West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:02:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle traffic alert: Crash at 35th SW entrance to eastbound bridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-35th-sw-entrance-to-eastbound-bridge-blocked-by-crash-response/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-35th-sw-entrance-to-eastbound-bridge-blocked-by-crash-response/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:40:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284010

11:40 AM: A vehicle has gone into the bushes off the side of the eastbound entrance to the bridge just past 35th/Fauntleroy. No serious injuries reported but one person in the vehicle was having trouble getting out; there’s a sizable police/fire response there right now.

11:59 AM: The SFD response has closed, so the traffic situation should ease soon.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday edition, heading into Labor Day weekend; water commuters spot yacht http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-friday-edition-heading-into-labor-day-weekend/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-friday-edition-heading-into-labor-day-weekend/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:13:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283967

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
With some already beginning a long holiday weekend, traffic is quieter this morning. Unless you happen to be heading back this way, southbound on I-5 through downtown, in which case you should note that a crash is blocking all but one lane at Denny.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND NOTES: No transit changes until Monday (Labor Day), when Metro and the West Seattle Water Taxi will both be on Sunday schedules. For a citywide look at events that might affect traffic from now through Monday, here’s the SDOT roundup.

IF YOU’RE RIDING THE WATER TAXI TODAY … look toward Harbor Island as you pass and you might see this:

ADDED 8:57 PM: Jonathan tweeted this photo:

11:07 AM: More about the yacht via PSBJ. And here’s a report on its previous port call up in Ketchikan.

1:35 PM: Back to traffic info – just spotted this lane-closure alert for Highway 99 next week:

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5

· Crews will reduce southbound SR 99 to one lane between South Atlantic Street and South Spokane Street from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Tuesday, Sept. 2; Thursday, Sept. 4 – Friday, Sept. 5

· Crews will reduce northbound SR 99 to one lane between South Spokane Street and South Atlantic Street from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Fauntleroy/Edmunds crash http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-fauntleroyedmunds-crash/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-fauntleroyedmunds-crash/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:46:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283932

Avoid Fauntleroy/Edmunds for a while. The northbound side is blocked by emergency response for a two-car crash right in front of the pawn shop. No major injuries; an ambulance has arrived for one person.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-holiday-weekend Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-pre-holiday-weekend-thursday-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-pre-holiday-weekend-thursday-3/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:30:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283887

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
With summer’s last big weekend on the way, and major road-work projects now in the past, traffic just might ease a bit today; we’ll see how it goes. Just one reminder from here – again today, school buses will be trying out their routes.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: 99 fully open again, and other Wednesday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-99-fully-open-again-and-other-wednesday-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-99-fully-open-again-and-other-wednesday-updates/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:07:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283760

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
“Reopened” is the word of the day, so far. WSDOT confirms Highway 99 is now fully open again, including the rebuilt bridge north of the Battery Street Tunnel; also, the ramp from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge to southbound I-5 is open again after a deadly motorcycle crash overnight, and the bridge exit to northbound 99 reopened late last night, after an hours-long closure caused by a fuel spill. Another note for today: School buses will be out on practice runs. And if you travel through SODO – take note that the Mariners have a day game today (12:40 pm).

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West Seattle Bridge traffic alert: Exit to NB 99 reopens after hours-long closure following diesel spill on eastbound bridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-bridge-traffic-alert-spill-in-eastbound-lanes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-bridge-traffic-alert-spill-in-eastbound-lanes/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:57:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283725

(Added: Photo of truck, tweeted by Seattle Fire)
4:57 PM: In case you’re heading toward downtown (or beyond) sometime soon: Thanks to the tipster who just called to let us know about a truck stopped on the eastbound bridge near the Highway 99 exit, leaking fluid. It’s on the SFD 911 log as a “fuel spill.”

5:10 PM UPDATE: The exit to 99 is closed because of the cleanup, per this SDOT tweet:

5:20 PM UPDATE: A text from Metro says that since the ramp is closed for now, Routes 21, 120, 125, and RapidRide C Line are rerouting onto 4th Avenue South.

5:28 PM UPDATE: Seattle Fire estimates the spill at about 80 gallons. (added) SPD adds that “Portions of roads near Harbor Island will be closed for an extended period.” And now there’s also word of a crash *on* northbound 99 north of the ramp from the bridge, so even if you get onto 99 from points to the south, you might be in for some trouble.

5:47 PM UPDATE: The cleanup of what’s described over emergency radio as diesel fuel also involves checking storm drains to make sure the fuel doesn’t get into the river or Puget Sound.

6:45 PM UPDATE: SDOT says the ramp will be closed “for several hours” because the hazmat team is investigating.

9:28 PM UPDATE: SPD says it probably won’t reopen until midnight. Here’s the summary just posted on SPD Blotter:

Multiple city agencies responded to a diesel fuel spill after a semi-truck punctured its gas tank sending 80 gallons of fuel onto streets near Harbor Island during Tuesday evening’s commute.

Officers began receiving calls about a fuel leak at the Alaskan Way on-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge just before 4:45 p.m. As they arrived, they found roads in the area covered in diesel fuel, making the roads very slick, for approximately one mile leading up to where the fuel source was found. Officers discovered the disabled semi-truck at the on-ramp surrounded in a three-inch-deep pool of fuel.

The Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene and began sopping up the fuel as it sank into the ground and drained into the sewage system. It is still unknown the extent of damage the fuel may have caused. The United States Coast Guard was called to the scene to help prevent fuel from leaking into the Duwamish Waterway.

Officers spoke with the driver of the semi who said he was unsure of what punctured the tank, but he had been traveling in the direction of the leak. Officers scoured the area and found a raised curb that appeared to have been hit by the truck, tearing a hole in the exposed fuel tank.

Four other vehicle were damaged in collisions related to the fuel spill and many others were trapped in the spilled fuel.

The ramp is closed as crews continue to cleanup, but is expected to reopen around midnight.

11:45 PM: Checking the webcam that’s been zoomed in on the ramp, looks like it’s open.

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West Seattle back-to-school: Why you’ll see yellow buses on the roads and in the lots the next two days http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-back-to-school-why-youll-see-yellow-buses-on-the-roads-and-in-the-lots-the-next-two-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-back-to-school-why-youll-see-yellow-buses-on-the-roads-and-in-the-lots-the-next-two-days/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:28:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283713 Though Seattle Public Schools‘ first day of classes is still eight days away, you’ll see yellow school buses on the roads the next two days. Here’s the heads-up from driver Al:

Tomorrow and Thursday school bus drivers will be doing ‘dry runs’ of their routes, which means as early as 6 am, hundreds of school buses will be out-and-about following the directions given to us by the District to find and check out our pick-up and drop-off locations, as well as looking for any route-problems we may encounter on the streets.

Also happening during these two days are meetings at various schools between staff and the drivers, so some schools will see a number of buses parked in their load zones for a while.

This will likely happen for most of the day both days, and we thank you ahead of time for the public’s patience and understanding.

And thanks again to everybody sharing back-to-school news – editor@westseattleblog.com – same address for announcements and info once schools are open again, too!

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; last day of the rest of the 99 closure http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-last-day-of-the-rest-of-the-99-closure/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-last-day-of-the-rest-of-the-99-closure/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:30:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283652

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Today is the last day of the rest of the Highway 99 closure, from the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street. See a time lapse of the work in our reminder from last night; see the map in an earlier reminder. To check Metro routes, go here.

26TH/BARTON NOTE, 6:30 AM: A fire response across from Westwood Village is affecting traffic in that area.

6:57 AM: Now there’s another fire response, in High Point. Not a big fire but it’s on Sylvan Way a block south of Morgan and will likely affect traffic in that area for a while.

5:45 PM NOTE: In case you haven’t already seen the separate update, the eastbound bridge offramp to NB 99 is blocked right now because of a spill from a truck – described so far as a fuel spill – that’s being cleaned up.

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Two road-work updates for Tuesday: Highway 99, AH microsurfacing http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/two-road-work-updates-for-tuesday-highway-99-ah-microsurfacing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/two-road-work-updates-for-tuesday-highway-99-ah-microsurfacing/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:38:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283644 Two notes before the night’s out:

That time lapse from WSDOT shows the work that’s been done on Highway 99 north of the Battery Street Tunnel – the section that’s scheduled to be closed one more day, until early Wednesday, as a bridge is rebuilt. With the Alaskan Way Viaduct back in action as of this (Monday) morning, the commute was OK by most accounts, but it’s also widely acknowledged that it was also an off-day for many trying to get vacation time in before Labor Day, so just in case everybody’s back tomorrow, don’t get complacent – check our morning traffic watch. (And thanks again to those who shared notes about how it went – and to the WSB’er who noticed when the SDOT cameras got “stuck”!)

ALSO ON TUESDAY: It’ll be the final day of “microsurfacing” in Arbor Heights and the revised map was causing some concern, explains Joe Szilagyi of the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council. He pursued answers with SDOT and discovered:

*The intersection of 100th and 33rd was surfaced today (contrary to the map), so the Tuesday work will NOT “trap” residents along several blocks – they will be able to get to 102nd via 33rd

*SDOT still expects to finish tomorrow, per SDOT, “including the area that was added on California/Fletcher and a segment on 112th that is getting a special test formulation.”

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West Seattle traffic alert: Harbor Island protest this afternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-harbor-island-protest-this-afternoon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-harbor-island-protest-this-afternoon/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:17:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283616

(Photo added: Courtesy of Maris, who was bicycling through the area)
2:17 PM: Thanks to Leeann for the tip – low-bridge commuters and others driving in the Harbor Island vicinity might need this heads-up: Protesters say they’ll be staging at the Spokane Street Fishing Pier, east of the low bridge, at 4 pm today. They are protesting an arriving ship operated by an Israel-based company, the Zim Chicago (which is off Manchester as of this writing, per MarineTraffic.com), in opposition to Israel’s actions in the Gaza conflict. A similar protest is reported to have drawn more than 100 participants Saturday in Tacoma. The Port of Seattle’s schedule says Zim Chicago is coming in at Terminal 18.

6:03 PM: Yes, that’s why there’s a TV helicopter over the north end of West Seattle.

ADDED: One protester was arrested, per multiple reports (including the protest group itself).

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; part of Highway 99 reopens http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-monday-updates-part-of-highway-99-reopens/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-monday-updates-part-of-highway-99-reopens/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:12:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283599 (8:41 AM NOTE: SDOT cams have been stuck for an hour-plus. So we have added WSDOT Highway 99 cams below)

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Just so we’re all clear – While Highway 99 has reopened between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel, it’s still closed for two more days from the tunnel north to Valley Street, while WSDOT rebuilds a bridge. So anyone still on The Viaduct this morning northbound past Seneca will have to exit at Western, and that’s likely to mean slow going. See the map in last night’s reminder. If you need to doublecheck your Metro route, go here.

ONE OTHER ROAD WORK NOTE: Here’s the updated map for Arbor Heights/south Fauntleroy microsurfacing, as it continues through tomorrow.

8:18 AM: No problems reported so far, on 99 or elsewhere – see the comments for some commute stories. Of course, this is a big week for vacation-taking, since schools reopen next week, but still, it’s good news.

8:41 AM: Commenter just noticed SDOT cams have been stuck at 7:21 am for a while. Here’s a WSDOT cam, which is NOT stuck:

And another one:

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Update: Crash cleared on eastbound West Seattle Bridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffic-alert-4-car-crash-on-eastbound-west-seattle-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffic-alert-4-car-crash-on-eastbound-west-seattle-bridge/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:42:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283438 5:42 PM: With the Alaskan Way Viaduct out of commission this weekend, the exits on the Spokane Street Viaduct – east half of the West Seattle Bridge – are carrying more traffic. That might be complicating matters now that there’s a four-car crash near the 4th Avenue South exit. Big backup on the bridge, according to the nearest cam:

(“Live” views are on the WSB Traffic page.)

5:53 PM: Multiple lanes are closed and an officer was just heard (via scanner) saying they’ll be closed “a while.

7:12 PM UPDATE: SDOT has tweeted that the scene is clear.

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Update: 1 hurt in motorcycle-pickup collision on West Marginal Way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/car-motorcycle-collision-closes-west-marginal-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/car-motorcycle-collision-closes-west-marginal-way/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:57:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283385

FIRST REPORT, 12:57 PM: A car-motorcycle collision in the 4700 block of West Marginal Way has police blocking the road, so avoid that area. No word yet on injuries.

1:17 PM: We’re at the scene; West Marginal is blocked just south of T-107 Park. According to emergency radio, the motorcycle rider is a 58-year-old man who is being rushed to Harborview Medical Center, and a preliminary description of the collision indicated that he was riding “at traffic speed” when a pickup truck “pulled out in front of him.” His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, so they’ll be reopening the road after tow trucks arrive and clear wreckage.

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Arbor Heights microsurfacing update: New map from SDOT http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/arbor-heights-microsurfacing-update-new-map-from-sdot/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/arbor-heights-microsurfacing-update-new-map-from-sdot/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:28:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283295

(Click image to open full-size PDF version of map)
SDOT is now more than halfway through the microsurfacing work in Arbor Heights (and part of south Fauntleroy), and says there have been some changes along the way (as noticed by at least one commenter on our previous story), so it’s revised the map. From spokesperson Caylen Beaty:

The original map we provided contained some mapping errors, so I’ve attached the updated version. As the work has progressed this week, the contractor has been providing correct information to residents and posting “No Parking” signs at least three days in advance of the work.

The work is on track and we anticipate it will wrap up by next Tuesday, August 26. Our thanks to the Arbor Heights community for their attention and cooperation as we work to maintain the residential streets of Arbor Heights.

The microsurfacing plan was first announced back in January, when SDOT explained that this process is now used instead of chip seal to refresh residential streets.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: It’s Friday, so Highway 99 closure starts tonight, and other weekend notes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-its-friday-so-highway-99-closure-starts-tonight-and-other-weekend-notes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/traffictransit-today-its-friday-so-highway-99-closure-starts-tonight-and-other-weekend-notes/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:57:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283229

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
It’s Friday, and that means the much-discussed Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closure starts tonight. See maps/times here. In general, it starts at 10 pm, but there are provisions for allowing vehicles onto 99 to handle departures from the Seahawks game – for southbound 99, the Columbia St. entrance will stay open until midnight. One more reminder – from the West Seattle Bridge until the Battery Street Tunnel, it’s only closed until early Monday, but from there north to Valley Street on lower Queen Anne, the closure continues until early Wednesday. If you’re taking a bus that uses 99, check here for reroute info.

OTHER WEEKEND NOTES: The Alki Beach 5K for Northwest Hope and Healing closes Alki Avenue SW for a few hours on Sunday morning. That’s one of the various citywide non-Highway 99 alerts in this roundup published by SDOT.

8:25 AM: If you are headed westbound on the bridge, a safety alert was just broadcast regarding an overhead sign in danger of falling. Didn’t catch exactly where, except that it was on the Fauntleroy Expressway section, and it’s going to be checked out ASAP.

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