ROAD WORK/TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday notes; 12th week of West Seattle Bridge closure

6:12 AM: Good morning – the 79th morning without the high-rise West Seattle Bridge. A road-work reminder – the Delridge Way repaving-and-more project has begun, with miscellaneous early tasks like tree protection; here’s our preview.

Now on to the cameras for the 5-way intersection, and the restricted-access low bridge just east of it:

The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) – which has up to 14 overnight closures coming up next month, as announced Tuesday. Meanwhile, 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 here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.


Metro – Check the Twitter feed for any breaking service changes. Otherwise – still on the reduced schedule and reduced capacity; check here for next departure

Water TaxiReduced schedule continues

Trouble on the roads/paths? Let us know – comment or text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

12 Replies to "ROAD WORK/TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday notes; 12th week of West Seattle Bridge closure"

  • Davd June 10, 2020 (10:23 am)

    The First Avenue bridge is down to 2 lanes from 4, right before the Michigan off ramp.   Small crew or guys with a welder.  One of the remaining lanes is HOV only.  North of an hour to get to I-5 from Highland Park.This should be night work.  They could not possibly care less about West Seattle.

    • WSB June 10, 2020 (10:27 am)

      Thanks – yesterday’s announcement of the July closures said there would be some advance work, and I am trying to get more specifics on that.

      • JTM June 10, 2020 (10:31 am)

        Speaking with WSDOT’s Twitter person, they’re calling this “emergency repairs to the bridge deck grating” and that “We put word out as soon as we knew we’d need to take the lane to do the repair.” I missed an appointment this morning because after 45 minutes of going one block, I had to turn around.

        • WSB June 10, 2020 (10:38 am)

          One tweet at 9:18 am on their local account that covers a wide span of state highways

          Sorry I missed it, gonna have to find a better way of radar-up on 1st Ave. S. Bridge issues. We include the SDOTBridges account for bridge openings but obviously that doesn’t cover this.

          • JTM June 10, 2020 (10:45 am)

            Exactly. I checked traffic at 9 am, and everything was green from WS to Downtown, so I elected to drive as opposed to taking the bus. By 10:10, when I circled back, the line of cars was all the way up Highland Park back to Holden. What a mess. WSB – no need to apologize. I was merely sharing info/my experience/WSDOT’s back response. 

  • AF June 10, 2020 (11:55 am)

    Took me 1 hr 30 min to get to UW medical center to work. I have not yet developed my island time personality yet so this was rough.

  • Alex June 10, 2020 (1:20 pm)

    Hello all. Does anyone know if we can request an additional traffic cam somewhere – specifically I’m thinking something that would give a view of the intersection of Highland Park Way and West Marginal Way, to see just “how bad is it and when should I leave for my appointment downtown” sorta purposes.  Or does one all ready exist there and I’m just unaware?Thanks.

    • WSB June 10, 2020 (1:30 pm)

      Contact SDOT. They have told me they have no additional ones in progress but certainly pressure could help.

  • Chris June 10, 2020 (2:34 pm)

    2 hours to get downtown today.  I could have walked that distance in 2 hours.  Cluster-F.

  • KH June 10, 2020 (6:12 pm)

    I too was stuck in this last minute “repair” back up. I understand things will come up, but I was so disappointed that there were no officials out helping direct traffic. Given the short nature of this fix, if they had utilized the HOV lane that was wide open and the far left lane for a term release valve around the repair trucks, things would have gone much easier. I feel like SDOT and the city officials just don’t understand the impact this entire situation on the daily lives of many understanding people. I want to see more transparency and communication. 

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