West Seattle traffic alert: Truck trouble at Harbor/Avalon

Thanks to Kindree for the photo and this traffic report: “The onramp to bridge from Avalon is blocked by a lumber truck. He took the corner too tight and got stuck.” The photos and note were sent half an hour ago but just came through – so we’ll be heading that way to see if this is cleared yet. (P.S. If you’re trying to recall “hasn’t this happened before?” – here’s the previous stuck truck in our archives, last October.) 11:48 AM UPDATE: Ramp clear, truck gone.

10 Replies to "West Seattle traffic alert: Truck trouble at Harbor/Avalon"

  • JAT July 30, 2010 (11:36 am)

    It may be some sort of optical illusion, but that looks like the longest flat-bed trailer in the entire world; I’m trying to imagine a scenario in which that much lumber would need to be transported from Harbor Ave to, well, anywhere…

    Maybe there’s a sawmill at Alki that I’ve just never noticed before.

  • Kindree July 30, 2010 (11:43 am)

    @JAT – no kidding, I was thinking the same thing when I was there.

  • the old man July 30, 2010 (11:45 am)

    These types of odd loads come from Terminal 5, off the Westwood ships usually.

  • LMA July 30, 2010 (11:50 am)

    Yup Suck

  • Kindree July 30, 2010 (11:50 am)

    This is yet another reason why the King Count Water Taxi is so valuable! The bus that I was sitting on when this happened wasn’t going to be moving for a long time. So a bunch of us jumped on the free shuttle (Route 773) down to the water taxi and were downtown in no time.

  • mike July 30, 2010 (12:10 pm)

    I saw 2 of these coming up Admiral, westbound, toward California earlier this week (can’t remember the specific day). And it’s not an optical illusion, they are really long!

  • 22blades July 30, 2010 (8:20 pm)

    When Boeing does this, they use a steerable cab in the aft truck/axle (kind of like a ladder truck of the fire dept). There’s a guy sitting reclined between the rear wheels who can steer into tighter radius corners. There are a couple of surplus ones under the 1st AV Bridge, Michigan off-ramp. They need to get a couple of those!

  • miws July 30, 2010 (9:59 pm)

    22blades, the first time I saw one of those was probably nearly 30 years ago now.


    I’d never even heard of such a rig, and was on southbound 405 in the Kirkland/Bellvue area. I was a delivery driver at the time, and was driving a little Chevy Chevette, so was not sitting much higher than trailer guy.


    Talk about startling! Either he somehow just caught the corner of my eye, or I just glanced over casually, as drivers so often do, and it was like WTF?!? What’s that guy doing underneath that trailer?!? :lol:



  • 22blades July 31, 2010 (4:56 am)

    Hey Mike, you’re dating us! I was driving a Chevy LUV pickup at the time. :-) I guess “B” doesn’t make Wing Spars around here anymore…

  • Eddie July 31, 2010 (12:51 pm)

    22blade – They sure do make wing spars around here – down in Fredrickson (south of Puyallup), and they consume (put them into wings) every day up in Everett. The smaller ones for the 737 – that don’t require the extra long transporation – get delivered from Fredrickson to Renton – where they’re pumping out over 31 airplanes (62 wings, 124 spars) a month.

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