TRAFFIC, WEATHER, ROAD WORK, TRANSIT: Friday notes and weekend alerts

6:03 AM: Good morning!


Today’s forecast has more sunshine and another 70ish high (Thursday’s high was 69).


26th SW – Northbound 26th SW remains closed between Roxbury and Barton but King County has set the date for directions to switch – October 4th, they expect to reopen northbound and close southbound for the month of October.

25th SW & BartonMore county-led RapidRide prep work.

Delridge project“Punch list” tasks continue – next week’s preview is expected later today.

West Marginal – SDOT says, “This weekend, we’ll continue working on the new pedestrian signal at the Duwamish Longhouse as part of the West Marginal Way SW Improvements project. We’ll begin work as soon as 8 AM and finish as early as 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. This work is anticipated to have minor traffic impacts, but you may see traffic slowdowns and lane reductions in the area.”

23rd SW trail repair – Also from SDOT: “On Saturday, we’ll also be performing trail pavement repair work on the 23rd Ave SW bike trail between SW Charlestown St and SW Spokane St. The trail will be completely closed between 8 AM and 4 PM. There will be no traffic impacts; however, please practice caution while in the area.”

Not in West Seattle, but – All weekend, “Weekend lane and ramp closures on SB I-5 between I-90 and S. Spokane St.”


Buses are on regular schedules today – except for the rerouting in RapidRide H Line work zones. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of canceled trips.

For ferries and water taxis, regular schedule today; the Spirit of Kingston has replaced Doc Maynard on the West Seattle Water Taxi run until further notice. Watch @wsferries for ferry updates.


549th 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 camera’s back, now pointed west:

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? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed will tell you. (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.

5 Replies to "TRAFFIC, WEATHER, ROAD WORK, TRANSIT: Friday notes and weekend alerts"

  • Busrider September 24, 2021 (7:55 am)

    7th time in past 3 weeks a boat has been going through while I am trying to get to work. Something must be going on to cause such a big increase in amount of times. Last time a fire truck was stuck too. Surely the 20 minutes it often takes for the bridge to be useable again could really be the difference between life and death. There has to be a better way.

  • West Marg September 24, 2021 (3:54 pm)

    I live off of West Marginal, and it’s an a nightmare to go anywhere after 3p. I have started going to Burien for groceries, and only go to West Seattle when I absolutely must. And it’s only getting worse

    • WSB September 24, 2021 (3:58 pm)

      Yeah, something going on this past hour but no specific traffic alert and the medical call logged at West Marginal/Highland Park has long since cleared, not sure what’s going on.

    • Driver September 24, 2021 (6:19 pm)

      This afternoon, it took a half hour to go from 5 way intersection to Highland & W Marginal intersection. Drivers using the the center turn lane on W Marginal as an extra southbound lane.

  • Busrider September 24, 2021 (5:48 pm)

    And once again the bridge is letting a boat through. That’s both ways to and from work again today. What is the deal with the boat traffic these last few weeks? This is not normal! How is this safe for ambulances and fire emergencies?

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