West Seattle, Washington
The sixth month of the pandemic ends with these toplines:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*19,177 people have tested positive, up 128 from yesterday
*717 people have died, up 2 from yesterday
*2,222 people have been hospitalized, up 18 from yesterday
*349,291 people have been tested, up 1,637 from yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 18,313/703/2,132/330,224.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 24.4 million cases worldwide, and the U.S. has almost a fourth of them, at 5.8 million. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.
NEW WEST SEATTLE TESTING SITE: Tomorrow’s the first day of scheduled testing in the Southwest Athletic Complex lot. You can get an appointment by going here.
NEED FOOD? Also tomorrow, 2-5 pm, free boxes of food are available at Food Lifeline (815 S. 96th).
GOT PHOTOS/TIPS? 206-293-6302, text or voice, or firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
8:46 PM: For the eighth time in about a month, the Seattle Evening March protesters are in West Seattle. Last time their daily march was here, they walked from Westwood Village to the Southwest Precinct. Before that, they visited city and county elected officials. Tonight, the group gathered at 44th and Oregon and just headed out of the lot yet. Here’s a stream.
9:04 PM: They are currently on Genesee Hill.
9:20 PM: The march has reached its destination, which they say is the home of Seattle Police Officers Guild president Mike Solan.
9;50 PM: If he’s home, he hasn’t come out to speak with the group (in their previous WS marches, they have talked to three city councilmembers – two of them twice – and the county executive).
9:55 PM: The group has left, headed back toward The Junction.
One month ago, we reported on the Port of Seattle’s search for new names for some of its parks – and now just a few days are left until the August 31 deadline. Six Port-owned parks and shoreline access sites along the Duwamish River need new names “that reflect the cultural and environmental history of the area.”
The parks to be renamed are:
Terminal 117 Park
Terminal 107 Park
8th Avenue Street End
Turning Basin #3
Terminal 105 Park
Terminal 108 Park
(T-105 and T-107 are in West Seattle.) You can suggest names three ways:
-By voice mail – 206-385-9064
-Write on a postcard and text a photo to that same number
The port will choose three finalists for each and open a “public scoring period” in September.
As we mentioned last month, the Duwamish Tribe is asking for support to rename T-107 Park as Ha-ah-poos Duwamish Village Park. This video explains the history:
You can support their request by nominating that name, and supporting it in September.
More new art on businesses’ walls – first, at Westwood Village:
This one is a work in progress, on the south wall of the QFC building, commissioned by mall manager Madison Marquette, which told WSB that the “theme of this is ‘Love where you live’ and is set to celebrate our communities of West Seattle. It is topography based and modern in its look.” Craig Johnson is the artist.
Meantime, in The Junction:
Monika Lidman sent the photo while artist Kevin A. Moore was painting that wall at Uptown Espresso (Edmunds/California/Erskine) earlier this month. She noted, “He’d already repainted the entire building, then created this giant graphic, mapping it all out with a penciled grid, just like the old-timey sign painters. What I loved most was his attitude! He sees this art project as a way to lift up and encourage the neighborhood. It certainly does!”
Interested in what’s planned for the play-area move at Hiawatha Playfield/Community Center? You can see a briefing during tomorrow morning’s meeting of the city Landmarks Preservation Board‘s Architectural Review Committee. The project is in the board’s jurisdiction because Hiawatha is a landmark, one of the city’s historic Olmsted parks. You can preview the briefing packet here; the meeting, which starts with a public-comment period, is at 8:30 am Friday (August 28th), online – here’s the link. If you plan to comment, register here, or email your comment to email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also listen to the meeting by calling 206-207-1700 and entering meeting access code 146 522 0524. (Thanks to Deb Barker, who recently completed two terms on the Landmarks Board, for the tip!)
1:09 PM: On its way to the Seattle Police evidence room as of a short time ago – what’s believed to be one of two vehicles sought in connection with the Monday hit-run homicide near Longfellow Creek that killed 34-year-old Derrick Lacomb. A WSB reader spotted the damaged car along SW Thistle near 13th SW this morning and contacted us as well as police. Here are two photos the reader sent – the covered-over front light was a telltale feature:
Once police got there for a look at the car, they radioed in that it indeed appeared to be the one they were looking for, so they impounded it. We are checking to see if the other one (as seen in Wednesday’s report) has turned up yet.
4:50 PM: Thanks to the texter who pointed out an SPD update we missed, that the other vehicle was found late yesterday.
Two West Seattle Junction notes:
BINGO! Last night, Lora and Joanie livestreamed the first drawing. It’s one of two ways to play – these games are with blue paper bingo cards you can get for shopping or dining at participating businesses, with gift cards and prizes. They’ll have live drawings four more times – next one is September 9th. You also can continue playing the ongoing game where squares are checked off as you visit various merchants – that continues into October. Full details here.
SIDEWALK SALE REMINDER: This Saturday, noon-4 pm, mask up and head out to The Junction for a big afternoon of outdoor shopping. Participants are listed here. (And if you’re an early riser, Easy Street Records has a Record Store Day sale starting at 7 am!)
11:47 AM: For everybody taking bets on how long it would be until the newest Admiral Way sinkhole (at Stevens) got filled, we just went over to check, and it has already been patched, still coned off for now. We are inquiring with SDOT about whether this is the extent of planned repairs or whether something more permanent is planned.
2:29 PM: From SDOT’s Kari Tupper:
Crews put in a temporary cold mix patch on Admiral Way. Please see the attached photo.
We will be putting steel plates down on top of it this afternoon, while Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) runs a camera (CCTV) into the sewer pipe to ensure that there aren’t any issues with the pipe leading to erosion and a sink hole on the surface. SPU is expected to do the CCTV work today and we’ll have the review of the video (i.e. status of the pipe) sometime tomorrow. Depending on crew availability, we’re hoping to fill this permanently and pave it next week, assuming that the pipe doesn’t need any repairs.
(Raccoon seen along a seawall, photographed by Stewart L.)
3 events, two in-person and online:
OFFICE EQUIPMENT SALE: From Expedition Trips:
Our small West Seattle travel agency has moved to a remote work model and we are having a “garage sale” on Thursday August 27 and Friday August 28 from 9 AM-2 PM! Great deals on lots of office equipment (monitors, furniture, and office supplies) – perfect for small home offices or homeschooling workstations!
The sale will take place in the alley behind our office building, which is located at 5932 California Ave SW (between Raymond and Juneau). Parking can be found on these two side streets, and masks will be requested out of respect for our staff and other visitors.
STREETCORNER DEMONSTRATION: As announced:
Black Lives Matter sign waving
Thursday, Aug 27th, 4 to 6 pm, 16th and Holden
Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.
TRANSPORTATION COALITION: More guests added to the lineup for tonight’s 6:30 pm online meeting of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition – in addition to U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, WSTC will also hear from/talk with an SDOT team about the bridge, and Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck. Connection info is in our preview published Wednesday.
6:16 AM: It’s Thursday, the 157th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
*First, another reminder about this weekend’s closure on Delridge Way as work continues on the RapidRide H Line prep project, From SDOT:
We will be working in the roadway to install a catch basin between SW Barton St and 18th Ave SW on Delridge Way SW. This work will require us to operate very large equipment in this area. Considering the area where this work will be done is a narrow stretch of Delridge Way SW with just two lanes of traffic, this work will include a full closure of Delridge Way SW from SW Barton St to 18th Ave SW. This closure will take place the weekend of 8/29/2020 and will last up to 2 days.
During this work, SW Roxbury St to SW Henderson St will be local access only, except for a full closure at the work zone between SW Barton St and 18th Ave SW. People driving between SW Henderson St and SW Roxbury St will need to detour to 16th Ave SW to get around this work.
It’s important to note that businesses in the area will remain open during this work. If people plan on visiting a business in or around the work area during this time, they will still be able to access Delridge Way SW in areas where local access in maintained. However, there will be no access between SW Barton St and 18th Ave SW, local or otherwise.
Meantime, here’s the newest bulletin detailing where crews are working this week and how that affects traffic/access.
*Also this weekend: More pavement repair is planned in The Junction, closing part of 44th SW between Edmunds and Alaska.
CHECK THE TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO
Here’s the 5-way intersection camera (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/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). Here’s that camera:
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 – No recent changes – still reduced service and distancing – details here.
Water Taxi – Still on its “winter” schedule, with the 773 and 775 shuttles running – see the schedule here.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.
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