ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC TODAY: Monday notes, 15th week of West Seattle Bridge closure

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 main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) – which has up to 14 overnight closures planned next month. 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:

If you’re going through South Park, neighbors have a message for you:

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 – 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.

21 Replies to "ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC TODAY: Monday notes, 15th week of West Seattle Bridge closure"

  • Admiral Dad June 29, 2020 (8:01 am)

    Just a note of caution and complaint, the city has updated the speed limit signs on the Admiral Hill to the idiotic limit of 25MPH, as if going down that hill at 30MPH wasn’t bad enough on the brakes and transmission.  Guess the local brake shops will be getting even more business now as brakes wear out faster trying to slow down their vehicles.

    • pilsner June 29, 2020 (8:26 am)

      Get her up around 2500 and let that jake sing on all 6!

    • GatewoodGuy June 29, 2020 (9:04 am)

      It’s like the age old question: if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound? If the speed limit is 25 and everyone ignores it, is it actually the speed limit? I’d say given what I’ve seen on 35th Ave at least, the community has said “thanks for the advice” and thoroughly ignored the limit.

    • Sparky June 29, 2020 (9:25 am)

      The city decided we are too law-abiding and is attempting to condition everybody to drive 20 over rather than 10 as a way to get us to ignore other more important laws.  That and SDOT apparently has too many employees with not enough work to do.  Maybe they can help the Parks Department by mowing Hiawatha Park this week.

    • Elton June 29, 2020 (9:38 am)

      Did I miss an explanation of why they did this? It’s not a high pedestrian crossing area (there’s already a stoplight/crosswalk near the viewpoint for safety). Is this just part of the overall plan to reduce arterial speed limits to 25? On the SDOT speed limit site, Admiral Way still looks to mostly be 30 MPH.

      • WSB June 29, 2020 (11:34 am)

        The city announced last year (we reported on it here) that basically all arterials would be re-signed to 25 mph.

      • rpo June 29, 2020 (2:10 pm)

        Admiral was re-signed over the weekend to 25 MPH over the entire length. 

    • Patience June 29, 2020 (9:55 am)

      Admiral Dad –  try down shifting . . . . if you have an automatic, shift to 2 or 1 or L 

    • zark00 June 29, 2020 (9:56 am)

      Downshift. Its a myth that it causes more wear and tear to the transmission than normal usage.

    • dave June 29, 2020 (10:41 am)

      Cry about it.Maybe you don’t remember the motorcyclist that was nearly killed on Admiral hill thanks to people thinking their schedule, or perhaps their brakes and transmission, are more important than someone’s life.

      • West Seattle Lurker June 29, 2020 (11:46 am)

        I watched that happen. The driver pulled a U Turn and the motorcyclist hit him. I then checked out the motorcyclist. Think he’s doing a little better now. 

    • Jort June 29, 2020 (11:26 am)

      I’m sorry that being a safer driver hurts your feelings so much.

    • KM June 29, 2020 (11:47 am)

      Admiral Dad, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very tough time.

    • KBear June 29, 2020 (4:53 pm)

      Admiral Dad, it is three quarters of a mile. You are complaining about 18 seconds of additional travel time for a significant increase in safety.

  • Lola June 29, 2020 (11:02 am)

    Admiral Dad,  you won’t have to worry too long from now they will make it a Safe Street for Walkers, Joggers and Bikes only.  They are phasing out cars in West Seattle………………….. But by owning a house in West Seattle We will still get to pay for the Roads………

  • Chemist June 29, 2020 (12:32 pm)

    Have they re-signed the Alki mixed use trail to reflect the 15 mph speed limit for bikes and runners yet?

  • exhaust box blues June 29, 2020 (12:34 pm)

    Wow car drivers have a lot of complaints about the driving experience…

  • Lola June 29, 2020 (1:18 pm)

    What the City need to Focus on IS ALL OF THE POTHOLES WE KEEP FALLING INTO!!!!!  I am tired of them just changing the speed limits fix the HOLES.  I could not believe how many I fell into on my way home from the N. Admiral on California Ave down to Genesee.  It is just turning into one giant POTHOLE. 

  • Reality Check68 June 29, 2020 (4:28 pm)

    As a driver who mostly follows the rules of the road I am appalled at the lowering of the speed limits in West Seattle and the surrounding areas. I argue these lower speed limits are not safer. It takes a lot of concentration to keep my car going 25mph or less and by doing so I’m more concerned about the speed than what is happening around me. With that said if you have driven on our roads lately it’s complete anarchy. Drive the speed limit and your bound to cause an accident.  Would love to see actual DOT personal monitoring the traffic in person or for that matter get in a car and experience  the mayhem  in real time.. Solutions?? Maybe allow golf carts in the greater Seattle area as most go 25mph.

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