West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:38:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: January’s last Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-januarys-last-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-januarys-last-monday/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:44:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299281

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:44 AM: The fog that moved in late last night has lifted, at least in this area, so visibility is no longer a problem between here and downtown. No West Seattle traffic alerts for today, but if you use Highway 99 north of downtown in the late night/early morning hours, note lane closures are planned for the rest of the week.

7:02 AM: Fog’s moving back in, here in the Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy area. So be aware of potentially changing conditions.

10:17 AM: Just got a text alert about a gravel truck spill on SW Oregon near 39th – rocks on the road. “Bit of a mess,” writes the texter. We hope someone has already reported this to SDOT – the hotline for road hazards is 206-684-ROAD.

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West Seattle traffic-alert update: Roxbury-blocking truck moves on http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-semi-truck-blocking-part-of-sw-roxbury/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-semi-truck-blocking-part-of-sw-roxbury/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:03:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299058

(WSB photo)
2:03 PM: Thanks to Bradi for the tip: A semi-truck that’s in trouble on SW Roxbury near 31st is blocking most of the road, she says. We’re off to check.

2:58 PM UPDATE: Adding a photo taken while the truck was blocking most of the road. We just went through a second time and noted the truck just got going again and was slowly headed from Roxbury southbound onto 35th. Traffic is back to normal on Roxbury.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday morning, on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-friday-morning-on-the-move/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-friday-morning-on-the-move/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:03:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298981

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Friday’s here, and we’re keeping watch as usual. Just one alert for the weekend:

AURORA BRIDGE LANE CLOSURES ON SATURDAY: If you’re using 99 north of downtown on Saturday, note that crews will close Aurora Bridge lanes for maintenance/inspection:

· Crews will close the two right lanes of northbound SR 99 7 to 9 a.m.
· Crews will close the two right lanes in the southbound direction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

8:46 AM: Yes, it really has been that quiet. Even with the rain.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates/alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-thursday-updatesalerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-thursday-updatesalerts/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:35:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298898

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
So far, no trouble on the routes through/from West Seattle. Ice shouldn’t be a problem anywhere this morning, with temperatures 10 degrees above freezing.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Icy Wednesday updates/alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-icy-wednesday-updatesalerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-icy-wednesday-updatesalerts/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:05:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298775

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:05 AM: With the temperature at/around freezing, after a mostly clear night, watch for icy spots this morning. First transportation-related tweet of the day is from Kevin, who says his girlfriend hit a spot of black ice while on her bicycle passing the bottom of the SW Yancy hill in North Delridge.

7:44 AM: Junction traffic note from SDOT:


ROADSIDE-WORK REMINDER: Today is scheduled to be the second and final day of SDOT work on the medians near Admiral Way Viewpoint, 8 am-3 pm, with inside lanes closed on both sides.

99 OVERNIGHT WORK NORTH OF DOWNTOWN: Again tonight, 8 pm-6 am, there’s work on 99 north of downtown – here’s the WSDOT alert.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Tuesday updates/alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-post-holiday-tuesday-updatesalerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-post-holiday-tuesday-updatesalerts/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:07:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298674

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:07 AM: Back to school, back to work, back to regular transit schedules, and probably back to “regular” traffic as Tuesday gets going. One alert for today: As announced last week, city crews plan to clean the Admiral Way medians between Olga and 39th SW today and tomorrow, 8 am-3 pm, closing the inside lanes both ways. Also worth noting: The same city/port measures that helped avert a third day of truck backups last Friday are supposed to be continuing today. But if you see any sign of a backup, please let us know.

8:24 AM: Backups on 4th because of a crash at Main should be improving as the scene is clearing.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:23:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298566

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:23 AM: No traffic trouble spots so far on this holiday Monday. A few reminders – Metro is on the “reduced weekday” schedule; King County Water Taxis are not running (West Seattle or Vashon); schools are closed. If you are driving downtown or to another neighborhood with on-street city pay stations today, you don’t have to pay for parking. Two of West Seattle’s transit services are on regular schedules today: Sound Transit Route 560 and Washington State Ferries (all routes).

8:03 AM: From SDOT’s Traffic Management Center via Twitter:


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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; truck-traffic watch; Barton collision http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-truck-traffic-watch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-truck-traffic-watch/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:19:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298279

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:19 AM: This morning’s big question is whether the city/port plan to keep trucks from backing up again today (details toward the end of our Thursday coverage) will work; two texters before 6 am reported signs of a backup, but we’re also hearing police (via scanner) on the case, so we’ll see. And we’ll be watching outbound traffic as always.

6:58 AM: An emergency response in the 3000 block of SW Barton is blocking the westbound side of Barton, per scanner. No other details.

7:03 AM: We should also remind you that Monday (January 19th) is a federal holiday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and that means transit changes – Metro will be on the “reduced weekday” schedule; the Water Taxi will not be running; schools will be closed.

7:29 AM: Our crew went to 30th/Barton to find out about the emergency response. A motorcycle rider has been taken to the hospital after his motorcycle collided with a car at 31st/Barton. Police don’t have information on his condition but apparently his injuries are not major, as TCIS is not being called out and the westbound lanes will be reopened soon (a tow truck is there now).

(WSB photo: Police officer, tow-truck driver at motorcycle/car collision scene)
Eastbound traffic is not affected.

8:02 AM: Police/fire en route to a reported two-vehicle crash in the 5600 block of 16th SW, north of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). At least one person is reported hurt.

8:35 AM: Last sign of that crash is an SPD vehicle by the north entrance to SSC. We’re now headed to check on the port-truck situation.

8:49 AM: Nothing visible on the bridge itself. Checking the surface streets and port vicinity next.

9:09 AM: Here’s what we saw a few minutes ago:


From an overlook in east Admiral, we saw a few trucks queued at Terminal 5. Will check back around midday.

3:50 PM NOTE: We were going to write a separate story reassuring folks that there’s no truck trouble this afternoon – not even the routine queue shown in our photo above – but unrelated breaking news is getting in the way of that, so we’re just mentioning it here. If you see anything different at any point, please text or call (when you can do so safely/legally, of course) – 206-293-6302.

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West Seattle road work: Admiral Way median cleaning next week http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-road-work-admiral-way-median-cleaning-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-road-work-admiral-way-median-cleaning-next-week/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:03:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298253 From SDOT:

The medians on Southwest Admiral Way between Southwest Olga Street and 39th Avenue Southwest are scheduled for cleaning on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 20-21.

Gardeners from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Urban Forestry, will groom the medians from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The inside lane in both directions will be closed for worker safety.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday’s a go http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-thursdays-a-go/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-thursdays-a-go/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:12:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298185

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:12 AM: Good morning! No alerts today – just watching to see how things go. Speaking of watching – we just noticed the city has added more live video to its Travelers Information Map (where you can get the same travel times that are shown on the signs over the major outbound roads), and you can now watch for up to 5 minutes at a time (previously, :30). Explore here, on the lower right.

8:52 AM: See comments for advice to take more time if you’re heading out through Highland Park.

9:36 AM: We’re getting more reports that the truck-backup problem is back and affecting westbound traffic on the bridge. Trying again to find out why this has suddenly flared up over the past few days (for a current visual, see the lower-right image above, from the camera just east of the low bridge, and you can see the truck lineup headed for the port).

3:42 PM: We’ve been tracking the ongoing truck-backup problem in a separate story – see it here.

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West Seattle traffic alerts: Delridge/Orchard light; trucks on bridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alerts-delridgeorchard-light-trucks-on-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alerts-delridgeorchard-light-trucks-on-bridge/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:02:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298117 Two ongoing traffic alerts that we should mention here as the afternoon commute approaches:

*Delridge/Orchard intersection lights are out. “It’s a 4-way stop,” Sage reports via Twitter.

*Port-bound truck traffic has been backed up for hours, according to reader reports, on upper and lower bridges. We note that the low bridge has opened multiple times today, so that might have something to do with it. You can see the approach to the low bridge “live” here.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates & alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-wednesday-updates-alerts-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-wednesday-updates-alerts-2/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:04:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298079

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:04 AM: Nothing out of the ordinary reported as of 7 am for the commute through/from West Seattle. So here are today’s alerts:

TRUCK TRAFFIC: As announced last night, today is the third and final day of the latest round of major concrete pours at the Murray CSO project across from Lowman Beach. Starting right about now, the site is expecting up to 10 trucks an hour until the work’s done.

SCHOOL OUT EARLY: Seattle Public Schools students will be out two hours early today.

8:08 AM: Just in case you’re wondering, yes, still nothing out of the ordinary outbound from here, but Southbound I-5 through downtown has been the trouble spot of the day, so if you know anyone headed this way from north of downtown – avoid SB I-5 TFN.

9:09 AM: Per comment below, avoid the low bridge.

2:08 PM: Just published a separate traffic alert – first, Delridge/Orchard lights are still out; second, the truck backup on the low and high bridges apparently is continuing. No word so far on a reason for it.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Dozens of trucks again tomorrow for Murray CSO project pour http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-dozens-of-trucks-again-tomorrow-for-murray-cso-project-pour/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-dozens-of-trucks-again-tomorrow-for-murray-cso-project-pour/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:44:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298056 After big concrete-pour days on Friday and Monday, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division has just announced another one is coming up tomorrow at the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project site across from Lowman Beach. Spokesperson Doug Marsano says it’ll work the same way as those two recent days – starting around 7 am, with up to 10 trucks an hour throughout the day bringing concrete to finish the base of the under-construction million-gallon tank.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates and alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-and-alerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-and-alerts/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:16:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297951

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
And we’re off! Welcome to Tuesday. Transportation-news notes for starters:

THE BUS SERVICE YOU’RE BUYING: On Monday afternoon, a news release went out saying that Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine are formally sealing the deal for three years and $120 million of bus service that’ll be funded by what you voted for last year. It didn’t get into specific routes/times, so we asked for documentation detailing those and hope to get it today. (Added Wednesday: Find it here.)

9:10 AM: Just in case you ran into this problem – Metro has responded to Maggie’s tweet and says they’ll check it out:


4:56 PM: Water Taxi’s 4:45 and 5 pm runs have been canceled for mechanical trouble (thanks to Jana for the tip via Twitter, before the official alert!) – the county says it’ll resume at 5:15 pm from downtown.

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Four highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/four-highlights-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/four-highlights-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-monday/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:04:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297863

Thanks to “Diver Laura” James for today’s featured photos – taken at Cove 1 by Seacrest on Sunday. The first and third, she explains, are a young female Common Goldeneye, and the middle photo shows squid eggs. Before we’re too much further into Monday, four p.m. highlights from our calendar:

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 1:30-3 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent, “a free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss” is open to any and all interested. (4831 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE PRESCHOOL FAIR: 5:30-7:30 pm, the West Seattle Preschool Association‘s annual event for families seeking preschools – details in our calendar listing. In the hall at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. (California/Hanford)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY PTA: 5:30-7:30 pm in the cafeteria, all welcome to the Highland Park Elementary PTA‘s meeting tonight. (1112 SW Trenton)

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, all welcome to the NDNC‘s January meeting. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

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