TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; ferry change brings helicopter; bridge closure with late start

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:37 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle, but traffic to and from the Fauntleroy ferry dock may be heavier today because the south Vashon Island ferry run is temporarily out of service while its vessel gets an underwater inspection (explained here, and yes, that’s why TV crews are at the dock, and why there’s a TV helicopter over Fauntleroy right now).

Tonight’s also the final overnight closure of the west end of the bridge for this week – and remember that it will have a late start (10:30 pm) because of the Copa America Centenario soccer match at CenturyLink Field.

6:54 AM: TV helicopter over Fauntleroy again (see above). Meantime, a cancellation just tweeted/texted by Metro:

6:59 AM: And another Metro cancellation:

7:11 AM: Washington State Ferries just announced that the south Vashon ferry run will be in service again shortly – passed its underwater inspection – meaning no more fears of extra Fauntleroy traffic today, so the TV helicopter should be leaving.

7 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates; ferry change brings helicopter; bridge closure with late start"

  • newnative June 16, 2016 (6:56 am)

    just got a text alert from Metro that the #57that leaves Alaska Junction at 7:06 is cancelled.

    • WSB June 16, 2016 (6:59 am)

      Yes, I’ve already added that, thanks, and also a 56 cancellation was just announced, adding that in a sec.

  • Ginny June 16, 2016 (7:11 am)

    Are there anticipated to be long lines at the ferry?  I have to go to Vashon around noon today.

    And thanks for the helicopter info.  I live just above the ferry and was hoping it wasn’t some police action.  The  helicopter seems to be heading away, north, as I write this.

    • WSB June 16, 2016 (7:13 am)

      Just updated the story – WSF has cleared the Chetzemoka to resume the south Vashon run, so no more concern about possible extra north Vashon traffic.

  • llynda June 16, 2016 (7:15 am)

    Does anyone know why there’s a helicopter flying around in the Gatewood/Lincoln Park area?

    • WSB June 16, 2016 (7:18 am)

      Hi there. It’s in the story above, multiple mentions.

  • Norad rider June 16, 2016 (5:55 pm)

    This is the third time in the last 13 days that those particular Routes 56 & 57 have been cancelled. What the heck is going on?

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