WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE CLOSURE: 6 new traffic cameras

Just got word from SDOT today – they’ve added six new publicly viewable traffic cameras, on SW Roxbury and on 35th SW. We’ll be adding them to our traffic-cams page and weekday-morning traffic watch. From east to west and south to north, they are:







Any more on the way? We’ve asked, and we’ll add the reply when we get it.

P.S. You also can find these cameras, and others around the city, via SDOT’s traffic-info map.

30 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE CLOSURE: 6 new traffic cameras"

  • Mark May 8, 2020 (6:04 pm)

    The 35th & Morgan one seems to be oddly placed considering a tree is blocking a good portion of the view.  I’m wondering if it is adjustable via servos like some of the other ones.

  • GVC May 8, 2020 (6:16 pm)

    How is this supposed to help anyone?  How about SDOT focuses on fixing the bridge closure and spares us this tricky-tack nonsense that doesn’t do jack. 

    • GT May 9, 2020 (1:09 am)

      There are two bridges.  The end.

  • Also John May 8, 2020 (7:24 pm)

    I’m glad to see they’re being proactive to get real time traffic when all this opens back up…and right now.

  • Me May 8, 2020 (7:34 pm)

    Oh boy! 6 new traffic cameras. Maybe they could add a couple more lanes of traffic too. Because we already know what the traffic cameras show.

    • WSB May 8, 2020 (7:43 pm)

      No, actually, we don’t. Every additional intersection with a camera means more info when there’s a problem – is it blocked, when is it cleared, etc.

  • JJM May 8, 2020 (7:37 pm)

    So, has anyone but me noticed these are NOT new cameras but newly PUBLIC viewable?

    • WSB May 8, 2020 (7:48 pm)

      If SDOT had access to views from these intersections, they have not been used in their traffic communications (Twitter), unlike all the other existing cameras. (Example.) So IF they’ve been installed for a while, they haven’t been on. Or do you have access to a secret backchaenel?

  • dsa May 8, 2020 (8:03 pm)

    Did anyone see these cameras get installed?

    • Andrew May 8, 2020 (9:12 pm)

      I watched them install the camera at 35th and Roxbury, I don’t remember exactly when but it was within the last week.

  • Driver May 8, 2020 (8:34 pm)

    Hate to complain about the firefighters but they need to put a no parking next to that chevron station. You can’t make a right turn from Holden onto 35th going north without waiting for the light.

    • KM May 9, 2020 (9:56 am)

      You might not be able to fit more than 2 or 3 cars in that unmarked slip lane that people use to take turns on red lights, but there is already room since there is no parking 30 feet from the stop sign. There are already a lot of unsafe turns being made there and the existing parking east of that Chevron entrance on Holden provides traffic calming. You can’t legally take a right on red if you are blocking the crosswalk or cutting off other cars or pedestrians anyhow, and there’s way too much of that happening already.

      • Diane May 9, 2020 (11:18 pm)

        There is too much traffic with only 2 ways into WS now. The parking is creating traffic clogging not calming. I need to drive to work everyday and it’s getting worse by the week as more cars are venturing out onto the road. 

  • 1994 May 8, 2020 (9:08 pm)

    I did not notice them installed.  From the angle looking downward they look like they are installed fairly high above the ground.

  • dsa May 8, 2020 (9:38 pm)

    These will be useful when the shut down is over.  I’m glad they installed them.

  • BardaBing! May 8, 2020 (10:00 pm)

    Terrific!  Now I’ll be able to see in real time how god awful traffic is so I can stay at home!

  • GT May 9, 2020 (1:17 am)

    Just install ticket quality cameras and Good to Go Seattle version, start charging for road access.  Or raise West Seattle tax way high.  Tax Duwamish river businesses causing all this shit.  WTF there is more acreage on Terminal 5 than all the Duwamish river shit.  Stop the boats, case closed.

  • Kwan Nguyen May 9, 2020 (7:48 am)

    I support the mayor. She is doing a great job during the crisis. 

  • anonyme May 9, 2020 (8:03 am)

    I’d be ecstatic if they were speed cameras.

  • Andrew May 9, 2020 (8:32 am)

    Holden and 35th seems pretty far from where the choke points and slowdowns might be…does this mean SDOT is anticipating traffic snarls back to this intersection???

    • Bunnyfer May 9, 2020 (9:51 pm)

      Actually you can back door the Highland Way access point from here. This might be a good reference if you’re seeing a backup at Roxbury. 

  • Anonymous May 9, 2020 (9:19 am)

    I’m sure it’s not popular, but there should be camera enforcement for violators on the lower bridge going under the West Seattle Bridge. Life without the upper bridge is going to be nightmare. It will be needed by pub transport and emergency providers only. People selfishly using the lower bridge should get $500 photo tickets. Cue haters…. 

  • KP May 9, 2020 (9:35 am)

    I watched this past week during my morning commute (5:30-6:00) SDOT placing new cameras at the Olsen-Meyers intersection. Hopefully this helps with the current poor timing. 

  • West Seattle Coug May 9, 2020 (9:36 am)

    Sure would be nice to have one or more cameras at West Marginal Way and Highland Park Way. Traffic heading to West Seattle yesterday afternoon was the absolute worst I’ve seen since the shutdown… and this was around 2:00pm.

    • FedUp May 9, 2020 (10:33 am)

      That intersection is the worst. SDOT needs to revise lanes and lights there. 20 minutes to clear that intersection at 6pm

  • FedUp May 9, 2020 (10:31 am)

    Hey SDOT, put the cameras where you have the most backup.  Highland Park Way and West marginal Way. 20 minutes to get through that intersection.     Make the Westbound lane on Highland Park Way a right turn only. That will allow right turns when the other lights get a left turn arrow. Thus clearing the intersection faster. 

  • Renaud May 9, 2020 (11:27 am)

    Getting onto the Corson Exit from downtown these last 2 days has been rough. Hardly anyone on the roads yet that exit is jam packed all day. Once we are back to normal we will realize how grave the issue is. I feel for the city as this is a major issue (that could appear somewhere else too).I take that no one would want to drive on the upper bridge right now…well the lower bridge is equally scary, if you have 200 cars stuck in traffic under the bridge and the upper decides to collapse….yikes. This happened in Italy 3 years ago…there was also the bridge in Minnesota that broke during rush hour a decade ago. I am personally considering looking for a job down South so I never have to go up North. Also, now that the bridge is a goner, it is so much harder to get to Columbia Street.

  • NeedWSBridge May 9, 2020 (7:28 pm)

    Is there a good way to have Metro create a new bus route from West Seattle to the U District? I just submitted this suggestion to Metro but didn’t know if there was a better way to make this suggestion heard.

    This may alleviate some vehicle traffic, which will become more important once everyone starts to commute in to work again.

  • StupidinSeattle May 10, 2020 (2:36 pm)

    When is the next SDOT briefing on what they have accomplished towards repairing or replacing our bridge?   When is SDOT removing the lane narrowing plastic poles on southbound West Marginal lane at the Duwamish lodge so that street accommodates two lanes of traffic from north end  neighborhoods?  What changes will SDOT make to Michigan street between 1st Ave bridge and I-5 to enable West Seattle access to the major freeway that we lost? 

  • Stephanie May 11, 2020 (6:44 am)

    What about Austin/16th/Holden. This is a huge clog. No left turn only people blocking the intersection.

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