TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: 2nd Friday AM watch post-Viaduct

(SDOT MAP with travel times / WS-relevant traffic cams / Water Taxi schedule, other helpful info HERE)

5:30 AM: Good morning! No incidents or alerts in our area so far.

5:45 AM: As previewed last night, this morning brings a “pop-up” edition of Bike Everywhere Day, including a “station” under the West Seattle Bridge, 6:30-9 am. … Weather’s dry this morning and looking that way for much of the final week ahead of Highway 99-less-ness.

6 AM: Things are picking up but still no incidents.

6:03 AM: Surface Spokane train alert:

6:13 AM: Train’s clear, per SDOT.

6:32 AM: High bridge is officially in morning-backup mode. And there’s a bit of trouble on NB I-5 north of the West Seattle Bridge, disabled vehicle blocking part of a lane by Dearborn.

6:55 AM: Courtesy of Seattle Council staff, the mentioned-earlier bicycle station under the bridge:

Among those expected to stop before morning’s end, Councilmember Lorena González, riding from her home in The Junction.

7:02 AM: Late bus alert for the south end, just sent by Metro: “Route 113 to Seattle due to leave Shorewood at 6:59 AM will operate more than 30 minutes late this morning.”

7:36 AM: Busy but quiet.

7:55 AM: City-provided photo from Councilmember González’s stop at the WSBC-and-friends station under the bridge:

Bikes crossing the low bridge are counted here. (Added: Here’s a pic tweeted by González, showing the counter.)

8:01 AM: Aside from the high bridge, no West Seattle arterials in red (jam mode) on the city map right now. Just off the peninsula, 1st Ave. S. shows slower than 4th.

8:09 AM: Texter reports (THANK YOU!) that the low bridge was just open for a few minutes – but it’s not showing on Twitter (though this webcam framegrab verifies), so we’re asking SDOT if there’s a problem.

8:29 AM: Crash on the NB 1st Avenue S. Bridge, blocking one lane.

8:45 AM: That incident has cleared.

9:16 AM: Train blockage on lower Spokane Street per SDOT: “… blocked with a stopped train between E Marginal Way and 1st Ave S.”

5 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: 2nd Friday AM watch post-Viaduct"

  • Azimuth January 25, 2019 (9:13 am)

    No comments so far. Either a good sign or we’ve given in.

  • newnative January 25, 2019 (9:28 am)

    I was going to comment with my usual, “The bus ride was great!”  Not as fast as last Friday but pretty close. California & Admiral to lower Queen Anne within 30 minutes, leaving just after 7am. 

  • Lola January 25, 2019 (9:37 am)

    I was real early this morning, got to the 4th Ave Exit at about 6:55, no cops at the ramp till you are almost to the bottom, some bozo decides to take the right hand lane all the way down till 2 motorcycle cops tell him he needs to get over to the left, of course he holds up a bus as the light is red and no cars are going yet.  I wish they would have given him a ticket as he knew exactly what he was doing. 

    • KBear January 25, 2019 (10:06 am)

      Or maybe the cops should’ve escorted that bozo all the way back to West Seattle, so he could start over in heavier traffic.

  • Lola January 25, 2019 (12:48 pm)

    Kbear,  I like your idea better.  Like in Monopoly go back to start you do not get to collect your $200 dollars, you must now drive in the slow lane all the way to work.  Ha, Ha.  He was even holding up his phone to his face while in that lane.  He is lucky he did not end up with 2 tickets. 

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