TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Back-to-school Monday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents or transit alerts in our area so far.

Toplines:

-Back to school post-winter break
South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) starts 10 am because of Puget Ridge power outage
Washington State Ferries now on winter schedule
-Highway 99 closure starts 10 pm Friday (here’s the timeline)

7:10 AM: Not mentioned by SDOT yet but JayDee says there’s a crash on the eastbound high bridge just before Delridge.

8:41 AM: SSC has updated – closed all day.

7 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Back-to-school Monday watch"

  • Stuart Weitzman January 7, 2019 (7:52 am)

    Did I miss something, or was it NOT communicated that the BUS ONLY lanes on the WSB were to be EXTENDED to the 4th avenue Exit?  This is really going to make ViaDoom WORSE than it needs to be.  It took me 25 minutes to get out of West Seattle at 6:30 this am.

    • WSB January 7, 2019 (8:13 am)

      Yes, previously announced & an announcement last Friday that the work would be done this past weekend.

  • Lola January 7, 2019 (9:48 am)

    FYI.  I take the 4th Ave Exit off the WSB people were still traveling in the far right lane all the way down to 4th Ave when I took it this morning.  I hang in the left lane as I go to Georgetown.  A few people had gotten into the middle lane but most were staying in the right hand lane to take a right onto 4th Ave.  I have never seen a bus take the 4th Ave exit but maybe more will be using it on Monday Jan. 14th. when the real crunch begins. 

  • Wendell January 7, 2019 (9:55 am)

    The circus is just beginning with the new bus lane. Lots of drivers using the restricted lane around 9am this morning, all the way down to the right turn at the bottom of the exit. Few cared, and most didn’t care much about the speed limit either.There was the usual last-minute lane changing to the left just at the 4th Ave exit. But one clown in particular came all the way over two lanes from the new bus lane. It was almost disastrous.This project may need more than new paint.

    • WSB January 7, 2019 (10:46 am)

      Thanks. Don’t know that this makes a difference but SDOT made a point of saying that while they had to paint the lane Saturday while the weather was OK, it’s not officially in effect until the Viaduct closure results in the buses changing routes. – TR

      • sam-c January 7, 2019 (10:52 am)

        WSB, thank you for clarifying! That is what I had understood from reading your post about the early paint job, but was second guessing myself. 

  • Buttercup January 7, 2019 (2:49 pm)

    I left Highland Park at Holden at 6:20 a.m. this morning and was on Beacon Hill at 6:40.  I found it to be a great commute. Felt bad for those trying to get on I-5 though.  Trying to keep on my mind that it’s going to be difficult but no sense getting my knickers in a knot and making it harder on my self. Turn up music loud, sing along. listen to a CD book, pray,  or just talk to myself. I can’t change anything outside my car so I will change what happens inside my car. If this irritates you , so sorry. I going to make the best of a difficult situation.

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