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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Last Thursday in August; weekend reminders, including 99 lane closures

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

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6:41 AM: Just checked around, and it’s incident-free again in/from West Seattle, on this last Thursday in August.

ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: Fauntleroy/Endolyne Triangle, plus lower Spokane Street east of the low bridge.

STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Seahawks are home vs. Dallas, 7 pm.

WEEKEND AHEAD: Alki/Harbor road closure for Alki Beach 5K at 9 am Sunday; no road closures but the north end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) will be busy for the West Seattle Car Show 10 am-3 pm Saturday (20+ trophy categories, and same-day signups starting at 8).

7:47 AM – TRANSIT CANCELLATION: Just announced, after-the-fact, via Twitter and text:


7:58 AM: And that was followed by this:


We did, by the way, get Metro’s response to our inquiry about last week’s cancellations. From spokesperson Scott Gutierrez:

Every effort is made to avoid having to cancel service — up until the moment a bus is scheduled to start its trip. We regret when any service is canceled, and we appreciate our customers’ patience.

Metro continues to ramp up hiring and training of new bus drivers. Right now we have a new class of trainees starting every two weeks, and each class is at or close to capacity (24 trainees). Through the fall, we hope to see significant reductions in cancellations as we continue toward our hiring goals.

While we have added service and are hiring more drivers to fulfill that service, we’ve also seen higher-than-expected attrition this year due to retirements. A strong local economy has made hiring very competitive. And the training process for new drivers takes about 5 weeks. To help meet service needs, we actively deploy standby operators when available and assign drivers who have completed trips.

Metro also is investing a great deal of effort into training our drivers to ensure they provide the best possible service. Anyone interested in applying to become a Metro bus driver can find information on our website – Or email josh.isgur@kingcounty.gov.

8:02 AM: And still on that topic, this was texted/tweeted a moment ago:


ADDED 9:13 AM: One more note – via e-mail, from WSDOT, in case you’re planning to drive 99 north of downtown this weekend:

Washington State Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews will close two lanes of traffic to conduct a routine inspection of the (Aurora Bridge) on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Closure details

· Saturday, Aug. 27 – Two northbound lanes across the Aurora Bridge will be closed from 6 to 11 a.m. One northbound lane will remain open to traffic. All southbound lanes will be open.

· Sunday, Aug. 28 – Two southbound lanes across the Aurora Bridge will be closed from 6 to 11 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open to traffic. All northbound lanes will be open.

11 AM: Went down to check on the Fauntleroy/Endolyne work. The painted curb bulb – color chosen in community discussions – is now drying at Brace Point/Wildwood:

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Work was expected to take about a week so should be done by early next week.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates & 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)

7:11 AM: Good morning – no incidents in the area so far. Reminders:

FAUNTLEROY/ENDOLYNE TRIANGLE WORK: SDOT’s work here is under way, albeit a couple weeks later than expected. This includes closure of a block of Brace Point Drive while it’s converted to one way, eastbound.

IN THE STADIUM ZONE: Mariners are home vs. the Yankees today at 12:40 pm, and the Seahawks host Dallas at 7 pm tomorrow.

ALKI BEACH 5K ON SUNDAY: Sunday at 9 am, it’s this year’s Alki Beach 5K, to help Northwest Hope and Healing, closing Alki SW and part of Harbor SW for a few hours.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates and reminders; Endolyne Triangle work

(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)

6:43 AM: Happy Tuesday morning! Another look at this week’s reminders, first:

SURFACE SPOKANE ST. PROJECT: Here’s this week’s update, including a bike-trail detour, for this project east of the low bridge.

IN THE STADIUM ZONE Mariners are home vs. the Yankees again tonight at 7:10 pm, Wednesday at 12:40 pm, and the Seahawks host Dallas at 7 pm Thursday.

ALKI BEACH 5K ON SUNDAY: Sunday at 9 am, it’s this year’s Alki Beach 5K, to help Northwest Hope and Healing, is next Sunday (August 28th), 9 am, closing Alki SW and part of Harbor SW for a few hours that morning. (Want to run or walk in it? Sign up here.)

Back to today … no incidents in West Seattle or on the major outbound routes (NB 99, NB 5) so far.

7:47 AM: A couple weeks later than previously announced, the Fauntleroy/Endolyne Triangle work is getting under way – we just went by and noticed ROAD CLOSED signage for the block of Brace Point Drive that will become one way, eastbound:

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Details are in our most-recent report, from early August.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the roads, bridges, trails, plus this week’s reminders

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

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6:30 AM: Good morning and welcome to Monday. We start with a few notes for the rest of the day and the week ahead:

SURFACE SPOKANE ST. PROJECT: Here’s the latest update as this project continues east of the low bridge.

STADIUM ZONE, THIS WEEK: Mariners are home vs. the Yankees tonight and Tuesday at 7:10 pm, Wednesday at 12:40 pm … Seahawks have a preseason home game Thursday vs. Dallas, 7 pm …

ALKI BEACH 5K NEXT SUNDAY: Early reminder that the Alki Beach 5K, raising $ for Northwest Hope and Healing, is next Sunday (August 28th), 9 am, and that means Alki SW and part of Harbor SW will be closed for a few hours that morning. (Not registered yet? Go here!)

ROAD WORK UPDATE: Bike/pedestrian detour ahead for Spokane Street project

The surface Spokane Street work east of the low bridge continues tomorrow, and the contractor has sent an extra alert beyond what was in the city’s latest update:

We want to make you aware that the contractor intends to bump up their schedule a bit and start work on the storm drain connection at the driveway to Harley Marine [map] on Monday.

Access to the parking lot will of course be maintained but a few spots for parking on the western half of the lot may be lost during construction. After drainage work is complete they will begin work on the elevated pedestrian crossing through the driveway. They will construct the west half of the crossing and open it to traffic before moving on to the east half. Maintaining an approximately 24ft wide driveway to accommodate two-way traffic during each phase.

The contractor will try and leave the existing bike/ped crossing through the driveway open for as long as possible but eventually (Monday afternoon or more likely Tuesday) this work will require a temporary rerouting of the bike path. The detour will be through the parking lot on the back side of construction activities and will use temporary asphalt ramps to connect back to the trail. The detour will be in effect until the new elevated pedestrian/bike crossing is completed and is anticipated to last approximately 1-2 weeks.

Other project notes for the week ahead, and a detailed map, are in this flyer.

UPDATE: Southbound Beach Drive crash scene clears

ORIGINAL REPORT, 7:59 PM: Thanks for the tips – just got a call and a text about this, though it apparently happened an hour ago, according to the Seattle Fire 911 log: A crash is blocking southbound Beach Drive in the 5400 block (map). People headed that way are being turned around at Shore Place, according to the texter. The 911 log shows a low-level one-engine callout to the crash at 6:50 pm, and it’s long since closed, so apparently no serious injuries, but there are no outlets in that area, so it doesn’t take much to block traffic. The texter says northbound traffic is being allowed through.

8:35 PM UPDATE: As noted in a comment, and as we just discovered firsthand, the scene is now clear.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash blocking WB Roxbury at 25th

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No major injuries reported but if you are heading out, you should know a crash involving at least two vehicles is blocking westbound Roxbury east of 26th. SPD, SFD, and KCSO were on scene when we went by.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: SB 99 finally back to 2 lanes

4:28 PM: Thanks for the tips. One lane is still blocked on southbound Highway 99 near Atlantic, and that’s making the sluggish-at-best homeward commute worse than usual right now. A police car is behind the blocking vehicle, no tow truck in sight so far. If you have a desktop/laptop/landscape-view tablet and want to check before you go, the city’s Travelers Info Map has live video if you choose downtown and then Alaskan Way/Atlantic.

4:58 PM: Still no tow truck, and that area is still down to one lane as a result.

5:03 PM: Good news – the live video feed shows the tow truck just arrived.

5:20 PM: The tow truck has JUST left with the car, and the highway is back to 2 lanes at that spot.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend 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)

6:59 AM: Happy Friday! No incidents in West Seattle, or outbound from here, so far today.

WEEKEND NOTES: None of this weekend’s West Seattle events is likely to affect traffic/transportation. But as for the rest of the city, here’s SDOT’s roundup – Hempfest today through Sunday includes a road closure toward the north end of the downtown waterfront; the Mariners are home, which means games at Safeco Field tonight, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon.

7:06 AM: This Metro cancellation just came through with no warning:


7:09 AM: And immediately following that:


Metro also canceled one 56 and one 57 in the 7 am hour yesterday, as reported in our Thursday traffic/transit watch. We had asked their media liaisons for information on what’s going on, and are expecting that information today – depending on when it comes in, we’ll either update this report or publish something separate. These aren’t their only announced cancellations so far this morning system-wide – if you scroll through @kcmetrobus (the official Twitter feed), you’ll see eight cancellations for non-West Seattle routes so far.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Huge ferry traffic backup heading to Fauntleroy dock, and other problems

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4:11 PM: Thanks for the tips – we just verified the HUGE traffic backup headed toward the Fauntleroy ferry dock – backed up all the way to Fauntleroy/Raymond!


Washington State Ferries attributes it only to heavy outbound traffic.

4:34 PM: Via e-mail, WSF says vessels are ~45 minutes behind schedule because of major crashes on I-5. Checking on those.

4:39 PM: We’ll be folding in any other major traffic notes while monitoring this: Here’s one – southbound 16th is blocked at Elmgrove because of a car fire. We just went by – no injuries, and the fire apparently was mostly in the engine compartment. (Photo added:)

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Thanks to Erik for the tip!

5:09 PM: SFD has cleared the 16th call so that’s likely reopened. We’re about to head down the hill for another look at the ferry backup. Also remember that if you’re heading for the eastbound bridge – the tape tangle mentioned earlier could be a factor (some of it was even snagged on a utility pole on the south edge of the Luna Park district). And a City Light truck is reportedly in a hazardous spot around that section of the bridge. (Update: Commenter says the SCL worker is trying to pull in the aforementioned tape.)

5:58 PM: Ferry dock-bound backup on west/southbound Fauntleroy better but not by much – goes “just” to California now.

6:23 PM: Crash reported (via scanner) at 34th/Morgan, with westbound Morgan reported to be blocked right now.

7:44 PM: We finally got to go by that scene about 15 minutes ago – tow trucks had arrived so the scene should be clear soon if it isn’t already. No Seattle Fire dispatch, so apparently no injuries of note.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch; Metro cancellations…

(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: Another morning without major incidents, so far, in or from West Seattle.

SEAHAWKS AT CENTURYLINK FIELD: Preseason home game for the Hawks tonight vs. Minnesota, 7 pm, so be mindful of that if you’ll be traveling through Pioneer Square/SODO.

WEEKEND EVENTS: SDOT’s weekly roundup of what’s ahead citywide for the weekend is here, including Hempfest Friday-Sunday, with a major road closure toward the north end of the downtown waterfront.

7:09 AM: West Seattle Metro run cancellation just announced via Twitter (and text alert):


7:13 AM: And another one:


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)

6:43 AM: Good morning! No current incidents in or from West Seattle (we watch the outbound routes including the bridges, SODO surface routes, NB Highway 99 and I-5 north of the bridge, just in case you’ve ever wondered what exactly we mean by that).

9:48 AM: Thanks to Anna for the alert – a streetlight is down across southbound Fauntleroy Way at Frontenac (south of Morgan Junction). SDOT is aware. Meantime, SDOT tweeted this alert regarding bridge onramps for the next several hours:


TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; bus-stop closure reminders

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

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7:02 AM: It’s a foggy Tuesday morning. No incidents of note on major outbound routes. Reminders:

BUS STOP CLOSURES: Through mid-November, the northbound South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) bus stop is closed because of construction; here’s the official notice. … And if you catch the bus downtown to get back to West Seattle, remember that the C-Line, 21E, 55, 56, 57, 120, 125 stop on westbound Columbia at 2nd is closed until mid-October. Here’s that official notice.

DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC UPDATE: Police response wrapping up by Columbia entrance to Alaskan Way Viaduct

4:49 PM: If you’re heading toward the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct downtown – you’ll want to avoid the Columbia entrance. Seattle Police report that they’re talking with “an armed man in crisis, currently barricaded in the 800 block of Post Ave” and @jhewiz points out via this Instagram image that this is happening right alongside the Columbia onramp [map].

5:11 PM: Police confirmed via Twitter the man was taken into custody “peacefully.”

P.S. Here’s a recap via SPD Blotter.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; road work; bus reroutes

(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)

6:57 AM: Good morning and welcome to Monday. No incidents in West Seattle or on the major outbound routes so far. We do have long-term Metro reroutes to mention:

ROUTES 125 AND 128: Today through mid-November, these routes will not include the northbound South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) bus stop. Here’s the official notice.

C-LINE, 21E, 55, 56, 57, 120, 125: The downtown bus stop on westbound Columbia at 2nd is closed until mid-October. Here’s the official notice.

SPOKANE ST. WORK, EAST OF THE LOW BRIDGE: This project continues today. Here’s our most-recent update on where crews are working.

9:04 AM: No SFD dispatch, but SDOT is reporting a crash at Delridge/Trenton. And if you’re heading out on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ferry route any time soon – fog has moved onto the water, east to west.

9:31 AM: Just went over to Delridge/Trenton – whatever happened there has completely cleared.

ROAD WORK UPDATE: Next week’s plan for Lower Spokane St. project

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Following up on our previous reports about SDOT‘s Lower Spokane Street repaving-and-more project just east of the low bridge, here’s an update detailing what’s ahead for the next two weeks:

This past week crews have started safety improvement work to repave, reconstruct sidewalks and curb ramps, and make other improvements along SW Spokane St from SW Klickitat Way to East Marginal Way S. Construction is expected to last approximately three months. Please note that work planned is subject to change. SDOT appreciates the public’s patience while this work is being completed.

The project will require the closure or restrictions in some traffic lanes during active construction over the next few weeks, but will not require any full street closures requiring detours. Temporary pedestrian/bike pathways will detour around the construction zone on the West Seattle Bridge Trail.

WORK PLANNED FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2016

• SW Spokane St and 11th Ave SW Intersection

o Signal installation; including new conduit, and pedestrian signal activation poles

• SW Klickitat Way and Manning Street

o Removing damaged portions of existing curb and gutter along edges of roadway
o Forming and pouring replacement curb and gutter along edges of roadway
o Demolishing existing sidewalks
o Forming and pouring new curb ramps and replacement portions of sidewalk
o Roadway asphalt patching

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2016

• Weekday work hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Single lane closures and/or lane width reductions during work hours

• Noise, dust and vibration typical of construction

• Access to businesses will be maintained

• Temporary pedestrian/bike pathway around work zones

WORK PLANNED FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 22, 2016

• SW Spokane St and 11th Ave SW Intersection

o Continued signal installation

• Manning St at entrance to Harbor Marina Corporate Center

o Demolishing existing curb, gutter, and sidewalk
o Forming and pouring new curb and gutter

UPDATE: Crash at 8th and Roxbury

3:15 PM: Thanks for the tip on a crash at 8th and Roxbury. Metro has just sent an alert that Route 128 is routed off 8th at the intersection; that generally means other traffic is too. We’re off to check.

3:36 PM: 8th/Roxbury just fully cleared as we went through a few minutes ago. Vehicles hooked to tow trucks were visible to the south on 8th but weren’t blocking.

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)

6:58 AM: Good morning! Not only are there no incidents in/from West Seattle so far, things are even looking better than usual around the region.

ONGOING ROAD WORK: The lower Spokane Street and Endolyne Triangle projects.

10:50 AM: Commenters are noting that the eastbound bridge is jammed. One says a C-Line bus is stopped by the 99 exit.

3:10 PM: Crash at 8th and Roxbury, a somewhat frequent trouble spot. No serious injuries reported so far.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; road-work 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: So far, no incidents in/from West Seattle this morning. Two road-work reminders:

LOWER SPOKANE: SDOT says work has begun on this project east of the low bridge; here’s the advisory we published Friday.

ENDOLYNE TRIANGLE: This work in Fauntleroy’s Endolyne district, including changing a block from two-way to one-way, is expected to start today.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; 35th SW walking tour tonight

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

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6:52 AM: Good morning – relatively quiet on the roads so far; no incidents in or from West Seattle. One reminder for tonight:

35TH SW WALKING TOUR: As a followup to last week’s 35th Avenue SW Phase 2 meeting (WSB coverage here), SDOT plans a walking tour tonight, starting at 6 pm at 35th/Avalon, ending at 35th/Holly. You’re invited to walk the distance or just meet up at one of six spots along the way with questions/comments. Here’s the map with locations and times.

SODO NOTE: Mariners’ game tonight (vs. Detroit), 7:10 pm

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move

(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)

6:50 AM: Good morning! No incidents in or from West Seattle so far.

ROAD WORK REMINDER: The lower Spokane Street project just east of the low bridge is scheduled to start this week. Here are the newest details, published here last Friday.

7:37 AM Trouble on northbound I-5 downtown – a crash with lane closures at Mercer.

7:57 AM WSDOT says crews are finishing clearing that scene now.

10:12 AM: As commenters mention, trouble on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct right now – a stalled vehicle.

ROAD WORK ALERT: SW Spokane Street plan for next week

SDOT is planning pavement, sidewalk, and other improvements on SW Spokane Street just east of the low bridge, as first reported here one week ago. We’ve now received the official notice for work starting next week. From that notice:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will start work next week to repave, reconstruct sidewalks and curb ramps, and make other improvements along SW Spokane St from SW Klickitat Way to E Marginal Way S to improve safety for all users. Construction is expected to last approximately 3 months. …

WORK PLANNED FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 8, 2016

• Project-wide activities
– Surveying, staking, and layout

• SW Spokane St and 11th Ave SW Intersection [map] – Saw cutting
– Demolishing the southwest and southeast corners of the sidewalk

• SW Klickitat Way and Manning Street [map] – Saw cutting
– Demolishing the north side curb and sidewalk

The official project page is here.

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