West Seattle, Washington
6:35 AM: Thanks for the texts – the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct is blocked, all lanes, by an incident near Seneca. More to come.
6:44 AM: The incident has been described both as a collision and as a vehicle fire. It already has NB 99 backed up all the way past the West Seattle Bridge.
7 AM: SDOT says one northbound lane is now open. Backups stretch to the 1st Avenue S. Bridge, though. Though Metro has not issued an official alert, some buses have rerouted, we’re hearing via comments and Twitter.
7:14 AM: Commenter and texter say the vehicle involved was labeled as being from Cupcake Royale. We haven’t heard whether anyone was hurt.
7:21 AM: If you’re on Delridge, note that two Seattle Fire units are headed to Louisa Boren STEM K-8 school for an automatic fire alarm. **No** word of an actual fire, but just in case you see the response while stuck in bridge/Viaduct-bound traffic and wonder.
7:30 AM: Back on the NB Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle Fire has cleared the scene, and no medic unit was involved, so if anyone was hurt, it wasn’t major. But the lane closures remain.
7:41 AM: The aforementioned fire-alarm call at STEM K-8 has closed, no fire, SFD units back in service. Meantime, on NB I-5 on the north side of downtown, an SFD aid response has blocked a lane, so I-5 as an alternative to 99 has one more challenge right now.
7:44 AM: Metro has now sent an alert about the reroutes that readers have been mentioning:
Transit Alert – Expect service delays on rts 21, 55, 56, 57, 113, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125 & the C Line due to a blockage on SR-99/Seneca St.
— King County Metro 🚌 (@kcmetrobus) October 2, 2017
7:50 AM: The NB I-5 incident has cleared.
8:12 AM: NB 99 has NOT cleared. Here’s the camera we’re watching.
8:20 AM: Looks like a tow truck has shown up at the 99 scene. (Added a few minutes later, screengrab from the SDOT webcam):
8:29 AM: Tow truck’s taken it away. Waiting for word of reopening.
8:32 AM: And that word has just come – all lanes open again – with the caveat about “residual delays.”
8:39 AM: Now that the incident is closed – a reminder that the Viaduct will be *deliberately* closed this weekend for its twice-yearly inspection closure as well as some other work – northbound all weekend (late Friday night to early Monday morning), southbound 5 am-6 pm Saturday and again Sunday (if needed).
9:18 AM: No further incidents. Thanks again to the first person who tipped us to the trouble in the early going – our breaking news hotline, text or voice, 24/7, is 206-293-6302.
9:30 AM: And now … word of a crash on the eastbound bridge, no injuries. Waiting for word on exactly where.
9:36 AM: Looks to be somewhere on the high-rise, per where SDOT is turning one of the bridge cameras.
9:41 AM: From SDOT:
There is a collision on the West Seattle Bridge mid span blocking the left EB lane. Use caution. pic.twitter.com/DdRJF3tyK9
— seattledot (@seattledot) October 2, 2017
9:49 AM: SDOT says the bridge crash has cleared.
10:14 AM: We’re working on a Viaduct followup but in the meantime, via Twitter, we shared a photo by Brian, who was on scene right after the van fire erupted, and also, Cupcake Royale says its driver is OK.
7:54 AM: Thanks for the text – the traffic signal at 35th and Alaska is out. It’s because of a planned power outage in the area, which Kevin had messaged us about minutes earlier. The Seattle City Light map says 134 homes/businesses in the area are without power for “planned work” and expect they’ll have power restored by about 10:30 am. While the signal’s out, meantime, remember that it’s an all-way stop.
11:04 AM: Kevin’s power was back on as of an hour ago but the map still shows the 134-customer outage. We’re headed over to check on the signal.
12:10 PM It’s working.
If you missed the brief mention in today’s morning traffic report – WSDOT has scheduled the next twice-yearly Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closures for next weekend. But this time, it’s a 2-part plan:
–NORTHBOUND Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel is scheduled to be closed all weekend, 11 pm Friday, October 6th, until 5 am Monday, October 9th. In addition to the twice-yearly inspection, parts of this stretch are also scheduled for other projects including utility work.
–SOUTHBOUND Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel is scheduled for closure 5 am to 6 pm each day on Saturday, October 7th, and Sunday, October 8th.
(As always, we’ll be monitoring all this for updates in case the closures end early.)
7:25 AM: Good morning. No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle. Three notes:
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: The fall schedule and fare changes take effect Sunday.
SUNDAY NIGHT WATER TAXI: The West Seattle Water Taxi will run the extended schedule on Sunday because the Seahawks are playing an evening game.
VIADUCT CLOSURE NEXT WEEKEND: Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled to be closed much of next weekend (October 7-8) for its annual inspection as well as other work, according to the weekly Construction Lookahead – we’ll be verifying details later today.
10:31 AM: Speaking of the Viaduct, there’s road work right now on the northbound end at Western, and that’s causing a backup. Also a big crash on southbound I-5 by the West Seattle Bridge exit – avoid SB I-5 through downtown entirely for a while.
7:06 AM: Good morning. So far, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle.
ADMIRAL DISTRICT REPAVING: The repaving work between College and Hill on California SW is scheduled to continue today.
7:02 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.
ADMIRAL DISTRICT REPAVING: We checked yesterday afternoon and the repaving work between College and Hill on California SW has indeed begun; that’ll continue today.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7:30 pm at CenturyLink.
7:32 AM SFD is responding to a car fire reported in the 900 block of SW Austin.
7:02 AM: Good morning – no incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.
One alert: Today’s the day SDOT says paving work on California SW between College and Hill will start.
6:54 AM: Two incidents to report this morning – a crash blocking
westeastbound Sylvan Way SW in the 7100 block [map], and, if you use surface Spokane St. east of West Seattle, it’s blocked at Colorado because of a truck/train collision nearby.
*It’s the first weekday since Metro’s “service change” took effect on Staurday – here’s the plan for routes in our area.
And remember the Columbia/2nd stop downtown has closed and moved (Metro photo added above).
*The fall quarter starts today at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor).
7:12 AM: The truck/train crash affecting surface Spokane St. has been cleared, per scanner.
7:27 AM: SFD has just closed out of the Sylvan Way call.
7:57 AM: SDOT reports a crash at Admiral and 42nd.
Just announced by SDOT – two blocks of California SW will be repaved next week in the Admiral area:
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that crews will be repaving California Ave SW between SW College St and SW Hill St starting Tuesday, September 26 to Friday, September 29.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, beginning Tuesday, September 26, to Friday, September 29, travelers can expect:
*Northbound and southbound traffic on California Ave SW will be reduced to a single lane between SW College St and SW Hill St
*Traffic will alternate in the single open lane
*Flaggers will direct traffic
*Parking will be restricted on California Ave SW in the work zone
*“No Parking” signs will be placed 72 hours prior to start of work
*Driveway access will be maintained but travelers may have to wait up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear
This work is part of the Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program, funded by the Move Seattle Levy. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.
6:59 AM: No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this final morning of summer (the fall equinox is at 1:02 pm, and Alice Enevoldsen‘s seasonal sunset watch is tonight).
*SDOT is scheduled to continue 25th SW paving in North Delridge today.
*Highway 509 repaving work closes lanes all weekend, starting south of here.
7:11 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this rainy morning.
*25th SW paving in North Delridge is scheduled to continue today.
*Reminder that Metro’s next “service change” takes effect Saturday – here’s what happens for routes in our area (plus a reminder of the Columbia/2nd stop closing downtown).
*The Orca Half Marathon will be run between Lincoln Park and Don Armeni Boat Launch on Sunday. Organizers say they will be running on sidewalks and the Alki Trail, and in the parking lane. (Not running? Volunteer!)
7 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far. Reminders:
25TH SW REPAVING: We checked on Tuesday and despite the weather, the project was under way north of Puget Blvd. SW.
7:06 AM: Good morning. One big problem so far this morning – the Battery Street Tunnel is closed because of a crash, so NB 99 is backed up in a big way.
7:27 AM: They’re still working on the tunnel crash, which SPD describes as a “rollover.” NB 5 has had various problems in the early going too, so if you’re headed downtown, your better options will be 1st or 4th, though getting across the bridge to get there will still be a slog.
7:40 AM: SDOT says the crash in the tunnel has been cleared. But beware of “residual backups.” Also, SDOT noted that a vehicle in the right lane waiting to get into the tunnel had stalled … so that might be a factor.
7:47 AM: SDOT says that stalled vehicle has cleared too. Meantime – roads are wet everywhere. Plus, a commenter says the 4th/Lander light in SODO is blinking.
Back here on the peninsula, we don’t know yet if the weather has changed these plans (we’ll go check a bit later this morning), but SDOT’s 25th SW repaving work in North Delridge is scheduled to start today.
8:01 AM: No details but there’s a medical call at 45th/Admiral with one engine on scene.
8:09 AM: If you’re inbound to West Seattle, note that SDOT reports a stalled vehicle on the westbound bridge. Fauntleroy end, per scanner.
8:22 AM: And as commenters are pointing out, the feeder routes are backed up too (the telltale red marks them on the SDOT map, which is always linked in these commute reports, above).
8:47 AM: Crash reported at West Marginal Way SW and Puget Way. Per scanner, it’s a vehicle rolled over on an embankment, everyone out. We’re heading that way.
9:13 AM: No traffic effects on W. Marginal. Pickup is in shrubbery off the road, southbound side.
6:52 AM: Good morning! Wet roads are the big news so far this morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle; though a crew was reported to be dealing with tree trouble on the eastbound Admiral Way hill earlier this morning, the city map shows normal traffic speed in that area now.
7:59 AM: Medical response at 37th/Admiral. Texter says pedestrian is hurt. On our way to check.
8:14 AM: Not there yet but getting messages that most lanes are blocked by the response, so avoid that area (Admiral near the viewpoint atop the hill to/from the bridge) for now. The SFD log shows two of its units are still on scene.
8:33 AM: Just arrived. Police can only tell us that one man was injured and is being taken to Harborview Medical Center. Apparently not life-threatening because the Traffic Collision Investigation team is not being called out, and police say they expect to clear the scene – which currently has one downhill lane blocked – within 15 minutes or so.
11:34 AM: SFD tells us that the victim is “a homeless male in his 70s (who) suffered serious injuries to head and leg.”
4:14 PM: In comments, the victim’s daughter-in-law says he is not homeless, and also is hoping to hear from witnesses.
5:10 PM: And another crash, this one affecting traffic headed back from the Seahawks game, among other westbound travelers – thanks to the reader who tipped us; Seattle Fire has just been dispatched to the westbound bridge, Fauntleroy end, before Walking On Logs. It’s reported to be a one-car crash; no word on whether anyone’s hurt.
5:15 PM: Per scanner, no one’s hurt, but it’ll take a bit to clear because the vehicle is sideways “blocking 1 1/2 lanes.”
5:30 PM: And now SDOT reports a crash on the southbound 99 ramp to the westbound WS Bridge.
6:10 PM: SDOT says the crash on the Fauntleroy end of the westbound bridge is now clear.
4:41 PM: If you have to get onto the eastbound West Seattle Bridge any time soon, don’t head toward the Delridge Way onramp – there’s a two-car crash. No injuries, per scanner, so the Seattle Fire response will be clearing soon, but they’re asking for SPD to help with traffic.
4:58 PM: SDOT says the ramp crash has been cleared.
Just in from SDOT:
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that paving work along 25th Ave SW between SW Hudson St and Puget Blvd SW will begin on Tuesday, September 19 through Friday, September 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.
What to expect:
*Parking will be restricted.
*72 hours before the work starts and parking restrictions begin, “NO PARKING” signs will be placed on the street.
*Traffic will have slight delays during operation hours.
*You may enter and exit driveways, but you may have to wait up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear.
*25th SW will be Closed during construction.
*Overnight Parking will be limited.
*25th SW will remain closed 24 hours a day till construction is finished. Please use alternate route during construction.
7:01 AM: Good morning. We start with a crash on Highway 99 northbound, north of the West Seattle Bridge, blocking one lane.
7:21 AM: SDOT now says the crash is blocking two lanes, and Metro warns of delays in bus routes that use 99:
Transit Alert – Expect delays on rts 21, 37, 55, 56, 57, 113, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125 & C Line due to blockage on NB SR-99 near S Lander St.
— King County Metro 🚌 (@kcmetrobus) September 15, 2017
7:35 AM: SDOT says the 99 crash has been cleared to the shoulder, and all lanes are open. The residual backup, though, will persist a while.
7:44 AM: Reader reports a crash near the crest of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. So in summary – if you’re heading out and can wait, do!
7:52 AM: SDOzt says that has just cleared.
7:03 AM: Good morning. No incidents in or from West Seattle so far. Some alerts and reminders:
ROAD-WORK ALERT TODAY: Continuing today, lane closures for SW 106th/107th reconfiguration work between 16th and 27th.
TRIANGLE TASK FORCE TODAY: The task force that’s been working with Washington State Ferries on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route meets today, 4:30-7 pm, at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), all welcome.
ROAD-WORK ALERT FOR THIS WEEKEND: Another reminder that WSDOT is resuming repaving work on Highway 509 south of West Seattle and lane closures are planned all weekend.
METRO SERVICE CHANGE: Here’s what will change on routes in our area September 23rd.
9:04 AM: Though the heart of the commute is over, we do report on incidents with significant traffic effects 24/7, so if you see/hear about one – and are not behind the wheel – please text or call our hotline, 206-293-6302 – thank you!
9:38 AM: Thanks to Sue for the heads-up via Twitter – crash blocking multiple lanes on the Alaskan Way Viaduct:
Collision on SR99 NB at Seneca St blocking two right NB lanes. Use caution and expect delays. pic.twitter.com/rcwJESpwnU
— seattledot (@seattledot) September 14, 2017
8:41 PM: Police investigating a crash have blocked northbound 35th SW between Avalon and Fauntleroy, so if you’re headed that way, plan on a detour. Tipster Barb says this is a hit-run, with a vehicle taking off after sideswiping a van (and reportedly leaving a plate behind). We’re headed that way to find out more.
8:56 PM: Our crew at the scene sent the photo we’ve added above. That’s the van the hit-run driver damaged. Everyone inside is OK. Police confirm they do indeed have that left-behind plate and are looking for the vehicle’s owner.
9:52 PM: The SDOT camera for the intersection shows the road’s open again.
6:34 AM: Good morning. If you use 15th SW south of Roxbury, including via bus, note that a big early-morning fire response was still blocking the road as of just after 6 am. We’ll be checking back on that after sunrise. Otherwise, no incidents in/from West Seattle and vicinity.
ROAD-WORK ALERT TODAY: SW 106th/107th reconfiguration between 16th and 27th continues today.
ROAD-WORK ALERT FOR THIS WEEKEND: WSDOT is resuming repaving work on Highway 509 south of here and will have lane closures all weekend.
6:46 AM: Metro says 15th SW is open again.
8:06 AM: Eastbound bridge trouble reported by comment and text – thanks! Bus lane reported blocked by cars/bus collision. Also, SDOT reports a crash on NB 99 at Lander.
8:46 PM: Thanks to @baritoneblogger for the tip and photo via Twitter – a crash in the 3800 block of Delridge Way is blocking northbound traffic from getting to the West Seattle Bridge onramp, so if you are headed for the bridge, try another route.
9:01 PM: Our crew has gone to the scene and advises avoiding Delridge/Andover and Delridge just north of Andover, which is blocked both ways – a pole is down. The driver who hit it is OK.
9:36 PM: From SDOT:
UPDATE: The westbound West Seattle Bridge exit to Delridge Way is closed due to a crash on Delridge Way SW. Use alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/vUGHW6l53G
— seattledot (@seattledot) September 13, 2017
9:59 PM: Thanks to Patrick O’Connor for sending the next two photos – another look at the car, plus the pole that was hit:
We will update when the closures are over.
11:43 PM: SDOT says the bridge offramp is open again, which means Delridge has reopened. And James Thornton sent this photo of the car being towed.
6:52 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning. One road-work alert for the area: Lane reconfiguration on SW 106th/107th between 17th SW and 26th SW, starting at 7 am today, though King County Roads promises no lane closures before 8 am. Details in our preview.
TRANSIT ALERT: Route 113 did not operate its 6:27 am run and won’t run its 7:39 am run either, says Metro.