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

5:58 AM: 43rd morning without the high-rise West Seattle Bridge. Here are the cameras for the restricted-access low bridge (where SPD enforcement continues) and the 5-way intersection west of it:

For general traffic, the main 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.


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

Water TaxiReduced schedule continues


West Seattle now 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.


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

Let us know what you’re seeing – comment or text (not if you’re at the wheel!) 206-293-6302.

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

  • LyndaB May 5, 2020 (7:15 am)

    North bound I-5 backed up as soon as we got to off from Michigan.  Collision moved over to shoulder south of WS exit but debris in right lanes.  Carpool lanes moving.

  • WS Commuter May 5, 2020 (7:38 am)

    Any ideas on the large police presence by the Lynden container yard on West Marginal?  My wife just went by and said their were 10 or so police cars all parked in the center turn lane.

  • Scott Ofstead May 5, 2020 (8:04 am)

    There was a huge SPD response this morning at about 7:15 on West Marginal Way.  It had something to do with a bunch of freight vehicles stopped in the roadway, but it didn’t look like they had collided.  Any idea what was going on?

  • Derek May 5, 2020 (8:30 am)

    I’m already very annoyed by this commute. My whole life is completely changed by the bridge. I now have to get up earlier and spend more time in my car just to get to Starbucks HQ because I lived right next to the bridge. I am PEEVED!

    • Bob Lang May 5, 2020 (9:50 am)

      Lack of maintaining the bridge has stolen a lot of people’s time with family. I am sorry to hear this

    • Skybear May 5, 2020 (10:14 am)

      Sorry to hear how your being negatively impacted, that sucks and sounds frustrating. It’s too bad you can’t bike commute, that would take maybe 15 minutes by bike.

      • DAMIAN May 5, 2020 (8:15 pm)

        For what it is worth, I live in Ballard. Work at SeaTac.Commute generally sucks.During the Seattle Squeeze, I tried biking to SoDo (40 mins) then train to the airport. It changed my commute life and many other positive changes. Now riding year round: dark and/or rain. It all feels so pleasant once I got the proper gear and right mindset. Never looked back.Even if you just bike 1-2 days, then drive, you will be so better off.

    • JTinWS May 5, 2020 (10:17 am)

      Looks like a 10-minute bike ride from Pigeon Point to Starbucks HQ. If you live further uphill you can get really nice e-bikes for pretty cheap nowadays. That car commute sounds like a big headache and it’s only going to get worse in the months to come as more people resume driving.

    • tsurly May 5, 2020 (10:33 am)

      Business as usual on my bicycle. Actually an easier commute, because I didn’t have to haul two kids to school like I do under normal circumstances.

      • Rumbles May 5, 2020 (3:35 pm)

        You normally haul two kids to school on your bike?

        • Tsurly May 5, 2020 (5:08 pm)

          Yes, a 4 and 7 year old, on a cargo bike. The 7 year mostly rides on her own bike now close by, and the younger one is still on the bike with me.

          • Joe Z May 5, 2020 (7:17 pm)

            Cargo bikes are the easiest way to tow kids around because you don’t have to deal with strapping them in and out of car seats at every stop.

    • Leelee May 5, 2020 (12:30 pm)

      Seriously, I bet it would take ten minutes to bike. Stu at Alki Bike and Board rents bikes out and they are SUPER helpful with advice on riding, routes, etc. you could rent one for a little bit maybe over the weekend and test out the route!

  • WSB May 5, 2020 (8:56 am)

    Regarding the SPD response – sorry, we were away from the scanner and no texts about that. Checking the SFD and SPD logs, nothing corresponding to that area (SPD Twitter log is often a few hours delayed, though, so I’ll check it again later).

  • A-Lex May 5, 2020 (9:34 am)

    Sounds like @ Derek is a great candidate for a bike commute! Lives near the bridge and works at Starbucks HQ. should take him about 10-15 minutes. I am sure he will protest profusely. On a lighter note, any pedicabs offering service to West Seattle? There aren’t any baseball games for them to shuttle people from Pioneer Square bars to the stadium. If that was my source of income I would be pedaling office workers from the bridge park and ride to Pioneer Square or 3rd Ave bus stops. With so many people complaining that the drive is too long, but they can’t ride a bike, the market seems to be there? I am sure at least some of the anti-bikers are able to sit and have someone else pedal across the low bridge?

  • FedUp May 5, 2020 (10:28 am)

    West Marginal at Highland Park was really backed up this morning.  The city is not doing enough!

  • WSDUDEMAN May 5, 2020 (2:46 pm)

    FedUp, there is nothing the city will be able to do to alleviate the traffic problems. You had approximately 100,000 cars using that bride each day.Even the smallest fraction of those automobiles will jam up the all the new main inflow and outflow routes.Count me in as frustrated by the response from our local leaders, it only took 7 weeks to create an ‘emergency action plan.’ Ha. That should have been coordinated week 1. 

  • 120rider May 5, 2020 (5:09 pm)

    Hey Covidiots, i clearly work in a hospital.  I could be carrying the virus on my scrubs, yet you choose to sit right next to me, or get within a foot of me.  If you don’t want to be smart, then all I can say to you is breathe deep, breathe real deep.

    • Tp May 5, 2020 (7:50 pm)

      Hey 120 rider,Hope I don’t ever end up working at the same hospital as you!  Think before you type. Or, if this is truly how you feel consider a career change.

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