TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend previews

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

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7:02 AM: Good morning and happy Friday! No major incidents in or from West Seattle.

WEEKEND ALERTS: Here’s the SDOT roundup of what’s happening around the city this weekend, most notably the Seafair Torchlight Parade downtown on Saturday night, which brings road closures and bus reroutes. … If you’re headed for South King County or points southward via I-5, another weekend of lane closures for road work is ahead.

7:27 AM: Just texted and tweeted by Metro:

8:10 AM: We’re expecting highs in the 80s again today and tomorrow and a concerned West Seattleite asked us to remind you PLEASE don’t leave your pet in your vehicle, even with a window cracked open. The temperatures can rise dramatically and dangerously. Yesterday there was apparently a bit of a scene in The Junction when a dog was locked in a car, windows up; concerned passersby tried to find its person, who eventually showed up and was quoted as saying something like, it hasn’t even been half an hour. That would have been more than enough time for the animal’s life to be in danger. Even if you “think” it will be OK – don’t run the risk.

8:28 AM: WSDOT is clearing a stall on northbound I-5 at a spot that appears to be just north of the West Seattle Bridge.

8:30 AM: And now there’s word of a crash at 8th/Roxbury. Heading off for a look.

8:52 AM: No photo because we were driving, but it’s a 2-vehicle crash in westbound lanes, affecting the entire intersection. Eastbound was at a near-standstill for a while. Private ambulance called for someone

9:35 AM: Just checked back – 8th/Roxbury crash scene is now completely clear.

5 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend previews"

  • Blinkyjoe July 29, 2016 (7:58 am)

    E Marginal way South was a CIRCUS this morning. Cycling along there at 7:05, I’ve never seen it so busy. Trucks backed up past Spokane street (Lining up heading north) and cars trying to get around them. At the northern end, by Massachusets street, we had trucks stopped in the center turn lane, trucks and cars stopped in the northbound lane, and a bunch of ‘clever’ motorists who thought they could get by in the bike lane! Well, the bike lane choked them off and so there were THREE rows of stopped traffic.


  • workdowntown July 29, 2016 (9:21 am)

    Anybody else see the crazy white Tesla on 99 NB around 7 this morning?  He came within inches of hitting me as he swerved past, then kept zipping in and out and passing cars in the bus only lane for quite awhile.  I tried to report it to the non-emergency line but they never picked up.  I do have license plate number.

  • Kravitz July 29, 2016 (10:06 am)

    Anyone foolish (that’s the kindest word I can us) enough to take their pet with them and leave them in a hot car for any period of time and respond to concerned passersby with the comment mentioned above shouldn’t be responsible for another life (animal or otherwise). I guess common sense really isn’t all that common. 

  • BlairJ July 29, 2016 (11:20 am)

    I sure wish SDOT would announce when they intend to start closing streets downtown for the Torchlight Parade.  They just say the parade starts at 7:30 PM, and then include a link to the Seafair website.  The downtown street closures affect traffic in surrounding areas, and some closures start well before the parade does.  We seem to be getting less specific information from SDOT than we used to.

    • WSB July 29, 2016 (11:56 am)

      SDOT doesn’t close the streets – SPD and Seafair are accountable – I’ll see what I can find out.

      One thing different this year (I’m continuing to peel away the layers on this, as with the Blue Angels info yesterday) – there’s no Torchlight Run. So that means a slightly later closure. Mentioned on that page in March, according to my search results so far. – TR

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