TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday gets going

(Live view from the west-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
Now that it’s Thursday, in addition to today’s updates, we look ahead to the weekend. First, today: Delridge repaving work includes two sites – the final phase between Henderson and Roxbury, plus Orchard west of Delridge (westbound lanes are scheduled for work through the end of this week). … Downtown, remember the alert about the Microsoft company meeting at KeyArena today. … This weekend, Saturday brings Metro’s next service change, affecting three routes serving West Seattle, and Friday night, there’s an overnight closure of the northbound I-5 ramp to the West Seattle Bridge, one more time for striping.

ADDED 10:57 AM: Two things. First, per the discussion in comments, we’re checking with SDOT on the traffic-signal situation. Second, WSDOT has just sent this alert about the weekend:

The combination of two college football games and a soccer match will draw thousands of fans into Seattle this weekend, causing extra traffic on the roadways. Drivers should prepare for congestion to build in the late morning and remain steady through the evening on Interstates 5, 90, and State Route 520, Saturday, Sept. 28. The Washington State Department of Transportation is urging people to plan ahead by leaving early, carpooling, or take public transportation such as King County Metro’s shuttle service for the Huskies game. …

Saturday, Sept. 28
University of Washington vs. University of Arizona, Husky Stadium, 4 p.m.
Washington State University vs. Stanford University, CenturyLink Field, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29
Seattle Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls, CenturyLink Field, 6 p.m.

The West Seattle Water Taxi should be running an extended schedule Sunday night, as usual for evening stadium events during its regular 7-day-a-week season.

4:52 PM: In case you somehow haven’t heard, the northbound Viaduct/99 is closed because of the 2nd deadly motorcycle crash in 17 hours. Updates here.

19 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday gets going"

  • Bus_rider September 26, 2013 (7:40 am)

    Long line of cars in “Bus Only” lane that is before the right turn eastbound to Avalon. 3 buses delayed in queue.

  • Shannon September 26, 2013 (7:43 am)

    Fauntleroy to bridge seems way more backed up than normal/not really moving much. This does not bode well…

  • JW September 26, 2013 (7:51 am)

    Traffic backed up on Fauntleroy to south of Hudson.

  • Azimuth September 26, 2013 (7:52 am)

    Holy nasty traffic this foggy morning, Batman!

  • christy September 26, 2013 (7:56 am)

    Been sitting on Fauntleroy for 12 minutes leaving from Graham trying to get on the bridge

  • AE September 26, 2013 (7:57 am)

    Wow. First non-bike, rush hour commute for me in years. Left West Seattle at 7:00 and encountered road rage, privilege, entitlement, distracted driving, violators, and just plain rudeness. Next time I don’t feel like getting on the bike or getting out of bed early, I’ll think of this morning.

  • Shannon September 26, 2013 (8:01 am)

    Bridge not as bad as I had feared.

  • Sue September 26, 2013 (8:08 am)

    Any idea what’s up on the bridge this morning? Bus has taken 15 min to crawl up Fauntleroy from Dawson to Avalon.

    • WSB September 26, 2013 (8:41 am)

      Aside from the Microsoft meeting – KeyArena events CAN back up I-5 and therefore the WS Bridge – the only thing that’s been on the 911 log is one incident earlier labeled simply “Aurora Bridge” – which of course could cause 99 backup and therefore our bridge …

  • Sue September 26, 2013 (8:53 am)

    Looks as if it was ultimately a problem with the light at 35th and Avalon? It took us nearly 30 minutes to get from Dawson and Fauntleroy to 35th and Avalon, which is less than a mile. The bus sailed across the bridge once we got to it. But door-to-door took 55 minutes today. Crazy!

  • enough September 26, 2013 (9:22 am)

    The light at 35th and Avalon has had numerous issues in the last 2 years. WSB has covered most of them. The city keeps saying it’s fixed but it’s obviously not.

    • WSB September 26, 2013 (9:24 am)

      We hadn’t heard it was a light this morning – but are checking now with SDOT. There also is a light at Fauntleroy/Dawson that has been malfunctioning lately. One of the SDOT line items in the proposed city budget involves fixing aged, malfunctioning lights, though the documentation available so far doesn’t drill down to naming specific ones – TR

  • enough September 26, 2013 (9:29 am)

    I wonder why eastbound Avalon traffic has been backed up on to Fauntleroy past Oregon in the mornings lately? Adding a bike lane? Malfunctioning light? Light not timed well between 35th and Genesse?

  • enough September 26, 2013 (9:34 am)

    I may not be remembering the resolution correctly but the city said the lights were failing at 35th/Avalon and California/Morgan because of timing for Rapid Ride but they said they fixed that or disabled the priority for RR. California/Morgan has been ok lately but 35th/Avalon seems to be popping up occasionally.

  • sam-c September 26, 2013 (9:47 am)

    enough: I don’t know but it seems like – ever since SDOT took out the right turn lane to put in the bike lane at EB Avalon/ 35th ave sw, the traffic on EB Avalon has been pretty bad. that is my limited observation from reading comments (when it happened) and going that way every once in a while.

  • enough September 26, 2013 (10:25 am)

    Thanks sam-c.

  • Sue September 26, 2013 (10:42 am)

    Even last night, I had to drive downtown around 5:30, and Fauntleroy was backed up to the bridge as if it was a bad morning commute. As soon as I passed 35th/Fauntleroy, everyone just flew like you’d normally expect at that time. Something is just not right with that entire 35th Avalon/Fauntleroy area and light timing, I think.

  • DTK September 26, 2013 (2:09 pm)

    The 1500 new renters at our doorstep will make this an everyday occurrence.

  • enough September 26, 2013 (3:28 pm)

    I agree DTK.. Only going to get worse.

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