West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:24:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-Thanksgiving Friday info http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-post-thanksgiving-friday-info/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-post-thanksgiving-friday-info/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:58:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330386

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Two transit reminders for today:
-No Water Taxi
-Metro is on a “reduced weekday/no UW” schedule

If you’re going downtown today – remember the road closures for this morning’s parade and tonight’s tree/star lighting; here’s info from SDOT.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-thanksgiving-eve-wednesday-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-thanksgiving-eve-wednesday-updates/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:38:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330177

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7:38 AM: Cold but relatively calm out there. Transit reminders for tomorrow again: The West Seattle Water Taxi will be out of service both days; Metro buses will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving, “reduced weekday” on Friday; Sound Transit Route 560 will be on the “weekend” schedule on Thanksgiving, “weekday” on Friday; Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run, regular schedule.

ONE MORE FRIDAY REMINDER: The annual holiday parade in the morning and Westlake Center tree lighting in the evening bring street closures – details are in the SDOT weekend preview.

8:28 AM: And a reminder for today – school’s out one hour early (for the schools that are still in session – elementary/K-8 has been out all week for parent/teacher conferences) to get the four-day Thanksgiving break started.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-pre-thanksgiving-tuesday-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-pre-thanksgiving-tuesday-updates/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:40:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330086

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7:40 AM: No incidents through/from West Seattle so far this soggy morning.

7:56 AM: Since it’s quiet so far, we’ll take a moment to preview transit plans for Thursday-Friday – The West Seattle Water Taxi will be out of service both days; Metro buses will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving, “reduced weekday” on Friday; Sound Transit Route 560 will be on the “weekend” schedule on Thanksgiving, “weekday” on Friday; Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run, regular schedule.

8:23 AM: We’re at 50th/Alaska checking out a collision that involved a school bus and a car. Some kids were on board but no one was hurt and another bus has already picked them up to continue their trip to school (they won’t say what school, so we’ll have to check with SPS).

The (short) bus’s front end is a bit mashed up (photo added), as is the car’s right front end. (added) The district – for whom First Student is a contractor – says four students were on board, confirms none were hurt.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-Thanksgiving Monday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-pre-thanksgiving-monday-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-pre-thanksgiving-monday-updates/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:03:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330005

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6:03 AM: The Thanksgiving countdown begins. One change in traffic patterns today: No classes at Seattle Public Schools elementary and K-8 schools this week because of parent/teacher conferences. For other SPS schools, holiday break starts Thursday (with early dismissal Wednesday).

8:56 AM: Relatively quiet commute wrapping up; not unusual for a holiday week. One note – we have multiple reports of a water break in the 9300 block of 47th SW and are checking both at the scene and with Seattle Public Utilities.

9:19 AM: 47th is closed at Brace Point because of this. We’ll have a separate update as soon as we hear back from SPU.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Harbor Avenue blocked both ways after crash http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffic-alert-harbor-avenue-blocked-both-ways-after-crash/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffic-alert-harbor-avenue-blocked-both-ways-after-crash/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:29:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329991 A two-car crash and the emergency response to it has Harbor Avenue SW blocked both ways in the 1300 block [map]. No further details on the crash – no major injuries reported so far – just an FYI if you’re headed out from, or back toward, that area.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Frosty Friday alerts and updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-friday-alerts-and-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-friday-alerts-and-updates/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:13:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329703

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7:13 AM: Good morning! Still no high-bridge cameras working, but from all the other info sources, no incidents so far.

FROST ALERT: If you will be heading out via a car you park outdoors – you’ll need to do some ice-scraping:

7:59 AM: Traffic alert for tomorrow:

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation plan to close one southbound lane on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, SR99, at the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel on Saturday, Nov. 21. The on- and off-ramps will remain open. The crews will repair a guardrail starting at 3:30 a.m. and complete the work before 5 p.m.

BUS STOP CHANGES DOWNTOWN STARTING MONDAY: In case you haven’t already seen Metro’s alerts about Third Avenue – here’s what’s changing and what’s not.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday alerts and updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-wednesday-alerts-and-updates-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-wednesday-alerts-and-updates-2/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:04:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329551

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7:04 AM: Good morning! If you use NB 99 north of downtown, you should know that a crash north of the Battery St. Tunnel is causing some backups. That’s the only incident right now on the major routes through/from here.

7:14 AM: The 47th/Admiral stoplight is flashing red, according to a texter. That means it’s an all-ways stop, but they say some aren’t treating it that way.

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West Seattle windstorm updates, p.m. edition: Tree trouble; Beach Drive outage http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-windstorm-updates-afternoon-edition-tree-trouble/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-windstorm-updates-afternoon-edition-tree-trouble/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:55:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329455 (MORNING STORM COVERAGE IS HERE, including 2 power outages … ROAD HAZARD? Call 206-386-1218)

12:55 PM: We start our afternoon report with word of two tree-trouble spots:

*The Highland Park Way hill west of W. Marginal Way SW is reported to be closed in both directions because of a downed tree.

*A tree is also reported down at Olson and Myers. Traffic effects unknown; we’re off to check.

1:10 PM: SDOT reports Highland Park Way is open again.

1:32 PM: Just checked out the Myers/Olson situation. Southbound Myers is blocked off at Olson – you can’t turn onto it (photo above shows the roped-off exit lane from eastbound Olson); crews are on the road. Also of note, DEEP water across SW Roxbury at the easternmost entrance to Safeway. Lots of puddling on roads everywhere you go – we’ve been talking mostly about the wind, but the rain has continued, and the ground already was saturated from the recent 4-inches-in-3-days storm.

2:07 PM: While you can use Myers northbound, you can’t turn onto westbound Olson – that’s taped off too.

2:27 PM: The National Weather Service says things should start to get better after another hour or so in the metro area.

2:48 PM: As Katelyn notes in comments, SFD is responding to downed wire(s) at Beach Drive and Canada.

The Seattle City Light map (screengrab above) shows a 79-customer outage nearby. Several people have told us they heard two “booms” just before the power went out. Today’s two other multiple-customer West Seattle outages (in our morning coverage) were resolved relatively quickly.

3:42 PM: That outage is now described as “equipment failure” which would seem to verify the transformer suspicion. Meantime, if you passed a crash scene at 16th/Barton, that wasn’t weather-related – we’re working on a separate story we’ll link here when done (update: it’s here). This next photo, however, does seem to be weather-related:

Keri says that’s near Holy Rosary School.

3:52 PM: Cil says in comments that Myers/Olson is back to normal. (Thanks to everyone for updates as well as initial reports – 206-293-6302 is our text/voice hotline 24/7.)

4:22 PM: On Puget Ridge, Andy says this tree is hanging precariously low over SW Brandon:

6:36 PM: Thanks for the updates. The weather has calmed, as forecast, but still some trouble out there. Our site was down for a while but that was not weather-related – it’s hosted out of the city especially so that it will be safe in case of catastrophe here; the server company just happened to have a massive problem that affected many sites including ours. Meantime, word of more trees toppling at day’s end – one blocking part of Orchard near Delridge, and this one on Webster by the Solstice Park P-Patch (east of Fauntleroy Way):

We’ll likely start a storm-aftermath report in a bit so please keep the updates coming – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Stormy Tuesday updates and alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-stormy-tuesday-updates-and-alerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-stormy-tuesday-updates-and-alerts/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:11:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329401

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7:11 AM: Sorry about the lack of camera views for the high bridge – you might recall that SDOT was replacing them last weekend, and this morning, neither is working. So far, though, while the wind has kicked up as expected, no major problems in or from West Seattle.

7:51 AM: Still nothing out of the ordinary around here – all the trouble this morning has been on the Eastside. Weather-wise, we haven’t hit the peak period yet – the National Weather Service has shifted the “High Wind Warning” to 8 am-6 pm, with strongest gusts expected to start around 10.

8:50 AM: First power outage of the storm, and it’s a big one, more than 4,800 customers. We’ve launched a separate storm report, starting with the outage – find it here. And if there’s storm trouble in your neighborhood – trees down, etc. – please let us know at 206-293-6302 (text or voice).

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UPDATE: Van flips on westbound bridge’s Delridge offramp http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffic-alert-crash-response-at-westbound-bridges-delridge-offramp/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffic-alert-crash-response-at-westbound-bridges-delridge-offramp/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:35:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329350

(Photo courtesy Chris Monsos)

3:35 PM: Big Seattle Fire and Police response headed right now for a crash reported on the Delridge offramp from the westbound West Seattle Bridge. It was originally reported as a potential “heavy rescue” situation but is being scaled back. We’re on the way to see what we can find out.

3:46 PM: Overturned van, according to Jen in comments and Chris via the photo we’ve just added. No word yet on injuries. SDOT says the ramp is blocked right now so the van can be towed.

4:21 PM: Even before the van was to be towed, Chris said, traffic was getting around. We’ve added a photo sent by our crew.

4:32 PM: Metro says this has rerouted buses on Routes 50, 120, 125. If you’re headed that way, use stops south of Genesee TFN.

4:52 PM: SDOT says the ramp is now clear. (And, two minutes later, Metro says its buses on Delridge are back to normal routes.)

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Chilly Monday updates & alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-chilly-monday-updates-alerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-chilly-monday-updates-alerts/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:03:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329282

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6:03 AM: Temperatures were into the 30s first thing today, and roads were still wet last night after 4 inches of rain in 3 days, so be aware that slick, maybe even icy, roads and sidewalks are a possibility.

DELRIDGE/ORCHARD ALERT: As of late last night, Orchard east of Delridge had reopened after Seattle Public Utilities tackled a sewage overflow, but a short section was narrowed – one lane each way – because the trouble spot is cordoned off on the westbound side. So this may be slow going for the morning commute.

HELICOPTER DRILL REMINDER: 11 am-noon today, per the alert sent last week by the Port of Seattle, helicopters will be part of a disaster-preparedness exercise at Terminal 5 in West Seattle.

7:36 AM: Texter says a vehicle is stalled on the onramp from the eastbound bridge to NB 99, but traffic is “getting by.”

11:50 AM: We went by the Delridge/Orchard scene at mid-morning; it’s fully open now, no more lane constraints. (We expect an update later in the day on what led to the sewage overflow.)

3:38 PM: Crash reported at Delridge offramp from westbound bridge – we’re updating here.

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TRAFFIC ALERTS: Flooded ramp; bridge work; downed tree http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffic-alerts-flooded-ramp-camera-work-reminder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffic-alerts-flooded-ramp-camera-work-reminder/#comments Sat, 14 Nov 2015 15:18:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329083 7:18 AM: Thanks to the person who just texted to share two alerts – first, the Delridge onramp to the eastbound bridge is flooded, they report, so if you’re headed that way, go slowly. Second, they saw city crews out working on the bridge – as SDOT first warned on Thursday, they’re out today replacing the cameras, and that’s expected to cause “rolling lane closures” until mid-afternoon.

7:37 AM: Now there’s word of a tree that’s fallen onto wires, blocking a road east of Lincoln Park, on Hemlock west of 45th:

A crew’s already on scene, according to the person who sent word with that photo. And that’s a reminder – if you encounter an emergency, road-blocking situation like this (tree, wires, debris), SDOT wants you to call its 24-hour hotline at 206-386-1218.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Stormy Friday updates, including orcas seen from Fauntleroy ferry, police responses, & more http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-stormy-friday-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-stormy-friday-updates/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:00:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328981

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7 AM: Windy and wet out there, as forecast. No major incidents on area roads, though. If you passed through Morgan Junction the past half-hour or so and noticed a big police presence near California/Holly, we’ve just found out what that was about – a traffic stop for a car resembling one linked to a potentially armed suspect in a possible domestic-violence situation; all over now, but after several tips (thank you!) we did find one officer still in the area to ask.

7:12 AM: The I-5/West Seattle Bridge interchange has multiple problems right now, reported in both northbound and southbound directions. Not entirely clear exactly how the eastbound bridge offramps are affected as a result, but just know things are a bit of a tangle.

7:16 AM: Some happy commute news – the ferry from Vashon to Fauntleroy just passed some orcas headed southbound, according to Mary. Too murky out there to see them from a distance right now.

7:35 AM: Speaking of the weather, the “wind advisory” alert was shortened overnight, and is now set to expire at 10 am – six hours earlier than the original alert. So things should calm down before too long.

SATURDAY TRAFFIC-ALERT REMINDER: SDOT will have crews out replacing traffic cameras on the bridge, so you might find rolling lane closures – here’s the alert we published Thursday.

9:28 AM: Emergency responders are checking out a reported spinout on the Delridge offramp from the westbound bridge.

9:49 AM: Some tense moments related to that situation (related to initial, eventually unfounded reports thinking gunshots were heard) but it’s now resolved; the person in the car is getting checked out, and – we can see from below the ramp – a tow truck is on scene to clear the vehicle, which came to a stop facing the wrong way:

9:55 AM: And as pointed out in comments, the wind advisory has now been re-extended, until 3 pm.

NOON: Car fire at Olson/Myers is causing some slowing at the east end of the Roxbury corridor, per tipster on our text/voice hotline, 206-293-6302 (thanks!).

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BRIDGE ALERT: ‘Rolling lane closures’ Saturday for camera upgrades http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/bridge-alert-rolling-lane-closures-saturday-for-camera-installation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/bridge-alert-rolling-lane-closures-saturday-for-camera-installation/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:11:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328916 1:11 PM: Just in from SDOT:

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation have been installing new, upgraded traffic cameras on the West Seattle Bridge and Spokane Street Viaduct between Southwest Avalon Way and I-5 and expect to complete the work this Saturday. Drivers can expect rolling lane closures both in eastbound and westbound lanes on Saturday from 5 a.m. until the work is completed, now estimated by midafternoon.

Once installed, the upgraded cameras will then need to be connected to the internet. Traffic engineers expect to have them up and operating by the middle of next week.

The public will be able to access both still and streaming images from the new cameras once they are operating. Links to the views will be available on SDOT’s Travelers Information web page.

We’re checking with SDOT on whether these are just replacement cameras or additions to the current bridge views (which you can see on the WSB Traffic page, when they’re working).

1:21 PM UPDATE: SDOT spokesperson Marybeth Turner replies that these are replacements for current cameras, not new views.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Storm-on-the-way Thursday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-storm-on-the-way-thursday-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/traffictransit-today-storm-on-the-way-thursday-updates/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:04:30 +0000 Patrick http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328878

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7:04 AM: While the weather’s fairly calm now, if the alerts are accurate, it could be a different situation when you head home this afternoon/evening, so be prepared for wind and rain. One alert for tonight and the evenings ahead:

NIGHTTIME TRAFFIC ALERT: From the project team for The Whittaker (Fauntleroy/Alaska/40th/Edmunds):

We will be working on the Edmunds Street Crossing along Fauntleroy Way starting (tonight). During the night time work on Edmunds, 40th to Fauntleroy will be closed. Once the time is up for each night, then it will be plated for traffic during the day. This work is anticipated to take about 1 week and should be completed by Friday 11/20 next week weather permitting. There will likely be some additional restoration to do after next Friday, but that would be on the sidewalks, and not in the street.

This is expected to last approximately 7-10 pm nightly.

8:30 AM: Still a quiet commute in/from West Seattle.

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