TRAFFIC ALERT: Road-work backup on eastbound West Seattle Bridge

10:09 AM: Thanks for the tip. Unannounced “road work” is closing two lanes on a significant section of the eastbound bridge, so if you have to head out, give yourself extra time.

10:51 AM: Tipster Lora sends this photo of where the crew is working:

And we have since found a brief mention of it on the SDOT “On the Move” blog – described as “generally between 8 am and 5 pm … West Seattle Freeway – Helping to complete small improvements, with various traffic impacts.”

12:50 PM: As noted by commenter Onion and tweeted by SDOT, this work appears to be done.

12 Replies to "TRAFFIC ALERT: Road-work backup on eastbound West Seattle Bridge"

  • Mike December 9, 2018 (10:10 am)

    Lovely!  Thank you WSB for the heads up on this before we head out for the day.

  • Eddie December 9, 2018 (10:27 am)

    That is certainly one ugly looking traffic jam for a typically quiet Sunday.

  • NW December 9, 2018 (10:42 am)

    These types of traffic issues make me think of alternative transit routes to access downtown area like taking the 128 to Tukwila link light rail station then link light rail north or our route 60 out of SW West Seattle and of course bicycling or a long walk. 

  • flimflam December 9, 2018 (10:56 am)

    eech. no fun for anyone that needs to travel that way..

  • ScottAmick December 9, 2018 (10:59 am)

    Looks like new or replacement signs being installed on the 99 overpass that faces eastbound traffic on the Spokane Street viaduct.  Just drove through the back-up a few minutes ago.

  • wetone December 9, 2018 (11:02 am)

    Looks like SDOT hasn’t changed much since Kubly left.  Poor planning, priority’s  and communication issues. Know how I’m voting when they ask for their next $billion, coming very soon……  Was going to hospital earlier today and got stuck in this traffic.

    • WSB December 9, 2018 (11:11 am)

      I did correct myself above – I have since found a small mention in an SDOT blog post on Friday about weekend work spots around the city.

  • Onion December 9, 2018 (11:56 am)

    A few minutes ago it looked as if they were packing up their cones. Mission accomplished?

  • ACG December 9, 2018 (12:27 pm)

    Thank goodness for Waze. I needed to head downtown earlier and Waze routed me all the way down to Roxbury/509 to get there. I was grumbling, but decided to follow it. As I passed the West Seattle Bridge on 509/99 it was nasty. So glad I didn’t do my usual route on the Bridge. WSB posted this alert just after I had headed out. They were hoisting a new sign over the NB 99 on ramp. What a mess. 

    • ScottAmick December 9, 2018 (2:11 pm)

      I was Wazing the driver downtown but didn’t quite see the distinction between the low and high bridge until it was too late!  Since they’re about on top of each other on the map I needed to pay close attention to what the signs said at the north end of Delridge.  At least we were going to the northbound 99 exit so the delay wasn’t too bad.

  • Gary December 9, 2018 (2:11 pm)

    All that traffic to replace one sign!  Wonder why they didn’t do this at night?

    • brian December 11, 2018 (11:42 am)

      Because it costs more to pay crews to work at night and it’s more dangerous to do so. Also because it generates more impotent complaining than other times of day and the city runs mostly on impotent complainers.    

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