(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:30 AM: Welcome to the final day of February. A few notes to start:
VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: This Saturday is the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s next inspection closure, 6 am-6 pm. Sunday only if needed, as WSDOT told the West Seattle Transportation Coalition last week.
WATER TAXI FARES RISE TOMORROW: March 1st brings a fare increase for the Water Taxi – see the West Seattle rates (new in blue) here.
7:07 AM: Car fire on NB I-5’s “collector-distributor” by Dearborn – could affect traffic north of the bridge. Meantime, the Benjamin Franklin is now in Elliott Bay. We just passed groups of shipwatchers at vantage points including Luna/Anchor Park. Separate story later, but for now, we’ll be updating here.
7:28 AM: It’s now southward, headed for Harbor Island. We’re watching from Jack Block. Check our Twitter feed for photos.
7:54 AM: And it’s now in the East Waterway, arriving at Harbor Island. Our last view from JB Park:
And into the East Waterway it goes. pic.twitter.com/30hnimvV6c
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 29, 2016
Meantime, rain’s returned.
8:24 AM: Motorcycle vs. semitruck crash reported on Harbor Island, 16th SW and SW Lander.
8:35 AM: Sounds like the motorcycle rider, a 31-year-old man, will be OK – hand and arm injuries, per scanner.
8:59 AM: One more note about the big boat – thanks for the photos! – we’ll be including a gallery with our coverage of the welcoming event that’s coming up at the Port later this morning.