The newest roundup of upcoming traffic effects from road work in and around SODO and the Spokane Street Viaduct is now online – see it here – and it includes the first definite date we’ve seen for the impending closure of the 1st Avenue South onramp to the westbound West Seattle Bridge: May 17th. (SDOT had previously just mentioned May.) The impending closure came up at this week’s Southwest District Council (our long-version story’s still in the works), during a guest appearance by City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who chairs the Transportation Committee; he promised to put the pressure on to make sure there’s more public outreach before that closure takes effect. The ramp is to be replaced by a new 1st Avenue on/offramp (with the entry/exit a ways north of the current one), opening in 2012. ADDED 10:11 AM: A related traffic-advisory note for next week is just in from SDOT – read on:
Work on the Spokane Street Viaduct (which connects I-5 to the West Seattle
Bridge) and the West Seattle Bridge will result in the following closures:
Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The eastbound, right hand lane of the Spokane Street Viaduct will be closed to allow
crews to clean drains for the Spokane Street Viaduct widening project.
Sunday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The ramp from northbound I-5 to the West Seattle Bridge, the ramp from South
Columbian Way (from Beacon Hill) to the West Seattle Bridge, and the westbound,
right hand lane on the South Spokane Street Viaduct from I-5 to Harbor Avenue SW,
will be closed to allow crews to clean drains for the Spokane Street Viaduct
Friday, March 12, 7:30 a.m. to noon
The westbound, right hand lane of the West Seattle Bridge will be closed at the
pullout (near SW Charlestown Street, approximately one-half mile before the 35th Ave
SW intersection). Crews working for the Seattle Department of Transportation will
install a new pole and mast arm for a CCTV traffic camera at the pullout on the West