West Seattle, Washington
One of the highest daily new case numbers we’ve seen in a while tops tonight’s roundup:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here’s today’s daily summary from Public Health – the cumulative totals:
*10,069 people have tested positive, 168 more than yesterday
*586 people have died, unchanged for a third day
*1,587 people have been hospitalized, 13 more than yesterday
*161,398 people have been tested, 1,847 more than yesterday
One week ago, the totals were 9,273/584/1,547/144,631.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.
LOOKING FOR WORK? Though the virus crisis has cost many their jobs, some are hiring. Local businesses can post listings for free in our West Seattle Jobs Offered section, and there are several new ones.
GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING TOMORROW: He’ll be in the Tri-Cities and has announced an 11:45 am media briefing, “joined by Secretary of Health John Wiesman and retired Navy Vice Adm. Dr. Raquel Bono, Washington State Director, Pandemic Health Response.” (No advance streaming link in the announcement.)
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West Seattle High School is hosting its summer school once again! It will run from July 1-31, M-Th with Friday being a makeup day. July 1 is an enrollment and scheduling day with classes beginning on July 2.
Students can potentially take up to 3 classes. We are offering credit recovery in health, PE, LA, math, science, and history, as well as first-time credits in SAT Prep as well as others. If you are interested, please go to the West Seattle High School website, and enroll today! All classes will be TEACHER TAUGHT daily on Zoom between 9-3 and are self-contained, meaning that once you’re done for the day (classes will meet for up to 90 minutes each), you’re done! No additional homework required. It is important to note that although students will not likely be sitting in front of their computers for the entire class every day, they are required to check in ON TIME as attendance will be taken.
For those of you already enrolled, schedules will be emailed out to you before or on July 1, our scheduling and tech check day. Please check the WSHS website for weekly communication and updates.
We look forward to having y’all learn with us this summer! If you have any registration or program questions, please email either our counselor Erica Nguyen at email@example.com, our program assistant Amy Doll at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the program coordinator, Sandi Whiton, at email@example.com.
7:32 PM: Avoid Delridge/Oregon for a whlle – we’re getting reports of a crash that is said to involve a pole. SFD and SPD are responding.
7:56 PM: Our crew sent that photo and word that Delridge is closed between Genesee and Oregon.
8:32 PM: Still closed, while they deal with downed wires.
10:07 PM: Apparently not cleared yet – Metro just sent a text alert that the 120 and 125 are still rerouoted in the area.
Another local business has confirmed that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. We just talked with a Trader Joe’s spokesperson, checking out a tip we had received. She says a West Seattle employee tested positive on Saturday (June 27th) and had last worked the preceding Thursday (June 25th). The store brought in an independent cleaning crew for a thorough cleaning Saturday night/Sunday morning, she said..
We’ve heardd from two more reopened West Seattle food/beverage businesses:
PHO AROMA: Today is the first day back in business for the Vietnamese restaurant at 5605 Delridge Way SW. They’re open noon 7 pm Mondays through Saturdays, closed Sundays.
EMERALD KITTY CAFE: Open for pick-up coffee at 3422 Harbor SW, Tuesdays-Saturdays 7:30 am-2 pm (closed from 11-11:30 for lunch break), closed Sundays and Mondays. And they remind us that “100% of proceeds go back to the pet rescue” (Emerald City).
Regardless of whether the city decides to repair or replace the West Seattle Bridge, it has to be stabilized. SDOT just announced that contractor Kraemer North America will move this week from staging to stabilizing. The first phase of that work has to be done even before the stuck Pier 18 bearings can be tackled, SDOT says:
The first step of this stabilization work will be to construct and attach movable work platforms to the underside of the bridge so that crews can safely access the exterior of the bridge girders while they work on measures intended to slow cracking. In order to secure the hanging platforms, crews will use a precision hydro-demolition technique to excavate existing holes which held up platforms when the bridge was being built and were then filled with concrete decades ago. Crews will open up more than 100 of these holes, which will take a minimum of 2 weeks. Once the holes have been exposed, the work platforms can be hoisted up from a barge in the river below using roadway-mounted electric winches.
When the work platforms are secure, the team will be able to work from both the top and underside of the bridge, and move forward with the stabilization measures. The first stabilization measure will be to install carbon fiber wrapping around the bottom of the bridge in areas where strengthening is required and inside some of the girders most affected by cracking. The initial carbon fiber wrapping work will likely begin as soon as late July and take approximately 10 weeks to install.
Once the carbon fiber wrap is in place, we can begin installing steel tendons inside the bridge. When the steel strands are in place, we will begin to tighten them to achieve the required tension that will support the bridge and, along with the carbon fiber wrap, help slow cracking. Work to install and tighten the steel tendons will likely take one to two weeks to complete.
More details – and graphics – are in SDOT’s full update here.
P.S. Wondering how much all this will cost? City Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s latest weekly newsletter includes this: “A memo received from the City Budget Office … notes ‘SDOT estimates 2020 costs for bridge repair to be $22.8 million. To help fund 2020 costs for emergency repair work, SDOT will take on additional debt supported by an interfund loan in 2020. More funding will be required in 2021 and 2022’.”
The photo and report are from Sam: “Wanted to let you know that SDOT is cutting tree limbs down on Sylvan Way SW. There are very long delays. At least 10 mins. Good news is that come fall we won’t have trees and branches falling on cars.”
Two months ago today, we reported on the arrest and charging of 18-year-old Jackson U. Sullivan, charged with second-degree rape. Prosecutors say he raped a 16-year-old girl who was incapable of consent, “intoxicated to the point of loss of motor functions … (during) what should have been an enjoyable high-school party” last November. Usually defendants are arraigned a few weeks after charges are filed, but court operations have been affected by the pandemic, and after delays, Sullivan was arraigned this past Thursday; we obtained the court documents today. They say he pleaded not guilty, remains free on bond for $350,000 bail, and is ordered to return to court August 25th for a case-scheduling hearing – those are usually short hearings during which the judge gets an update on the case’s status.
The latest reopening news is from the Senior Center of West Seattle, whose executive director Amy Lee Derenthal sends word of a “modified” reopening:
The Senior Center of West Seattle will re-open today with limited programming, by appointment only.
During this phase, the Senior Center will operate with just a few high-demand programs that are held 1:1 or in a small-group setting. The first couple of weeks will be our test period as we evaluate how to provide the programs, activities and classes our members want most while keeping our members, volunteers, and staff safe. The Senior Center’s goal is to add more programming throughout July and August, as safety guidelines allow.
To Register: Call us at 206-932-4044 to make an appointment for a class or program. No walk-in participation will be permitted during this period of our re-opening.
Here’s What’s Available:
· Aging Well
· Artists Group
· Book Reading Group
· Coffee with Vets
· Computer Lab
· Drumming Circle
· Ham Radio Group
· Legal Assistance
· Tutoring for Computers, Smart Phones and Zoom
· Writing Group
Visit the Senior Center’s website for a detailed list of activities and the dates and times each will be offered.
Safety is top priority. All members and participants must wear a mask while at the Senior Center of West Seattle and stick to six-foot physical distancing rules. The Senior Center is following strict cleaning and safety guidelines from King County and the state to lower risk.
The Senior Center’s Stop-n-Shop Thrift Shop, located at 4504 California Ave. SW, will re-open with a limited schedule beginning on Thursday, July 9. Hours will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Some donations will be accepted starting July 16th.)
The Senior Center’s virtual classes and programs will continue. Check out the list of activities on the Senior Center’s website.
Questions: Contact us at 206-932-4044 or visit sc-ws.org. Note the Senior Center of West Seattle will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.
While the center itself has been closed to the public, it hasn’t been idle – “We’ve been busy delivering meals and groceries to seniors in their homes,” notes Derenthal, adding that will continue. The center is at 4217 SW Oregon in The Junction.
Orcas are in the area again! The tip comes from Kersti Muul, who says whales are “milling on north en of Blake Island.” Let us know if you see them!
United Way of King County is offering free meals to kids and teens at two local parks this summer – weekdays, noon-4 pm at Highland Park Playground (1100 SW Cloverdale) starting today, 10 am-noon at Roxhill Park (29th/Barton) starting next Monday, July 6th. The announcement notes:
Kids and teens can pick up a free meal for the day, or a parent can come and say that they’re picking up a meal for however many children that they have. Social distancing will be practiced at both of our sites as well!
6:12 AM: Good morning – the 98th morning without the high-rise West Seattle Bridge.
The Delridge Way work will mean lane reductions in spots – here are the toplines for this week’s work.
Heading off-peninsula? Here are the cameras for the 5-way intersection, and the restricted-access low bridge just east of it:
The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map) – this camera shows the SP-side approach:
If you’re going through South Park, neighbors have a message for you:
South Parkers put up their signs today. This one's on 10th. pic.twitter.com/gRIWy1F58e
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) June 28, 2020
Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about any of those bridges opening for marine traffic.
Metro – Some service has been restored – details here.
Water Taxi – Some service has been restored on the WT too, plus the 773 and 775 shuttles – see the schedule here.
Holiday note – Since July 4th is on Saturday, it’ll be observed Friday – no Water Taxi, and other changes we’ll update as the week goes on.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.