TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: AM watch for 3rd Wednesday post-Viaduct

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

5:56 AM: Good morning! No school for Seattle Public Schools today, so traffic should be a bit lighter as a result.

6:10 AM: No major incidents or alerts, around the region as well as in our area, so far this morning.

6:36 AM: Still incident-free.

6;54 AM: Busy but still nothing out of the (current) ordinary.

7:13 AM: Slow on the bridge.

7:30 AM: Scanner – police are being dispatched to a reported driver/pedestrian collision at California/Findlay.

7:35 AM: The woman who was hit is not seriously injured, per first police on the scene. (And thanks to the person who just called to be sure we knew about this.)

7:40 AM: The incident was on the southbound side. We say “was” because the scene has now cleared. … Chilly morning and if you have a car parked on the street, you might have some scraping to do, we’re noting from our view of the street.

8:07 AM: Sorry we missed noting a low-bridge opening (remember that the temporary 7-10 am restrictions only apply to vessels below 5,000 gross tons), which is logged as having swung open for maritime traffic 7:32-7:50 am.

8:24 AM: Just in from Joseph, a photo of the bicyclist lineup on the low bridge just before that maritime opening ended:

8 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: AM watch for 3rd Wednesday post-Viaduct"

  • Liz Steen January 30, 2019 (12:32 pm)

    Am I right in thinking traffic seems to be worst right around 7 a.m.? I never wait in traffic for a meeting around 10 a.m. but mornings always seem to be really slow. 

    • WSB January 30, 2019 (12:51 pm)

      Yes. But if you have to go to a 10 am meeting before everything’s open, give yourself extra time … we left at 9:50 in hopes of making yesterday’s briefing at 10:30 and wound up part of a big backup, despite a lack of incidents …

  • T January 30, 2019 (12:44 pm)

    A lot of bus lane cheaters around noon today in the original bus lane. Eastbound backed up before the high rise.  Wish cops would have been there. Would have been like shooting fish in a barrel.

    • WSB January 30, 2019 (12:49 pm)

      TV traffic reporters claimed there were police on the bridge earlier today.

  • Mj January 30, 2019 (1:55 pm)

    Almost to the finish line, hopefully no snags.  The nice weather has helped a lot

  • JayDee January 30, 2019 (2:44 pm)

    There was a cop parked near the 4th Ave bus lane with their lights on @7:20 just waiting to nab someone. Since I ride the 56 I am all for it.

  • Ktrapp January 30, 2019 (5:29 pm)

    Lower bridge has been closed for a good while now.  It doesn’t look like it’s up though, looking at the camera.

    • WSB January 30, 2019 (5:59 pm)

      We’re covering that separately. Thanks!

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