ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Tuesday 12/22 watch

ADDED 9 AM: Thanks for the tip – a tree has come down on part of the Alki Trail, in the 1200 block of Alki:

It’s been reported to the city. Earlier:


6:07 AM: It’s Tuesday, December 22nd, the 274th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. It’s also the day after record rainfall followed by a sharp temperature drop and snow, so beware of potentially slick streets.


Bridge platform: 7-11 am today, the second West Seattle Bridge stabilization-work platform is expected to be lowered and barged away. Low-bridge traffic is not expected to be affected, but maritime traffic will have to wait until the work is done.

Delridge project: Work is planned through Thursday this week. Here are the expected highlights.


Metro – Regular schedule today.

Water Taxi – Regular schedule today (no service Friday).


West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:

The main detour route across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:

The other major bridge across the river – the South Park Bridge (map) – see the closure advisory above. Here’s the nearest camera:

Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for the other detour-route neighborhoods, like Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.)

Checking for bridges’ marine-traffic openings? See the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

You can see all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

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

8 Replies to "ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Tuesday 12/22 watch"

  • Bus Rider December 22, 2020 (6:14 am)

    120 bus this morning never came. Scheduled to arrive Thistle stop at 557am. Text to Stop is a joke. It said its coming.Last Monday, it never showed up either. Text to Stop didn’t work. 

  • Bus Rider December 22, 2020 (6:21 am)

    120 bus arrives at Thistle Stop at 618am. Bus is too full for COVID distancing. I am standing, along with another rider. 

  • Patience December 22, 2020 (7:29 am)

    What a beautiful surprise last night – that snow sure lifted my spirits! It made me think though . . . I’m just putting this out there — – what’s the plan when when roads start icing up . . . and lets say, SDOT closes Boeing Hill  (Highland Park Way) like they do on occasion every year for safety.  Is there a plan that maybe includes opening the lower WS bridge for everyone during these special times?

    • West Seattle Lurker December 22, 2020 (9:31 am)

      No plan includes opening the low bridge to normal traffic. It’s for medical emergencies. This is a wise plan. I’ll wait in traffic to save a life. 

  • Tracey December 22, 2020 (10:04 am)

    Wondering if that tree is the same one that what struck by a car a while back?

  • Derek December 22, 2020 (11:09 am)

    People speeding on Marginal are completely insane now. You guys realize when you speed you end up sitting at the same light 5 mins later when I pull up? Idiots.

  • Flivver December 22, 2020 (12:52 pm)

    WSLurker. So having ” authorized vehicles only” on the low bridge is a GUARANTEE that emergency vehicles will NEVER be blocked??? 

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