TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No trouble spots in/from West Seattle so far. Alerts/advisories:

FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK: The pump-station project next door is almost done, but some work this morning will result in a closure of the northern lane/tollbooth for up to two hours starting at 9:30 am.

VIADUCT/99 CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Yet another reminder – a stretch of 99 from the Battery Street Tunnel *north* will be closed from late Friday to early Monday; between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the BSTunnel, inspection closures are scheduled 6 am-6 pm Saturday and the same hours Sunday.


SDOT DIRECTOR @ WSTC: Questions about the big road/trail projects under way and coming up here? Or, about the 9-hour Highway 99 closure earlier this week (here’s our followup from Wednesday)? Or? 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), West Seattle Transportation Coalition hosts SDOT director Scott Kubly tonight, and all are welcome.

Added at 8 am since it’s still quiet:

THIS WEEK’S ‘TRAFFIC THROWBACK THURSDAY‘: For the second week in a row, we’re presenting a historic West Seattle road photo from the Seattle Municipal Archives:

(Click the picture for a larger image.) That’s in the files from 1951 as supporting evidence for “rezoning 6051-6053 35th” as proposed by a lumber company. We haven’t figured out whether this is looking north or south; the address checks to a 35-year-old condo building on the west side of 35th at Graham.

8:32 AM: Thanks to AD in comments and Jeremy via Twitter for word that a RapidRide bus is broken down at the onramp to the bridge and passengers are awaiting rescue.

12:21 PM: The Viaduct’s had some off and on trouble this morning.

One of those incidents is clearing as we type this … but another one still has a lane blocked in the stadium zone.

22 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the move"

  • SeaChanty51 March 26, 2015 (8:15 am)

    Looking north, as a south view would have the hill and water towers. The condo was built after the lumber company burned in a big fire. The Mobilgas station is now the car wash.

    • WSB March 26, 2015 (8:17 am)


  • ad March 26, 2015 (8:25 am)

    Our C line just stopped and shut down. Disabled bus. Waiting for another coach to arrive. Blocking bus) lane of ramp from Avalon up onto the bridge. New coach just arrived but it’s full.

    • WSB March 26, 2015 (8:32 am)

      AD – thanks. Just hearing about that.
      JeffK – thanks. If you click through to the huge view, looks like that was a Shell station on the northeast corner of 35th/Graham, where there was a cleanup a few years back and will eventually be development (latest project going through permitting now).

  • JeffK March 26, 2015 (8:28 am)

    I agree, also based on shadows. The mound of dirt north of the Ritchfield station is still there but the building (another service station?) on that block is gone.

    Hull’s = Enterprise
    Mobilegas = car wash

  • CanDo March 26, 2015 (9:24 am)

    I like throwback Thursday! Thanks… and keep it up!

    • WSB March 26, 2015 (9:31 am)

      CD, thanks! Sarah, cool, I didn’t see that one, much more interesting in that direction!

  • miws March 26, 2015 (9:31 am)

    Yes! TBT is so cool!


    We can all browse the Archives, but the random photos here on WSB are a nice feature.



  • Todd March 26, 2015 (9:59 am)

    Richfield = Han’s VW

  • Ben March 26, 2015 (10:42 am)

    I think 35th looks better then than it does now.

  • patrick March 26, 2015 (11:18 am)

    Looks like everyone has figured out the direction so I’ll just add that the lumber yard burned down in 1972, sometime in the end of winter or the beginning of spring. I only know this because I was in training for the fire department and dropped by there to deliver hot coffee for the crews.

  • Jimbo March 26, 2015 (12:15 pm)

    I remember going to the Thriftway on 35th (present day Walgreens) as a young kid

  • Oakley34 March 26, 2015 (12:40 pm)

    interesting pic. I live in that condo, and it was built in 79. I agree that the street looked much nicer then, but I can’t wait to see what it looks like in a year or two after the traffic revision.

  • seattletimebandit March 26, 2015 (1:41 pm)

    Note the light pole next to Hull’s/Enterprise building. Looks the same to me. Some things never change… :)

  • East Coast Cynic March 26, 2015 (3:19 pm)

    If another housing development goes in the location of that mound north of 35th/Graham, Metro will need to double up the runs of the 21 and 21X buses since they’re presently filled to capacity during the rush hours.

  • Jim March 26, 2015 (6:39 pm)

    Looks like everyone has the photo figured out pretty well. The easy way to determine the direction on 35th is the concrete is on the West Side of the street, what’s left of our previous mass transit rail system, is covered by the asphalt.

  • Mike March 26, 2015 (8:28 pm)

    wow…no potholes!

  • Bill March 27, 2015 (4:09 am)

    Wow! — look at all the sky!

  • Lonnie March 27, 2015 (11:48 am)

    The lumber company was Fairveiw Lumber Company. They used to leave scrap lumber in a box out front which we would rerieve to build our roller skate boards when I lived in the old High Point 1955 – 1960. My dad worked at the Richfield station when gas was 26.9 cents a gallon.

  • BJG March 27, 2015 (5:36 pm)

    Wow. That view takes me back. Instantly recognized the buildings and street scene, though I could never have described it. Funny how 1955 seems like good times now that the alternative has arrived.

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