TRAFFIC ALERT: East Marginal Way/99 closure over after 6+ hours

3:15 PM: With the pm commute approaching, SDOT has just issued an advisory about a road closure that has stretched on for hours since a crash this morning:

The Seattle Department of Transportation closed SR-99/E Marginal Way between S Royal Brougham Way and S Hudson St [map] in both directions due to a damaged utility pole. A vehicle hit a utility pole that caused the pole to fall and is now supported by the wires across the roadway. The road will remain closed until further notice and will be reopened once SDOT crews verify that the area is safe to travel through. SDOT encourages travelers to find alternate routes if you are driving in and around the area.

Travelers on SR-99 SB coming out of the tunnel must exit at S Royal Brougham Way. Travelers on SR-99/SR-509/E Marginal Way NB are encouraged to use 1st Ave S and 4th Ave S.

We’ll update when there’s a change.

3:40 PM: Per SDOT, “Northbound lanes reopened to traffic on SR-99 at S Hudson St. Southbound lanes remain closed from S Royal Brougham Way to S Hudson St.”

4 PM: And now southbound has reopened too.

10 Replies to "TRAFFIC ALERT: East Marginal Way/99 closure over after 6+ hours"

  • DJ Allyn February 3, 2022 (3:23 pm)

    If this has been closed all day, then why in the hell are we just learning about this NOW, after the evening rush hour is starting?There are NO signs until you get to the closure, NONE of the radio stations have said squat.  Once again, it’s the lackluster results of a transportation department that needs to be turned inside out and everyone fired.There is NO excuse for this crap.

    • WSB February 3, 2022 (3:36 pm)

      If that’s a question for us – whether we report on something in that area depends on (a) whether it’s clear it’s going to be a longrunning closure and (b) whether we’re hearing from multiple people about it. Still haven’t had (b) happen. Regarding (a), we monitor SDOT’s traffic tweets but they were not clear that a pole was down and repair was going to take a while, just describing this as a “collision” scene. I finally sent SDOT a note at noon saying that if this is a situation that is going to affect the pm commute, they might want to issue a “travel advisory” so we can let folks know. At 3 pm, they did. – TR

      • sam-c February 3, 2022 (4:12 pm)

        Regarding signs, there were signs on 99 S starting in Queen Anne (the lighted/ elec. signs), saying that 99 was closed at S Royal Brougham Way, ‘take other routes,’ ‘everyone must exit at S Royal Brougham Way’, etc

    • Oh wow February 3, 2022 (4:11 pm)

      DJ, To blame DOT for an accident earlier today,  to blame radio stations to not keeping you up to date.  Your Privilege is showing so bad. To blast the blog for not telling you about this sooner.  Lucky they said anything at all.  Get a grip dude

    • Earl. Knoppi February 3, 2022 (4:24 pm)

      Komo was all over it this afternoon especially at noon when I was running back to tacoma from Mercer st

    • Marina February 3, 2022 (4:26 pm)

      KIRO 97.3 has been reporting it since it happened, but agree that SDOT should’ve released something sooner. PM commute or not, it’s one of the only commutes in and out of West Seattle (and onto Harbor Island where a lot of people work). 

  • I Work in SoDo February 3, 2022 (3:47 pm)

    Weird how there’s only one road out of Seattle! If only there were other roads to take. Oh well, guess I’ll complain on West Seattle Blog Dot Com about it, since they also clearly control the one single road in and out of Seattle.

  • CarDriver February 3, 2022 (4:32 pm)

    DJ. KOMO radio does traffic reports on the 4’s (4,14,24 etc. after the hour). When I was out late this morning (9:50 to 11am), they were mentioning it and the backups every time

  • Ribbit ribbit February 3, 2022 (9:53 pm)

    Isn’t it time to bury the lines on E Marginal Way? If a car or semi isn’t knocking the down, the wind is. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

  • 22blades February 4, 2022 (4:52 am)

    DJ, I am going to make an assumption that everyone has a cellphone. There are a multitude of ways to check traffic conditions before turning the key. SDOT, Google… A pain? Yes, but better than yelling at your dashboard at 1/2 mph. Worst case, I stop at a “coffee shop” to let the dust settle. Please don’t yell at the press like this very publication that afforded your… rant. Thanks to WSB for the coverage. Great job.

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