7:10 AM: The Water Taxi had to swap Doc Maynard in for Spirit of Kingston, which had a problem that led to cancellation of the 6:50 am run from West Seattle.


6:07 AM: Good morning, Unsettled forecast for your Friday.


Highway 99 Tunnel: Overnight closure tonight for maintenance.

26th SW – Closed northbound between Roxbury and Barton. Project details are here

Delridge project – Awaiting today’s update on the next wave of closures. Here’s the most-recent project note.

West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way: Construction is planned at the intersection again this weekend, 3 am-1 pm both days.


Buses are on regular schedules – except for the South Delridge and 26th rerouting. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of bus cancellations.

For ferries and water taxis, all is normal. Watch @wsferries for updates.


501st morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:

Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/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:

Are draw/swing bridges opening for boats or barges? See the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed. (1st Ave. South Bridge openings also are tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.)

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.

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

14 Replies to "ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC, WEATHER: Friday notes"

  • West Seattle Seagull August 6, 2021 (6:52 am)

    We’re in highpoint and I hear a lot of sirens out there. What’s going on?

  • JTinWS August 6, 2021 (7:25 am)

    As an occasional moral scold about bridge scofflaws I must confess: I finally scoffed the law myself last week to drive to Swedish for our baby’s delivery (everyone’s healthy, thank goodness), and again to race said baby to Seattle Children’s Hospital for what turned out to be a false alarm but could have been an emergency.I am curious about the timeline for warnings and/or tickets, though, as I’m hoping to plead “life-saving medical treatment” for those crossings, and I’m surprised that nothing has come in the mail even 12 days after the first crossing. Does anyone know how long it usually takes? Could we have just accidentally dodged a ticket entirely?

  • Jim August 6, 2021 (9:27 am)

    Anyone know why 1st Ave was closed this morning?

  • waikikigirl August 6, 2021 (9:41 am)

    Wondering if anyone else has heard or knows the background on SW Stevens St, we heard that the City is going to rename it for whatever reasons happened way back when?

    • WSB August 6, 2021 (11:00 am)

      No, there is no proposal/plan to rename it. Someone else mentioned something about this and I went looking around to see where it came from. The City Council’s Transportation Committee met this week to discuss naming a new bridge over I-5 at Northgate after the late civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis. In discussion, Councilmember Lisa Herbold mentioned that a constituent had contacted her to say SW Stevens St. should be renamed because of its namesake’s background. Seattle Times reporter Mike Lindblom mentioned this on Twitter because he was covering the meeting (I cover a lot of meetings but this one had no WS agenda items so I did not).
      I checked with her office and there is NO PROPOSAL for this. She made a comment during a meeting. You can watch the video via Seattle Channel (as I will when things slow down) – look for the Transportation and Utilities Committee meeting, John Lewis Bridge item. – TR

      • waikikigirl August 6, 2021 (11:30 am)

        Thank you Tracy, I knew you would know something!

  • Cass August 6, 2021 (10:14 am)

    Just saw 26th SW is currently blocked southbound as well between Barton and Roxbury. Lots of fire trucks on scene. It makes me wonder if they hit a gas line.

    • WSB August 6, 2021 (10:31 am)

      We have a separate story on that, at the scene now.

      • Cass August 6, 2021 (1:11 pm)

        Thanks! I checked before commenting, but then saw your story appear right afterwards. I appreciate all of your hard work keeping us so well informed!

  • CarDriver August 6, 2021 (3:03 pm)

    JTINWS. Basic rule has been 14 day’s after infraction ticket will show up in the mail.

  • kap August 6, 2021 (9:08 pm)

    1st Ave was closed between Spokane St and Dawson this morning, and this evening as well, causing some commute headaches. Haven’t been able to see the cause, or how long expected – WSB any to get any intel about cause or length of closure? 

    • WSB August 6, 2021 (9:33 pm)

      It was something related to Seattle City Light activity, tracing back to an outage this morning. SDOT tweeted 15 minutes ago that it’s open now.

  • waikikigirl August 7, 2021 (7:33 am)

    Commutes around here really SUCK…Almost, almost makes me want to jump onto the “Jort” bus! JK

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