West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:20:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates/alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffictransit-today-thursday-updatesalerts-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffictransit-today-thursday-updatesalerts-3/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:15:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302856

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Heading into the heart of the commute – no major glitches, just the usual slow spots.

TIME CHANGE ALERT: With the weekend in view, it’s time to start talking about what’s ahead. Saturday night/Sunday morning at 2 am, it’ll become 3 am – time to “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday on the move; tunnel machine goes as far as it’s going, for now http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffictransit-today-wednesday-on-the-move-10/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffictransit-today-wednesday-on-the-move-10/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:59:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302779

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:59 AM: Good morning – clear and cold to start the day; no surprises on the outbound roads so far.

7:15 AM: Since it’s quiet, we took a look at the camera showing the Highway 99 tunnel-machine continuing to advance into its rescue pit:

You can see the newest view any time here. No formal update from WSDOT yet this week.

ADDED 10:25 AM: Didn’t realize when we grabbed that image that the machine has now reached the point where it’s stopping for repairs. WSDOT has since published this update, saying the “disassembly process will likely take weeks.”

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates & road-work reminders http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-road-work-reminders/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-road-work-reminders/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:04:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302670

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning. No reports of trouble in this area so far. One more reminder of the road projects now ongoing:

*Delridge/Andover/23rd – safety improvements
*Delridge/Orchard – ongoing utility work
*15th/Roxbury – underground fiber
*Fauntleroy ferry terminal – north lane closed for work at adjacent pump station

7:42 AM: Via Twitter, Sue reports what seems to be a sunshine slowdown on the high bridge; still quiet otherwise. If you know someone who lost their keys, by the way, there’s a “found” notice in the WSB Forums – keys found near 35th/Thistle.

9:15 AM: Jana reports a crash on the shoulder on the eastbound incline of the high bridge, and also that ramp traffic in general is still backed up.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; road-work reminders http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffictransit-today-monday-updates-road-work-reminders/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffictransit-today-monday-updates-road-work-reminders/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:56:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302561

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning and welcome to the first weekday in March. No trouble spots reported so far but we do have road-work reminders for projects that were previously announced as starting today (we’ll be checking later):

-Delridge/Andover/23rd safety improvements – details here
-15th/Roxbury lane closures for fiber installation – details here
-Lane closure at Fauntleroy dock for Barton Pump Station Upgrade next door – details here

METRO FARE CHANGES NOW IN EFFECT: Sunday was the first day of the new fares for Metro – a 25-cent increase in regular fares, and the availability of the new ORCA LIFT reduced fare for those who qualify.

8:28 AM: Still uneventful. One “in case you missed it” link – our full report from the West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting is up, with details including the new SDOT transit-division director Paulo Nunes-Ueno‘s conversation with WSTC, and other updates. Read it here.

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Traffic alert: Highway 99 closure north of downtown this morning http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffic-alert-highway-99-closure-north-of-downtown-this-morning/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/traffic-alert-highway-99-closure-north-of-downtown-this-morning/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:13:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302485 One more reminder in case you’re heading north this morning: Highway 99 is scheduled to be closed both ways from the Battery Street Tunnel to N. 47th for the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, 6 am-11 am.

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Traffic alert: If you are heading to the Eastside this weekend … http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffic-alert-if-you-are-heading-to-the-eastside-this-weekend/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffic-alert-if-you-are-heading-to-the-eastside-this-weekend/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:48:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302397 Even with our every-weekday-morning traffic watches, we somehow managed to miss the alerts about this weekend’s eastbound I-90 closure – explained by WSDOT here:

The resulting backup/slow going from the eastbound bridge to northbound I-5 to (and on) eastbound I-90 caught us by surprise as we headed out to Bellevue to cover the Seattle Lutheran HS boys’ basketball postseason game. All vehicles are routed onto the express lanes, and that added 15+ minutes until the logjam broke just past the Mount Baker Tunnel. So in short: Eastbound I-90 is not completely closed, but it’s constricted for the weekend, and you’ll want to allow extra time.

P.S. And remember one more alert we HAVE shared a few times – 6-11 am Sunday, Highway 99 is closed at the Battery Street Tunnel and northward because of the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K

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West Seattle/White Center traffic alert: 15th/Roxbury work next week http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattlewhite-center-traffic-alert-15throxbury-work-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattlewhite-center-traffic-alert-15throxbury-work-next-week/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:26:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302263 Followup on a traffic alert mentioned in our daily transportation watch: It started with a tip from Erika, after a sign went up on Roxbury warning of lane closures all next week, and led us to both the city and county transportation departments to get details. We finally have the full explanation from KCDOT: 200 feet of underground fiber-optic installation starting next Monday “will require the closure of one southbound through lane on 15th Avenue SW north of Roxbury and a northbound left turn lane on 15th Avenue SW at Roxbury. Work is planned 9 am to 3 pm weekdays March 2 through March 6.” That’s in addition to other installation work in White Center that’s not likely to affect traffic that much; those details are on our partner site White Center Now.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates & weekend reminders http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-weekend-reminders-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffictransit-today-friday-updates-weekend-reminders-2/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:56:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302219

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning; watch for major puddles this morning after the all-night rainfall. Looking ahead to the weekend and beyond:


SUNDAY MORNING 99 CLOSURE: Just north of downtown, for the Hot Chocolate 5K/15Kdetails here.

Road work reminders, continuing/starting next week:

DELRIDGE/ORCHARD: The utility work on the east side of the intersection will bring traffic to a full stop for intervals, Seattle Public Utilities announced in an update yesterday.

DELRIDGE/ANDOVER: Monday is the newest start date for this work to boost safety at the north end of Delridge.

LANE CLOSURE ON ROXBURY EAST OF 16TH: Thanks to Erika for spotting the sign warning of a lane closure on Roxbury next Monday-Friday. By day’s end yesterday, we had heard back from SDOT, saying it’s a county permit issued for a fiber contractor, and we’re still tracking details of which lane(s) and when.

7:41 AM: Traffic alert for an aid call at 24th/Thistle, near Chief Sealth International High School. One SFD engine. No details so far.

7:57 AM: That call has closed. No current trouble spots around our area.

8:11 AM: And that has changed – thanks to the person who just called (thank you! 206-293-6302 any time, text or voice) to report a car stalled in the bus lane on Avalon Way.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Delridge/Orchard work intensifies http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridgeorchard-work-intensifies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridgeorchard-work-intensifies/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:24:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302156 Update this morning on traffic effects of the Seattle Public Utilities project at Delridge/Orchard – the next two weeks will see some road closures in addition to ongoing lane closures:

Seattle Public Utilities is continuing sewer improvements along SW Orchard Street between Delridge Way SW and Dumar Way SW. Excavation and installation work is underway and will take several months to complete. Work will occur from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday east of the intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Orchard Street.

The work will require the closure of the westbound lane on SW Orchard Street (east of Delridge Way SW). The lane will remain closed Monday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. through the end of April, and will be opened to traffic after non-work hours. During the closure, all westbound traffic will be diverted to the eastbound lane with the assistance of a traffic flagger.

Starting February 26th, and continuing for two weeks, SW Orchard Street between Delridge Way SW and Dumar Way SW will be fully closed to traffic intermittently for 15 minute intervals during work hours to allow for delivery of materials.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates/alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffictransit-today-thursday-updatesalerts-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffictransit-today-thursday-updatesalerts-2/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:59:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302142

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Heading into the heart of the morning commute, no problems reported on West Seattle roads or the major outbound paths.

ROAD WORK: We don’t have a report from the area so far today but Don Brubeck reports work was under way Wednesday on East Marginal Way S, south of Spokane St., “to widen the street to make a short stretch of bike path through the narrow area under the Spokane St Viaduct ramps. Another step in SDOT’s interim traffic safety improvements for East Marginal Way S. Good for people riding bikes from south of Spokane St, and for people on bikes taking the left at the light at Spokane from the WS Bridge trail, where there is now a push button for the light.”

TALKING TRANSIT TONIGHT: West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s monthly meeting is at 6:30 pm, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), with SDOT’s new Transit Division head Paulo Nunes-Ueno.

8:06 AM NOTE: Just took a spin around the “live video” views via the city map (dropdown on the lower right, West Seattle and Greater Duwamish views). Things look to be moving well except for the usual chokepoints (exit lane to 99, exit lane to northbound I-5).

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates/alerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffictransit-today-wednesday-updatesalerts-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffictransit-today-wednesday-updatesalerts-3/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:40:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302067

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6:40 AM: So far, nothing out of the ordinary on the routes through/from West Seattle.

7:59 AM: In the comments – some slowdowns on two Delridge spots this past half-hour. At Orchard, it’s the ongoing Seattle Public Utilities work.

ADDED 8:32 AM – TRANSPORTATION NEWS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: Three links from Tuesday – the dates are set for the next meetings on how 35th SW might be changed to be made safer; what SDOT’s director Scott Kubly told the City Council Transportation Committee about that and other projects of West Seattle interest; if you cross the bay by water, check out the brand-new Water Taxi Watch.

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Traffic alert: 2-week lane closure ahead at Fauntleroy terminal http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffic-alert-2-week-lane-closure-ahead-at-fauntleroy-terminal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffic-alert-2-week-lane-closure-ahead-at-fauntleroy-terminal/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302024

Heads up for Fauntleroy ferry-terminal users and people who drive/ride/walk in the area: The wrapping-up-soon Barton Pump Station Upgrade Project just north of the terminal will close the north lane at the terminal for two weeks around the clock, starting next Monday (March 2nd). It’s “to enable construction on a retaining wall,” says Annie Kolb-Nelson from King County, adding: “Flaggers will be onsite during busy commute times to guide traffic.” P.S. Full details are on the newest flyer.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; Admiral Way paving http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-admiral-way-paving/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-admiral-way-paving/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:43:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301989

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Good morning. No trouble spots in our vicinity so far. One big road-work reminder:

ADMIRAL WAY PAVING: SDOT will be working between Olga and 34th, starting around 7 am, just south of Admiral Way Viewpoint. They’re hoping to finish the work in just one day, according to the update we published Monday, and expect to keep one lane open each way.

Looking further ahead:

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE ON SUNDAY MORNING: One more thing to add to the lookahead list we included here yesterday – the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K will close part of Highway 99 just north of downtown for a few hours on Sunday morning. Details are in this update from SDOT.

7:11 AM: Checking travel times from the city map – these are from the Admiral Way hill:

SR-99 Offramp 4 min.
1st Ave Offramp 5 min.
4th Ave Offramp 6 min.
I-5 NB/SB 6 min.
Stadiums via 1st Ave 8 min.
Stadiums via 4th Ave 10 min.
South Lake Union 14 min
Lower Queen Anne 16 min.
Green Lake via SR-99 21 min.
Ballard 22 min.
Shoreline via SR-99 27 min.

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West Seattle traffic-alert update: Dump truck & spilled dirt cleared after blocking eastbound ramp from Harbor/Avalon for 3 hours http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-traffic-alert-dump-truck-trouble-at-harboravalon-rapidride-rerouted/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-traffic-alert-dump-truck-trouble-at-harboravalon-rapidride-rerouted/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:32:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301937

3:32 PM: Thanks to the texter (2062936302 any time!) who sent this photo of a dump-truck problem where Harbor Avenue meets the bridge. They note – as the photo shows – that vehicles are “squeezing by” to the right of the spill; we haven’t heard an emergency dispatch on this yet, but if you’re headed that way, be forewarned. And just as we finish typing this, we’re getting a Metro alert that RapidRide C Line and Route 21 are rerouted off Avalon because of this.

4:34 PM: Metro says the reroutes are still in effect. We’re going to go see how cleanup is going.

5:10 PM: Avoid Avalon northbound for a while longer. Truck has been righted, dirt is being scooped up, but the Avalon/Harbor onramp toward the eastbound bridge remains blocked and traffic is backing up intermittently. The outbound buses are detouring onto Yancy.

6:46 PM: Metro has just texted that the 21 and C Line are back on their regular routes, indicating the ramp has reopened after 3+ hours. This isn’t the first truck to get in trouble at this spot – we found a few other incidents in the archives, like this one.

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Followup: Admiral Way paving project might only take one day http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/followup-admiral-way-paving-project-might-only-take-one-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/followup-admiral-way-paving-project-might-only-take-one-day/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:45:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301927 Update from SDOT on this week’s Admiral Way paving work (reported here Friday thanks to a neighbor tip): We asked SDOT spokesperson Marybeth Turner about the plan; her reply: “SDOT paving crews plan to work tomorrow on Admiral Way between 34th Avenue SW and SW Olga Street from 7 am to 7 pm. They will repair areas of the street where pavement is deteriorating. At least one lane in each direction will remain open. They hope to complete the work in one day.”

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