TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch, with low-bridge closure continuing

6:58 AM: First, the reminder that the West Seattle “low bridge” remains closed to all non-maritime traffic:

No new estimated opening date from SDOT, which has said the emergency repairs will continue until the middle of the week. Our other regular cameras:

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links)

Meantime, there’s trouble on NB 99 – a crash in the Battery Street Tunnel and one just north of it.

7:19 AM: SDOT says the NB BSTunnel is clear. Meantime, a reminder that a movie crew is working for the next few hours in North Admiral, as noted here last night, and that might affect traffic briefly at the far north end of California SW, and on Harbor below, while they shoot “driving scenes.”

9:40 AM: Hamilton Viewpoint has cleared out but the movie crew is still working on Harbor/Alki Avenue SW, which means periodic traffic holds – police are on scene – between Don Armeni and a short distance north of Luna/Anchor Park. We’ll have some photos in a separate story later.

17 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch, with low-bridge closure continuing"

  • 22blades June 25, 2018 (7:16 am)

    I hope the hydraulic repair is going smoothly. Sounds like a tedious, dirty job. It could be a dangerous job as well. One of the ways to find a pinhole hydraulic leak is to take broom handle to look for it. When the stream slices off the handle, you’ve found it. Not something you fish around with your hands with. I got hydraulic mist into my eyes years ago. That wound up to be an afternoon in the ER. (That’s what the pilot wandering around the bottom of the airplane before departure is doing…)

    BTW, is it time to revisit reversible lanes on the High Span?

  • MJ June 25, 2018 (9:13 am)

    22blades Agreed hoping the repair is going smoothly on the low level bridge, my bike commuting is on hold until fixed.Reversible lanes on the high level bridge is moot; the issue is capacity restraints on the SR 5 NB and SR 99 NB.  Busses are provided a queue jump.MJ

    • 22blades June 25, 2018 (12:00 pm)

      I was thinking more like feeding the 4th Ave feeder. Sorry about your pedal commute. My pedalling is curtailed at the moment but for a nasty summer cold I got in my travels.Be careful out there. Strange routes, impatient or late drivers is begging for wierd behavior.There’s a sign at work that says: “your lack of planning doesn’t make it my emergency”.

  • West Sea Neighbor June 25, 2018 (10:45 am)

    I’m also hoping that the fix is proceeding apace. The roundabout commute is getting old already. There is too much sidewalk/weird crossings/etc involved. I’ll try water taxi to get home (how is capacity on the 4:05 boat?) but my morning commute is about an hour before the first water taxi…

    • WSB June 25, 2018 (10:53 am)

      We’ll of course be checking with SDOT if they don’t post an update soon – they were pretty good about progress reports the first couple days.

    • Brian June 25, 2018 (11:24 am)

      How much more time does the detour add to the AM commute?

      • West Sea Neighbor June 25, 2018 (12:17 pm)

        I suppose it depends on what speed you typically ride. For me, it has added about 16-17 minutes for the extra 5 miles.

      • James June 25, 2018 (1:19 pm)

        As I live at Morgan junction, I simply go down silvan way to the highland drive hill. Also work in SODO so the time is actually the same. Less safe for sure though. 

  • Smittytheclown June 25, 2018 (11:52 am)

    How would making the southernmost westbound lane on the WSB/SSV reversible not help?  That would become the dedicated morning eastbound I-5 lane.  The remaining lanes (to SB I-5, 1st and 4th) would no longer be impacted by the congestion created by the current I-5 cue that can back up to the WSB itself.  I think reversible makes a ton of sense.  It’s at least worth studying.

    • WSB June 25, 2018 (12:11 pm)

      Last time I inquired again about lane-reversing, the reply was that it’s not possible. Have to look up who and when that was from, though.

      • Smittytheclown June 25, 2018 (2:13 pm)

        No worries, I’m sure you are right.  You just read about “zipper” barrier moving technology (like on the Golden Gate Bridge) and wonder why they can’t zipper that current barrier back and forth. Assuming it’s damn expensive though!

  • MrsL June 25, 2018 (1:06 pm)

    There’s an update on the SDOT “On the Move” Blog.

  • Aimee Wildstone June 26, 2018 (1:28 pm)

    I went to the shuttle pickup last night at 6:30 PM, only to find that the shuttle driver decided to end early (according to the officer I spoke with). I had no  idea how to safely get back over to 1st ave on my bike, somehow ended up on 99 south where there is no sidewalk or shoulder because there were no detour signs I could find and the officer on post couldn’t tell me where to go. It really shook me and was super dangerous – drivers in Seattle are extremely hostile towards bike commuters. SDOT really needs to update their posts regarding the shuttle times because the real last pickup time is around 6:15, or the shuttle driver needs to do his/her job and do the full shift as posted. Lesson learned!

    • WSB June 26, 2018 (1:57 pm)

      Sorry to hear it; moot point now as the bridge has just reopened! But I would encourage you to provide feedback to SDOT nonetheless – 206-684-ROAD is one way.

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