Traffic alerts for West Seattle Bridge, Highway 99, and I-5

If you absolutely have to drive to or from West Seattle in the next few hours or so, here’s a few things you might need to know:

I-5 NORTHBOUND – is likely to be a mess for a while because a tanker overturned at Lakeview on the north side of downtown, and its 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel will have to be pumped out before it can be cleared. 10:57 PM UPDATE: Scanner traffic indicates they will be trying to right the truck WITHOUT emptying it.

HIGHWAY 99 SOUTHBOUND – a spinout crash is reported in the Battery Street Tunnel, and south of there, watch out for puddling in the right lanes, particularly the last stretch before Harbor Island (we experienced this firsthand on a quick run to/from downtown in the past hour).

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE – the Fauntleroy Expressway closure planned for tonight hasn’t happened yet, if it’s going to happen at all (might be too rainy for crews) – you can keep an eye on the traffic camera above (the signage on 99 may not help; a lit sign on 99 just before the bridge said it WAS closed when we went through around 9:15 pm, but it most definitely wasn’t). 10:57 PM UPDATE: The westbound detour IS in place now, as you can see in the “live” camera view.

3 Replies to "Traffic alerts for West Seattle Bridge, Highway 99, and I-5"

  • Look4wrd December 27, 2011 (10:33 pm)

    Fauntleory Expressway is now closed west bound beyond Delridge. Still a few cars getting through east bound or maybe thosea re getting on at the Spokane entrance. Can’t see for sure from my vantage point.

    • WSB December 27, 2011 (10:59 pm)

      Thanks, Look … just noticed that via the traffic cam and updated the story. – TR

  • Kjb December 28, 2011 (5:13 am)

    yesterday, I witnessed big rig trucks driving down the middle lane of the new part of the Spokane street viaduct – the new lanes are narrow, but crazy slow when this happens!

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