West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle traffic alerts http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:56:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: What’s in view for Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-whats-in-view-for-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-whats-in-view-for-monday/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:16:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287194

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Welcome to a brand-new week. The traffic watch is on. And so is the look ahead:

OVERNIGHT HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: If it’s not canceled for weather or another reason, work is scheduled overnight tonight on southbound 99, closing that side of the highway between our bridge and the stadium zone, 10 pm-5 am.

METRO REMINDER: The September service change took effect on Saturday. No West Seattle routes were among the cuts/reductions, but if you transfer to/from other routes, you might want to doublecheck the list.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: The West Seattle Transportation Coalition is starting its second year with a list of 5 priorities it believes the city could and should address ASAP … ICYMI over the weekend – dog rescued on the bridge!

7:52 AM: Thanks to everyone in comments (also Lise and Maggie via Twitter) for word of the broken-down RapidRide bus on the eastbound bridge. Maggie also points out that WS buses have extra passengers this morning because the Vashon Water Taxi is out of service (mechanical trouble with Melissa Ann).

8:00 AM: SDOT says the stalled bus is cleared now (but as always, residual backups will take a while to clear).

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West Seattle traffic alert: Crash by Lincoln Park, motorcycle rider hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-by-lincoln-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-by-lincoln-park/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:05:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286994

(WSB photo tweet, substituted for traffic cam that originally was atop this report)
4:05 PM: Traffic alert for Fauntleroy Way alongside Lincoln Park, north of the ferry terminal – emergency crews are at the scene of what’s reported to be a motorcycle-car collision. Emergency radio communication describes the rider (added: a 52-year-old man) as having been thrown off his motorcycle after hitting the car, but not having lost consciousness. A Seattle Fire medic unit is arriving to take the rider to a hospital. This is in the southbound lanes, heading toward the dock, so if you have to head in that direction, we’d suggest waiting a while.

4:18 PM: Police have just allowed some northbound traffic through, but southbound (toward the ferry terminal) is still described as snarled, and people are reported to be using side streets, trying to get to the ferry dock any way they can.

4:24 PM: Coordination efforts are continuing, to try to move some traffic through the area. The victim, meantime, is en route to Harborview.

4:46 PM: An officer is directing traffic by the south parking lot to help keep things moving.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: First Friday of fall http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-first-friday-of-fall/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-first-friday-of-fall/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:25:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286951

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The morning traffic watch is on.

In the looking-ahead department, here’s the SDOT roundup of this weekend’s big, potentially traffic-affecting events. On Highway 99, more overnight closures are scheduled for the week ahead, weather permitting.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; Highland Park Way, Shorewood crashes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-thursday-updates-19/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-thursday-updates-19/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:12:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286822

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Another rainy morning, and slow going so far. A crash on the ramp from the eastbound bridge to southbound I-5 is reported to be contributing to slowdowns, partly blocking the ramp, though there’s no medic response, so apparently no injuries.

ROAD WORK: Today was announced as the day SDOT would close the inside lane on the eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct after the morning commute for repairs – but work is often postponed when it rains, so we’ll be checking on its status.

7:53 AM: Texter reports a crash at 28th and 106th, possibly involving a school bus. We’re sending a crew to check it out. Meantime, the earlier crash on the ramp to southbound I-5 has cleared out of the travel lanes.

8:14 AM: The collision involves a car and Highline Public Schools bus and is in the middle of the intersection.

No injuries on the bus, we’re told; another bus has arrived for the kids to transfer onto. The driver of the car is being checked out. The scene should clear soon, as tow crews are arriving.

8:32 AM: If you’re just leaving, be forewarned – “bridge bad again,” reports commenter Jovan.

9:06 AM: A crash is reported on Highland Park Way hill. Haven’t yet heard which direction. (added) Just after typing that, we received a text saying two cars are in the ditch and the road is reduced to one lane going downhill. SFD is sending a second engine. Thanks as always for traffic tips – but of course, please only text/call us – 206-293-6302 – when it’s safe to do so (if you’re a passenger, OR once you’ve arrived at your destination).

(Photo added – thanks to Meg; note the vehicle off the road at left)
9:15 AM: Per scanner, Highland Park Way hill is closed in the uphill direction for now. We’d advise avoiding the hill entirely until there’s word the crash is clear.

9:49 AM: As Kam notes in comments, the hill is closed both ways now – they had let a few buses through, but then shut it down entirely – and scanner discussions indicate there’s a significant oil slick, so cleanup is likely to take a while.

11:26 AM: Per scanner, Highland Park Way hill has reopened, after cleanup, towing, etc.

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Traffic notes: Crash south of 1st Ave. S. Bridge; tonight’s Highway 99 closure canceled http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/road-work-update-tonights-highway-99-closure-canceled/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/road-work-update-tonights-highway-99-closure-canceled/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:39:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286702 NEW, 5:09 PM: Since we already have a traffic note atop the page, we’re adding this: If you use the First Avenue South Bridge, beware – a rollover crash is reported south of the bridge, in the southbound lanes. Only one lane reported blocked for starters, but that was before the major emergency response headed that way. (added) One person was in the vehicle, and is reported to be inhurt.

EARLIER TRAFFIC NOTE, 4:39 PM: Update from the road-work plan mentioned in this morning’s traffic watch: Because of the rain, WSDOT has canceled its plan to fully close northbound Highway 99 between the bridge and the stadiums overnight tonight. (You might still encounter lane closures, though.)

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Rainy Tuesday updates; ‘Fauntleroy Boulevard’ open house tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-rainy-tuesday-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-rainy-tuesday-updates/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:58:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286613

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Wet roads now that the rain’s arrived, but no major problems overall on West Seattle-area routes.

OVERNIGHT HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURES: WSDOT’s schedule for this week continues:

Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 25
Crews will close all lanes of northbound SR 99 between South Spokane and South Atlantic streets, and the eastbound South Spokane Street ramp to northbound SR 99, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Crews will close up to two lanes of southbound SR 99 between South Atlantic and South Spokane streets from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99 between South Atlantic and South Spokane streets, and the Columbia Street on-ramp to southbound SR 99, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

‘FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD’ OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT: The city is almost midway through design for major changes to Fauntleroy Way between the bridge and SW Alaska, in the “Fauntleroy Boulevard” project; the mayor’s budget, unveiled yesterday, includes $500,000 to finish the design. Tonight, 5-7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California), drop in and offer comments/ask questions at a key stage in the process, after taking a closer look at what’s planned so far.

4:42 PM: Note that tonight’s overnight Highway 99 closure has been canceled because of the rain.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-monday-on-the-move-8/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-monday-on-the-move-8/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:59:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286515

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! No trouble so far on West Seattle-area routes.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), which means more traffic around/to/from its campus at 6000 16th SW.

OVERNIGHT HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURES: WSDOT has announced closures each of the next 4 nights:

Monday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Sept. 24
Crews will close all lanes of southbound SR 99 between South Atlantic and South Spokane streets, and the Columbia Street on-ramp to southbound SR 99, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 25
Crews will close all lanes of northbound SR 99 between South Spokane and South Atlantic streets, and the eastbound South Spokane Street ramp to northbound SR 99, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Crews will close up to two lanes of southbound SR 99 between South Atlantic and South Spokane streets from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

7:24 AM: Text report of a stalled Route 131 bus on Highland Park Way downhill, with passengers off the bus. Also, commenter “Trickycoolj” reports that the early trouble on northbound I-5 in Southcenter – a late end to an overnight closure for City Light work – has added traffic to Highway 99 northbound. The closure is over now, but the residual effects aren’t.

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West Seattle road work: More repairs for Spokane Street Viaduct http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-road-work-more-repairs-for-spokane-street-viaduct/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-road-work-more-repairs-for-spokane-street-viaduct/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:10:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286311 Announced late today by SDOT, more repair work is ahead for the surface of the Spokane Street Viaduct. Next Thursday (September 25th), the inside (left) eastbound lane will be closed 10 am-2 pm to fix “spalls” between the Highway 99 overpass and the 4th Avenue exit.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday! Current views plus the look ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-friday-current-views-plus-the-look-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-friday-current-views-plus-the-look-ahead/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:07:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286232

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
We’re headed into the last weekend of what’s still technically summer.

PARKing DAY TODAY: As we’ve been reporting, it’s PARKing Day, and two of the 50 temporary in-the-street mini-parks in the city will be in West Seattle, one in front of Husky Deli and Mashiko in The Junction, one in front of Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village, both 9 am-3 pm. See the citywide map here.

CITYWIDE WEEKEND ALERTS: From the Susan G. Komen 3-Day leaving Memorial Stadium downtown early this morning (good luck, everybody!) to the Seahawks game on Sunday, citywide notes are in this roundup from SDOT.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Published here since the last traffic watch – Transportation triple bill @ Delridge District Council … WSB’s Christopher Boffoli on the tunnel tourMurray CSO excavation followup – where IS all that dirt being taken (etc.)?

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch; transportation news notes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-thursday-watch-transportation-news-notes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-thursday-watch-transportation-news-notes/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:03:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286086

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Thursday’s commute is on. We start with notes:

WATCH OUT FOR TRUCKS: As reported here last night, the county says excavation will start today at the sewer-overflow-control project across from Lowman Beach, and for several months, that means up to 55 truck trips a day on two stretches of road.

ROAD WORK: If everything is according to SDOT schedule, East Marginal Way paving north of the bridge continues today, and Highway 99 lane closures continue overnight tonight.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS NOTES: If you missed our coverage of Metro’s newest budget outlook – projecting fewer cuts in the long run – see it hereWashington State Ferries sends the reminder that its fall schedule takes effect Sunday.

9:04 AM UPDATE: Thanks to Don Brubeck from West Seattle Bike Connections for this photo of the work on East Marginal:

Don says, “Here is a shot of the paving work in progress on East Marginal Way South, north of South Hanford St. Crews are removing the curving RR tracks and ties. This is another good step by SDOT for safety for bike riders – the curving cracks caused by the buried tracks are a hazard. It should help the paving last longer, too. Maybe until a real roadbed reconstruction is done to actually hold up to heavy truck traffic on the poor fill soils.”

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday on the move http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/wednesday-traffic-watch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/wednesday-traffic-watch/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:09:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285956

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Another quiet start to the commute. Rainy weather is forecast tonight, though, so tomorrow might be a little trickier.

ROAD WORK: Today is the first of two days scheduled for East Marginal Way paving north of the bridge. … We just double-confirmed with WSDOT that tonight’s Highway 99 closure is CANCELED, though as of this writing it’s still on their website. (Thanks to Metro for noting the cancellation in a general text alert yesterday.)

TRANSPORTATION NEWS NOTES: 10 am today, Metro/county officials plan a media briefing about what’ll be in County Executive Dow Constantine‘s budget proposal next week regarding transit. … 7 pm tonight, the monthly Delridge District Council meeting at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center includes three transportation-related guests – Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, newly confirmed SDOT director Scott Kubly.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-19/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-19/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:02:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285841

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
All’s well so far on routes from/through West Seattle.

ROAD WORK: Nightly work on Highway 99 north of the West Seattle Bridge continues – tonight, lane closures in both directions, 9 pm-5 am, and the exit to 99 from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge will also be closed. … Tomorrow is the first of two days for East Marginal Way paving north of the bridge.

HAPPENING TONIGHT: While the official city “open house” meeting about the Fauntleroy Boulevard project is one week from tonight, if you have questions but can’t go, you can get a sneak preview at tonight’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting, with SDOT reps for the project on the agenda. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).

7:54 AM: Kerry tweets that the bridge is “backed up to 35th.” Kerry’s later update: Traffic-enforcement officer’s in view at the offramp to 99.

8:53 AM: Heavy-rescue call in the 7900 block of 9th SW – we’re en route. SFD describes it as “car into a building with the smell of natural gas” and says everyone is out OK. (Note: Full coverage of the incident is here.)

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Mid-September Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-mid-september-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/traffictransit-today-mid-september-monday/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:12:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285758

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! No traffic alerts at the moment, so we start the week with a look ahead:

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURES: Every night this week, some stretch of 99 north of the West Seattle Bridge will be partly or fully closed. Tonight (Monday night-Tuesday morning), lane closures are expected between here and Atlantic St. in the stadium zone, both directions, 9 pm-5 am, and the exit to 99 from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge will also be closed.

EAST MARGINAL WAY PAVING THIS WEEK: In case you missed the announcement toward the end of last week, work on this stretch north of the West Seattle Bridge is expected Wednesday-Thursday.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Junction streets have reopened http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-junction-streets-have-reopened/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-junction-streets-have-reopened/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285719

Just in case you’re wondering – streets in The Junction are open to traffic and parking again; the West Seattle Car Show load-out and cleanup is wrapped up. Our as-it-happened coverage is here; we’ll be adding the winners list/photos this evening. Next street-closing event in The Junction will be the Harvest Festival, six weeks from today, on Sunday, October 26th.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Taxi fire at Olson/3rd http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-taxi-fire-at-olson3rd/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-traffic-alert-taxi-fire-at-olson3rd/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:48:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285485

(Added: Photo, courtesy of Jason)
7:48 PM: Traffic alert for the east end of Roxbury – Seattle Fire crews are handling a “car fire” call at Olson/3rd (map) that’s described on the scanner as a “taxicab on fire.” Not sure how it’s affecting traffic yet, but we’re checking it out.

8:04 PM: Fire’s out. Affected the front end of a cab that’s in the outside lane of the uphill (southwestward) side of the Olson hill, so traffic headed toward White Center is affected more than downhill/outbound. No injuries reported.

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