day : 21/04/2022 11 results

UPDATE: 3 to hospital in 2-vehicle crash at Roxbury/21st

9:40 PM: A car and pickup truck have collided at 21st/Roxbury, and Seattle Fire has sent a “rescue extrication” response. Two people were reported trapped in the car; one has been extricated, and they’re working to get the other one out. Roxbury is blocked both ways.

9:54 PM: That’s the view from the 15th/Roxbury traffic camera. Three people are reported hurt, between the two vehicles. Firefighters have told dispatch this was a “high-speed head-on” crash.

10 PM: The second trapped person has been removed from the car, firefighters have told dispatch.

10:14 PM: The three injured people are all being taken to the hospital. SFD says they are in “stable condition” and says the truck driver is a 41-year-old woman, the car driver is a 43-year-old man, and the car passenger is a 45-year-old man. Added photo above, taken by a person who was on the scene helping even before emergency crews arrived.

2:30 AM: Police just reopened Roxbury – the scene has finally cleared.

ADDED 12:19 PM FRIDAY: From the SPD summary:

A Dodge Dakota pickup truck was travelling eastbound on SW Roxbury St nearing 21 Av SW. At the same time, a black VW Jetta was traveling westbound on SW Roxbury nearing 21 Av SW. According to a witness, the truck crossed the centerline and struck the sedan head on. The male driver and male passenger of the sedan suffered multiple broken bones and had to be extricated from the vehicle. The female driver of the errant truck suffered facial injuries.

All three were transported to Harborview Medical Center.

‘When? When? When?’ West Seattle Bridge reopening questions – and birds! – @ Community Task Force meeting

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

A big part of the role of West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force members is to serve as community liaisons to circulate information to and from fellow community members. When the CTF met online today, one member explained all she’s hearing from everyone with whom she talks is “When? When? When?” regarding a bridge-reopening date.

No date yet. But today’s meeting had a definite “light at the end of the tunnel” – well, bridge – mood.

BRIDGE UPDATES: SDOT’s Heather Marx recapped what’s happening now with repairs, including the first two deliveries of specialized structural concrete Saturday and Wednesday.

The nesting pair of peregrine falcons on the bridge have required coordination with the state and creation of a “falcon management plan,” just approved today, less than a week after the nesting birds were found.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Recognize these business burglars or their vehicle?

Meeples Games was burglarized early today. The report and photos are from Dani at Meeples:

Early this morning we had a break in at Meeples Games. We are asking for help from the community to try to identify these two individuals or the vehicle they are driving.

-Break-in happened at 5:07 am on Thursday, April 21st

-They took about $2000 worth of Magic: the Gathering singles from our case

-They left around 5:11 am.

-They were carrying a large yellow crowbar which can be seen in a few of the pictures.

-Anyone with information should call us (206.535.7896)

The police incident number is 22-099401.

UPDATE: President arrives in Seattle after Alki flyby

5:49 PM: Thanks to James Tilley for the top photo of Air Force One, visible from Alki as President Biden and entourage headed in for a Sea-Tac landing earlier this hour. Kay Kirkpatrick saw the 747 in the distance from Westcrest Park, too:

The Seattle Times reports the president’s motorcade left the airport about 20 minutes ago. His itinerary through tomorrow afternoon includes a fundraiser tonight and a visit to Auburn tomorrow.

P.S. Metro reroutes during the visit include the C Line.

6:26 PM: The presidential motorcade went directly to the fundraiser location, reported to be at a home on Lake Washington.

ROAD WORK: Here’s what’s planned in West Seattle this weekend

With weekend weather looking promising for road work (among other things), SDOT is out with its list of what’s planned. We always include this in the Friday morning traffic watch, but here’s even-earlier warning:

On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be updating curb ramps on 16th Ave SW and SW Barton St in the Highland Park neighborhood. Parking will be limited in these areas during this work. People walking and biking in the area will be detoured to the other sides of the intersection for crossing.

Throughout the weekend, signs and marking crews will be working in several locations.

·Marking a crosswalk on 45th Ave SW and Admiral Way SW
·Pavement marking work and sign installations on 16th Ave SW in the vicinity of SW Findlay St
·Restoring the pavement markings on Marine View Drive SW between SW 104th St and SW 106th St
·Updating the remaining pavement markings and installing reflectors on West Marginal Way SW between 2nd Ave SW and Highland Park Way on Sunday. Time permitting, they will also install reflectors on the lane lines on Highland Park Way between SW Holden St and S Holden St.
·Installing crosswalks and legends on 1st Ave S and Olson Pl S on Sunday

SOON-TO-BE-SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Cruise season starts Saturday

(WSB reader photo sent in 2018 by Huck)

If you have a view of Elliott Bay, it’s about to get busier for the spring/summer: The Port of Seattle is expecting its first cruise-ship arrival of the season on Saturday (April 23rd) – the 4-year-old, 4,000-passenger-capacity Norwegian Bliss (above), docking at Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 downtown. The port’s announcement says 296 ship calls are expected this summer, with “an expected 1.2 million revenue passengers.” According to the full-season schedule, the first multi-arrival day will be a week from Saturday, with three ships due in on April 30th. The season will last exactly six months, with the last ship call scheduled for October 23rd.

P.S. If you’ve noticed a cruise ship here recently, that was Ovation of the Seas, same one that was hanging around last fall because its Australian season was canceled. It will start Alaska cruises from here next month.

EV-charging lot, festival’s return, earthquake readiness, cleanup challenge, more @ Morgan Community Association

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

As always, the Morgan Community Association packed a long list of topics into its quarterly meeting, facilitated online last night by MoCA president Deb Barker.

ELECTRIC-VEHICLE CHARGING LOT: We first reported on this a month ago. Seattle City Light wants to convert the 4,520-square-foot former substation at 4118 SW Morgan into an 8-space fast-charger lot for electric vehicles. Coby Zeifman from SCL came to the MoCA meeting to make the first public presentation about the proposal, joined by Theo Gideon, also of SCL.

The site operated as a substation 1945-2002. It’s scheduled for soil cleanup “later this year.” For everyone who has suggested using the site as housing instead, Gideon noted that it would have to be declared as “no longer serving SCL’s current and future needs.” But SCL does not consider that to be the case:

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen 1992 white Nissan pickup (update: found); hit-and-run driver damages apartment building

Two reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN PICKUP: WSB readers have been immensely helpful lately in finding stolen vehicles (like Zack’s van). Maybe you can help find Sean‘s pickup truck:

1992 Nissan pickup, stolen in the Admiral District (Wednesday) night, 4-19. I have owned it since 2000. Family history in every dent.

As shown, plates are B27758P. We’ll add the police-report # when we get it.

UPDATE: Found.

HIT-RUN: The photo’s from a reader who says this happened at Maris (4722 Fauntleroy Way SW) around 2:30 am:

No injuries, so no SFD dispatch; SPD confirms the driver fled after the crash, but the car was not stolen, and the incident remains under investigation.

West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force, Alki Community Council, more for your Thursday

(Trees along Harbor SW by Don Armeni Boat Ramp, photographed by Marc Milrod)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox, reminders for the rest of today/tonight:

2 SCHOOL DINE-OUT FUNDRAISERS: Have pizza, help schools! Follow the links for details:
Madison Middle School ASB benefit at MOD Pizza (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW), now through 10 pm tonight
Highland Park Elementary PTA benefit at Proletariat Pizza (9622 16th SW), 4-9 pm

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE COMMUNITY TASK FORCE: At this 4 pm online meeting, you’ll find out what’s up with bridge repairs, among other topics. Here’s the agenda; here’s the livestream link.

BOARD GAME NIGHT: Come try something new at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), 6:30-10 pm.

WEST SEATTLE SKYLINK INFO + MUSIC: At The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW) tonight, West Seattle SkyLink is having an informational session/Q&A tonight at 7 pm along with a music showcase hosted by The Brodcast. $10 cover. All ages until 10 pm.

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm, open to everyone to attend in person (Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds) or online – agenda and attendance info are in our calendar listing.

Have an event to list on our calendar/in our daily lists? We’re adding more daily – email – thank you!

West Seattle’s Little Free Art Gallery reopens

Along with Little Free Libraries and Little Free Pantries, West Seattle has a Little Free Art Gallery, and it’s reopened for the season. Mindi Katzman first told us about it last year and just sent these photos and update:

After a brief winter closure, West Seattle’s Little Free Art Gallery has re-opened.

As a reminder to your readers, it is located in the Morgan Junction just a few blocks east of Thriftway on 38th Avenue SW, between Graham and Morgan.

Please c’mon by and grab a little piece. Or, leave a piece. Or just enjoy!!!!

Looking forward to brightening your point of view.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Thursday notes, including presidential visit

9:59 AM NOTES: Robert reports a stalled van blocking a lane at the bottom of the Admiral Way hill. Also just for the record, 26th SW west of Delridge Playfield had a tree blocking it in the 7 am hour but we just checked and it’s since been cleared.

Thanks to Christopher for that photo.


6:02 AM: Good morning. It’s Thursday, April 21st.


Today’s forecast includes showers and a high near 55.


Be aware of potential traffic effects tonight and tomorrow, with President Biden visiting Seattle. Air Force One will be using Sea-Tac, according to The Seattle Times, though the Boeing Field website notes a Temporary Flight Restriction order.


Fourth day of the two-week WSDOT closure of the West Seattle Bridge/Spokane Street ramp to northbound 99 for pavement repair.


Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of reroutes/cancellations. And a change in mask policy: You’re NOT required to wear a face covering on the bus, but it’s recommended – as explained here.

Same goes for the West Seattle Water Taxi, which is operated by Metro. (corrected) Midday service resumes today after 3 days without it. Summer schedule – adding later evening runs on Fridays and Saturdays – starts at the end of this week.

Ferries: WSF is still using the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates. And note that WSF also has dropped its mask mandate, while noting they’re still recommended.


759th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.

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.)

1st Avenue South Bridge:

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? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are also tweeted by @wsdot_traffic.

All city traffic cams can be seen here; West Seattle and vicinity-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.