(Scroll down for updates on today’s traffic)
6:00 AM: Good morning. It’s Monday, September 19th, first weekday with the reopened West Seattle Bridge. The format for the daily traffic notes is obviously evolving with this big change. Today, we’ll be live-chronicling the first commute with the bridge. As we start, no problems reported, so here’s some basic daily info:
Here’s the forecast – sunny, high in the low 70s.
High Bridge – here’s the reactivated camera atop the span.
Low Bridge: All restrictions are now lifted, so it’s open to anyone who wants to use it.
Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
6:26 AM: The helicopter near the bridge is just the shared-TV chopper, covering the same thing we are – first bridge-open morning. So far, bridge traffic remains very light.
7 AM: All still quiet, on the bridge and other routes. If you’re heading for 1st Avenue through downtown, be aware that traffic is being affected by a fire near 1st/Cherry in Pioneer Square.
7:30 AM: The bridge is busier but no backups. Same goes for other routes (including the ex-detours) covered by cameras. We’re heading out for a ground-level look around.
8 AM: Bridge = still lightly traveled. … Our crew’s just back from a trip through Highland Park, down West Marginal, up Spokane to Avalon, no backups in sight.
8:07 AM: First West Seattle problem of the morning – crash reported at 26th/Roxbury.
8:27 AM: Not major – blocking a turn lane. No major injuries:
Back to the bridge – still no slowdowns/backups.
9 AM: Looks like Morning 1 is traffic-jam-free. But Tuesdays anecdotally always seemed busier, so we’ll do this again tomorrow.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.