West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:41:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates & road-work notes http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-road-work-notes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-road-work-notes/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:12:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308113

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Good morning and happy Friday! We start with project notes:

47TH/ADMIRAL SIGNAL: Concrete pouring could start on the south side of the intersection today, for new curbs and sidewalk, if the weather doesn’t interfere. The detailed update is here.

DELRIDGE/ORCHARD PROJECT UPDATE: In case you missed it – we published an update from Seattle Public Utilities, including added traffic effects at Myrtle next week.

And a transportation-news note:

LIGHT RAIL FOR WEST SEATTLE? After its Thursday board meeting, Sound Transit explained what’s next (“major public-involvement effort”) for its work toward the next ballot measure.

9:59 AM: If you’re headed toward 1st through SODO, you might try 4th instead, because of this:

4:33 PM NOTE: SPU has e-mailed to say the Delridge/Orchard/Myrtle work mentioned earlier has been moved up: “The lane restriction on SW Myrtle St. at 24th Ave. SW has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 (as opposed to 4/29 and 4/30, as previously announced).”

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-thursday-on-the-move-12/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-thursday-on-the-move-12/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:20:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308024

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6:20 AM: Good morning! One issue in the area, as the commute gets going – a crash on NB 99 at the 1st Avenue South Bridge, blocking the carpool lane.

6:40 AM: WSDOT says the 1st Ave. S. Bridge problem “is clearing.”

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watch-12/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watch-12/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:58:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307900

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Good morning! No trouble reported in, or from, West Seattle so far this morning – the weather is sunnier than expected, though, so don’t forget your shades!

One traffic alert for tonight: Southbound Highway 509 in Burien will close 8 pm-5 am tonight, tomorrow night, and two nights next week – details here.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Overnight closures for southbound Highway 509 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-overnight-closures-for-southbound-highway-509/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-overnight-closures-for-southbound-highway-509/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:13:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307883 From WSDOT:

Drivers heading to Burien or Sea-Tac Airport should prepare for up to four full closures of southbound State Route 509 over the next seven nights.

Closure details

· Wednesday, April 22 to the morning of Friday, April 24 and Monday, April 27 to the morning of Wednesday, April 29 – All southbound lanes of SR 509 from SR 518/Southwest 148th Street to South 160th Street will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.

· Drivers will follow a short signed detour [onto 1st Avenue S.]. The southbound SR 509 exit to SR 518 and the airport will remain open.

· This work is weather dependent.

During the closures, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will grind and repave sections of the highway near SR 518. The work is part of the SR 509 project to replace the asphalt on a four-mile section of the roadway.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates and alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-and-alerts-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-and-alerts-2/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:38:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307792

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7:38 AM: No West Seattle trouble spots thus far in the Tuesday commute.

12:38 PM: Trouble on the ferry run:

The Issaquah is out of service due to necessary repairs. The Fauntleroy/Vashon/ Southworth route will begin operating the two-boat schedule with the 12:20pm sailing from Fauntleroy. The two-boat schedule will be in effect until further notice.

You can view the 2-boat schedule at: wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/Default.aspx

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UPDATE: Cars, motorcycle collide at Fauntleroy/Alaska, 3 people hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-crash-at-fauntleroyalaska/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-crash-at-fauntleroyalaska/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:31:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307772

(WSB photo, wider look at scene, substituted for originally published cameraphone pic)

6:31 PM: A crash is blocking Fauntleroy/Alaska both ways – avoid the area for now.

ADDED 6:37 PM: Two cars and a motorcycle are involved, our crew at the scene is told, and three people are being taken to the hospital – the motorcycle rider to Harborview via SFD medic unit, two people from the cars via private ambulance. The collision happened near the southeast corner of the intersection (by Les Schwab Tires). No life-threatening injuries, and TCIS is not being called out, so this might be cleared soon.

6:55 PM UPDATE: From SDOT:

7:40 PM: Scene’s clear, per SDOT.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-spring-break Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-post-spring-break-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-post-spring-break-monday/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:25:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307709

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We start with one traffic alert: Henderson Place is still closed north of Barton for the investigation of the second of two serious overnight West Seattle crashes. Use 9th SW instead.

Otherwise: For the first time since April 3rd, all the schools are back in session – last week was Seattle Public Schools‘ spring break, the week before that saw many private schools out. So please be extra, extra careful as everyone gets readjusted to routine. That’s today’s big reminder – no new road work on the schedule – so, the traffic watch is on.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Sylvan reopens after three-vehicle crash http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-crash-blocking-sylvan-west-of-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-crash-blocking-sylvan-west-of-delridge/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:15:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307533 7:15 PM: No serious injuries so far as we’ve heard, but a three-car crash is blocking Sylvan Way at Sylvan Heights (map), west of Delridge, east of High Point, so if you were heading that way, you’ll need to use another east-west route between Delridge and 35th (SW Holden, perhaps). No estimate yet how long this will last.

8:08 PM: Via the scanner, we learn the road has just reopened.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend notes http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-6/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-6/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:53:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307338

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Good morning! No trouble spots so far in or from West Seattle. Of note: It’s the last weekday of spring break for Seattle Public Schools and the independent schools that follow its calendar, so traffic volumes will invariably rise on Monday.

WEEKEND NOTES: Biggest traffic alert for the weekend – westbound I-90 lanes have more work this weekend just east of the city, so vehicles will be diverted into the express lanes. Also on the lookahead, SODO notes – the Mariners are at home this weekend, evening games tonight and Saturday, afternoon game Sunday (which is Salute to Armed Forces Day, and that could mean flyovers).

4:37 PM: A crash on the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct this past half-hour has cleared, but some residual backups are reported.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; ferry trouble; our weekly look back http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-thursday-updates-ferry-trouble/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-thursday-updates-ferry-trouble/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:14:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307238

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Nothing of note on the roads so far but we do have a major problem on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry run. Most recent update from WSF:

The Issaquah is out of service for necessary repairs. The 7:05am sailing from Fauntleroy to Vashon and Southworth is cancelled. The following sailings may also be affected until repairs can be made: 7:30am Vashon to Southworth, 7:55am Southworth to Vashon and Fauntleroy.

Please check the online schedule to view sailing times. Updates will occur as information becomes available.

8:01 AM: Aside from the ferry trouble, no incidents. So it’s on with our Throwback Thursday Traffic photo of the week, from the Seattle Municipal Archives. You’ll probably recognize this spot in what’s now The Triangle:

The date: November 1957. The intersection: Fauntleroy/37th. Click the image to go to the Muni Archives page with a larger version of the photo, so you can take a closer look.

8:42 AM: Ferry update – M/V Issaquah is still out and runs are still being canceled – keep watch on the WSF website for the latest.

9:26 AM: WSF says the Issaquah is fixed and is returning to service with “a late 9:20 am departure from Southworth to Vashon and Fauntleroy.”

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-wednesday-updates-24/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-wednesday-updates-24/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:36:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307099

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Good morning. No incidents in or from West Seattle so far this morning. One update on ongoing work:


Construction is scheduled to begin this week on the south side of 47th Avenue SW and SW Waite Street. We anticipated beginning demolition of the southeast and southwest corners as soon as Monday but the work has been slightly delayed. Residents and businesses can now expect demolition at the southeast corner as soon as (today), April 15, and at the southwest corner on Thursday, April 16. The corners will be impacted for approximately two weeks while crews prepare signal pole foundations and pour new curbs and sidewalk. Access to Alki Mail & Dispatch will be maintained at all times.

Corners may be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists during work. People walking and biking will need to follow marked detours or find an alternate route.

As we’ve previously mentioned, there will be a lull of activity between work at the corners of this intersection and installation of the signal. Construction at the intersection will slow down at the end of April while we wait for the delivery of signal equipment. We will continue to keep you informed as more information is available related to installation and configuration of the new signal.

SPEAKING OF ADMIRAL: Watch for our report on last night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, with SDOT’s briefing on two projects – adding bicycle lanes between California and 63rd, and reducing neighborhood speed limits in the WSHS vicinity.

10:26 AM: If you’re heading up from Harbor Avenue to California Avenue, a crash is blocking the uphill lane – thanks to the tipster who texted us. Does not appear from the SFD log that there were serious (if any) injuries.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday alerts and notes http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-tuesday-alerts-transportation-news/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-tuesday-alerts-transportation-news/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:12:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306998

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Welcome to Tuesday, April 14th. No road work alerts for today beyond continuing projects. Speaking of which …

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION TONIGHT: How’s the 47th/Admiral signal/crosswalks project going? You’re likely to find out tonight when ANA meets at 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd/Lander). The agenda also includes SDOT briefings on a future bicycle-lane project along Admiral Way west of California and the 20 mph zone planned in the WSHS area.

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION TONIGHT: JuNO’s 6:30 pm agenda at the Senior Center of West Seattle also includes an SDOT rep, talking about RPZ criteria – of extra interest now in the wake of the citywide parking-study report covered here last night.

Earlier in the day …

CITY COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: 9:30 am at City Hall (or watch live online or on TV via Seattle Channel), with a busy agenda including updates on Bicycle Master Plan Implementation and the Freight Master Plan.

Survey du jour:

QUESTIONS ABOUT METRO: Answer them and be part of an international survey about transit.

Now, on to traffic watch – updates if/when anything of note happens.

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TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Northbound Battery St. Tunnel reopens http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-northbound-battery-st-tunnel-closed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-northbound-battery-st-tunnel-closed/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:03:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306967

2:03 PM: Don’t know yet how long this will last – but heads up if you are heading north: The Alaskan Way Viaduct might be a trouble spot for a while, because the collision shown in SDOT’s tweet has closed the northbound Battery Street Tunnel. No Seattle Fire callout, which likely means no serious injuries, if any. Updates when we get them.

2:20 PM: The Incident Response Team is on scene, says SDOT.

2:42 PM: Open again.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch; the week ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-monday-watch-the-week-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-monday-watch-the-week-ahead/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:12:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306921

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Happy spring break to everyone who’s off this week, and welcome back to everyone who’s been away. Our Monday watch is on. And we are looking ahead:

*This morning’s City Council briefing will include a tunnel-project update around 10:30 am (watch live via Seattle Channel – accompanying documents are linked from the agenda, with lots of charts related to Viaduct settling)
*Tuesday night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting (7 pm, The Sanctuary) will include an SDOT briefing on the early-stage plan for a bicycle lane on Admiral Way between California and 63rd SW. (Also see the document that will be shown to the City Council Transportation Committee earlier in the day.) Plans for a 20 mph speed limit on residential streets around West Seattle High School will be discussed too.
*On Wednesday night, another West Seattle presentation about the draft transportation levy is set for the Delridge District Council meeting (7 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center). Also that night, the agenda for the quarterly Morgan Community Association meeting (7 pm, The Kenney [WSB sponsor]) includes several transportation topics.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch, and a look back http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-thursday-watch-and-a-look-back/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffictransit-today-thursday-watch-and-a-look-back/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:16:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306595

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We’re on watch for Thursday. But first, our weekly feature:

THROWBACK THURSDAY, ROAD EDITION: Thanks to Alan in Highland Park for digging up more historic road views from the Municipal Archives, where we’ve been going lately to get this report into the “Throwback Thursday” online meme. Here’s what part of 9th SW in HPark looked like in 1932:

Click the image to see the page with the largest image of that scene. Alan believes it’s near SW Trenton, looking south, and points to this distinctive house as part of the evidence.

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