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VIDEO: From ivy to bullets, 24 questions at 34th District Democrats’ town hall with state legislators

Most of this month’s 34th District Democrats meeting was devoted to a “town hall” Q&A event with our area’s state legislators – Sen. Joe Nguyen, Rep. Eileen Cody, and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon. Rachel Glass and Jordan Crawley moderated the event Wednesday at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Here’s our video:

Ahead, our toplines from what was asked and how it was answered:

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Westwood Village car prowl; shotgun suspect followup

In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

WESTWOOD VILLAGE CAR PROWL: Reader report received this evening:

I was the victim of a car prowl outside 24 Hour Fitness last night (11/16) between 7:30pm-8:50pm. It was disappointing because it was my first real visit to the gym after starting a membership earlier in the week.

When I left the gym, I found the driver-side window of my car smashed in, and some Seattle Public Library CD’s and personal CD’s in the passenger seat that were taken. Nothing of real value, but now I’m stuck with cost of replacing the broken window, which is money I don’t have.

When I went back inside the gym to report the incident to employees behind the front desk, one of them asked, “Did you park on the Marshall’s side?”. I said yes, and he said there had been at least 4 recent car break-ins in that same area of the parking lot.

We checked Tweets by Beat – which, it should be noted, does have gaps – and found four car-prowl calls logged to WWV addresses since Oct. 1st.

CAR PROWL/THEFT PREVENTION: This month’s educational bulletin from Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner focuses on those two crimes – read it here (PDF) or below:

SHOTGUN SUSPECT FOLLOWUP: One update in a case we’ve been following – that of 48-year-old Michael J. Mullen, who originally made news in a June incident involving a “heavily altered” shotgun. Four weeks ago, we reported that he was back in jail, charged with misdemeanor domestic-violence harassment after an incident involving a roommate. Checking online court records, we see that case has since been dismissed but he was kept in custody on a “remand” in the gun case. Now he’s been found incompetent to stand trial and ordered to spend up to 45 days at Western State Hospital for attempted competency restoration.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Another West Seattle Bridge crash

7:10 PM: Another crash toward the west end of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. This one has just been dispatched as a rollover, “on its top,” so SFD is sending a “rescue extrication” response. If you have to use the bridge, avoid that end for a while.

7:14 PM: Police are closing the eastbound Fauntleroy entrance to the bridge because of the crash. No injuries reported so far.

7:39 PM: The incident log shows all SFD units have now closed out their part of the call. SDOT’s live camera at 35th/Fauntleroy shows the eastbound bridge entrance is still closed.

7:52 PM: Now reopened.

West Seattle weekend scene: Camel visit @ Ounces anniversary celebration

As previewed in our Sunday highlight list, a camel – technically, a dromedary – was at Ounces in North Delridge this afternoon as part of the beer garden/taproom’s third-anniversary celebration. Crackle is from a farm on the Eastside. (We would have photographed Ounces’ proprietors too, but Laurel and Mike Trujillo had stepped away just before we got there. Happy anniversary!)

UPDATE: Crash on eastbound West Seattle Bridge

3:41 PM: Avoid the eastbound bridge from Fauntleroy for a while – a crash, and the SFD medical response for it, is blocking at least one lane.

5:04 PM: Just in case you’re wondering- yes, this did clear.

DELRIDGE: New equipment for Cottage Grove Playground; community meeting December 2

Thanks to Doug for the tip! Another West Seattle playground has improvements on the way. New equipment is planned for Cottage Grove Park Playground at 5206 26th SW, as part of the 2018 Your Voice, Your Choice! process, “to make the play area more usable for young children.” Seattle Parks is having a community meeting at 6:30 pm Monday, December 2nd, for input on the new equipment. All are welcome at the meeting, which will be in Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW) – see the full flyer here (PDF).

HOLIDAYS: Bazaar @ Peace Lutheran, with milestone anniversary a week away

No football, no rain (yet) – here’s an option this afternoon: It’s all about the home-made and hand-made at Peace Lutheran Church‘s holiday bazaar, on until 3 pm. Above, the card for the kimchi is right next to the bake-sale tables. Other tables offer sewn, knitted, crocheted creations at bargain prices:

The bazaar’s in the church’s daylight basement, entrance just north of the northeast corner of 39th/Thistle in Gatewood.

P.S. One week from today – on Sunday, November 24 – Peace Lutheran celebrates its 75th anniversary. Events start at 9:30 am and continue into the afternoon – details in our calendar listing.

Teens in the house? See ‘Screenagers, Next Chapter’ Thursday

The Chief Sealth International High School PTSA is inviting everyone interested to a free showing of the film, “Screenagers: Next Chapter.” It’s been in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar a while but in case you haven’t seen the listing yet, it’s 7:30 pm this Thursday (November 21st) in the CSIHS Auditorium. From the producers, here’s some info about it:

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience — a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age — Delany Ruston’s award-winning 2016 film — was the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions. Screened more than 8,000 times (and counting) to 4 million people in more than 70 countries, it has been featured on PBS NewsHour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and more. What started as a personal story grew into a national movement, helping millions of youth and their families find their way in a world with instant access to screen time.

In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

If you’re interested, you can RSVP here. The CSIHS PTSA adds, “This viewing is free but we will be collecting donations at the door to pay for the screening rights and the district AV crew.”

10 things for your West Seattle Sunday!

(Dark-eyed Junco, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

First, from the just-launched WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

PANCAKE-BREAKFAST TICKETS: Get yours in advance for a discount at the West Seattle Kiwanis booth at the south end of the Farmers’ Market today, 10 am-2 pm. The breakfast – with Santa photos! – is on December 7th. (California/Alaska)

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Peace Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale, noon-3 pm. Free kids’ crafts. (39th/Thistle)

And from our year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: See what’s fresh, 10 am-2 pm, in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

BRUNCH LAUNCH: As noted earlier this week, Lady Jaye in The Junction starts weekend-brunch service today, 10 am-2 pm. (4523 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE ARTIST AT MCCAW HALL: In conjunction with Pacific Northwest Ballet‘s “Locally Sourced” performances, which conclude at 1 pm today, local artists including West Seattle’s Babs Fulton are showng work at the hall. Here’s one of three pieces being shown by Babs:

She explains, “My 3 pieces are funky tributes to Seattle, our music history and of course the ‘gone, but not ever forgotten’ Viaduct!” Ballet ticket info here. (321 Mercer St.)

OUNCES ANNIVERSARY PARTY, WITH CAMEL! 2 pm-5:30 pm, the taproom/beer garden in North Delridge conclues its third-anniversary party – with Crackles the camel there 3-5:30 pm. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

SEATTLE SWING DANCE CLUB: 4-9:30 pm at Alki Masonic Center – schedule and pricing are here. (4736 40th SW)

HIGHEST OF HEELS, OKAY-ISH, LEILANI NITKEY: 5 pm at The Skylark, all ages, $5 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

FAIRGROUND: West Seattle duo, iive at the Pacific Room on Alki, 6-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (2808 Alki SW)

BLUEGRASS JAM: 7 pm at Whisky West. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar and newly published Holiday Guide!

VIDEO: Highland Park Improvement Club celebrates 100 years as ‘heart of the neighborhood’

(WSB photos)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

As a community-owned-and-operated neighborhood center, Highland Park Improvement Club is one of a kind in West Seattle.

Statewide, it has a rare designation too. In a proclamation read at HPIC’s 100th-birthday party today, the Secretary of State’s Office noted that it’s one of fewer than two dozen 1919-founded corporations still in existence (out of 3,000+ founded that year).

But what the centennial celebration was truly about was heart – HPIC’s mission “to be the heart of the neighborhood.”

The party was open-house style indoors at HPIC (1116 SW Holden) except for about 45 minutes of presentations, appreciations, and reminiscences, which we recorded on video:

Becca Fong emceed – here she is with newly re-elected City Councilmember and Highland Park neighbor Lisa Herbold showing a mayoral proclamation that HPIC’s 199th anniversary of incorporation (originally the Dumar-Outland Improvement Club), November 28th, will be Highland Park Improvement Club Day in Seattle:

(“That’s Thanksgiving,” somebody called out. “We have lots to be thankful for!” was the rejoinder.)

The stories shared were not just warm memories but tales of how the club was revived ~20 years ago when an aging, dwindling membership had trouble figuring out how it could sustainably carry on into the future. But they did, and HPIC’s current standard-bearers are confident it’ll last “another hundred years.”

HPIC trustee Kay Kirkpatrick acknowledged HPIC’s presence on Coast Salish land and thanked Duwamish board president Lupe Barnes for her presence at the party.

Newly re-elected County Councilmember Joe McDermott, a third-generation West Seattleite, recalled early in his political career driving someone to vote at HPIC, briefly expressing nostalgia for the days of in-person voting.

He also congratulated HPIC for a King County 4Culture grant facilitating some of the renovations/repairs that have helped the building weather the years.

The speaker who really brought down the house was grande dame Martha Mallett, who said she got involved in the late ’50s at age 30, “you do the math.”

“I’ve got so much I want to tell you,” she said after ascending to the stage.

She singled out old friends in the crowd, and paid tribute to HPIC leaders before and after her, from the founders who she said bought the site for $10, to the current leaders who have overseen improvements including a kitchen upgrade and wi-fi.

She also spoke of connecting with now-retired city neighborhood-district coordinator Ron Angeles, who followed her onstage:

His own Highland Park roots go back to moving there as a 5th-grader. He lives outside West Seattle now, but he assured HPIC, “You guys are the ENVY of other neighborhoods.”

HPIC’s current president Nicole Mazza was the final speaker.

She recalled moving to Highland Park a dozen years ago and having since met at least a hundred neighbors she knows by name. “That happens in Highland Park. … This place has a heart, has a soul.”

This is a party that was a year in the making (as well as, obviously, 100 years in the making!), with HPIC counting down by spotlighting a different decade each month at the first-Friday Corner Bar events.

The decades of history were also detailed in banners by Highland Park’s own Digital Genie, Dina Lydia Johnson, displayed during the party along with other exhibits looking back.

News of the decades was captivating – like a clickbait-style headline from the early 20th century, “Sicko Hearing About Flappers? Then Don’t Rea This.” Other headlines and document excerpts on display were a reminder that “the more things change, the more they stay the same” – meeting notices circa 1940, with “Highland Park district transportation problems to be discussed.” In 1967, a mudslide on Highland Park Way, which was hit with one again in just a few years ago.

Historic events of the past decade were noted as well, including the late-’00s fight against a proposed misdemeanor jail that the city ultimately agreed with Highland Parkers didn’t need to be built.

The 75th and 90th anniversary parties were noted as well – though nothing was likely as grand as today’s centennial celebration. As emcee Fong said onstage, “Through it all, (the club) has been there to sustain the neighborhood.”

And the sustenance will be mutual as long as people keep walking through the doors. With the neighborhood continuing to evolve – across the street to the west, modern townhouses replaced a small church – they no doubt will.

HPIC membership info is here.

WEST SEATTLE SUNSET: Short-lived splendor

So grateful to Bob Bollen for capturing this and sending his photo – we spotted the big burst of color while driving in The Junction; turned westward in hopes of getting down to the water for a clear view, but it vanished too quickly.

4 parked cars damaged in Delridge crash

(WSB photos)

A man driving a pickup truck suffered a medical problem and hit four parked cars along Delridge Way near Hudson tonight. One of the cars was knocked on its side. SFD checked out the pickup driver at the scene; no injuries otherwise.

The southbound lane will be blocked until the police and tow truck are clear.

UPDATE: Missing child found

8:50 PM: Just broadcast on police radio – the missing 12-year-old’s been found.

ORIGINAL REPORT, 7:55 PM: Read More

FOLLOWUP: New parking signs start going up in The Junction

Thanks to John Smersh of Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) for the photo, taken Friday – SDOT has started putting up the new parking signs in The Junction. Making a spot check late today, we only saw these signs – extending 2-hour-max parking in the business area to 8 pm most nights rather than 6 pm; the RPZ signs don’t appear to have gone up yet. (Please let us know if you’ve seen any!) SDOT had said the signage would all go up in the first two weeks of this month, so clearly they’re running behind. Once all the signage is installed, here’s what the new restrictions will be:

The plan was announced five months ago.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: About the Fauntleroy Park police search

Thanks for the tips about a police search in and around Fauntleroy Park. We went over to find out what it was about and talked with the person whose report led to the search. He said he was doing volunteer work in the wooded area just east of the Fauntleroy Church lot when he happened onto a man camping there. When he told the man he wasn’t supposed to be there, he told us, the man indicated both verbally and with a gesture that he was armed and wanted to left alone. The man who’d been threatened subsequently called 911. so far, police have not found the suspect. (And in case you are in the area and wondering, the SFD medic response in the church lot is completely unrelated.)

HOLIDAYS: First big day of West Seattle’s season

It’s a big day of bazaars and business open houses, as featured in our West Seattle Saturday list … we’ve visited a few:

Cookies and carolers are at the Junction True Value holiday open house until 2 pm.

Bring nonperishable food to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. East of The Junction, the Providence Mount St. Vincent Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is on until 4 pm:

Wander into the lobby at 4831 35th SW to find decorations and gift ideas, along with treats. Again, the full list of what’s up today/tonight is here; our season-long Holiday Guide (frequently updated!) is here.

BIZNOTE: New addition to Alki – Cycle Therapy

Just two weeks after Coastal Boutique moved to 3270 California SW, its former home at 2532 Alki Avenue SW has a new occupant: Cycle Therapy. Above, that’s proprietor Ric Hutchens. It’s an expansion of his “bicycles for all abilities” shop in Kent, with bikes and accessories. He tells WSB he heard about the shop space because he has the same landlord in Kent and when he saw it, he fell in love with it. He was planning to “soft open” today, with an official “grand opening” soon.

25 options for your West Seattle Saturday!

(Steller’s Jay, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

SO much happening today/tonight. First, from the just-launched WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

BAZAAR AT THE MOUNT: Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 9 am-4 pm. (4831 35th SW)

BAZAAR AT PEACE LUTHERAN: Peace Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale, 10 am-4 pm. Hot lunch available for purchase. Free kids’ crafts. (39th/Thistle)

BAZAAR & BOOKS IN WHITE CENTER: White Center Library Guild Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale, 10 am-3 pm at the library. (1409 SW 107th)

NURSERY OPEN HOUSE: West Seattle Nursery holiday open house, 11 am-2 pm, with special presentations and demonstrations, plus free coffee. (California/Brandon)

TRUE VALUE OPEN HOUSE & FOOD DRIVE: Junction True Value Holiday Open House. Be sure to bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank, 10 am-2 pm. “Ugly sweater” contest too! (4747 44th SW)

WEST SEATTLE CRANKSGIVING: Join West Seattle Bike Connections in a unique food drive with cargo bikes, meet at 10 am at West Seattle Food Bank. (3419 SW Morgan)

And from our year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HELP HEAL ROXHILL BOG: 10 am-2 pm at Roxhill Park – last we heard, they could still use a few more volunteers to replant the site damaged in a peat fire two years ago. (29th/Barton)

HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB’S 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: 11 am-3 pm, celebrate the centennial of this community gathering place! Actually, that phrase barely begins to describe HPIC. Go learn about its past and get excited about its future. Here’s a pic from just a corner of the setup:

11 am-3 pm, mostly open-house style but there’ll be some short talks at 1 pm. Admission free. (1116 SW Holden)

SOUTH PARK PLAZA DESIGN: 11 am-1 pm, visit the future site of South Park Plaza to talk with Seattle Parks about site design. (8456 Dallas Ave. S.)

CARMILIA’S 17TH ANNIVERSARY: As previewed here earlier this week, Carmilia’s Boutique in The Junction is celebrating 17 years in business! Open 11 am-6 pm with “new deliveries and specials all day.” (4528 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE MURALS TOUR: Want to learn about our neighborhood’s historic murals? Meet at noon outside the Junction Post Office for this tour guided by historian Clay Eals, presented by Atlas Obscura. $30/person. More info here. (4412 California SW)

LOVE MOUNT RAINIER? Noon-3 pm pop-up at Alair with Rainier Watch and their gear. (3270 California SW)

CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE DAY @ PATHFINDER: 1-4 pm, all are welcome to visit Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point for Confucius Institute Day and the opening of the school’s Confucius classroom. Chinese cultural performances and lunch, too. (1901 SW Genesee)

(added) ART OPENING: West Seattleite (and longtime WSB contributing photojournalist!) Christopher Boffoli is opening a new exhibition “Big Appetites ‘Bite Sized’ – New work from the ongoing series of fine-art photographs of tiny people and food.” Reception is 1-3 pm at Winston Wachter Fine Art. The show continues through December 21st. (203 Dexter Ave. N. in South Lake Union)

(added) OUNCES TURNS 3! 2 pm-10 pm, the taproom/beer garden in North Delridge celebrates its third anniversary. Free nachos! Cake! More! Schedule and details are here. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

‘A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS’: At 5 pm, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church presents “A Light in the Darkness: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Service of Hope and Healing.” The church says, “All are invited to come and sit, pray, listen, and hopefully begin to heal.” (3050 California SW)

CHIEF SEALTH IHS BENEFIT: 5 pm at the Brockey Center. (6000 16th SW)

MUSIC AND FILM AT THE LONGHOUSE: 5 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, the Social Justice Film Institute presents “Öngtupqa” and a Hopi flute performance. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

ALKI ELEMENTARY BENEFIT: 5:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. (9131 California SW)

WOMEN MAKE ART: At Paper Boat Booksellers, “a poetry And literary night featuring 4 poetry readings and one artist presentation, all by local women.” 6-8 pm. (6040 California SW)

ROO & THE FEW, AND FRIENDS: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “eclectic mix of originals and covers.” All ages. No cover. (5612 California SW)

AT THE PACIFIC ROOM: Award-winning tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz brings his jazz to the Pacific Room on Alki, 8 pm. Ticket info here. (2808 Alki SW)

‘THE ORIGINALS’: 8 pm curtain for this world-premiere play at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: K.O. Electric, Afrocop, and Syrinx Effect, 9 pm. $10 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

ADMIRAL PUB RE-GRAND-OPENING: As reported here last weekend, Admiral Pub has new owners, and they’re inviting you to celebrate the “re-grand-opening” at 9:30 tonight with an ’80s party. 21+. (2306 California SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar and newly published Holiday Guide!

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Harbor Avenue gunfire

3:25 AM: Police investigating reports of suspected gunfire along Harbor Avenue SW have found at least four shell casings, according to radio communication. We haven’t heard exactly where; their search had included the Salty’s/Seacrest vicinity.

3:35 AM: Officers also have reported finding an unoccupied vehicle that might be related, and blood nearby, but so far no victim.

HOLIDAYS: Farewell and thanks from West Seattle Lights’ creator

(WSB file photo from West Seattle Lights)

While working on the just-launched 2019 WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, we discovered the website for a seasonal favorite, music-synched West Seattle Lights, had gone dormant. Its creator Jim Winder confirms that’s because the show is done after a decade. His message for you:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform the West Seattle Community that West Seattle Lights will not be up and running this year. Over the past few years it has become more and more difficult to try to run and maintain West Seattle Lights from my home in Maple Valley.

Growing up, Christmas Lights has always been a big part of my life…especially since my Grandmother only lived one block away from the Gais’ house in West Seattle. I do hope West Seattle Lights has also brought some great memories for you and your family. I especially want to thank the Helmstetler Family for allowing me to take over their home for two months out of the year … but most of all I want to thank you, the West Seattle Community for your generosity and your giving to our two main charities and the Very Special Charities we collected donations for. The West Seattle Food Bank and Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation have greatly appreciated your generous giving over the last ten years….so please remember them and any other charities this holiday season.

If you do get a need for a Sir Charles fix, feel free to come visit us out at Maple Valley Lights!! Again, thanks to you all for a great ten years!!

Jim’s show in Maple Valley is at 22629 SE 263rd Place [map]. We first featured his WS show in November 2009.

AVALON/35TH PROJECT: What’s done and what’s not

From SDOT, an update on where the Avalon/35th project stands:

We have finished placing temporary striping on SW Avalon Way! We are currently installing new signs along the corridor to help guide people driving and biking. As you adjust to the new channelization, please drive carefully and allow everyone a little extra space.

This new design accommodates transit needs, north and southbound bike lanes, and adjusts parking on both sides of SW Avalon Way. For more information on the final design, see our final design plans and graphics on our website.

We wanted to highlight a few of the significant changes to SW Avalon Way, to help people driving, walking, and biking understand the new road design.

· Parking removal near curb ramps: We have restricted parking near curb ramps and intersections to increase visibility and safety for people walking and driving

· Parking after 10 AM in bus only lanes: People driving northbound on SW Avalon Way can park in the bus only lane between St Orleans St and SW Bradford St after 10 AM on Monda through Friday. Please do not park in front of curb ramps.

· Left turns onto SW Yancy St: People driving southbound on SW Avalon Way cannot turn left onto SW Yancy St and instead should travel south and turn left at SW Genesee St. This change is to ease traffic flow and create space on the road for protected bike lanes.

· Left turns onto SW Genesee St: People driving northbound on SW Avalon Way cannot turn left onto SW Genesee St and instead should travel north and turn left onto SW Andover St. This change is also to ease traffic flow and create space on the road for protected bike lanes.

· Left turns off SW Manning St: People driving are no longer able to turn left at SW Manning St and onto SW Avalon Way as it is not a safe turn for people driving with the new channelization. This change is also meant to ease traffic flow near the SW Spokane St, West Seattle Bridge onramps, and Harbor Ave SW intersection.

(Note: Crews will not be working Friday, November 29.)

Work near 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way Intersection:

We are rebuilding the northern 2 lanes on SW Avalon Way east and west of the 35th Ave SW intersection. This intersection will continue to change as work continues. Please drive slowly as our traffic control will shift frequently.

Please expect:

· No left turns for people traveling northbound on SW Avalon way at the 35th Ave SW intersection. People driving can turn right onto 35th Ave SW or continue straight on SW Avalon Way.

· Traffic delays at the 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way intersection due to temporary lane reductions

· One lane of travel in each direction on SW Avalon Way

· Right turns in and out of driveways at this time

Work is continuing in Zones C, D and E.

And a few Q&A’s from SDOT:

Can you legally cross a double yellow line?
Yes, if you are turning into a private driveway or alley, you can legally cross a double yellow line. This article from our blog and the Revised Code of Washington can help clarify questions about crossing a double yellow line. 

What is the difference between a solid white line vs a broken white line on the road?
Besides the edge of the roadway, a solid white line is used to indicate areas where lane changes are discouraged. Broken white lines indicated two or more lanes that are going in the same direction in areas where it is safe to change lanes.

LIGHT RAIL: 2 more Sound Transit soil-sampling sites in West Seattle

Thanks to Paul for the photo and the tip. Sound Transit has moved westward for its next rounds of soil sampling as environmental studies for West Seattle light rail continue. We hadn’t received advance notice this time, unlike previous rounds of drilling in other areas, but subsequently requested and received them from Sound Transit. First, the drilling shown above, under way at 39th SW and SW Genesee:

After that concludes next week, as this notice shows, they’re scheduled to move on to 35th/Avalon:

If you have questions about this – or anything else about the process, next week’s West Seattle neighborhood forum is a good time to ask – it’s at 6 pm Thursday (November 21st) at Alki Masonic Center (4736 40th SW). Earlier that day, the Sound Transit Board is scheduled to discuss I-976 (here’s the agenda).

TUNNEL TOLLING: First 3 days of data show ‘diversion’ not as bad as it could have been

So how many people are dodging the Highway 99 tunnel now that tolls are being charged? We’re just out of a downtown briefing where WSDOT and SDOT reps shared the answer, which is basically: Not as much as feared. They cited Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday data, saying that over those three days, tunnel volume averaged no more than 30 percent below pre-toll levels. (There had been projections suggesting up to 50 percent “diversion.”) Alaskan Way, accessible from the pre-tunnel Dearborn exit from NB 99, had somewhat higher usage, but 1st and 4th were “typical.”

Too soon to declare a definitive trend, cautioned WSDOT’s toll-operations director Ed Barry and SDOT’s downtown-mobility director Heather Marx, but that’s what they have so far. About 75% of those going through the tunnel had eiiher a Good To Go pass or account, so the other 25 percent will be getting bills in the mail. (If you’re waiting for the system upgrade that will allow you to use GTG without putting $30 in the account first, that’s not going to be available until next year. We recorded the briefing/Q&A, held in SDOT’s Traffic Management Center, on video, and will add it after we get back to HQ.

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ADDED 5:44 PM: Above, video of the entire briefing/Q&A, which lasted just under 15 minutes. Side note: Pre-briefing, we asked Marx about the pre-tunnel bus lane, the length of which was tweaked some weeks back. She said it’s “working exactly as planned” and that its importance will increase even further when buses switch to Alaskan Way, which she said is expected to happen in January.