West Seattle, Washington
Seven weeks ago tonight, our state’s first COVID-19 case was announced. Here’s the latest, in our nightly roundup:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health data dashboard:
*4,902 people have positive test results, up 93 from yesterday
*331 people have died, up 11 from yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 4,117 and 277.
ANOTHER LOCAL DEATH: The data dashboard also shows that West Seattle zip code 98126 now has four deaths; 98106 and 98146 have two each, 98136 has one, and 98116 still has none.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: 11,445 cases and 603 deaths (up from 9,887/475 a week ago); see the full iist of state stats here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: Find them – nation by nation – here.
WEEKEND REMINDERS: Parks are open as long as you “keep it moving’; one neighborhood greenway in West Seattle, meantime, is mostly closed to vehicles:
That’s the sign we saw on 34th SW at Webster tonight; the “Stay Healthy Streets” experiment is explained here.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Did you see a fire engine/truck in YOUR neighborhood? Here’s what SFD tweeted afterward:
We had SO much fun tonight seeing the community members we serve at our first FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS! Thank you to everyone who came to their doorsteps or waved from windows. Next week we will hit the SOUTH end of each of our 33 fire districts. We are #SeattleTogether. pic.twitter.com/SlUuMvtfzj
— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) April 18, 2020
As noted in today’s announcement, tonight they drove in the north areas of each station’s “district”; next Friday night, 7-8 pm, it’ll be the south.
WHAT’S NOT HAPPENING: The canceled-by-coronavirus-concern list adds West Seattle Summer Fest.
WHAT IS HAPPENING: Lots of helping! Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor) collected booties – got any?
This week we are preparing 100 four-person meals. The menu is selected and co-ordinated by Jemil’s Big Easy Catering. The menu is chicken in a marinara sauce over penne pasta with zucchini. While we are preparing for 100 people, the number of people who have requested meals is in the single digits.
Could your household use a free meal? Email email@example.com.
ART WITH HEART: Marta saw this near Jack Block Park:
GOT INFO? firstname.lastname@example.org or text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!
Among the groups that have found a way to carry on in the coronavirus crisis: Scout troops! Above are Scouts from West Seattle’s Troop 284, during an online class. We asked for the image after hearing from Chance Mason, who emailed us this report:
I am 12 years old and a Scout in Troop 284. I thought you might be interested in reporting on how Scouts are continuing o operate during self-isolation. Although we are not able to go on campouts or meet to work on projects together, we are meeting over Zoom. We just held our troop and patrol elections. We are also working at home on merit badges such as Family Life, Cooking, and Radio.
Chance’s merit-badge counselor Eric Linxweiler adds, “We’re trying to take advantage of this time to continue scouting journeys while we can’t do it outside in the environments we like so much. We really can’t wait to get back to our community service also, especially our annual Scouting for Food, which has been suspended for now.”
P.S. This story from the WSB archives reminds us, Troop 284 has a century-plus o history!
Four West Seattle Bridge-related notes this afternoon:
LOW-BRIDGE WORK THIS WEEKEND: SDOT has mentioned some maintenance ahead for the low bridge. We asked for details:
This weekend, we plan to replace the Spokane Street Pedestrian Gate, which has not been operating properly and causing some unintended vehicle-traffic interruptions. We are also going to be testing the live-load capacity on the bridge. This work will require us to intermittently close portions of the bridge for brief intervals (under 10 minutes) over the weekend. We do not expect this to be more disruptive than a typical bridge opening for maritime traffic, and many of the brief closures will be to the sidewalk or a single lane at a time (in which case a police officer will alternate traffic in the remaining lane).
Added: Just after we published this, Joseph Laubach sent a photo of low-bridge testing already under way:
5-WAY INTERSECTION WORK AHEAD: Also mentioned in this past Wednesday’s announcement, some work ahead to improve the suddenly more-critical-than-ever 5-way intersection at Spokane/Chelan/Delridge/West Marginal, so we asked for the timeline on that:
We recently upgraded the signals at this intersection so that we can remotely monitor and make real-time adjustments from our Traffic Operations Center in response to changing circumstances. We plan to continue making improvements to this location in the coming weeks, including more significant signal upgrades that will likely include bus prioritization. We are also planning to do road work to improve the pavement condition at this intersection. If weather allows, both sets of work will likely occur over the weekend of April 24 – 26 and will have traffic impacts. We are working to finalize the details and will let you know more soon.
COUNCIL BRIEFING: As for the high bridge itself, the next public discussion is Monday morning, as we first reported early Tuesday. That’s at 9:30 am Monday (April 20th), live via Seattle Channel (cable 21 or online). The slide deck is now online (PDF); it’s almost identical to the one included in our Wednesday report, except for an extra graphic explaining “lateral bearing,” addition of the likely 5-way intersection paving date mentioned above, and addition of a slide about transit.
COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD’S UPDATE: Just as we finished writing this, Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s weekly update appeared online. Along with a recap of recent developments, she includes a summary of constituent suggestions, plus information on “what SDOT has done in recent weeks to adjust signals and monitor traffic.”
After a week of paving and striping in the Avalon/35th/Alaska project zone, here’s what SDOT says is next:
We have completed most striping on SW Avalon Way from 35th Ave SW to SW Manning St, and over the next few weeks we will continue striping along 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St. Currently, we are installing the flex posts for the protected bike lanes. In May, We will return to stripe SW Avalon Way at SW Genesee St and from 35th Ave SW to Fauntleroy Way SW after the new asphalt has cured.
We plan to continue painting final striping on the project corridor for the next two weeks. Please follow posted no-parking signs. We anticipate striping at:
*35th Ave SW from Fauntleroy Way SW to just south of SW Alaska St this week and next week.
Alaska St from 36th Ave SW to 35th Ave SW the week of April 20
*SW Avalon Way from Fauntleroy Way to 35th Ave SW as soon as May 4
We will be making safety improvements to the northbound bus stop at SW Genesee St as soon as the week of April 27.
No Parking signs on the corridor are still in effect. We anticipate completing final striping on 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St this month, weather depending. Additionally, please anticipate temporary and intermittent driveway impacts as we stripe. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 206-900-8734 or email email@example.com.
A woman was robbed and assaulted in her car in High Point late last night. Thanks to the person who tipped us about this incident; we found the SPD incident number and requested the report. Police found the victim, 49, in a parking lot in the 3200 block of SW Graham after a report of a woman screaming for help and honking a car horn. She had blood on her face and told police she had parked there to visit her mother in the 6000 block of Lanham. As she finished parking, a man opened her door, grabbed her around the neck, pushed her further into the car, and threatened to kill her if she fought back. She began screaming and honking the car horn, and he hit her in the face multiple times before grabbing her purse and fleeing. Police searched with K9 units but didn’t find her attacker, described only as male, black, slender, with braided hair, wearing a Tommy Hilfiger-type striped sweatshirt. The victim was treated by SFD medics.
The peninsula’s biggest party of the year is the latest big event canceled by coronavirus concerns. This announcement is just in from the West Seattle Junction Association:
For 38 years, the biggest festival in West Seattle has continued to evolve, starting out as the Sidewalk Sale, then the Street Fair, and now Summer Fest – a three-day celebration in the West Seattle streets.
The festival has been a July tradition in West Seattle since 1982, the same year Seattle became the Emerald City. Even prior to the West Seattle bridge being built (but that’s another story…).
After much discussion, the Junction has made the safest decision for the community – to cancel the 2020 Summer Fest – July 10-12th.
We are saddened but hopeful we will rise like a Westside phoenix to bring back Summer Fest stronger than ever July 2021.
In the meantime, we’re developing a plan for a block-party-style community gathering that will be announced as soon as we’re confident it’s safe to bring people together. Current events and info from King Co Public Health give us hope for a late August date.
We’ll continue to monitor all health regulations, and sincerely hope the Junction merchants can show appreciation of the outpouring of community support by bringing you one day that celebrates all the West Seattle goodness we’ve stored up through this pandemic.
Stay tuned, stay healthy.
With a U.S. Coast Guard base close by, toward the south end of the downtown waterfront, USCG vessels are often seen off West Seattle, but we don’t always get photos – so thanks for these! Above, Marc Milrod photographed the 378-foot high-endurance cutter USCGC Mellon this morning; below, James Tilley‘s view last week of the U.S.’s only heavy icebreaker, USCGC Polar Star:
Both vessels are homeported here.
PPE goes from head to toe. Closer to the latter end are shoe-covering “booties,” recently collected and donated by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor), which has also launched another community-service drive, as they explain:
The brokers from both West Seattle and Burien Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate offices pulled together their on-hand inventory of foot coverings commonly used at open houses and in homes for sale.
The booties were dropped off to an offsite location and one broker then delivered them to their destination. The shoe coverings were distributed at various locations within the Multicare Health System; the Ambulatory Pharmacy teams were the primary recipients of the booties. This was something that came together fast to help fill an urgent need. We learned of the need on a Wednesday and by Friday we had all the booties collected.
We are still able to collect and deliver donations, so if people would like to donate their unused foot coverings they can contact Tay Krull at TayKrull@BHHSNWRE.com.
They’re supporting WestSide Baby, too, with an awareness campaign:
We started our awareness campaign with the intent to support WestSide Baby and the incredible service they provide for children in need. It’s so important in times like these that our amazing charities that provide necessary services are still supported and not forgotten. Through awareness we are hoping to help fill the diaper needs for WestSide Baby.
WestSide Baby has a button on the front page of their website right now – “Give a Gift Today” – and we are encouraging our Realtors and our community to donate directly through their website to make the best and fastest impact. You can donate at WestSideBaby.org. We plan to continue to draw attention and make donations through the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.
Before the pandemic, Seattle Public Library events were a staple of our Event Calendar (which hasn’t yet fully morphed to reflect the new online reality). Though the closure of libraries canceled all in-person events, SPL has ramped up a schedule of online events, including its popular Story Times. So we’re mentioning that in case you haven’t already heard. SPL has other events, too, including a financial-literacy presentation at 11 am tomorrow. Its event calendar include online toddler and preschooler story times on Monday, and continues with other daily events, including arts for elders. You can browse the SPL calendar by going here.
Take a look at this map (PDF). If you’re in one of those areas, you might see a Seattle Fire engine or truck drive through your neighborhood 7-8 pm tonight as part of “Friday Night Lights.” You’re invited to “come to the window or doorstep and make some noise” if/when you see them. The map, by the way, shows the north section of the fire stations’ service areas (in West Seattle, that’s 29, 36, 32, 11, and 37); the south ends would get a visit next Friday night.
5:53 AM: The high-rise West Seattle Bridge is empty for the 25th consecutive morning, and now we know the closure will span hundreds of days. So will restrictions on the low bridge, which SPD s enforcing daily.
For general traffic, the main route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) – that’s also the main way to get to I-5, exiting at Michigan.
Your other option is the South Park Bridge (map), which drops you onto East Marginal Way a mile south of the north end of the 1st Ave. South Bridge.
Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed to see if a bridge is opening for marine traffic.
ROAD WORK ALERT: The last stretch of Avalon paving west of 35th is complete. Crews have been continuing to install permanent striping and marking throughout the full project zone.
Metro is launching a third round of service cuts this weekend – details here.
Let us know what you’re seeing – comment, or text (not if you’re at the wheel!) 206-293-6302.