West Seattle, Washington
The city’s vaccination acceleration tops tonight’s pandemic headlines:
1ST MASS VACCINATION SITE: The mayor, governor, and county executive teamed up at Lumen Field Event Center to announce its first day as a mass vaccination site will be Saturday (March 13). It’ll operate a few days per week at the beginning but can scale up to 7-day operations once vaccine supplies increase – potentially 150,000 shots a week.
GET ON THE LIST: If you’re currently eligible for vaccination, you can get on the city’s notification list for the new Lumen Field site, plus the West Seattle and Rainier Beach community sites, by going here.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Now, from the Seattle-King County Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*83,471 people have tested positive, 197 more than yesterday’s total
*1,429 people have died, 8 more than yesterday’s total
*5,156 people have been hospitalized, 6 more than yesterday’s total
*924,499 people have been tested, 3,701 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the four totals we track were 82.507/1,404/5,109/910,371.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find all the numbers, county by county, on the state Department of Health data page,.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.
STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS’ BRIEFING: The weekly briefing by Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah and other top state health officials is scheduled for 9:30 am tomorrow. It’ll be livestreamed here.
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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Two months after enforcement cameras switched on, and one month after the port’s announcement that Terminal 5 won’t open until next year, SDOT is still keeping West Seattle low-bridge access tightly restricted.
There’s been only one recent change – allowing on-call health-care providers to use it. A few other loosenings are under consideration, but still at least a month away, the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force was told today, at a meeting that began with news of a high-bridge repair-planning milestone (we covered that separately here). An intense discussion ensued (see it here on video), with some members of the task force telling SDOT staff that changes should be made sooner.
First, SDOT’s bridge-project leader Heather Marx< showed traffic-volume changes on the low bridge since enforcement began: Read More
From the “in case you wondered too” file: We received a question about what’s up with the Stone Cottage, the little old stone-studded bungalow awaiting its move off the to-be-redeveloped corner parcel at 1123 Harbor SW. So we asked Save the Stone Cottage, whose Jeff McCord tells WSB there’s no official date yet for the move, but they’re expecting news “soon.” The crowdfunding campaign continues, too – they’re about 55 percent of the way to the $110,000 goal for the first phase of moving and storing the Stone Cottage while a permanent new home is found.
You’re invited to get out and enjoy art tomorrow night, during the monthly West Seattle Art Walk – the last one of winter, but the weather’s looking good. From Art Walk organizers, here are sites where the artist is expected to be present (distanced and masked, of course) tomorrow night:
CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS
4540 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Amanda Whitworth INDOORS + RECEPTION 4 pm-6 pm
WEST SEATTLE RUNNER
2743 CALIFORNIA AVE SW, SUITE #101
Art for the Tender INDOOR+RECEPTION 5 pm-7 pm
VERITY CREDIT UNION (ART WALK PARTNER)
4505 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Marie Skoor INDOORS + RECEPTION 5 pm to 8 pm
BRACE POINT POTTERY & GALLERY WITH ALKI ARTS
4208 SW 100TH ST
Group Show: James Lopresti, Genna Draper, Carol Pierce INDOOR+RECEPTION 5 pm-8 pm
4130 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Group Show: Michele Harps, Carolyn Autenrieth INDOORS+RECEPTION 5 pm to 8 pm
SNIP IT’S HAIRCUTS FOR KIDS WEST SEATTLE
4506 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
BaGua B INDOORS + RECEPTION, 5 pm-8 pm
WEST SEATTLE CELLARS
6026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Mark MacDonald, INDOORS+RECEPTION 5 pm-7 pm
WEST SEATTLE GROUNDS
2141 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Jenna Roby INDOORS + RECEPTION, 5-9 pm
4525 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
PA Mathison INDOORS, 5 pm to 7 pm
Other participants are offering virtual art, displays without artist receptions, or displays during business hours; the Art Walk team will be out live via social media, too. For all those details, and more on the receptions/artists listed above, check this month’s official preview!
When the city announced its West Seattle community vaccination site last week, it also announced a “mass” site would open soon at the Lumen Field Event Center on the south side of downtown. Today, with the mayor, county executive, and governor there for the occasion, the city announced it will open this Saturday.
Also part of the announcement: If you’re eiigible for vaccination, you can get on this list to get notification of available appointments there or at the West Seattle and Rainier Beach community sites. Back to Lumen Field (the former CenturyLink), it will initially be in operation two or three days a week, vaccinating up to 5,000 people a week, but has the capacity to inoculate up to 150,000 people a week when supplies allow (here’s how). The site is a partnership between the city, Swedish, and First & Goal, which is providing the space rent free, as well as free garage parking for people going to vaccination appointments there. The mayor says it will be the “largest civilian-run vaccination site in the country.”
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
At the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meeting that’s happening right now (video above), SDOT is announcing a milestone in the preparations for repairing and reopening the bridge: Now that the repair plan is 30 percent designed, they’ve officially launched the search for a contractor.
“It’s the point where we can start to see light at the end of the bridge,” observed task force co-chair Greg Nickels.
Today’s milestone – just under two weeks before the closure’s 1-year anniversary – also brought new information about the scope and projected cost of the high-bridge and low-bridge work ahead, which, as announced last month, are being bundled together in the same contract. We got a preview in a pre-meeting media briefing. Here are the highlights:
SDOT’s Heather Marx and Greg Izzo led the briefing. Here are the cost numbers:
That $175 million includes, SDOT says, not just the high- and low-bridge repairs, but all the costs incurred since the bridge closure, including traffic mitigation and stabilization work that’s already been completed. (Updated: Marx said during the meeting that $124 million of it is secured so far; she told the Task Force today that they’re seeking an INFRA grant from the feds for up to $21 million, and some other federal funding is already in hand, plus they’re seeking help from other “regional partners.” More financial info is promised at next month’s meeting)
The projected date for reopening remains “midyear” 2022 – the contractor will be expected to be done by June, and then, as we’ve reported previously, the bridge will be reopened in phases.
Marx said the phasing-in will be done “over the course of a couple weeks” to “be cautious.” Not only will they have a schedule, she said, they also will have a plan so that “everybody doesn’t rush” to use the bridge when just those initial lanes are open.
The method of choosing a contractor, GCCM (General Contractor/Construction Manager) – which has been in the plan for months, noted here when the mayor announced the repair plan in November – will make the process more “collaborative,” but won’t necessarily speed up the work. Marx said SDOT is wary of “making a promise we can’t keep.” So the deadline for prospective bidders to submit their qualifications is April 12th; SDOT expects to make a choice in late May, and the work should start in November. The months inbetween will include finalizing design, “negotiating maximum allowable cost,” and seeking subcontractors.
Also noted during the briefing, the work will go beyond additional strengthening with carbon-fiber wrapping and steel post-tensioning, which has been done as part of the stabilization project “to keep the bridge from falling down,” as Marx described it. The ground around Pier 18 will be “stiffened” with grout/slurry injection, to make it more earthquake-resistant. This pier is being targeted because it’s an “expansion pier,” and they’re considering the same thing for the ground around Pier 15. This part of the work will take about a month and a half but does not have to be completed before the high bridge reopens to traffic, SDOT says.
They are also considering “additional repairs,” which Marx explained would be “regular maintenance activities” that they would like to get done before the reopening, such as concrete work and expansion-joint replacement; those would not add to the $175 million cost estimate, she said, because they would be covered by already-allocated money designated for bridge maintenance.
Asked whether the low-bridge work will result in significant closures before the high bridge is open again, Marx said no – “any closure of the low bridge is going to be brief,” and they would aim for weekend/holiday periods. The low bridge work overall is expected to continue until fall 2022.
We are expecting more information as the WSBCTF meeting continues, and will add to this report.
ADDED 2:56 PM: Here’s the SDOT post about today’s milestone. The other major topic at the WSBCTF meeting was the status of expanding low-bridge access; we’ll publish a separate report on that.
Two threat cases in West Seattle Crime Watch:
WESTWOOD VILLAGE THREAT: An incident last night involved a death threat, police say. Their initial report outlines the incident as follows: Just after 8 pm, one man approached another who appeared to be car-prowling in the parking lot near Rite Aid, following him into Ross and confronting him there. That led to the suspected car-prowler hitting the other man; a fight ensued, and police say, “the victim wrestled with the suspect until the suspect gave up. They went their separate ways. The victim encountered the suspect near MOD Pizza in the Westwood Village parking lot again. The victim said that the suspect punched him again and they started to wrestle. The suspect pulled out a firearm from his pocket and pointed it at the victim’s head. The suspect asked him if he wanted to ‘live or die.’ The suspect left the area.” No description in the report.
HARASSMENT SUSPECT CHARGED: Last week we reported on an incident on 53rd SW in which a suspect was subsequently arrested on Beach Drive. The suspect, 49-year-old Nathan R. Calvin, is now charged with one count of felony harassment. Charging documents say 911 was called on the afternoon of March 2nd about a man “walking through various residential back yards.” In one of those yards, a woman found him “carrying a green metal fence post” and lifting up a boat cover. She told him to stop and leave; he “became angry and started yelling at her and calling her names (and then) took the metal fence post and began swinging it like a baseball bat and told (the victim) that he was going to kill her.” She went back into her house and called 911. Officers found him down the hill. Calvin remains in jail, bail set at $5,000. Charging documents say he has a felony theft conviction and misdemeanor assault and harassment convictions, along with 21 warrants in 10 years, some from outside King County.
(Photo by Machel Spence)
Here’s what’s happening in the hours ahead:
WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE UPDATES: At noon online, the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meets, with updates on bridge-repair planning, low-bridge access, and more. Here’s the agenda; here’s where to watch.
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD: 3:30 pm online, the board holds its regular twice-monthly meeting, as the district edges toward returning some students to in-person learning. The agenda has viewing information.
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm online, our area’s largest political organization has its regular monthly meeting. Register here to get the viewing/participation link; preview the agenda in this month’s newsletter.
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6:07 AM: Good morning! Another mixed forecast today. .
1st Avenue South Bridge – Southbound lane closures are set to start today to enable repair work:
*Noon today-noon Monday (March 15th), two southbound lanes closed around the clock
*The entire southbound bridge will close Sunday night (March 14th) and Monday night (March 15th), 9 pm-5 am both nights
Delridge project – Here’s this week’s work/closure plan.
West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway – As noted Monday, work has begun on Phase 2, so watch out for crews on streets including 42nd SW south of The Junction.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
352nd morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s how it’s looking on other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: Ninth week for automated enforcement cameras, while restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily. Here’s a bridge view:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden – with a new left-turn signal for northbound HP Way, turning to westbound Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:
To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
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