TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates & alerts; 34th/Barton crash; weekend previews

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6:52 AM: As we start this morning’s traffic coverage, we’re getting word of a crash at 34th and Barton. A caller says a motorcycle rider is involved. We are heading over to check, but avoid that area.

6:56 AM: SDOT says Barton is blocked eastbound at the scene.

7:05 AM: Per scanner, police are also going to block Barton westbound, at 32nd SW. No word yet on injuries.

7:14 AM: And now police are reported to be reopening SW Barton.

7:30 AM: Our crew photographed the motorcycle, which has been uprighted.


The rider had collided with the black car seen in the background of our photo and has been taken to Harborview Medical Center, but his injuries weren’t life-threatening, which is why the scene was reopened so quickly.

7:32 AM: On to what else is happening:

Today is PARKing Day, which expands to two days this year, in which businesses/organizations were invited to get permission to turn parking spaces into temporary mini-parks. The only one in West Seattle this year is at Westwood Village, alongside Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor). See the citywide map here.

CITYWIDE WEEKEND PREVIEW: Along with PARKing Day, the Mariners are at home starting tonight, the Sounders play at CenturyLink tomorrow, and in South Park, the Fiestas Patrias parade travels along 14th Avenue South starting at 11 am Saturday – here’s SDOT’s citywide weekend roundup.

8:33 AM: Via SDOT, a crash at 45th/Alaska – the SFD response, however, has already closed.

9:28 AM: Via scanner, report of a crash at 36th/Raymond, “car not drivable.”

4 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates & alerts; 34th/Barton crash; weekend previews"

  • Nick September 16, 2016 (7:38 am)

    I live at this intersection, and this is not the first crash we’ve had lately (though easily the largest emergency response). Traffic improvements on 35th have turned 34th and surrounding residential streets into thoroughfares for impatient commuters, leading to higher speeds and (IMO) more reckless turning and stopping behavior. Hope nobody was too badly injured this morning. Slow down, everyone. Happy Friday! 

  • C September 16, 2016 (7:18 pm)

    I came upon the motorcycle accident and waited with the injured rider till medics took him to harborview.  He was conscious and in a lot of pain. Thankfully he was wearing very good gear and helmet.  the bike stopped on impact-was actually upright and wedged into the front tire well. 

    • WSB September 16, 2016 (11:15 pm)

      Thank you!

  • C September 16, 2016 (7:20 pm)

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