West Seattle, Washington
9:13 PM: It’s official. Cars just started heading eastbound from the 35th entrance. More to come…
9:23 PM: Thanks to Laurel at Ounces (which is having a big reopening party tomorrow) for sending that video of the last barricade being removed at the Delridge entrance, and the worker declaring, “The West Seattle Bridge is open!”
9:30 PM: Here’s the official SDOT announcement. Key points to remember:
-Restrictions on the low bridge are now ALL lifted
-Buses don’t return to the high bridge until Monday
9:44 PM: Thanks for the photos and videos – getting caught up once the server starts behaving again (sorry if you’ve had trouble connecting, we have increased capacity over the years but apparently not by enough). Tim McMonigle reports his car was the first car across (see comment below) – here’s his video:
(Added: In the comment thread on our earlier report, “Matt #2” says he was first across on his motorcycle.) … Many noted fireworks this past half-hour. Haven’t had time to sleuth them yet. (Update: Someone on Twitter says they were off Bainbridge.)
10:10 PM: The reopening means a huge sigh of relief for residents along detour routes – particularly (but not limited to) Highland Park, South Park, and Georgetown. Kay from HP sent this photo and caption:
Tail lights on SW Holden – so long, y’all!
You might recall that SW Holden was so swamped with traffic immediately after the closure, SDOT installed a traffic signal at Highland Park Way/Holden in the span of a week – an intersection where previously residents had been requesting traffic-control help for decades.
10:45 PM: Speaking of looking back, if you for any reason want to browse back through our 2 1/2 years of coverage – going back to the shocking March 23, 2020, announcement that the bridge had to be closed – it’s all archived here, 300+ stories. Getting back to the present, here’s the “live” 35th/Fauntleroy webcam, which we featured earlier in the hours leading up to the reopening.
We’ll of course be watching the traffic situation, especially on Monday morning, with live updates during that first post-reopening outbound commute.
11:34 PM: Commenters are noting that the southbound I-5 exit to the bridge hasn’t reopened yet. SDOT mentioned that in a tweet and said it’s related to WSDOT’s “Revive I-5” work.
1:15 AM: One of the high bridge webcams is working now.
4:51 PM: No new intel so far today on exactly what time SDOT expects to reopen the West Seattle Bridge, but we did learn that the 35th/Fauntleroy traffic camera has been pointed at the bridge’s west entrance so you can see when it’s open there, so we’ve embedded it above. (The high-bridge cameras have not been reactivated yet, although we’re told, again, that they’re trying to get that done in time for the reopening.) Refresh for the latest version of the image, which is updated every minute or two, or go to the SDOT Travelers’ Map to click on the camera and get a window with an option for watching live video. Camera aside, SDOT says the official “it’s open” notification will come first via Twitter, then an SDOT Blog post, then a news release, then email.
7:30 PM: From SDOT via Twitter:
Crews will be hard at work this evening getting the #WestSeattleBridge ready for reopening. There’s lots to do removing signs & barricades in dozens of locations around West Seattle & Duwamish Valley. We will have the latest info tonight here on Twitter. #WestSeattleReunited pic.twitter.com/dZnCLzmKUf
— seattledot (@seattledot) September 18, 2022
8:02 PM: Also from SDOT – please stay off the bridge so those crews can do their job.
8:48 PM: Went over to 35th/Fauntleroy for a ground-level look at final tasks. This crew took down the “Bridge Closed/Detour” sign by Taco Time’s east side:
Data point: The signs are reusable because what’s on them was applied with adhesive, not painted, because of the materials needed to meet reflectivity requirements.
9:10 PM: The live webcam shows crews just pulled the ROAD CLOSED signs away at the 35th/Fauntleroy entrance.
(Added: Video by Paulette Athan as Fauntleroy barricades were removed)
9:17 PM: And a moment after that, as we’ve posted separately, the bridge reopened.
1:34 PM: Thanks for the tips. Two Fauntleroy businesses were broken into last night, though both tell us the burglars didn’t get away with anything of value – though the damage they left behind is costly.
At Wildwood Market (9214 45th SW), a glass company was there replacing the door when we stopped by – that’s how the burglar(s) broke in; we’re told they tried grabbing a cash box that had only coins.
At Endolyne Joe’s (9261 45th SW), someone broke in by busting a door lock (which they’ve already repaired). They told us the burglar(s) grabbed what turned out to be an empty cash drawer.
We’ve also received a reader report about what appeared to be a break-in attempt in Morgan Junction; a nearby resident says she saw someone with a crowbar trying to break into the back door of New Teriyaki and Wok (6540 California SW) around 4 am; she yelled to them to walk away and she says they did: “It was a person in a blue hoodie and a blue surgical face mask.”
ADDED 3:10 PM: Ian at Locöl (7902 35th SW) says they were hit too, and sent this security-video grab:
“looks like the same guy broke into Locöl last night was the same group that broke into Endolyne and Wildwood,” Ian notes.
All around the peninsula, the first-ever West Seattle Art Hop & Shop is on! We visited two of the group sites – above, along the west edge of High Point Commons Park [map], where the crafters showing selling their work included Lillian, who creates with yarn:
Others there include Kevin Marshall with his “fine art functional pottery,” glazed stoneware:
This is the Pigeon Point Craft Fair Festival, and participants are offering a wide variety of handmade items. The breeze drew our ears to the wind chimes at Misty Talkish‘s booth:
A short distance west along the fence, fall colors pop from the handmade “Shabby Chic by Cindy” wreaths:
Other group sites include C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). Many participating artists/makers are set up at their homes/studios too, so you can look at the clickable map (or use this downloadable/printable version) and see what’s closest for a neighborhood stroll. Most of the Art Hop & Shop locations are open until 5 pm today!
Thanks for the photo! One of the many shopping stops on today’s list – Highland Park Elementary (1012 SW Trenton), where the PTA is hosting what’s not just a rummage sale, but also a “Give and Take” – “give what you can, take what you want,” donations accepted. This is on until 2 pm.
A free writing workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds starts meeting in West Seattle next week. The organizers of “Write YOUR Story” say there’s still room for more to sign up, so if you have a young writer in the household, check it out. The first session is Thursday, September 22nd, in the upper-level activity room at Curious Kidstuff in The Junction (4740 California SW). Here’s the flyer. If you have questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, and other previews, here’s what’s happening on your last bridgeless Saturday:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Of course SDOT‘s main job is preparing to reopen the West Seattle Bridge – exact time not announced – and this work is happening today:
Leading up to reopening on Sunday and afterward, we’ll have various SDOT work crews near the bridge and along the detour routes. They will be removing a lot of signs, like the detour route signs and low bridge restriction signs. They’ll also be removing traffic control items like barricades, barrels, and digital messaging boards.
As part of the Reconnect West Seattle program, in addition to ongoing street maintenance and safety improvements, we will be completing a few projects this weekend.
-We began paving parts of SW Admiral Way last week, and we will continue paving through this Saturday.
-On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be replacing concrete panels at the 16th Ave SW and SW Webster St intersection.
Work is expected to begin as early as 7 AM and conclude by 4 PM. Please expect delays, drive safely in work zones, and follow directions from signs and flaggers. Traffic will be maintained in both directions as we complete the work.
METRO SERVICE CHANGE: This is the day that service revisions kick in – including some West Seattle cuts – but buses won’t return to the high bridge until Monday.
ORCA HALF: This half-marathon starts in waves from Lincoln Park at 7:30 am and ends at Don Armeni Boat Ramp – no street closures. Added early Water Taxi run pre-race.
HIGHLAND PARK PTA SALE: Even more rummage-saling, this time to support a school! 10 am-2 pm (1012 SW Trenton).
GARAGE/YARD SALES: See (and post) listings in the WSB Community Forums.
WEST SEATTLE ART HOP & SHOP: 10 am-5 pm, a tour of artist studios and other venues where you can see and buy art! First-ever – the latest info is here, including map links.
MORNING MUSIC AT C & P: 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) – which is also a stop on the Art Hop & Shop map.
SPRAYPARK: Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) will be open 11 am-8 pm, second-to-last day of the season.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Noon-4 pm, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society museum on Alki is open (61st/Stevens).
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
WINE TIME: The Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room – selling wine by the glass or bottle – is open 1-6 pm. (5910 California SW)
BRIDGE PRE-REOPENING PARTY: 2-9:30 pm, celebrate at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), with Hawaiian food, desserts, a 2-6 pm pop-up market, kids’ activities including a bounce house, more, including the now-famous “Reunited” collaborative beer.
(added) HUSKIES WATCH PARTY, WITH HALFTIME GUEST: Received this morning, an open invitation to a watch party for the Huskies-Michigan State game starting at 4 pm at The Bridge (6301 California SW); the party hosts are inviting Seattle Municipal Court Judge candidate Pooja Vaddadi to speak at halftime.
EVENING MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: Roo Forrest and Friends, 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), no cover, all ages.
MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Dead Sonics, Mantle Collapse, Midnight Marauders, doors at 7 pm, show at 8. $10. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
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The West Seattle High School Wildcats are now 3-0 on the season, after a big win over Cleveland at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex on Friday night.
We were there in the early going, as WSHS started piling up the points on their way to a 41-0 victory.
Next week they play the annual Huling Bowl cross-peninsula game against Chief Sealth IHS, 7:30 pm Friday (September 23) at NCSWAC (2801 SW Thistle).