ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Tuesday notes, 10th week of West Seattle Bridge closure

5:53 AM: Good morning – the 64th morning without the high-rise West Seattle Bridge. We start with a road-work reminder – SW Roxbury repaving between 16th and 18th is expected this week. Here’s our preview; here’s the detour map:

We’ll be checking later this morning to see if it’s begun. Meantime – the cameras for the 5-way intersection at West Marginal/Delridge/Spokane/Chelan, and the restricted-access low bridge (where SPD enforcement continues):

The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) – here’s that camera:

The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map) – this camera shows the SP-side approach:

Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about any of those bridges opening for marine traffic.

You can see all local traffic cams, including the new ones in West Seattle, here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.


Metro – Reduced schedule; reduced capacity; check here for next departure

Water TaxiReduced schedule continues

Sound Transit reminder – Link light rail and Sounder trains will start charging fares again June 1st

During the stay-home order, we’re not live-monitoring morning traffic, but we’ll update with word of incidents, so please let us know what you’re seeing – comment or text (but not if you’re drivingl!) 206-293-6302.

7 Replies to "ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Tuesday notes, 10th week of West Seattle Bridge closure"

  • Airwolf May 26, 2020 (6:57 am)

    anyone know whatever  happened to the bike sharing? and the e-scooters that were going to be rolled out sometime this year?

    • West Seattle Hipster May 26, 2020 (8:12 am)

      I would think covid19 will curtail bike sharing programs until a cure or vaccine can be developed.

    • Chemist May 26, 2020 (12:44 pm)

      In Dec 2019 SDOT submitted a environmental impact analysis related to 20,000 combined scooters and bikes being permitted and a determination of non-significance was issued.  That SEPA analysis was challenged at the hearing examiner for not being sufficient (and IMO there’s some valid concerns in the complaint) which prevented launch this spring.  Meanwhile, Lime pulled their fleet at the end of 2019 rather than renew their permit for bikes-only.  Jump kept going, but pulled their fleet earlier this month via consolidation at the storage section of Jack Block Park and it’s unknown what bikes might return with the consolidation of Jump and Lime and presumeably the temporary extension of Jump’s permit being invalidated based on time/discontinued deployment.  The last document added to the hearing examiner file was in early April, but no ruling has been issued.  I wouldn’t hold your breath on bike/scooters deploying fleets again during these covid times.  In some foreign countries, a big show was made of roving bikeshare workers spraying down bikeshares on public streets to ensure they’re sanitized.  That wasn’t exactly done here, instead the companies said they’d sanitize bikes at each service visit.  SDOT issued a year-end report related to bikeshares, but didn’t publish a Q4 independent audit report.

  • Jonah May 26, 2020 (12:04 pm)

    City finally figured out they’re nothing but rolling petrie dishes.

  • WSB May 26, 2020 (12:11 pm)

    No, it was actually something more mundane … Uber got out of the bike-share business. A ton of scrapped (or mothballed) red e-bikes are in storage off Harbor Ave.

  • ws May 26, 2020 (2:46 pm)

    Gosh, having a lot of traffic turning West from Delridge on to SW Barton? What could possibly go wrong? Sometimes I think SDOT is going to just outlaw cars altogether.

  • Annoyed May 26, 2020 (7:38 pm)

    Way too many cars on Marginal Way this morning driving in the middle turn lane to bypass all of us waiting in line for the light. Not cool. 

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