TRAFFIC ALERT: Sylvan Way mega-pothole

Just hearing about this via SPD dispatch – a large pothole is reported on Sylvan Way just past Home Depot. The dispatcher told officers it’s caused “multiple flat tires” and apparently one vehicle is now stuck/stalled. According to the dispatcher, “SDOT has been notified.” Police are looking into blocking it off in the meantime, but you might consider another east-west route for now.

20 Replies to "TRAFFIC ALERT: Sylvan Way mega-pothole"

  • Beanie December 12, 2021 (6:41 pm)

    I didn’t swerve in time yesterday and hit it hard. I said that’s gonna cause some tire problems! I hope they can fix it soon!

  • brizone December 12, 2021 (7:19 pm)

    “…just past Home Depot.” Above?  Below?

  • James December 12, 2021 (7:57 pm)

    I was following a motorcycle rider today who almost swerved into a ditch trying to avoid it! I hope the city fixes this soon before it takes out someone’s life let alone a tire.

  • Wendy Bradley December 12, 2021 (8:01 pm)

    My son hit the hole and ended up with a punctured tire. It was coming down the hill on Sylvan Way before the side entrance to Home Depot, see image marking approximate spot. He said there were several other cars pulled over by Home Depot. Busy night for the tow truck drivers. Be careful people!!

  • Paul Dompe December 12, 2021 (9:00 pm)

    My son hit the pothole today, too.  Somehow he was able to hobble home.  Flat tire and likely a bent rim.  

  • Doug December 12, 2021 (9:46 pm)

    Sylvan is a never ending patch work of pot holes. Desperately needs attention from SDOT. 

  • Trickycoolj December 12, 2021 (9:54 pm)

    Ugh I hit that one yesterday too.  Probably the only reason I didn’t get a flat is because I had brand new tires, but still won’t be surprised if I get a slow leak out of it. 

  • Mj December 12, 2021 (10:31 pm)

    The City has and continues to fail to adequately fund basic maintenance for years.  At the same time the City continues to find funding for pet programs.  It’s time basic maintenance gets fully funded first.

    • Kathy December 13, 2021 (12:16 am)

      That’s odd, MJ, usually when I report a pothole it’s fixed in a couple of days. Do you report them?  Using the “Find It Fix It” app on your phone, they are easy to report if people will only take the trouble to do it. 

      • Tracey December 13, 2021 (8:18 am)

        I’ve used the app but results are sporadic.  When they do fix the pot hole I specify in my request they drive over a dozen others on the same street and don’t bother to fix those.   Seriously, do I need to point out every pothole on every street?  Can’t SDOT report their own potholes while they are out fixing the others or doing other road work.  Oh wait, that must be another department’s job. 

    • WStown December 13, 2021 (7:11 am)

      Mj, I’m with Kathy on this one. With that said, our infrastructure (especially education) has been in a shambles since Reaganomics tipped the scale towards lowering/removing taxes for corporations and the 1%.  The dire need continues for all of us to respectfully tell our representatives (local, state,fed) that corporations are NOT people, especially now as inflation hits 6.8%. I’m sick of footing the bill for the Richie Rich, it’s beyond time for them to participate like the rest of us. 

  • YES2WS December 13, 2021 (6:07 am)

    I agree, MJ. Rather than the city patching here and there why not take funding from some of their pet projects and be a bit more proactive on basic road repair. Yeh, the Find It Fix It is a great tool, but so is basic road maintenance.

  • CeeBee December 13, 2021 (8:56 am)

    About 10 years ago I hit that same pothole and popped a tire.  That particular location keeps coming back, so clearly something more than a patch is needed. 

  • Rick December 13, 2021 (9:48 am)

    It’s not a problem until the mayors limo or city council members hit it.

    • WSB December 14, 2021 (8:53 pm)

      Datapoint, the mayor gets driven around in an SUV. Not limo

  • Lola December 13, 2021 (12:43 pm)

    I hit it yesterday going to the Highland Park to get down to the freeway.  I meant to do a Pothole finder yesterday but forgot about it it as I go home a different way.  It was a big one as I remember swearing after my tire went into it. Yes it is just before Home Depot as you are heading down from the Cemetary on Sylvan way.  

  • JJ December 13, 2021 (12:51 pm)

    The drainage through that hillside is uncontrolled. Pavement is no match.

  • trickycoolj December 13, 2021 (3:33 pm)

    For anyone wondering that stretch was fully repaved like 2-3 years ago (pandemic timeline is fuzzy). It was much more of a moonscape before with holes deep enough only the tip of the orange cone was visible. And yes I reported dozens every day on Find it Fix it and sometimes they’d fix one and drive over 10 more on the way to it. Ironically when I complained about it on one of the Seattle Reddit pages they came and patched every hole. Most reports I put in find it fix it get auto-closed within about 30 seconds so it doesn’t even seem like the city is maintaining the app anymore. 

  • Valerie December 13, 2021 (6:28 pm)

    Yep, I was one of the first in that string of flat tires last night. Totally blew out my tire and shook me up pretty badly. Almost impossible to see because it’s coming around the corner and it was dark and stormy. Has anyone had any success with filing a claim with the city? (I assume this will be a big fat “no.”) 

  • bolo December 13, 2021 (10:11 pm)

    Must have been patched by now. I passed thru there tonight (Mon.) and did not encounter anything like what was described above.

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