ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Monday notes, 18th week of West Seattle Bridge closure

6:07 AM: It’s Monday, the (corrected) 119th morning without the high-rise West Seattle Bridge.


Tonight, it’s the second of 14 overnight closures of the northbound 1st Ave. S. Bridge, for deck work. 10 pm-5 am..


Major work continues on Delridge Way, with lane reductions, as road-rebuilding and utility work lead off the RapidRide H Line conversion project – here’s what crews are working on this week.


Here’s the 5-way intersection camera (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Sppkane/Chelan):

Here’s the restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:

The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here’s that camera:

The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map). The camera is back:

P.S. Going through South Park? Don’t speed.

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 – Still reduced service and distancing – details here.

Water Taxi – Back to its “winter” schedule, with the 773 and 775 shuttles – see the schedule here.

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

12 Replies to "ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Monday notes, 18th week of West Seattle Bridge closure"

  • Andrew July 20, 2020 (8:21 am)

    I think we skipped ahead a few mornings in the “mornings without the bridge” count. On 7/13, it was 112 mornings, and on 7/14, it was 118 mornings, which has been what we’ve been counting from since then. Was this intentional? By the original count, I think today is the 119th morning without the bridge.

    • WSB July 20, 2020 (10:35 am)

      Thank you; I re-check every few days but obviously not today, and you are correct. 4-month “anniversary” on Thursday.

  • James July 20, 2020 (9:15 am)

    There were three police officers on motorbikes this morning to patrol the lower bridge traffic. A woman in a minivan drove past the officers as she gave them a thumbs-down gesture. I can only imagine the values she passes down to impressionable minds with her actions. It’s unfortunate that three police officers are required to enforce a rule that is simple for private drivers to follow, but here we are.

    • KM July 20, 2020 (11:35 am)

      Did they pull her over?

      • James July 20, 2020 (5:15 pm)

        No, she just followed traffic toward 1st Ave South. But she clearly felt compelled to let the officers know just how much she dislikes having to comply with rules.

  • Mj July 20, 2020 (10:46 am)

    Fixing the WSB needs to be the top priority.  I believe T5 becomes operational in 2021, traffic is already congested!  This will compound it even more, and by this time hopefully the economy is getting back from the brink

    • AMD July 20, 2020 (11:16 am)

      What makes you think it’s not?  What IS the top priority for SDoT right now if not the bridge?

      • bill July 20, 2020 (1:52 pm)

        MJ would be complaining SDOT is too slow erecting the spare bridge if the city kept spares in storage.

      • AdmiralBridge July 20, 2020 (7:18 pm)

        What makes you think it’s not (the highest priority for the city)?  Leave SDoT out of it for a second and take a look at what the council just did – passing a job-killing head tax and then voting to bust open the piggy bank and hand it out all over the place – except over the Duwamish.  Thoughts and prayers are not a strategy.  We are waaaaaaaay down on the list of priorities, even with the civil emergency.  Lisa be asleep.

  • Mj July 20, 2020 (12:57 pm)

    AMD – I have little faith in SDoT and the City to truly prioritize the fix and get it done quickly.       

    • Yup July 20, 2020 (7:53 pm)

      Then why keep complaining about it MJ. Maybe spending more time in traffic might help you. 

  • Dan Keller July 20, 2020 (7:09 pm)

    I have been back to work downtown now since the 4th.  I ride the C Line every afternoon, and I have not seen one cop since stopping cars like they used to from going across the lower bridge.  No one is paying attention to the Do Not Enter signs.  The car traffic is back to what it used to be in both directions.

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