FRIDAY PM TRAFFIC: Bus fire on I-5, and other notes

WSB reader photo

2:28 PM: You’re going to want to avoid I-5 in the West Seattle Bridge vicinity for a while. There’s a big vehicle fire. The bridge exit to NB I-5 is closed. One texter says it’s a “tour bus.” More to come.

2:37 PM: Added a reader photo. SB I-5 is getting by but avoiding the area in its entirety remains your best bet.

2:55 PM: Per scanner, fire is “tapped” (out) and SFD is working to make it possible for a NB I-5 lane to be opened “as soon as possible.” No reports of injuries.

3:10 PM: One lane of NB I-5 is now open.

3:33 PM: Readers report SODO surface streets are jammed as a result.

3:50 PM: 2 lanes are open now but the backup remains major.

4:14 PM: We’ll keep this going as a PM traffic update given the residual problems from the bus fire. Note for Water Taxi riders: Question on Twitter leads us to note that the Spirit of Kingston seems to be running in place of Doc Maynard right now. We’re checking to see if that’s a TFN thing.

5:28 PM: I-5 update:

5:55 PM: All lanes now open again.

6:06 PM: If you’re headed up via the south, note there’s a crash at Highland Park Way/Holden (thanks, MrsL).

6:12 PM: Metro says the Route 57 scheduled to head back this way about 15 minutes ago didn’t run.

28 Replies to "FRIDAY PM TRAFFIC: Bus fire on I-5, and other notes"

  • Swede. January 25, 2019 (3:17 pm)

    That looks pretty hot. Wonder if the bridge above will be OK…

    • WSB January 25, 2019 (3:33 pm)

      It’s being inspected per SDOT.

  • DO January 25, 2019 (3:27 pm)

    I work in SODO and traffic is a mess at 3:30pm, we’ve been watching live on KOMO since this all started. Poor kids, still stuck without being picked up yet. 

  • JCW January 25, 2019 (3:41 pm)

    Trying to get to I-90E for the weekend. Left 30 min ago: came up 509, Marginal Way, now sitting on Spokane. Lots of traffic, lots of trains crossing. Would not recommend. 

  • Dawn January 25, 2019 (3:42 pm)

    Holy crap! I hope everyone is okay :(

  • Jena January 25, 2019 (4:05 pm)

    I was at Northgate heading south when I realized how bad I-5 was so I jumped over to 99 and took it all the way through the battery Street tunnel… Now, I’m on first Avenue crawling…. 😬

  • Lola January 25, 2019 (4:05 pm)

    Traffic is ugly down here by me.  7th & Lucile is a zoo right now.  I am hoping at 4:30 that I can zig zag my way over to E- Marginal to take the lower bridge to get home.  You do not want to be anywhere by Airport way or Under the Spokane St. Bridge.  Wish me luck. 

  • Ham January 25, 2019 (4:37 pm)

    I work in Chinatown and can confirm surface streets are a mess as a result. Heavy traffic trying to get to West Seattle. (Airport Way, 4th, Spokane). Waze was getting creative. 

  • Jamie Malek January 25, 2019 (4:38 pm)

    The w.seattle bridge is all jacked up as well. We aren’t going ANYWHERE…..

  • Bk January 25, 2019 (4:57 pm)

    Now the low bridge is open. So much for them not opening it at this time of day.

    • WSB January 25, 2019 (5:26 pm)

      The low bridge restrictions are:
      7-10 am
      2-5 pm
      Unless the vessel (or barge being towed) is 5000 gross tons or more, in which case no restrictions.

  • B January 25, 2019 (4:59 pm)

    Took an hour and fifteen minute to go from WSHS you Safeco Field(via 1st ave) Be safe and careful out there everyone! 

  • Joya January 25, 2019 (5:02 pm)

    Took an hour from Renton to West Seattle. I5 NB is horrible.

  • Bus rider January 25, 2019 (5:22 pm)

    The frequency of buses leaving downtown to west seattle btwn 5 and 6:30 is slow since shutdown. I end up waiting 20 minutes plus for any one of these to show up on 3rd 21x, C or is reallynerve wracking for picking up kids from daycare.

  • Alki resident January 25, 2019 (5:26 pm)

    According to the KIRO chopper, the Stanford track team was on the charter bus. Thank goodness for news choppers that deliver the news.

  • Jen January 25, 2019 (5:32 pm)

    Husband waiting downtown reports there have been at least two 113 (bus) no shows tonight. 

  • KJS January 25, 2019 (5:55 pm)

    I took the 21 local from 3rd & Seneca to 35th & Dawson and it was about a 45 minute ride (about 5:15 P.M. – 6 P.M.). A little longer ride than it has been in the past couple weeks, but not the worst commute I’ve ever had. 

  • MrsL January 25, 2019 (6:03 pm)

    There’s a crash at Highland Park and Holden. Traffic heading up the hill is slow.

  • Sam January 25, 2019 (6:46 pm)

    If this is beating a dead horse, I apologize. Is there any info on why Metro has no REAL data on buses that are late starting their routes? Surely someone somewhere knows that bus will be late, right? Why is there no means to deliver that info?We in WS deal with this in mornings and evenings because we are at often at the start of routes: for example, 56 in mornings starts at Alki, and in evenings at 3rd-Bell.What happens? A bus due to start its route never shows, and 45 minutes later a text goes out saying “The route X due leave Y at Z did not operate.” How is that helpful or meaningful at all?

    • Jen January 25, 2019 (7:49 pm)

      Agreed! How can we get this info in a timely manner so we can make informed choices and change routes if needed? 

    • T January 25, 2019 (7:51 pm)

      I thought it was funny when the mayor and others had a news conference in WS at the pier and touted using the bus, among other resources, during the Seattle Squeeze. People have commented here for years about buses canceling routes with notice only coming after, if at all.

    • S January 26, 2019 (7:10 am)

      I lived in WS last year and felt the squish of the ever filling up buses and the frequent no-shows. So I bought a condo in Des Moines. It’s even worse in the evening now. South bound buses to Burien way just don’t materialize. And I miss WS. 

  • Sheryl January 25, 2019 (6:57 pm)

    Thank you for taking the bus from West Seattle!I’ve lived here 20 years and West Seattle traffic is horrible. West Seattle has about 20.000 more people!

  • Track January 25, 2019 (7:05 pm)

    The bus that caught on fire was carrying track and field athletes from Stanford University. They’re all OK. Indoor track meet at UW going on tonight and tomorrow. 

  • newnative January 25, 2019 (7:26 pm)

    Last 56 broke down at Virginia. 

  • Yma January 25, 2019 (8:02 pm)

    So glad that there are no injuries ( no reports ). Could we get an update on a) the Stanford athletes & b) underlying cause?

  • Rick January 26, 2019 (10:45 am)

    Welcome to the future.

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