West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:29:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle traffic alert: Crash at 8th and Roxbury http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-8th-and-roxbury/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-8th-and-roxbury/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:55:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290476

3:55 PM: Avoid 8th/Roxbury for a while if you’re heading out – a crash is blocking at least part of the intersection. No word yet on injuries or other circumstances; we’re en route to check.

4:06 PM: Won’t be blocked for too long, per scanner – tow trucks have been called. Northbound Metro on 8th is affected for a bit, though.

4:30 PM: The tow trucks were there when our crew arrived a short time ago. One lane on Roxbury was blocked eastbound, and 8th was blocked pending removal of the cars. No injuries, we’re told.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-thursday-on-the-move-8/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-thursday-on-the-move-8/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290388

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)

Good morning! Final Thursday of the month – here we go. Notes for starters:

TUNNEL MACHINE RESCUE DIG MIGHT RESUME SOON: One day after the state announced the start of the archaeological examination of shells found in the tunnel-machine-rescue pit, the Seattle Times (WSB partner) has an update – they probably are related to settlers, not natives.

‘FALL BACK’ EARLY SUNDAY: This is the weekend that Daylight Saving Time ends – Sunday morning at 2 am, “fall back” to 1 am.

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West Seattle traffic-alert update: Fauntleroy/Oregon light fixed http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-light-out-at-fauntleroyoregon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-light-out-at-fauntleroyoregon/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:50:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290303

10:50 AM: Heard this on the scanner and just checked it out. The signals at Fauntleroy/Oregon are out – a truck is believed to have taken out part of the equipment. People are zipping through the light rather than treating it as an all-ways stop as they should be. No sign of a repair crew yet.

11:37 AM: Just added two photos, including the pole that was knocked down on the north side of Fauntleroy. If you’re in the area, please let us know (206-293-6302 text/voice or editor@westseattleblog.com) if you see a repair crew; we’ll otherwise be checking back in an hour or so.

3 PM UPDATE: We went by within the past hour; the light’s back on and other repairs were being completed:

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; beware bridge mess http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watch-11/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watch-11/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:59:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290268

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:59 AM: Nothing unusual reported on the routes through/from West Seattle so far this morning. So we start with transportation news you might have missed:

TUNNEL PIT ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION BEGINS: You’ll recall that the digging stopped last Thursday at the pit to access the Highway 99 tunnel machine’s broken cutter head, when a concentration of shells was found. The archaeological investigation of those shells has begun, WSDOT announced late Monday.

Also of note:

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OUT EARLY: Today is a two-hours-early-dismissal day for students district-wide.

7:39 AM: First commenter traffic report of the morning – Avalon backed up.

8:09 AM: “20 big blocks of wet concrete” reported as a traffic hazard on the eastbound bridge. No further location details heard via scanner – police are checking it out.

8:33 AM: Just got a phone call about this – whatever form it’s in, cars are driving through the concrete and the mess is getting worse. The caller pins the location from the Fauntleroy entrance to the bridge, down and around the curve and parallel with Nucor.

8:50 AM: We’re seeing what looks to be cleanup, under way on the eastbound bridge entrance – screengrab from the nearby traffic cam:

11:38 AM: If you haven’t seen this story – beware Fauntleroy/Oregon until the light’s fixed.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Tuesday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-rainy-tuesday-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-rainy-tuesday-2/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:17:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290149

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Heading for the peak commute time, no trouble outbound from here so far, aside from the rain.

2ND ‘KICKOFF MEETING’ FOR 35TH SW SAFETY PROJECT: If you’re available at 3:30 pm today, SDOT’s second “kickoff meeting” for the 35th SW Safety Project starts then, upstairs at Southwest Library (35th/Henderson). Here’s our report from the first meeting last Wednesday night.

7:43 AM: From WSDOT: “On I-5 southbound just south of West Seattle Bridge, there is a collision blocking the 2 left lanes.”

8:38 AM: From Nancy via Twitter:

8:48 AM: Thanks to the texter who mentioned a crash that’s not on the 911 log (which just means, no injuries), Delridge/Oregon. We’re off to see if that’s still a factor.

9:23 AM: That’s clear. But while trying to get there, we found eastbound Spokane at a standstill under the bridge.

9:53 AM: Likely standing-water problems, we’re told by people who commuted earlier, including:

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Traffic alert: Emergency lane closures on southbound I-5 tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffic-alert-emergency-lane-closures-on-southbound-i-5-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffic-alert-emergency-lane-closures-on-southbound-i-5-tonight/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:02:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290123 WSDOT is doing “emergency expansion joint repairs” on southbound I-5 at the West Seattle Bridge right now. According to a late-in-the-day alert, the center lane should already be closed, and then starting at 7 pm, crews will close three southbound lanes for about two hours, with the warning: “Drivers heading south on I-5 should expect significant delays or take alternate routes such as SR 99 or Airport Way.” (Thanks to Jann for the tip.)

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West Seattle sinkhole: Avoid 45th SW between Alaska & Edmunds http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-sinkhole-avoid-45th-sw-between-alaska-edmunds/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-sinkhole-avoid-45th-sw-between-alaska-edmunds/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:38:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290086

A sinkhole is blocking the northbound side of 45th SW between Alaska and Edmunds (map) west of The Junction. After two reader tips (thank you!) we arrived just as an SDOT worker was putting out cones and tape to block off the sinkhole. One neighbor says it happened, at a previously patched spot in the road, around 8 am. No repair ETA yet; the worker told us that, as you might have guessed, many crews are out dealing with downed trees right now. Though there’s enough room for a car to squeeze by in the southbound lane, that’s still very close to the sinkhole’s edge and we’d advise avoiding the road unless you live on that block and have to get to/from home.

ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: We went back to check on the sinkhole just as it was getting dark. A Seattle Public Utilities crew was there to do some investigating:

We’ll check in with SPU and SDOT tomorrow.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; Water Taxi schedule change… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-monday-updates-water-taxi-schedule-change/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/traffictransit-today-monday-updates-water-taxi-schedule-change/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:16:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290076

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning and welcome to the new week! Be mindful of possible lingering effects from Saturday night’s storm – not all fallen trees/branches might be cleaned up yet, etc. Meantime, three reminders as we begin:

WEST SEATTLE WATER-TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE: Today’s the first day of the reduced fall/winter schedule, Mondays-Fridays, morning and afternoon/evening commutes. See it here.

CRANE ASSEMBLY AT MURRAY CSO PROJECT: As announced last week, crane assembly will block part of Beach Drive at the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project across from Lowman Beach today, 11 am-5 pm.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT (EARLY SUNDAY): Last week for Daylight Saving Time; at 2 am November 2nd, we “fall back” one hour.

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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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