West Seattle, Washington
6:59 AM: Welcome to sunny Tuesday! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
ADMIRAL ALERT: If you didn’t see this when we published it last night … what one resident described as a “sinkhole” is blocked off in the main eastbound travel lane on Admiral Way near 57th.
ORIGINAL REPORT, MONDAY, MAY 8TH: Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent that photo, saying SDOT just blocked off a “sinkhole” right in the middle of the uphill (eastbound) travel lane on Admiral Way at 57th. We don’t know if a crew will be working on it tonight – if not, we’ll check on it first thing in the morning.
UPDATED FRIDAY, MAY 12TH: After noticing last night that it wasn’t fixed yet, we asked SDOT today about the repair plan. At day’s end, they said the hole was scheduled for repair today; we drove by tonight and indeed, it has been.
6:55 AM: Good morning! No traffic incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
If you are passing Fauntleroy/Alaska and notice a Seattle Fire response outside Spruce/LA Fitness, with people standing outside, it’s a fire-alarm call but no fire. According to this photo tweeted by Cami, the units are on 39th SW so not affecting the arterials.
BRIDGE CLOSURE: Crews are back to working the westbound bridge for streetlight repair as of early today – we’ll be checking to verify whether another closure is planned tonight.
7:15 AM: The aforementioned SFD call at Spruce has closed, which means it’s over and all units have left.
8:05 AM: WSDOT reports a crash on the NB 1st Ave S bridge, right lane.
Quick note if you are a late-night/early-morning West Seattle Bridge user – the closures on the west end for streetlight work that started this past Monday night will continue on Sunday night (May 7th), according to an update from SDOT, and crews will be back to closing the westbound west end of the bridge this time. They’re scheduled to start detouring westbound traffic onto the Delridge exit at 8 pm Sunday, ending by 5 am Monday.
6:59 AM: Good morning! Much-better weather this morning. But there’s one outbound problem – on NB I-5 downtown, the left lane is closed near Seneca, and that’s backing things up.
BRIDGE CLOSURES: The overnight closures for streetlight work have now moved to the eastbound side of the west end of the West Seattle Bridge.
STADIUM ZONE: This weekend’s lineup – Mariners are home vs. Texas at 7:10 tonight, 6:10 Saturday night, 1:10 pm Sunday; Sounders FC plays at home vs. Toronto at noon Saturday.
7:20 AM: If you use East Marginal south of the West Seattle Bridge, SDOT warns that the light at Hudson is flashing and that’s leading to backups stretching to the 1st Avenue South Bridge. They are sending a crew.
7:25 AM: The NB I-5 problem at Seneca is cleared, WSDOT says. Long residual backups, though.
7:55 AM: New trouble. Multiple-vehicle (6 or 7, says a reader) crash on the eastbound bridge approaching the crest, reportedly blocking the transit lane.
8:05 AM: SDOT says the East Marginal/Hudson light is back to normal.
8:48 AM: No update on the bridge crash, but if you are coming into West Seattle on the westbound bridge, SDOT reports a stalled vehicle is blocking one of the turn lanes to southbound 35th SW.
8:55 AM: SDOT now confirms the bridge crash has cleared.
9:07 AM: And the 35th/Fauntleroy problem has cleared too.
9:57 AM: One more weekend alert – eastbound I-90 work will add a lot of time if you’re heading that way – here are the details from WSDOT.
6:45 AM: Good morning. Fog is the big factor this morning. The Water Taxi is running late because of it, according to an alert a few minutes ago.
OVERNIGHT BRIDGE CLOSURE: SDOT is scheduled to set to start at 9 pm tonight, close the west end of the West Seattle Bridge again tonight, ~9 pm-5 am, for streetlight work.
STADIUM ZONE: 7:10 pm, Mariners are home again vs. Angels.
7:19 AM: Washington State Ferries says the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is 15-20 minutes behind because of the fog.
8:33 AM: The delays are now up to almost an hour.
6:59 AM: Good morning! Again this morning, we start without any incidents in or from our area.
BRIDGE CLOSURE SCHEDULED AGAIN TONIGHT: The third overnight closure for streetlight work on the westbound west end of the high bridge is set to start at 9 pm tonight, and we’ll be checking with SDOT to verify that.
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners are home vs. the Angels again tonight at 7:10 pm.
6:54 AM: Good morning. No incidents in or from West Seattle.
BRIDGE CLOSURE AGAIN TONIGHT: The second overnight closure for streetlight work on the westbound west end of the high bridge is set to start at 9 pm tonight. Here again are the details from SDOT.
8:01 AM: Still no incidents in the area. Stadium-zone reminder for tonight: The Mariners are starting a home stand, playing the Angels at 7:10 pm at The Safe.
6:51 AM: Good morning. No incidents in or from West Seattle right now, but two reminders for the day ahead:
MAY DAY: Here are the alerts about the protests with permits and possible transit effects, as well as what we found about protests without permits. We’ll be monitoring throughout the day.
WEST END OF BRIDGE TO CLOSE TONIGHT: The first overnight closure for streetlight work on the west end of the high bridge is scheduled to start at 9 pm tonight, west of Delridge. Here’s the alert SDOT originally sent two weeks ago.
6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle right now.
LOOKING AHEAD: Two SDOT reminders for Monday – first, they want to be sure you know about May Day demonstrations; second, remember that Fauntleroy Expressway overnight closures (west end of West Seattle Bridge) for streetlight work are set to start Monday night.
6:39 AM: Good morning! We’ve checked around and so far, no incidents are reported in or from West Seattle.
BRIDGE CLOSURES STARTING NEXT WEEK: Time for reminders about the Fauntleroy Expressway (west end of the West Seattle Bridge) nighttime closures set to start next Monday night (May 1st) for streetlight work – here’s the alert SDOT sent earlier this month.
6:56 AM: SDOT reports a stalled vehicle is blocking the transit lane on NB 99 at Lander.
7:06 AM: While that vehicle has cleared to the side, there’s now a dispatch for a crash on NB 99 in that same area.
7:18 AM: SFD has just cleared that incident, so apparently no one hurt.
7:24 AM: Reader reports pickup truck – stalled? – in the center eastbound lane at the crest of the high bridge. And a bus-trouble report – Russ tweets that the 21s aren’t showing up on 35th SW. (Added: A few minutes later, he says, two did show up.)
7:32 AM: While SFD cleared the newest 99 crash scene, it’s still affecting the right side of NB 99 by Atlantic, as shown on this camera. SPD is still onscene.
8:02 AM: Though no official updates have been provided by SDOT or WSDOT, we’re continuing to watch that camera and the scene hasn’t cleared yet – BUT it looks like a tow truck’s just arrived!
8:26 AM: Via Twitter, Metro reminds us that it’s having an online meeting at 6:30 tonight about its fare-simplification proposals – info’s here.
8:52 AM: One vehicle has remained off to the right at the NB 99/Atlantic crash scene. The webcam now shows what looks like a tow truck finally showing up for it.
9:04 AM: … and that vehicle’s finally being towed away, right now.
ANOTHER NOTE FOR TONIGHT: The West Seattle Transportation Coalition meets at 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW), with the agenda featuring One Center City – the umbrella name for downtown changes including potential changes for how some West Seattle bus routes get you downtown. Here’s what we first reported about it back in January.
6:49 AM: No outbound incidents reported in or from West Seattle right now. But if you’re headed this way, SDOT points out high truck volumes, port-bound, on the westbound bridge. (Last week, the port warned this could happen.)
7:25 AM: The port says the bridge backup has cleared.
6:48 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle right now.
PATH ALERT: A texter reports a tree down on the bike/foot path near the scene of yesterday morning’s Harbor Avenue crash. This was mentioned in comments last night and as we noted there, it needs to be reported to SDOT the same as if it were road debris – 206-386-1218 if outside business hours, 206-684-ROAD otherwise.
CAMERA NOTE: Still only one SDOT camera working on the high bridge, so that’s why only one is featured above again today.
8:01 AM: Slow going but still incident-less. Note for bus riders: Last week we told you about Metro‘s new survey asking your opinion on two options for “simplifying” fares. If you’re downtown at lunchtime, you’re also invited to drop in to today’s noon-2 pm meeting at King Street Center (201 S. Jackson) to talk with Metro reps in person.
8:23 AM: SFD has been dispatched to a crash reported on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to northbound 99.
8:46 AM: We haven’t had an update from SDOT but the 911 log shows that Seattle Fire units have closed out the call.
6:43 AM: Good morning! No incidents in, or outbound from, West Seattle so far this morning. Notes:
SPRING BREAK OVER: Everybody’s back in session this week.
BUS STOP ALERT: In case you missed this story from Friday – starting today, the southbound California/Spokane bus stop will be used by Microsoft Connector employee shuttles as well as Metro buses.
STADIUM ZONE: Nothing going on today/tonight – the Mariners are on the road; the Sounders’ next home game is Saturday night.
8:35 AM: SFD and SPD are responding to a crash reported at the Harbor/Spokane intersection.
8:43 AM: No word on how the crash is blocking the intersection, but SFD has already closed out its part of the call.
7:20 AM: Good morning! Lots of sunshine. No incidents.
DOWNTOWN ALERT: KeyArena has a big event today, “WE Day,” running through 4 pm – it’s on the SDOT list of potentially traffic-affecting events.
9:19 AM: If you’re heading out late – there’s a crash on the NB Viaduct at Seneca. Also, a crash response just dispatched to the eastbound bridge before the 99 exit – SDOT says it’s a multiple-car crash. (And we have multiple reports that the C Line is diverting to 4th as a result.)
9:22 AM: Scanner says the 99 crash/response also has the Seneca exit blocked.
9:56 AM: Two lanes are now open again at the 99 crash scene, per police, heard via scanner.
10:07 AM: SDOT reports the Viaduct scene is completely cleared. No updates on the bridge yet but looking at the one camera that’s working right now, it appears a tow truck is on scene.
10:21 AM: And now SDOT says the bridge crash scene is clear, too.
7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far.
7:54 AM: Still relatively quiet. If you missed it last night – Metro has a new survey asking your thoughts on two options for “simplifying” fares.
8:05 AM: Via scanner, word of a collision at 35th SW and SW Juneau. Police and fire are going.
8:23 AM: Texter reports the 57 is packed. Have not heard of any cancellations or changes for West Seattle buses this morning that might lead to unusual conditions, but if you’ve experienced anything – please let us know, when you can!
Next step in fixing the malfunctioning streetlights on the west end of the West Seattle Bridge, aka the Fauntleroy Expressway: Overnight closures, starting May 1st. Here’s the announcement just in from SDOT:
The Seattle Department of Transportation is advising travelers that there will be overnight closures of the Fauntleroy Expressway beginning on May 1 for up to three weeks for streetlight maintenance.
From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, beginning on Monday, May 1 through May 4, travelers can expect the following:
·The Expressway will be closed to westbound traffic, west of Delridge Way.
·The Expressway will close at 9 p.m. and reopen at 5 a.m. the next morning. If any Mariners baseball home games reach an expected attendance of 20,000 or more during this time, the Expressway closure will be delayed until 11 p.m.
·Westbound traffic will exit the Expressway at the Delridge Way off-ramp and will follow the marked detour.
·On some evenings, a single traffic lane may close at 8 p.m. for preliminary work in advance of streetlight maintenance.
·This work may be extended into the week of May 7 – 14, if necessary, until the work is completed.
When work in the westbound lanes is completed, maintenance for eastbound lanes will begin at the Expressway entrance at Fauntleroy Way SW and continue to the Delridge Way on-ramp. These closures will begin at 9 p.m. and will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. the next morning.
For as long as the work continues, we’ll include reminders in our morning traffic coverage.
7:24 AM: Relatively quiet morning on area roads/paths so far – no incidents in/from West Seattle.
7:55 AM: Shortlived stall on the westbound bridge by Admiral, cleared quickly. Just mentioning in case you passed it going the other way and check here later wondering what that was.
8:05 AM: Meeting note for tonight – the Fauntleroy Way Association, a business/neighborhood coalition focused on the Fauntleroy Boulevard project, has its second meeting tonight, as announced a few weeks ago.
6:39 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/outbound from West Seattle so far. Transportation-related notes:
SPRING BREAK … continues for most parochial schools and some other independent schools. That affects some of the school speed-limit zones, including Holy Family (20th/Roxbury) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (35th/Myrtle).
POTHOLE PATROL: If you see them in West Seattle today, let us know. SDOT told us they were in south and east Seattle yesterday; We spotted one crew pulled over by 35th/Alaska but don’t know if they did anything, as they were gone when we circled back around to check. SDOT has an official “kickoff” event later today with the mayor on Beacon Hill.
I-5 MAINTENANCE PROJECTS: WSDOT has announced that two sections of I-5 will have major maintenance work over the next 2 years, including some near the West Seattle Bridge, though the first project is in south King County.
7:33 AM: From the scanner – report of a vehicle blocking one lane on the eastbound bridge by the Delridge onramp. (Center lane, per subsequent SDOT tweet.)
7:50 AM: SDOT says SPD has cleared the stalled vehicle, and all lanes on the bridge are open again.
9:07 AM: Crash on southbound I-5 near the West Seattle Bridge exit – not sure yet if it’s affecting traffic from the exit but here’s your first heads-up.
6:57 AM: Good morning! No incidents in or from West Seattle so far this morning. Some notes:
SCHOOL UPDATE: Seattle Public Schools are back in session after spring-break week. But most parochial schools are off this week, and some secular independent schools too.
POTHOLE REPAIRS: Today’s the day the city promises to kick off “Pothole Palooza,” an “aggressive” intensified version of the ongoing-for-years tracking and repairing of road ruts.
If you see a traffic problem and are NOT driving, let us know via text or voice at 206-293-6302. If you are driving, let us know once you get where you’re going.
8:54 AM: If you travel through SODO … there’s an emergency response at 5th and Holgate right now, reported by SFD as a person hit by a train.
6:59 AM: Good morning – no incidents in or from West Seattle so far this Friday.
WEEKEND ALERTS: Here’s the weekly SDOT roundup with info on stadium events and protests coming up.
SPRING BREAK UPDATES: Seattle Public Schools will be back in session next week; most parochial schools and some other independent schools will be out.
6:59 AM: Sunshine arrives – at least for a while – as we head into the heart of the commute. No outbound incidents reported so far.
7:43 AM: Commenter Julia mentions a crash on the eastbound bridge. SFD has a dispatch to the east section of the EB bridge but that’s all we know so far.
7:49 AM: Here’s what SDOT has tweeted about the crash:
Collision on West Seattle Bridge EB at SR-99 blocking 2 right lanes. Use caution and expect delays. pic.twitter.com/xcEBM5eGtZ
— seattledot (@seattledot) April 13, 2017
Scanner says one person is hurt. You can get an updated view of the scene – for as long as SDOT keeps the camera zoomed in – in the top left quadrant of our featured cameras, above.
Also, SDOT says the signal at Delridge and Thistle is out and a crew is on the way.
8:14 AM: The crash on the bridge has cleared, SDOT says.
8:29 AM: No current incidents, so here’s some transportation-related news you might have missed:
POTHOLE PALOOZA: We’ve been talking about road woes for a long time here, including reminders about the city’s pothole-reporting/-repairing system, but SDOT says it’s launching an “aggressive” repair campaign starting next week, so it REALLY wants to hear from you. Here’s the story.
NO-PARKING TIMES EXPANDING IN FERRY LANE: As reported here yesterday, signs are expected to go up today changing the 3-7 pm weekday “no parking” rules in the ferry-waiting lane on southbound Fauntleroy Way to 2-7 pm.
6:57 AM: No incidents in/from West Seattle so far; the rain is the biggest factor affecting this morning’s commute.
WORK DELAYED: The paving work scheduled for today on surface Spokane St. at Harbor Island has been postponed because of the rain.
IN THE STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners‘ first home stand continues with another 7:10 pm game vs. the Astros.
7:33 AM: If you’re heading to southbound I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge, things will be a little clogged right at the exit, where WSDOT says a crash is blocking the HOV lane.