TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Tuesday notes, 5 days until West Seattle Bridge reopening

6:03 AM: Good morning. The final bridge-reopening countdown continues as we start Tuesday, September 13th.


Morning clouds, afternoon sun, upper 60s predicted .


*Classes are canceled for a fifth day at Seattle Public Schools, but a tentative agreement was announced late last night.


Ferries: WSF continues the 2-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.

Metro buses are on their regular weekday schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts.

The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its regular schedule.


905th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. 5 days until SDOT expects to reopen it – on this Sunday, September 18th. Watch WSB for reopening updates all week.

Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use until the high bridge reopens; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings.

1st Avenue South Bridge:

South Park Bridge:

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 currently functional city traffic cams can be seen here, many with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.

9 Replies to "TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Tuesday notes, 5 days until West Seattle Bridge reopening"

  • Thd3 September 13, 2022 (8:58 am)

    What time does the West Seattle bridge officially open on 9/18? 

  • 22blades September 13, 2022 (9:12 am)

    Looks like Sea Trials time…

  • Mj September 13, 2022 (9:57 am)

    I heard the loading testing is today, presuming no issues is it possible for the bridge to open sooner than the 18th?  

    • WSB September 13, 2022 (10:00 am)

      They are *starting* load testing this afternoon. The 9/18 date is pretty much locked in – the official media briefing is Friday – but who knows until it actually happens, since they’re still not saying WHEN on 9/18.

  • RickB September 13, 2022 (12:11 pm)

    It feels like everyone is getting their fill of that sweet sweet detour traffic before it’s over… Left at 7:45 this morning and it took 45 minutes from my house on 26th Ave to being on 509 south of the bridge today. Or was something going on? I didn’t see any wrecks or disabled vehicles.

    • WSB September 13, 2022 (12:16 pm)

      We left the house at 8:20 to head to a city photo op at Community School of West Seattle (22nd/Roxbury) and encountered surprisingly sluggish traffic on both 35th and Rox. I didn’t see/hear anything either … so I think it was just everybody hitting the road. Have to go to Burien for something tomorrow morning, making a note to leave extra early!

    • 1994 September 13, 2022 (8:16 pm)

      This evening about 5 I was driving north on 35th Ave between Roxbury and Henderson (where the library is located). The traffic heading south on 35th was bumper to bumper that entire stretch and not moving….I wondered too if everyone was getting their kicks with the last days of the detour. Or was it just rush hour traffic?  Or that some schools have resumed?

  • Cass September 13, 2022 (12:59 pm)

    It seemed bad going north too – my bus was about 10 minutes late when I boarded at 35th and Roxbury and 20 minutes late by the time we reached 4th and Jackson. Traffic backed up onto Avalon and crawling slower than usual until we reached the low bridge. I’m really really really hoping the buses see improvement when the bridge opens!

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