TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; bridge closure tonight; Viaduct closure still on for Oct. 8-9

(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)

7:06 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle right now.

One big reminder for tonight:

BRIDGE CLOSURE: The west end of the West Seattle Bridge will be closed starting right before midnight so that SDOT crews can replace 18 jersey barriers damaged in crashes. SDOT says it should be open again by 9 am Saturday:

The West Seattle Bridge (WSB) will be closed to through traffic in both directions between 35th Ave SW and the Harbor Avenue/Avalon Way exit. Crews will begin closing lanes at 11:30 p.m. Friday with full closure by midnight. A detour will be in place for eastbound and westbound travelers on the WSB. The detour for eastbound traffic is via SW Avalon Way, SW Spokane St and back onto the WSB. The detour for westbound traffic is via the Harbor Avenue/Avalon Way exit to SW Avalon Way to Fauntleroy Way SW.

WEEKEND CITYWIDE ALERTS: Here’s SDOT’s roundup of major happenings around the city this weekend, including the Mariners’ regular-season-ending home series and tonight’s UW-Stanford game at Husky Stadium.

7:20 AM: Road-work notes:

35TH SW NORTH OF ALASKA: The pavement repairs in the northbound lanes between Alaska and Avalon should be done by this afternoon, SDOT told us yesterday.

ADMIRAL WAY WORK DELAYED TO NEXT WEEK: SDOT now says the work west of California won’t start until next Wednesday.

VIADUCT CLOSURE OCTOBER 8-9: The SDOT website still lists next weekend, 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th, for the next Alaskan Way Viaduct maintenance/inspection closure. WSDOT hasn’t announced it yet, though, so we’re checking with them this morning. (UPDATE: Yes, it IS on, WSDOT confirms, for NEXT weekend. Details will be out on Monday.)

7:52 AM – BEAUTY SHOT: Still no traffic trouble so we’re sharing a beautiful sunrise view from the Water Taxi dock at Seacrest this morning, just shared by Rahel O’Mara:


The Water Taxi remains on its 7-day-a-week schedule for one more month – the 5-day-a-week schedule starts on Monday, October 31st.

11:40 AM: Thanks to the person who texted that unannounced road-repair work is under way on the bridge deck, eastbound around 1st Avenue South – that is apparently backing up the high-rise in a big way. We’re asking SDOT if there’s any ETA on completion.

2:44 PM: If you’re headed southbound on I-5, note that the ramp to the westbound West Seattle Bridge is blocked right now:

5 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; bridge closure tonight; Viaduct closure still on for Oct. 8-9"

  • newnative September 30, 2016 (9:31 am)

    That’s some wild cloud coverage going on, I’m just across the bay and it’s sun-shiney.  

    • WSB September 30, 2016 (9:37 am)

      It is a little fogged-in up here, east of Lincoln Park. Sunny earlier. But this happens some mornings, and then it drifts back out again.

  • run_dmc September 30, 2016 (11:36 am)

    Bridge is really backed up and has been for at least 1/2 hour at 11:30 am.  Anyone know what’s going on?

    • WSB September 30, 2016 (11:40 am)

      Someone just texted us. I then tweeted and was just about to add here. There’s some road work happening right around 1st Avenue S. on the bridge deck. Unannounced/unalerted, so thanks to the texter.

  • Gina September 30, 2016 (7:47 pm)

    Flashing message board is up on Admiral between 45th and 46th. Says no parking on Admiral starting October 5th.

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