West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:46:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Post-Thanksgiving Friday morning: Traffic/transit & weather http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/post-thanksgiving-friday-morning-traffictransit-weather/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/post-thanksgiving-friday-morning-traffictransit-weather/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:50:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293466 (SCROLL DOWN for updates on weather-related trouble)

7:50 AM: Good morning! 4-day holiday weekend for so many people, the bridges are relatively clear:

Notes for getting around, plus the latest on the weather:

TRANSIT: Reduced weekday/no UW schedule today for MetroNo Water Taxi service today … Regular schedule for Sound Transit, and regular schedule for Washington State Ferries.

CITYWIDE ALERTS, INCLUDING DOWNTOWN PARADE: The SDOT holiday-weekend roundup includes road-closure info for downtown’s two big events today, the Macy’s Parade this morning and the Star Lighting tonight. (If you’re going to the parade, keep an eye out for local participants! We haven’t found the full lineup yet.)

WEATHER UPDATE: Rainy/breezy this morning, and temperatures are continuing to fall from yesterday’s unseasonable peak near 60. The National Weather Service‘s updated “special weather statement” says the possible snow you’ve heard about is more likely to the north tonight, maybe some over Seattle on Saturday morning. Here’s the newest forecast.

9 AM NOTE: Texter says the Delridge onramp to the bridge is flooded and all but unusable. We’ll be checking on it shortly.

9:22 AM NOTE: Another deep-water alert via text: “Large puddle, nearly reservoir, on Admiral Way eastbound at Schmitz Park.” (Thanks again for the alerts – text or call 206-293-6302 with urgent info any time.)

9:56 AM: Thanks to another texted tip – a semi-truck is on its side on the railroad-track overpass bridge at East Marginal Way S., just south of the West Seattle Bridge.

10:18 AM: Seattle Fire says the overturned tractor-trailer is “stable” but they have been working to free the driver’s arm, which is reported to be trapped under a seat.

10:52 AM: Major water over NB Fauntleroy south of Findlay.

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Update: Another crash on Sylvan, no injuries reported http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-another-crash-on-sylvan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-another-crash-on-sylvan/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:40:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293378

7:40 PM: Suddenly Sylvan Way, which runs through High Point between Upper Morgan and Delridge, is a hot spot for crashes. Police and fire are currently at the scene of another one near Sylvan Way/Sylvan Heights (map). No details yet, but it’s affecting traffic, with at least one lane blocked.

8:24 PM: The crash involved just one vehicle; it ran into a fence and took out a tree. Police told us at the scene that no one was hurt. This was very close to the spot where a driver hit a tree two nights ago.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; holiday info http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watch-holiday-info/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watch-holiday-info/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:07:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293262

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy day before Thanksgiving! We start with another reminder about holiday transit schedules:

*Metro will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day and a “reduced weekday/no UW” schedule on Friday.

*The Water Taxi does NOT run on Thursday *or* Friday.

*Sound Transit‘s express bus serving our area (560) will be on a Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving Day, normal schedule for Friday.

*Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run will keep a normal schedule. WSF reminds you that lines will be longest in the westbound direction this afternoon/evening. For Fauntleroy, all the space/wait info, plus dock-area cameras, can be found here.

CITYWIDE ALERT FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: If you’re not leaving town, you still might need to know times/places for parades, runs, etc., and that’s all in the SDOT alert.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; Battery St. Tunnel reopens after crash closure http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-battery-st-tunnel-closure/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-battery-st-tunnel-closure/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:35:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293229

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:35 AM: We start with a problem affecting Northbound 99 – a crash has closed the northbound side of the Battery Street Tunnel.

6:55 AM: Still closed, no ETA announced for reopening. Seattle Fire was not dispatched to the crash, which indicates no one was hurt. Here’s the traffic cam that looks southward at the northbound traffic from just before the closure point:

7:08 AM: Per scanner, the tunnel is clear and about to be reopened. A stalled car nearby, though, might still complicate matters for a bit.

7:12 AM: Officially reopened, per SDOT.

7:33 AM: Avalon is “crawling,” reports WS Since 1979 in comments, just before the eastward turn to Spokane/bridge ramp.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-holiday Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-pre-holiday-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-pre-holiday-monday/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:49:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293087

Heading into the heart of the commute … the SFD response to a crash on northbound I-5 at Holgate has just closed out, but there’ll be residual backup.

LOOKING AHEAD: For the extended holiday weekend – transit notes:

*Metro will be on a Sunday schedule this Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and a “reduced weekday/no UW” schedule on Friday.

*The Water Taxi does NOT run on Thursday *or* Friday.

*Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run will keep a normal schedule.

*Sound Transit‘s express bus serving our area (560) will be on a Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving Day, normal schedule for Friday.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Friday; weekend preview http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-rainy-friday-weekend-preview/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-rainy-friday-weekend-preview/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:02:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292711

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
So far this morning, the rain is the biggest factor affecting everyone heading out for the day:


WEEKEND NOTES: Here’s the citywide weekend advisory from SDOT.

8:08 AM: As you can see on the top left camera, there’s a stalled vehicle on the ramp – Justina sent first word via Twitter, that it’s up the eastbound ramp “from Luna Park.”

8:22 AM: Camera shows police have now arrived behind the stalled SUV.

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Update: Driver hits pedestrian at Delridge/Brandon; police say victim did not survive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridgebrandon-emergency-response/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridgebrandon-emergency-response/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:36:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292669

(WSB photo: Vehicle involved in collision, per police)
4:36 PM: Thanks to everybody who has messaged us about an emergency response at Delridge/Brandon – we’re working to find out more; avoid the area for now.

4:39 PM: This is reported to be a case of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian – a ~40-year-old man, and medics are doing CPR on him right now. Delridge will be closed for hours – the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is on the way to investigate, as they do with all crashes that result in serious injuries or worse. Metro Route 120 is being rerouted, according to a text alert – use stops north of Brandon or south of Juneau. The victim is being taken to Harborview, per SPD.

5:01 PM: We’re at Delridge/Brandon, which is where southbound traffic is being detoured west (and where northbound traffic is being detoured to, coming from south of here). Congested, to say the least, so if you can delay your return home, or find a very alternative way to get around – do it.

(Added: Photo by Alex)
5:20 PM: Police tell us at the scene that they’ve been told the pedestrian did not survive.

6:22 PM: According to a tweet from police, Delridge has reopened.

11:01 PM: No further official information tonight about the victim or the crash circumstances; we’ll be following up tomorrow.

FRIDAY NOTE: We expect to write a separate followup later today, but in the meantime, in case you don’t read the comment section: A DESC spokesperson confirms to WSB that the victim was a Cottage Grove Commons resident. Police have yet to release further information about the crash; a commenter who identifies herself as the victim’s sister says he was in the crosswalk when hit.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON NOTE: Police have published a short update on SPD Blotter. We noted it earlier in comments but also want to note here, since our full update is still in the works – the two new pieces of information are that the victim was 52 years old, and that he was crossing at the intersection when hit.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-thursday-on-the-move-9/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-thursday-on-the-move-9/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:17:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292620

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:17 AM: Only thing to note so far in the commute, the lane closures on 99 north of downtown, one lane closed in both directions for emergency sewer repairs, scheduled to continue until tomorrow. And – wet roads after overnight rain.

7:39 AM: From comments – eastbound bridge backup but no obvious cause so far. (We’ve checked all the sources and no word at this point of crash, stall, etc.)

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday’s watch http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-wednesdays-watch-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-wednesdays-watch-2/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:59:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292536

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:59 AM: Again today, the early commute’s proceeding without problems.

7:57 AM: If you happen to be heading *back* this way on SOUTHBOUND 99 from north of downtown, that’s a mess for two reasons, a lane closure near Mercer and a car fire at Aurora/59th.

8:15 AM: Update, as pointed out in comments – the lane closure near Mercer is actually one lane in each direction on 99 at that point. It’s for an emergency sewer repair. Here’s the advisory published by Seattle Public Utilities – round-the-clock from yesterday morning through Friday.

8:49 AM: A bit of backup at northbound I-5 from the bridge because of a crash – the vehicle(s) involved have been moved to the shoulder/gore point.

10:14 AM: Texter reports a “crash/disabled vehicle on eastbound West Seattle Bridge right before gore point” and says traffic’s backing up.

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Traffic-alert update: Northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct open again after closure for cleanup http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffic-alert-alaskan-way-viaduct-crash-debris-cleanup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffic-alert-alaskan-way-viaduct-crash-debris-cleanup/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:31:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292522

9:31 PM: This might not last too long but in case you got stuck in the backup or have seen it – a crash on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct is requiring a debris cleanup, and traffic is temporarily stopped because of it (live cam here). That includes police blocking the ramp to northbound 99 from the West Seattle Bridge. So if you have to head toward downtown – take note.

9:41 PM: Just got info from Seattle Police via Twitter:

We’re adding the live camera as an image atop this report, so you can see firsthand when it clears.

10 PM: Per scanner, police were trying to figure out how to get cars off 99. In the meantime, they also say a street sweeper will arrive in 10 minutes or so.

10:45 PM: Now open again.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-21/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-21/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:07:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292443

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:07 AM: So far, nothing out of the ordinary on the routes through/from West Seattle as the sun rises on our Tuesday.

7:39 AM: Even around the rest of the region (we monitor the regional traffic reports as well as local emergency-service logs, etc.), nothing much so far.

7:56 AM: If you missed the big bright sunrise about an hour ago, here’s Brian‘s view from High Point:

Sunrise, sunset, breaking news, traffic IF you’re not the driver … photos welcome at editor@westseattleblog.com.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-monday-on-the-move-9/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-monday-on-the-move-9/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:57:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292352

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Aside from some early delays on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route, traffic and transit have been more-or-less normal so far in our area this morning.

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West Seattle traffic-alert update: High-bridge crash cleared http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-on-the-high-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-on-the-high-bridge/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 06:09:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292190 10:09 PM: If you have to head eastbound sometime soon, you might consider the low bridge – there’s a multiple-car crash on the high bridge. No injuries, though, according to what we’ve heard via the scanner, so only one fire truck is staying on the call (along with police).

10:39 PM: Drove by about 10 minutes ago. It’s right at the top of the bridge. About half a dozen SPD cars, mostly for visibility/safety so far as we could see, as the scene wasn’t fully visible from a distance. Inside lanes. Tow truck summoned.

11:11 PM: Scene was completely clear when we were on the high bridge headed the other way at the top of the hour.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-friday-on-the-move-7/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-friday-on-the-move-7/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:37:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292077

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:37 AM: Just got a call reporting a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Checking for more info.

6:57 AM: Not seeing anything more on that. Overall, the regional picture has been looking pretty good. Regional note for the weekend: Highway 520 bridge will be closed, tonight through Monday morning.

7:28 AM: From the scanner – dispatchers are sending police to check out a reported “3-car blocking” incident on the eastbound bridge, west of 99. The SDOT camera that would normally point that way is still out of service, and sun glare dominates the other one, but if you happen to see it from a bus or another *passenger* situation, updates appreciated. ***Update*** – closer to the 4th Avenue exit.

7:36 AM: Emergency personnel arriving on scene. Tweeted by SDOT:


7:42 AM: SDOT says the two left lanes are blocked there. A texter who just went through the area confirms it’s 3 vehicles.

7:51 AM: As SDOT puts it on Twitter, the crash scene has “consolidated.” Now blocking 1 lane between 1st and 4th Ave. exits. Meantime, police are investigating a car theft in High Point – the car reportedly was left running to warm up. Every year, police warn against doing that. (P.S. While car theft is reported to be up in the city, most recent WS-specific update showed a year-to-year drop. But any theft is too many.)

8:25 AM: Scanner: Police just called for a city crew to clean up a fluid spill at the crash scene.

8:42 AM: SDOT confirms the scene is clear and all lanes are open.

9:36 AM: Thanks to Tom for the photo of what’s backing up the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct now:


(See comments for more details.)
11:13 AM NOTE: Neglected to update but that *did* clear about 45 minutes after we mentioned it.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Chilly Thursday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-chilly-thursday-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-chilly-thursday-updates/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:06:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291973

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Off to a better start this morning – nothing of note in our area so far but the chilly temp. Other notes:

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Bridges and buses were a big part of the discussion Tuesday night, and by the time we finished writing about it Wednesday night, we had yesterday morning’s woes to address, too. Here’s the story.

WEST OF THE LOW BRIDGEDon Brubeck of West Seattle Bike Connections caught this scene on Wednesday:

He wrote, “BNSF was replacing the train crossing signal at Chelan/West Marginal/Spokane/Delridge … on the little safety island by the Chelan Cafe. Second time this year that someone has driven into it.”

7:39 AM: If you’re headed for northbound I-5, there’s a bit of trouble just north of the West Seattle Bridge, blocking the right-center lane before I-90, per WSDOT.

8:48 AM: That cleared fairly fast, and no added trouble’s been reported in our vicinity (or the main outbound routes) since. The low bridge is now closed for vessel traffic, though, per @sdotbridges.

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