ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Wednesday watch, 20th week of West Seattle Bridge closure

6:16 AM: It’s Wednesday, the 135th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.


Get the latest on the bridge situation by watching today’s Community Task Force meeting, noon-2:30 pm.


*The RapidRide H Line project continues major work along Delridge Way, with weekend closures ahead – here are the updates for this week.

*Another 1st Ave. S. Bridge northbound closure is scheduled tonight, 10 pm-5 am. Note that we followed up on the project’s status and learned that work had started later than announced, so it apparently will continue into next week.


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 – Still reduced service and distancing – details here.

Water Taxi – On 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.

4 Replies to "ROAD WORK, TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Wednesday watch, 20th week of West Seattle Bridge closure"

  • Kalo August 5, 2020 (1:47 pm)

    We got to witness firsthand this afternoon what happens with traffic on West Marginal Way and surrounds when the 1st Ave Bridge is open for marine traffic. 1pm and traffic on WMW was backed up to the Alaska Marine Transport offices, Hwy 599 was equally backed up as was Highland Park, Hwy 509.  Quite the cluster! A real eye opener for when the state gets to open up and folks are back on the road headed to work.Pits just a matter of time before there is a major accident at WMW and Highland Park. Folks heading NW on WMW are getting in the turn lane to go up the hill, then going straight. Saw it happen 3 times this morning, w/number 3 almost met a semi head on. It’s friggin’ crazy on the roads these days!

  • bob11 August 5, 2020 (3:04 pm)

    Enforcement on the lower bridge is a joke. Makes me feel like an idiot for riding my bike in to work every day. The minute police are gone, the bridge is filled up with cars. Is this an unwritten rule, or is everything Seattle does these days just a joke on people who follow the rules?

    • Matt August 5, 2020 (5:53 pm)

      As much as I’m against cameras watching our every move, in this instance, cameras can’t come soon enough.

  • Yup August 6, 2020 (9:53 pm)

    Just more evidence that police are policing the wrong locations and people. And evidence that people will do what is best for themselves if they think some laws are ridiculous or at least worth the risk. And let’s be honest, what’s the risk? A ticket? (At least for white folks.)We have to admit that the fact we don’t have a functional bridge is ridiculous and any attempt to discuss us not having a future bridge is ridiculous.

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