TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch, 7th week of West Seattle Bridge closure

5:44 AM: 46th morning without the high-rise West Seattle Bridge. If you are headed out this morning – here are the cameras for the restricted-access low bridge (where SPD enforcement continues) and the 5-way intersection west of it:

The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map). To get to I-5, exit onto Michigan at the bridge’s north end. Here are cameras for the bridge and Michigan east of it:

The South Park Bridge (map) can also take you across the river. Here’s the South Park camera:

Both bridges open for marine traffic; check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about openings.


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

Water TaxiReduced schedule continues


West Seattle has two sets of “Stay Healthy Streets,” closed to through traffic (but open to residents and delivery drivers) 24/7. See the maps here (Puget Ridge/Highland Park) and here (High Point), and heed the “STREET CLOSED” signs. Also note that Beach Drive between Alki Avenue and 63rd SW will be added, as soon as today.


SDOT’s traffic map, with cameras
Our traffic-cams page

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

11 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch, 7th week of West Seattle Bridge closure"

  • Joe May 8, 2020 (7:05 am)

    You haven’t been including 99/Holden cam… but then I saw that the site says the camera is not working. Do you know why?

    • WSB May 8, 2020 (10:21 am)

      No, I don’t. It’s a WSDOT camera.

      • Joe May 8, 2020 (10:37 am)

        Lame because I drove the reverse yesterday and unlike the shots you have posted above, it was backed up. Although I was impressed that people taking the exit to go north were lined up in the right lane even into highland park way, making the left lane available for south 99. 

        • WSB May 8, 2020 (10:44 am)

          We have no control over which way(s) the camera(s) point. Would be great if there was one at HP Way/W. Marginal. I re-check the lists periodically to see if anything new turns up. I do need to reshuffle our standing page with the additional East Marginal views that are available, and to move the now-useless high-bridge cameras down.

          • Joe May 8, 2020 (12:34 pm)

            Well the cameras are not operational there so there’s really nothing you can do!

        • BBILL May 8, 2020 (11:57 am)

          “The camera could be pointing in a number of directions for operational reasons.” That’s from WSDOT, but it’s basically the same for SDOT.

  • Steve May 8, 2020 (8:02 am)

    It will be interesting to see if people actually obey the closure of Beach Dr. between Alki Ave and 63rd.  I predict not…but if they are disuaded if coming from Alki then where are they going to turn around when they hit that turn just north of the lighthouse?

  • Concerned May 8, 2020 (10:15 am)

    Just south of Sanislow Elementary,  several vehicles (including huge trucks) trying to avoid Orchard/Dumar/Austin are now diverting to SW 18th between Webster and Myrtle.  This is a HUGE safety issue since 18th has NO SIDEWALKS , is barely able to fit 2  cars, side-by-side and has a blind spot at the corner of SW Webster.  The speed bumps do not deter speeders as cars scrape bottom as they fly over the speed bumps. Then, the city “closes” SW 17th between Webster and Myrtle  as a Stay Healthy Street, which, ironically, when entering from either street, ends in a dead-end.  Please make SW 18th in our neighborhood a Stay Healthy Street, too.  Please SLOW DOWN for our kids, walkers and bicyclists.    

  • Steve May 8, 2020 (12:12 pm)

    I’m confused.  I see trucks and busses going across the West Seattle bridge.  I thought only the lower bridge was supposed to be in use and why in the world would they allow shipping trucks across upper bridge if its unstable?

    • BBILL May 8, 2020 (7:38 pm)

      “I see trucks and busses going across the West Seattle bridge.” There have not been any trucks or buses going across on the high bridge since March 23.

      • Steve May 9, 2020 (10:44 pm)

        My mistake. I saw truck going to left as I drove on 99S towards WSB but now I realize there is a ramp they may have come up.  And I saw busses go up the ramp from 1st but I guess they are going down the ramp towards lower bridge.

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