Traffic alert: Icy roads – Highland Park Way, West Marginal, more

ORIGINAL 5:59 AM REPORT: With another clear, cold night following a day in which temperatures weren’t warm enough to melt persistent ice patches on some area roads – like this one – you’ll want to be very careful this morning (and if you park on the street, allow for windshield-scraping time). We already have one West Seattle alert just in from SDOT via Twitter:

A lane of Highland Park Wy SW is closed due to ice. It’s the eastbound, right hand lane coming down the hill toward West Marginal Way SW.

We’ll add any other alerts that come in.

6:43 AM: Another potential traffic alert – rescue crews just arrived at a truck rollover on southbound Highway 509 at Cloverdale, which is right around where you get onto 509 if you’re heading east from White Center/West Seattle. One person was in the truck and got out of the wreckage before crews arrived.

8:29 AM: West Marginal Way is also reported as very icy, particularly between the Duwamish Longhouse and the LaFarge plant – and spinouts by the Puget intersection in that same area. And we’re also hearing of a crash in Gatewood, around California and Orchard. (Photo added above – no serious injuries, but as of 8:54 am, per the scanner, police are suggesting this stretch may need de-icer, “very icy.”)

5 Replies to "Traffic alert: Icy roads - Highland Park Way, West Marginal, more"

  • Brian January 3, 2011 (8:01 am)

    The cause of most the ice near the bottom of the hill is due to the business above the W Marginal intersection dumping waste water into the street. Seems pretty reckless considering the low temps we’ve been seeing this week.

    • WSB January 3, 2011 (10:25 am)

      FYI, WSB contributor Deanie was out at the scene and talked to both an SPU crew and the company in question this morning. The water was tested. It was not chlorinated; it didn’t come from them. It is actual runoff, said both the city and the business – TR

  • Dave January 3, 2011 (8:16 am)

    Exactly! Pioneer Industries is pumping facility process water down the hill into the storm drain.

  • HelperMonkey January 3, 2011 (8:25 am)

    There’s also a huge patch of ice at 46th and Wildwood – right across from Endolyne Joe’s.

  • AM January 3, 2011 (8:47 am)

    saw a truck, looked like a Toyota 4-Runner, totally spin out of control this morning on West Marginal. They were headed north, i was headed south. Thankfully they didn’t hit anyone, but just a reminder that black ice is a real thing! SLOW DOWN!! :)

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