(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:35 AM: Good morning and welcome to fall, which arrived very early this morning. No incidents so far. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit continues; regional media is reporting that he won’t be leaving downtown Seattle for a full day of touring until about 10:30 am, so don’t expect any morning-commute effects on the major routes. The later edge of the evening commute might be a different story.
7:30 AM: We’ve heard from two people, including Steven in comments, about a water problem in the northbound lane of Delridge south of Juneau. It’s been reported to Seattle Public Utilities. We won’t be able to check this in person any time soon, but be aware that you might encounter a city crew in the area at some point.
10:25 AM: As expected, the presidential motorcade is on the move or about to be.
I-5 is closed Northbound from NE 85th St to SR 526. Traffic is quickly growing on I-5, use alt routes pic.twitter.com/R5qd2BXZkc
— seattledot (@seattledot) September 23, 2015
The biggest chance for disruption anywhere near our area is this evening – possibly the 6 pm hour – when President Xi will be heading from Tacoma to Seattle.
12:29 PM: The presidential motorcade’s heading back to downtown, as expected, affecting southbound I-5 north of downtown right now.
12:52 PM: Also:
— WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) September 23, 2015
2:34 PM: The motorcade is on the move again. Northbound I-5 is closed from James St. to 520.
3:17 PM: The president is arriving now at Microsoft in Redmond.
4:22 PM: And now, from Redmond to Tacoma.
4:56 PM: Next leg of the trip is projected in the 6 pm hour or thereabouts – Tacoma to downtown Seattle. As has already been advised – if you’re going to the Sounders game tonight (7 pm), go early!
6:36 PM: Reported to be headed NB on I-5 from Pierce County.