TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Thursday watch; Water Taxi out of service until mid-morning

10:03 AM: Metro says the Water Taxi will return to service with a downtown departure at 10:30 am.


9:27 AM: Crash reported at West Marginal/Highland Park Way.


UPDATE: The Water Taxi is out of service this morning because of a crew shortage.


6:03 AM: Good morning and welcome to Thursday, May 5th.


The National Weather Service predicts rain “at times” today – high in the 50s.


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

The West Seattle Water Taxi, which is operated by Metro, is now on the summer schedule – including later evening runs on Fridays and Saturdays.

Use an ORCA card? Start thinking about the changes ahead.

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


Early alert for the weekend: Closure of 3 left lanes on SB I-5 between I-90 and S. Spokane for pavement and expansion joint repairs. 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday.


773rd 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 city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are 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.

7 Replies to "TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Thursday watch; Water Taxi out of service until mid-morning"

  • Commuter May 5, 2022 (6:15 am)

    Per the King County website (and my own experience) the morning water taxi runs are cancelled due to a crew shortage. 

    • WSB May 5, 2022 (8:26 am)

      Thank you, we have a logistical problem to solve with Water Taxi notifications getting lost in the daily flood of Metro trip cancellations …

      • CH May 5, 2022 (10:47 am)

        Thanks for the info. I see on the Highland/West Marginal traffic cam that congestion is continuing at 10:45 am. Usually when I check the cam, the traffic has cleared up by 10 am or so.

  • CH May 5, 2022 (10:26 am)

    Hi, Again noticing increased traffic congestion from approx. 8:45-10 am at Highland and West Marginal, compared to the less traffic at the same time in March. The travel time from Highland to 1st Ave bridge has doubled or tripled since March. thanks

  • CarDriver May 5, 2022 (12:03 pm)

    Seattle Central CC is mentioning their maritime program could have its budget cut. They’re training future marine workers. 

    • WSB May 5, 2022 (12:10 pm)

      Seattle Central is the college on Capitol Hill, not the one here.

  • CarDriver May 5, 2022 (12:22 pm)

    WSB. Correct SCCC’s Maritime program is located in Ballard just east of the north end of the Ballard bridge

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