West Seattle traffic alerts: Watch for mega-puddles

So far we’ve gotten texts about a couple of “huge puddles” that are causing some commute trouble, including one at West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way, and also where Delridge meets The Bridge – given the overnight downpour, certainly there are others, so give yourself extra time when you head out.

10 Replies to "West Seattle traffic alerts: Watch for mega-puddles"

  • JayDee November 6, 2009 (7:58 am)

    The one at West Seattle Bridge to NB 99 seems to be due to a blocked drain. With the heavy rain just after 7 it probably will get bigger.

  • Robert2715 November 6, 2009 (8:06 am)

    I’m always amazed at the torrents of rain coming off the WSB – I suppose the drainage system wasn’t designed for… typical Northwest weather. :-)

  • WSB November 6, 2009 (8:08 am)

    Well, that was more like “maximum typical.” I’ve been up all night and heard the whole thing. And the sleet/wind/rain/lightning/thunder really was ferocious – TR

  • Geoff November 6, 2009 (8:17 am)

    The puddle just south of Avalon on 35th was the WORST I’ve seen it. We had to climb along the fence (and hope no one came crashing through the puddle) as it covered the ENTIRE roadway – there was no way around it! I wonder what the city has in the works to improve drainage in that area. It makes using that bus stop nearly impossible…

  • JenV November 6, 2009 (8:18 am)

    There’s a huge one right at the bus stop across from the ferry dock. So if you’re coming from Arbor Heights, you’ll need to cross over into the oncoming lane to avoid it.

  • jay November 6, 2009 (8:21 am)

    The good news is that the standing water that frequently shows up further north on west marginal, and the runoff from the greenbelt into the road, wasn’t present this morning (yet?).

    note to self: finish the french drain at home!

  • kirida November 6, 2009 (9:13 am)

    I’m on a 120 that has been stuck on delridge for 40 minutes. Our driver said that it’s the backup for the officer’s memorial and that we should expect up to an hour plus delay.

  • Chris November 6, 2009 (9:40 am)

    There was a disabled vehicle with tow on the Delridge ramp to the West Seattle bridge. The far right (Viaduct exit) lane was full and stopped to Delridge, while the I-5 lanes were pretty good to typical. First Ave South heading into downtown is as bad or worse tham during the reconstruction work. So far, an hour on the 22 from Myrtle and California and we’re just *now* up to Royal Brougham. It’s not the funeral: that started at 9 in the University District.

  • Sue November 6, 2009 (9:48 am)

    Traffic is horrendous getting to the bridge, and I think it’s a combination of those floods and the funeral procession traffic. I got on a 54 bus at the junction at around 8:30 and didn’t arrive at the first stop downtown until 9:15! I’ve never seen Avalon so backed up – almost the entire length of it!

  • ALS November 6, 2009 (10:40 am)

    Took me over an hour to get downtown on the 120 from Delridge this morning. There was an accident on 99 where the West Seattle Bridge empties onto it, which must have been causing the majority of the backup (though I’m sure the giant puddles didn’t help any), because it was smooth sailing on 99 as soon as we passed the accident.

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