancellation:


TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch, and previews

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

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6:57 AM: Good morning! SDOT reported a collision in the 3100 block of Harbor SW this past half hour; the medic response was canceled quickly, so we don’t know if there’s any aftermath. Nothing else in the area so far this morning. Otherwise:

NO BRIDGE CLOSURE: SDOT canceled the plan for Fauntleroy Expressway closures last night and tonight; no new dates yet.

SATURDAY REMINDERS: We’ve been reminding you about Saturday (July 23rd) road closures and parking restrictions (the signs are out now) for the West Seattle Grand Parade, Kiddie Parade, and Float Dodger 5K; California SW south of SW Admiral Way, to The Junction, will be closed from early morning into early afternoon, and some side streets along the way have parking restrictions, too, posted for 7 am-3 pm. (added) … The bus reroutes for Saturday are now published – see them here.

8:35 AM: Trouble on the westbound bridge:


10:24 AM: Some sort of incident east of the low bridge is causing some truck backup on the westbound side but eastbound is going OK with SPD help.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; bridge closures canceled

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6:52 AM: Good morning! No incidents in or from West Seattle so far. What you need to know:

NO BRIDGE CLOSURES AFTER ALL: SDOT has postponed its plans to close the Fauntleroy Expressway tonight and tomorrow and says it’ll reschedule.

SATURDAY REMINDERS: This Saturday (July 23rd) brings the West Seattle Grand Parade, Kiddie Parade, and Float Dodger 5K; California SW south of SW Admiral Way, to The Junction, will be closed from early morning into early afternoon; watch for signage on some of the immediate side streets too, for parade staging and dispersal.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday on the move, plus previews

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6:30 AM: Good morning! We start again with the previews:

WHAT’S AHEAD: The west end of the West Seattle Bridge will be closed overnight tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday nights, as the Fauntleroy Expressway seismic-cushion re-replacement project gets closer to concluding … Saturday morning (July 23rd) brings the West Seattle Grand Parade, Kiddie Parade, and Float Dodger 5K, which close California SW south of SW Admiral Way, to The Junction, into early afternoon, and affect some of the immediate side streets too, for parade staging and dispersal. Watch here for bus-reroute information later this week.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch; looking ahead

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

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6:39 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far. Chance of showers/thundershowers today, says the forecast, and other parts of the metro area are seeing them already.

LOOKING AHEAD: The west end of the West Seattle Bridge will be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday nights, as announced last week … Next Saturday morning (July 23rd) brings the West Seattle Grand Parade, Kiddie Parade, and Float Dodger 5K, which close California SW south of SW Admiral Way into early afternoon – here’s our most recent preview.

8:25 AM: Trouble on the Northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct – a crash just before the Western Avenue exit. WSDOT says it’s “blocking the right lane and partially blocking the off-ramp.” We’re also seeing an SFD crash response for 1st Avenue S. at East Marginal Way S. – no details on that one, though.

8:41 AM: SDOT says the Viaduct crash scene has cleared. No injuries reported; SFD was not dispatched.

BRIDGE CLOSURES: 2 more for Fauntleroy Expressway end of West Seattle Bridge

Two more overnight closures of the west end of the West Seattle Bridge have just been announced. SDOT says the Fauntleroy Expressway will be closed the nights of Wednesday and Thursday (July 20-21), 9 pm-5 am. All 674 earthquake-safety cushions have been re-replaced; now crews need to apply epoxy “to ensure the pads are providing thorough cushioning.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on westbound Admiral east of California

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Thanks to the texter who sent those photos of cars involved in a crash a short time ago on westbound SW Admiral Way just east of California SW. No major injuries reported – Seattle Fire has a one-engine response.

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No other info but we are mentioning because with commute time approaching, might be backups here until the wrecked vehicles are cleared.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; weekend preview

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

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6:52 AM: Good morning! No major incidents in/from West Seattle so far. Now that it’s Thursday, it’s time to look ahead to the weekend, including:

ROAD CLOSURE FOR JUBILEE DAYS STREET FAIR: Saturday and Sunday, 17th SW between Roxbury and 100th will be closed for the White Center Jubilee Days street fair.

METRO 120 REROUTE FOR SUNDAY PARADE: The Jubilee Days parade on Sunday (July 17th) will bring a reroute of the 120 between 10 am and 1 pm, on 16th SW from SW 100th south to SW 116th – details here.

BOEING CENTENNIAL: In comments earlier this week, “Trickycoolj” mentioned signage for the East Marginal Way closure south of the South Park Bridge this weekend because of the Boeing Centennial festivities. Still haven’t found anything official, likely because the celebration is not a public event, but better forewarned than not.

8:01 AM: Still quiet. Checked the West Seattle-vicinity live video feeds from the SDOT “travelers’ information map” to verify.

8:35 AM: Trouble on the eastbound high bridge. Just in from SDOT:


(Thanks also to Matt and Mike for telling us about this crash.)

8:55 AM: Also a crash on the northbound 1st Avenue South Bridge.

8:58 AM: Just checked in on the camera. West Seattle Bridge crash still blocking the center eastbound lane right after the curve. Police and incident response are there.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch

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

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6:16 AM: Good morning! If you’re just waking up – you probably missed the hourlong middle-of-night power outage that affected 3,770+ customers in several neighborhoods (here’s our coverage). Everything should be back to normal. (If not, let the authorities know, and then us!)

One alert to share:

FERRY ALERT LATE TONIGHT … technically, early Thursday. Some sailings to and from Southworth will be canceled for dock work during a three-hour period – details here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; 20th/Cloverdale rollover

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7:06 AM: Good morning. Nothing reported on the main routes but we’re heading over to check out a crash at 20th SW/SW Cloverdale.

7:24 AM: In the meantime, regional road-work alerts to share:

OVERNIGHT TONIGHT, NORTHBOUND I-5: The northbound lanes of I-5 downtown will be closed at Seneca Street 11:30 pm tonight until no later than 4:30 am Wednesday, WSDOT says, for repair work.

7:33 AM: The crash at 20th/Cloverdale was a one-car rollover – only logged as a basic “motor-vehicle incident” with one engine originally dispatched to the call around quarter till 7, so didn’t catch our attention until a reader texted us (206-293-6302 any time – thank you!).

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Police at the scene say the driver was taken to the hospital by private ambulance to be checked out, but not seriously hurt. The tow truck is arriving and this should be clear shortly.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch; bridge closure tonight

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

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6:50 AM: Good morning! Post-Summer Fest cleanup concluded overnight and Junction streets are open again, with bus routes back to normal. Also, no incidents in/from West Seattle so far; regional reports say traffic volumes are a little lower than usual.

BRIDGE CLOSURE TONIGHT: As announced last week, the west end of the bridge will close overnight tonight, starting at 9 pm and reopening by 5 am, for a round of followup after the re-replacement of more than 600 earthquake-safety cushions beneath the Fauntleroy Expressway section.

8:56 AM – ONE MORE OVERNIGHT ALERT: From WSDOT – Concrete-panel work on I-90 between I-5 and Lake Washington will bring these closures this week:

Monday, July 11, to the morning of Wednesday, July 13
Each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, crews will close the ramp from northbound I-5 to eastbound I-90.

Wednesday, July 13, to the morning of Friday, July 15
Each night from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, crews will close the ramp from southbound I-5 to eastbound I-90.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road work on eastbound West Seattle Bridge

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12:21 PM: Thanks to everybody who’s tipped us about backups on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. It turns out to be unannounced road work – stripe-painting near 99, according to what we’re seeing on the cameras. We haven’t been able to get SDOT to reply on Twitter (where they usually have 7-day-a-week staff) with information on how much longer this will last, so for now, be forewarned of eastbound backups TFN.

2:22 PM: Just checked again on the video camera and it appears this has ended – the eastbound bridge looks to be flowing normally again.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday = West Seattle Summer Fest, day 1

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7:11 AM: It’s Friday and the first day of West Seattle Summer Fest. The festival officially starts at 10 am but road closures and bus reroutes began last night at 6 pm. Here’s what you need to know:

STREETS CLOSED: The closure zone is on California Avenue SW between SW Edmunds and SW Genesee (with SW Oregon remaining open to east/west traffic), and SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

BUS REROUTES: From the Metro “alerts and updates” page, which will be in effect until late Sunday night (the festival ends at 5 pm Sunday but breakdown and cleanup last for several hours):

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Route 22here
Route 37here
Route 50here
Route 55here
Route 57here
Route 128here
Route 773 Water Taxi Shuttlehere

7:15 AM: Trouble on northbound 99, according to this WSDOT tweet:


8:39 AM: If you’re heading south on I-5 over the weekend, remember the pavement project that will lead to lane closures in South King County.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Summer Fest Eve Thursday, with road closures and bus reroutes starting tonight

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

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6:07 AM: Good morning and welcome to Thursday. It’s the eve of West Seattle Summer Fest, with the roads closing tonight both for festival setup and for pre-festival fun. Here’s what you need to know:

STREETS CLOSE @ 6 PM: That’s California Avenue SW between SW Edmunds and SW Genesee (with SW Oregon remaining open to east/west traffic), and SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

BUS REROUTES START @ 5 PM: That’s according to the reroute plans linked from the Metro “alerts and updates” page, which will be in effect until post-festival breakdown/cleanup wraps up late Sunday night:

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Route 22here
Route 37here
Route 50here
Route 55here
Route 57here
Route 128here
Route 773 Water Taxi Shuttlehere

8:46 AM: We’ve had two reports about this hazard to bicycle riders:

Many small (1′ diameter) piles of broken glass have appeared next to the fog line on both sides of the street on Beach Drive, from one end to the other.

The glass is exactly where cyclists would normally ride, so you’ll need to ride out in the roadway to avoid flats. Be careful out there. -JH

As we’ve told both people who reported it, if you see something of danger in the right of way, to anyone – riders, walkers, drivers – please report it ASAP to SDOT so they can investigate/clean it up. Their 24-hour dispatch is 206-386-1218.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Wednesday

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

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6:34 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far, but with more people getting back to work today after an extended holiday weekend, traffic volumes are increasing.

SUMMER FEST ROAD CLOSURES START TOMORROW NIGHT: Another reminder – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday bring West Seattle Summer Fest to the heart of The Junction. 6 pm Thursday is when the road closures begin, for setup – California SW between Edmunds and Genesee, SW Alaska between 44th and 42nd. Metro’s festival-related reroutes still aren’t up; if that changes later today, we’ll update here.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND: If you are headed off-peninsula, take note of big projects on southbound I-5 in south King County and eastbound I-90 just east of I-5 – WSDOT has details of both here.

FAUNTLEROY EXPRESSWAY PROJECT: We verified yesterday with SDOT that the remainder of the earthquake-safety project, which had been closing the west end of the West Seattle Bridge five nights a week, is on hold until further notice, following last Friday’s deadly incident.

7:06 AM: Still quiet so far this morning. So we have another reminder:

WHAT’S NEXT FOR 35TH AVENUE SW? We’ve been waiting for months to find out when SDOT would start the next round of conversation about the rechannelization results so far and Phase 2 plans (for 35th SW, at Morgan and points north). Finally, as we reported on Tuesday, the project website has been updated with word of an August 4th meeting.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Tuesday

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

7:05 AM: Some are continuing their holiday weekend today, and traffic volumes are reported to be lighter than the usual weekend around the region. No incidents this morning in/from West Seattle, so far.

LOOKING AHEAD: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday bring West Seattle Summer Fest to the heart of The Junction – filling California SW between Edmunds and Genesee, SW Alaska between 44th and 42nd. Our previews resume today. Metro’s festival-related reroutes aren’t up yet but we’ll spotlight them as soon as they are.

7:15 AM – BUS CANCELLATION: Just texted and tweeted by Metro, a few minutes after the fact:


ADDED: In case you wondered – SDOT confirms to WSB that the remaining Fauntleroy Expressway work is on hold because of last Friday’s incident that left one worker dead and another hurt. So no bridge closures until further notice.

UPDATE: 1 worker dies after truck driver hits lift by West Seattle Bridge, sending 2 falling

9:35 AM: Continuing the coverage we began just after 8 am in our morning traffic watch:

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Two workers were rushed to Harborview Medical Center after a truck driver hit the lift they were in, working by the west end of the West Seattle Bridge.

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One worker, described as a 40-year-old man, has life-threatening injuries, and that’s why the Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad was called out.

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This happened alongside the bridge, on the exit from surface Spokane Street headed up to Admiral Way, and that area is blocked off right now. This is where the Fauntleroy Expressway seismic-cushion work has been under way but we haven’t yet verified with SDOT that the crew was associated with that project. We will update this report with any further information about the investigation, the victims, and the road closure, which we’re hearing may expand to block off more of the Spokane/Manning/Admiral intersection.

10:08 AM: The turn from Avalon to cut under the bridge toward Admiral is also blocked off.

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11:14 AM: We are just back from the briefing at Harborview, but as commenters point out, SPD Blotter was updated in the meantime. They confirmed to us at Harborview (where SFD had a fireworks-safety briefing pre-scheduled, and we then found out SPD and SDOT would be answering questions about this incident, so we headed there) that the crew was working on the Fauntleroy Expressway project, and that the truck we had photographed on Admiral Way (above) was the one involved. SDOT spokesperson Rick Sheridan told us at the briefing that it’s too soon to say if this will delay the completion of the bridge work, which has been under way since May. More to come, including video of the briefing.

12:10 PM: Harborview spokesperson Susan Gregg confirms what a commenter had reported earlier – that the man who fell the furthest has died.

1:18 PM: We’re just back from checking on what’s still closed off. TCIS was clearing the Avalon/Harbor intersection while we were there, but the scene itself, westbound lower Spokane to Admiral, was still closed. We’ll check back at midafternoon.

2:52 PM: Per both scanner and Twitter, the scene has fully cleared.


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