TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday

8:29 AM: Crash at Delridge/Trenton.

Earlier:

6:02 AM: Good morning! It’s Tuesday, November 22nd – two days until Thanksgiving.

WEATHER

Rainy, windy weather predicted for today, high near 50.

TODAY’S TRANSIT STATUS + HOLIDAY PREVIEW

Metro buses are on regular schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: Thursday will be a Sunday schedule, Friday will be normal weekday.)

-The West Seattle Water Taxi is running its fall/winter schedule – still daily, all dayparts, but no late Friday/Saturday runs. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: No Water Taxi service Thursday or Friday.)

-Still a 2-boat schedule for WSF’s Triangle Route – check here for alerts/updates. (HOLIDAY PREVIEW: On Thursday, the Triangle Route will be on a weekend 2-boat schedule.)

SPOTLIGHT CAMERAS

High Bridge – here’s the camera at the top.

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (if SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way).

Low Bridge: Or nearby, depending on where SDOT points the camera.

1st Ave. S. Bridge: The south route.

Highway 99: Here’s the northbound side at Lander.

All functional city traffic cams can be seen here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

If you see a problem on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.

8 Replies to "TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday"

  • Flivver November 22, 2022 (6:27 am)

    WSB. With the rain this morning all eyes will be on the 99/west high bridge area for the infamous spinout and crash zone.

    • badriver November 22, 2022 (10:17 am)

      Exactly my thoughts upon seeing our rain with conditions that have blamed:
      wet sheeting road surface after a long dry spell and commuter traffic.  
      If the roadway is the cause, we should already have experienced multiple incidents today. 

    • Lola November 22, 2022 (10:38 am)

          Flivver,  I thought of that this morning while driving into work with the windsheild wipers on.  Would be a good time for SDOT to go check it out maybe while it is raining? Or they will probably wait for the first accident to happen then go ck it out on a not so raining day to see what could have possibly happened to cause said accident. 

      • sam-c November 22, 2022 (7:29 pm)

        In the several times I’ve been on this route since the bridge re-opened, driving normally, in rain or shine, never experienced any issues at all.  Today, I came down SB 99 to WSB around 1pm.  I hydroplaned a bit on 99SB about 150 ft before the exit.  On the exit this time,  I drove even extra cautiously, following the recommended 30mph around the curve (ignoring the impatient driver tailgating me)   accelerating only after passing the gore point, and heading  uphill, up the West Seattle bridge? Again, no issues whatsoever….

        • Flivver November 22, 2022 (8:13 pm)

          Sam-C. Was just ahead of you. Came around the curve at 38-behind several other cars or would have been going a bit faster.  No issues. I lost traction when I was at the gore point and pointed straight. When I hit the gas to accelerate is when i started to lose traction.  Letting off the gas a bit solved that. My observation is that the fluids coming off the vehicles on the bridge is being washed downhill by the rain and where it collects is when it starts to flatten. I think a good pressure wash of that area would help. My bet though is SDOT will never do it.

  • Flivver November 22, 2022 (1:25 pm)

    Came from s bound 99 to westbound high bridge about an hour ago.  Came around the curve at 38mph in my truck no issues. When I was past the curve i accelerated to head straight up in the right lane. Back end started fishtailing, let off the gas a bit and was fine. What has to be happening there is runoff coming down the bridge from higher up is collecting all the oil and fluids coming off all the vehicles using the bridge. Definately slicker than one would expect.     

    • badriver November 22, 2022 (8:48 pm)

      Did the same drive this rainy afternoon with absolutely no issues.  If the flivver’s theory was correct, there would be several car wrecks by this time.   None have been reported. 

  • WS Res November 22, 2022 (8:15 pm)

    Hey with all the rain, could folks with deciduous trees near the streets & sidewalks make sure to go rake up all the wet leaves that are down?  They’re slippery on sidewalks and in danger of clogging storm drains in the street.

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