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

7:42 AM: Checking in for the final stretch of the Friday morning commute. No incidents in/from West Seattle. The National Weather Service has downgraded the weather alert a bit to a “wind advisory,” expecting 25-35 mph wind with possible gusts to 55 mph, in effect 9 am-10 pm but with the highest likelihood of windiness not until this afternoon.

LOW-BRIDGE ALERT: After about 8:30, if you’re eastbound on the low bridge bike/pedestrian path, watch out for the gathering related to the new Duwamish Waterway signs, as previewed here last night.

SPRING BREAK: Many local schools will be closed next week for spring break.

8:23 AM: If you will be using SB 99 north of downtown this weekend – WSDOT reminds us of this Sunday closure on the southbound side:

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close a half-mile stretch of southbound State Route 99/Aurora Avenue North near South Lake Union this Sunday, April 9, to complete work needed to reopen Harrison Street.

All southbound lanes of the highway between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The northbound lanes will remain open.

During the closure, crews will restripe access to and from of Harrison Street – which has been closed due to SR 99 tunnel construction. When the work is complete, drivers will have access to and from SR 99/Aurora Avenue North at Harrison Street.

The forecast looks promising, but the work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled if needed.

And we should also mention one more time that the West Seattle Water Taxi starts its seven-day-a-week schedule on Monday.

2 Replies to "TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Friday watch"

  • JoB April 7, 2017 (1:37 pm)

    i just saw a picture of what the wind did at my brother’s house outside of Portland..
    i don’t think we should get too complacent yet. I am back out the door to secure things a little better than i did this morning

    • WSB April 7, 2017 (1:50 pm)

      The advisory is up until late tonight so indeed, too soon to say we are past anything. We’re on the west/southwest-facing blufftop and it’s considerably gustier up here than the lowland WS areas we’ve been in for the past hour or so. – TR

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