West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:32:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend (& beyond) previews http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-weekend-beyond-previews/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-weekend-beyond-previews/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:21:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289730

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! Traffic watch is on. And so are our previews for the weekend and beyond:

LOTS OF HALLOWEEN: This weekend is arguably bigger for Halloween events than October 31st. Preview them in our West Seattle Halloween Guide. And take extra care out there tonight and tomorrow night.

WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERTS, CITYWIDE: See SDOT’s roundup for this weekend here.

HARVEST FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY: Junction streets are closed and buses are on reroute for Sunday’s 10 am-2 pm festival – the closure starts first thing in the morning, as participants (including us!) will be loading in, as will Farmers’ Market vendors.

WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE ON MONDAY: The 7-day-a-week, all-day West Seattle Water Taxi schedule ends Sunday. Then on Monday, the 5-day fall/winter schedule begins – preview it here.

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Update: Crash at 26th/Roxbury; man hit by bus, hospitalized http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-26throxbury-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-26throxbury-2/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:47:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289687 4:47 PM: Police are blocking most if not all of the 26th/Roxbury intersection because of a crash, reported to involve a bus and pedestrian. If you need to travel in that area, find alternatives for now.

5:11 PM: Police just announced over emergency radio that they’ll be reopening Roxbury.

9:26 PM: The pedestrian is a 25-year-old man, according to SFD, who suffered a severe arm injury and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. We don’t have police information about the crash but commenters say a Sound Transit bus hit the man.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-thursday-on-the-move-7/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-thursday-on-the-move-7/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:16:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289633

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The second bridge camera is back, so we have four views once again in our daily traffic watch. Meantime, two reminders:

SUNDAY – HARVEST FESTIVAL: Junction streets are closed and buses are on reroute for the 10 am-2 pm festival (and the setup/breakdown time before/after). Details in our most-recent preview.

MONDAY – WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE: The 7-day-a-week, all-day West Seattle Water Taxi schedule ends Sunday; next Monday, the 5-day fall/winter schedule begins – preview it here.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Wednesday; 35th SW ‘kickoff’ tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-rainy-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-rainy-wednesday/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:34:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289491

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:34 AM: Early trouble: Northbound I-5 is backed up to and through downtown because of a jack-knifed semi-truck near Mercer, currently blocking the two left lanes. And if for any reason you are headed this way from north of downtown, the southbound Battery Street Tunnel is closed with a stalled vehicle.

6:43 AM: WSDOT reports tow trucks have pulled the semi out of the way, so now it’s just “residual backup” on northbound I-5. We’ll take the chance to publish this morning’s transportation-news notes:

35TH SW SAFETY PROJECT KICKOFF MEETING TONIGHT: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW), a meeting you could say has been years in the making. This isn’t the unveiling of a plan, according to SDOT, but an “issue identification/feedback session,” as explained a ways down the project’s home page.

7:07 AM: The southbound Battery Street Tunnel has reopened.

‘WHAT TIME DO YOU HIT THE BRIDGE?’: WSB Forums member “Beaglenut” is asking the question here as an informal poll. Come back for the link later and jump into the conversation!

7:47 AM: New truck trouble on NB I-5 into downtown – a stalled semi in the right lane before the Convention Center lid.

8:26 AM: Delridge has been worse than usual, per commenters. Nothing officially on the logs or otherwise mentioned, so we’re not sure if there’s a specific cause besides “terrible commuting morning overall.”

In cheerier news – If you ride ferries or maybe the Vashon Water Taxi, watch again for whales. We reported late-in-the-day sightings yesterday – and now an Orca Network commenter on Facebook has first word of one today, a few whales seen last hour from the Bainbridge ferry.

8:35 AM: Thanks to Dartanyon for the tip via Twitter, if you’re headed toward Beacon Hill: “Disabled Vehicle left lane, Spokane Street between 14th and 15th.”

9:15 AM: SPD tweets that there’s been a spinout in the NORTHBOUND Battery Street Tunnel, with one lane blocked.

9:45 AM: Now **all** northbound lanes of 99 at the tunnel are reported by SDOT to be blocked while tow crews clear everything out.

9:53 AM: All lanes open, per SPD.

3 PM: Various traffic challenges around West Seattle but biggest one is likely to last into the afternoon commute, at last report: 9th SW at Henderson, Barton, Trenton is closed because of a power-pole fire; the pole is going to be replaced, we were told.

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West Seattle traffic alert: 3-car crash at 16th/Myrtle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-3-car-crash-at-16thmyrtle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-3-car-crash-at-16thmyrtle/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:46:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289421 Nobody’s hurt, according to police, but a three-car crash at 16th/Myrtle is causing some traffic trouble – as you probably know, that’s on the road to/from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and not far from Sanislo Elementary. If you don’t absolutely HAVE to head that way, you might consider waiting a while. Tow crews are on the way.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; ferry-dock alert http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-ferry-dock-alert/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-ferry-dock-alert/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:21:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289398

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Time to keep watch for anything out of the ordinary on the roads/paths … One alert for today:

FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK ALERT: Today’s the day that the Barton Pump Station Upgrade north of the dock – close to complete! – will be affecting many dock users. As noted in the alert issued last week, from about 7 am-3:30 pm today, the north-side toll booth and lane will be closed. See the dock’s cameras and wait times here.

11:33 AM: Three-car crash said to be blocking part of the road at 16th/Myrtle.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday gets going http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-monday-gets-going/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-monday-gets-going/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:41:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289303

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:41 AM: So far, today’s traffic trouble is all far north of the city. After more rain overnight, it’s still a challenge elsewhere, though, so take care. So far for this week, no major traffic alerts, but we do have one note: This is the last week of the 7-day schedule on the West Seattle Water Taxi; one week from today, the weekday-only fall/winter schedule begins (preview it here).

8:58 AM UPDATE: If you are headed for southbound I-5, you might want to wait or find an alternative – a crash by Boeing Field has drawn a major emergency response.

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Traffic-alert update: Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens early http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffic-alert-update-alaskan-way-viaduct-reopens-early/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffic-alert-update-alaskan-way-viaduct-reopens-early/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:47:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289206

8:47 AM: We’ve confirmed by phone with a WSDOT spokesperson that the Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection work ended early, so they will NOT be closing Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel again today after all. The closure from the tunnel north to Valley St. IS continuing, though, so if you’re using the NB Viaduct, you’ll have to exit at Western Avenue (if not sooner).

SUNDAY NIGHT NOTE: The northern closure ended early, too, so Highway 99 is fully open both ways.

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West Seattle traffic alerts: Delridge ramp to bridge; Highland Park Way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alerts-delridge-ramp-to-bridge-highland-park-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alerts-delridge-ramp-to-bridge-highland-park-way/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:34:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289002 Two traffic alerts right now: First, according to scanner traffic, police are blocking off the Delridge Way onramps to the West Seattle Bridge because of a medic response on the bridge. That’s all we know so far. Also, @mjs1980 tweets that there’s a police car and tow truck with a vehicle on the uphill side of the Highland Park Way hill, so if you’re headed that way, be careful.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; this weekend’s Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closures http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-this-weekends-highway-99alaskan-way-viaduct-closures/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-this-weekends-highway-99alaskan-way-viaduct-closures/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:16:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288928

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! This weekend’s big traffic news will be the Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closures, so we’ll get right to that reminder:

HIGHWAY 99/ALASKAN WAY CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: The multi-part closure is explained here. The main parts you should know about: (1) From the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, Highway 99 will be closed all weekend, from late tonight until early Monday. (2) The stretch from the West Seattle Bridge to the BS Tunnel will be closed for its semiannual inspection, 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

OTHER WEEKEND ALERTS: SDOT‘s citywide list is here, including another major closure this weekend – the 520 bridge.

TWO UPCOMING LOCAL ALERTS: Both published here Thursday – one for 26th SW in North Delridge, one for two FYI’s related to the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

10:42 AM: Julia tweets that the 35th/Roxbury signal is out. We’re heading out to check.

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Use the Fauntleroy ferry dock? Two alerts, from WSF and KCWTD http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/use-the-fauntleroy-ferry-dock-two-alerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/use-the-fauntleroy-ferry-dock-two-alerts/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:14:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288900 These two advisories are from different agencies but both are potentially of interest to Fauntleroy ferry-dock users.

POSSIBLE TEMPORARY SERVICE REDUCTION: From Washington State Ferries:

Starting Saturday, Oct. 18 through Tuesday, Oct. 21, customers travelling on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route are advised to prepare for longer than usual wait times due to a possible vessel downsizing and a two-boat schedule. The temporary downsizing and 2-boat schedule may be needed in order to maintain a full, system-wide sailing schedule while the Wenatchee is out of service for its annual mandatory U.S. Coast Guard safety inspection. Updates will occur as more information is known.

ONE-DAY REDUCTION IN BOOTH/LANE AVAILABILITY: This is from King County Wastewater Treatment, as its Barton Pump Station project continues north of the dock:

North ferry lane entrance and toll booth closed for electrical work
October 21, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 21, a quiet generator will be brought on site to allow for Seattle City Light crews to perform electrical work at the Barton Pump Station. Work will begin around 7:00 a.m. and is expected to be complete by 3:30 p.m. During this time, the north ferry lane entrance and toll booth will be closed.

King County has been working closely with Washington State Ferries throughout the project to ensure minimal disruption to traffic along Fauntleroy Way SW and to keep ferry traffic moving.

While the north ferry lane is closed, commuters and neighbors can expect extra flaggers to assist pedestrian, bike, and vehicular traffic.

The upgraded pump station is expected to be in operation by year’s end, the county says, with restoration work, including Cove Park on the beach, planned early next year.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Updates for Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-updates-for-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-updates-for-thursday/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:51:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288823

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No traffic trouble in, or outbound from, West Seattle so far. Today’s notes:

VIADUCT/99 CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel, Highway 99 will be closed 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday for its semiannual inspection. But it’ll be closed all weekend, late Friday night until early Monday morning, from the BST to Valley Street. The multipart closure is explained here.

BRIDGE STOP FOR BICYCLE RIDERS: West Seattle Cyclery is under the West Seattle Bridge again this morning until 9 am “with hot coffee, drinks, and snacks. We will also have service equipment to help with any minor repairs.”

7:25 AM: Per SDOT tweet (remember, they have a separate account for bridge updates now), the low bridge is closed to traffic right now. (The camera that’s been showing it lately is offline, so it’s not in our highlight boxes above.)

7:38 AM: Open again. All’s still relatively quiet out there otherwise. By the way, last night’s Morgan Community Association meeting included an update on the overflow-tank project at Lowman Beach that’s been generating extra double-dump-truck trips lately – the dig is halfway down and is still on track for completion in early November.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; NB 99 crash south of WS Bridge; 35th SW paving http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-wednesday-updates-35th-sw-paving/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-wednesday-updates-35th-sw-paving/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:05:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288722

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:05 AM: Good morning! Highway 99 is the trouble spot in our area right now, just north of the 1st Avenue S. Bridge, if you come in from south of the West Seattle Bridge. Lanes are blocked in both directions.

Today’s notes:

35TH SW PAVING: The city is scheduled to continue the work on 35th SW between Morgan and Juneau that started Tuesday, almost a week ahead of what was previously announced.

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE THIS WEEKEND 6 am-6 pm inspection closures for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and 99 north of the West Seattle Bridge both days this weekend, plus stretches to the north of that, in phases.

7:20 AM: The problem north of the 1st Avenue S. Bridge continues blocking most lanes (which is also backing up Highway 509), and if you’re contemplating East Marginal Way S., a crash is reported at 4th.

7:38 AM: From SDOT, an illustration of how this is affecting traffic south of downtown:

And it’s raining.

7:51 AM: The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad will be investigating this, per radio communications. They expect that to take a few hours.

7:59 AM: In West Seattle, a three-car collision – no one hurt – is reported at Delridge/Genesee, blocking the bus lane. And right after we added this – police have spotted a 3-car crash at 40th/Morgan.

8:34 AM: According to SPD, the problem north of the 1st Avenue S. Bridge originated as a car/motorcycle crash. Its surface location is East Marginal/Fidalgo, and again, investigators will be at work there for hours, so if you are heading in from the south, find an alternate route.

8:46 AM: Jennifer Knutson shares a photo from 8th/Roxbury, where traffic is backed up because of the northbound 99 crash/investigation we’ve been tracking – this is a look at eastbound Roxbury:

Again, the 99 (East Marginal/Fidalgo) situation will be a problem for at least a few hours. We’ll update here whenever it reopens; even after we move on to other news atop the main WSB page, you can find the daily traffic watch linked atop the “BIG STORIES” list on the right sidebar, every weekday.

10:40 AM: East Marginal, aka surface 99, is now clear at the crash scene, all lanes open again.

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West Seattle road-work update: 35th SW paving, round 2 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-road-work-update-35th-sw-paving-round-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-road-work-update-35th-sw-paving-round-2/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:01:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288686

(Added: Photo courtesy Deb)
The second round of 35th SW repaving has been accelerated – the Morgan-to-Juneau plan originally mentioned for next week – according to this update just in from SDOT:

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation are working on 35th Avenue Southwest between Southwest Morgan Street and Southwest Juneau today and tomorrow, weather permitting.

They had planned to close part of the street, leaving one lane open in each direction from 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. each day. They have now decided to keep one southbound lane on 35th Avenue Southwest closed overnight for safety reasons. One southbound lane will remain open. If weather allows, they plan to complete paving the street tomorrow.

P.S. While we’re on the topic of 35th – next week is the meeting launching the safety project, 6:30 pm October 22nd @ Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (backstory here).

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday transportation watch http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-tuesday-transportation-watch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-tuesday-transportation-watch/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:21:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288653

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Welcome to Tuesday! Notes as we start our traffic watch:

SIDEWALK ALERT IN THE JUNCTION: Last time we checked on Monday, it hadn’t started yet, but the contractor for the California/Alaska/42nd two-building project has warned that it will be putting up new covered walkways this week, and while the work is under way, sidewalks will be closed alongside its site on California and Alaska. The alert says the work should be done by week’s end.

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Monthly meeting tonight, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with a big decision to be made – endorse Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1 or not?

REMEMBER, THE VIADUCT … will be closed 6 am-6 pm both days this weekend, as part of an intricate Highway 99 closure scenario detailed here.

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