TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Friday notes and weekend alerts; Admiral hill crash

7:25 AM: Texters report the Admiral hill north of the bridge is blocked off because of a crash – apparently a utility pole was hit. Chris reports via email that multiple vehicles were involved. SFD has already cleared the scene so apparently no major injuries.

7:36 AM: This may be a while – per an exchange between dispatch and officers, Seattle City Light isn’t there yet. And as noted in comments, this chilly, slick morning has brought other problems around the metro area.

8:19 AM: The hill is reported to have reopened to some traffic.


6:03 AM Good morning!


Today’s forecast foresees sunshine, after a very chilly morning, with a high in the 40s.


Saturday – the two-piece second work platform will be raised under the West Seattle Bridge, with a detour for people using Terminal 102 at the south end of Harbor Island. … Also on Saturday, SDOT “will be addressing vegetation overgrowth and clearing sidewalks on East Marginal Way S between South Hudson St [map] and South Alaska St. … Traffic impacts may include the closure of the northbound curb lane.”

Sunday – low-bridge closures of up to half an hour each around 9 am, 1 pm, and 5 pm, for more preparatory work looking ahead to that bridge’s repairs.


Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of trip cancellations.

West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxi routes are on regular schedules.

Ferries: WSF continues a two-boat schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. Check here for alerts/updates.


675th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.

Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras are still 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.)

The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

South Park Bridge:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

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

Are movable bridges opening for vessels? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed can tell you; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are also tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.

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

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.

9 Replies to "TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Friday notes and weekend alerts; Admiral hill crash"

  • D January 28, 2022 (6:48 am)

    I hit a couple icy patches this morning. Be careful out there!

  • Michelle January 28, 2022 (7:13 am)

    For anyone trying to get to the east side: 520E is closed at Montlake and there’s an accident (or something) on I90 right before the Mercer island tunnel. Probably best to go around the bottom of the lake until it clears (we are literally not moving right now).

    • Michelle January 28, 2022 (7:19 am)

      And another one right before the 405 exit. It’s a good day

  • Busrider January 28, 2022 (7:21 am)

    Eastbound Admiral Way blocked at the viewpoint.

  • Morning Commuter January 28, 2022 (7:27 am)

    Looks like Admiral is shut down at the viewpoint. Any idea what’s going on? This is gonna snarl commutes.

    • WSB January 28, 2022 (7:34 am)

      Crash, have added info above.

  • Steve January 28, 2022 (7:29 am)

    Admiral Hill is blocked 7:25 AM

  • CEGT1111 January 28, 2022 (8:15 am)

    Traffic is getting through on Admiral hill – down to one lane heading toward the bridge. 

  • HarborIslandworker January 28, 2022 (1:27 pm)

    I still don’t understand what so special about terminal 102 and the need for a detour route. They can easily access their location just as well as everyone else that works on the Harbor Island has to do every single day.

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