West Seattle, Washington
6:55 AM: Good morning! Here’s what you need to know as the week begins:
AVALON PROJECT: This is week 2. SDOT’s plans for this week (and a bit beyond) are in this update.
BEACH DRIVE REPAVING: This is scheduled to start Wednesday south of Weather Watch Park, as announced Friday.
SPRING BREAK: Local Catholic schools are out this week.
SEE TRAFFIC TROUBLE? If we’re not already reporting it, and if you’re not driving, tips appreciated at 206-293-6302, text or voice – thank you!
12:47 AM: Harbor Avenue is blocked north of the bridge because of a crash. It was initially reported as 2 vehicles, one possibly flipped, but a short-lived “rescue extrication” callout was almost immediately downsized to one engine.
1:03 AM: Harbor has reopened.
6:59 AM: Good morning! One incident so far – a crash blocking one lane on the NB 1st Ave S Bridge.
WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERTS: None in West Seattle, but the SDOT roundup of potential traffic-affecting events through the weekend might be of interest.
7:29 AM: 1st Ave S Bridge is clear.
6:56 AM: Good morning! No traffic alerts so far.
TRANSIT ALERTS: The 6:44 am Route 37 did not run.
STADIUM ZONE: Mariners play a day game, at 3:40 pm vs. Cleveland.
7:02 AM: Good morning! No traffic or transit alerts so far, but two reminders:
AVALON PROJECT: SDOT‘s big project continues.
6:49 AM: Good morning! A lot to start with:
SCHOOLS REOPEN: Districts that were on spring break last week (in our area, Seattle, Highline, and Vashon Island) are back in session today.
2:52 PM: Thanks for the tip: Avoid 35th SW and SW Morgan for a while – a crash involving at least 4 vehicles has blocked part of 35th just south of Morgan. We’ve just checked out the scene – no serious injuries so no SFD callout.
2:58 PM: The cause is under investigation; police are directing traffic through the scene, and tow trucks are reported to be on the way. Added photos from the scene, which is somewhat spread out.
6:46 AM: Good morning! On this last weekday of spring break for many local students, we start with reminders:
TUNNEL CLOSURE TONIGHT: 11 pm tonight to 8 am Saturday morning, the SB Highway 99 tunnel will be closed.
STADIUM ZONE: Mariners are back home starting tonight, 7:10 pm vs. the Astros.
NEXT WEEK: SDOT‘s Avalon/35th/Alaska project starts next week, with work proceeding zone by zone over the next year-plus, starting in the Avalon/Yancy vicinity. We went to SDOT HQ downtown on Thursday for an in-depth preview and we’ll publish that story today.
11:52 AM: Thanks for the tips. If you’re headed off-peninsula, don’t take the eastbound bridge for a while – two lanes are blocked near the Delridge onramp because of a crash. Big backup.
12:32 PM: The crash scene has cleared. We’re checking with SFD on injuries.
7:39 AM: Good morning! Another quiet morning, so far.
TUNNEL CLOSURE REMINDER: Friday night 11 pm to Saturday morning 8 am, the SB Highway 99 tunnel will be closed.
7:48 AM: An SFD dispatch is headed for a crash reported at 51st SW/SW Admiral Way.
8:02 AM: That call just closed.
7:02 AM: Good morning. No traffic or transit alerts so far in our area.
7:43 AM: SDOT reports, “Collision on E Marginal Way S at 1st Ave S blocking NB right lane and SB right lane.”
8:37 AM: If you are a late-night/early-morning Highway 99 driver/rider, take note of these closures as the week continues – including an overnight closure of the SB Highway 99 tunnel overnight late Friday into early Saturday.
6:58 AM: Good morning. It’s Spring Break week for many area schools, including the Seattle, Highline, and Vashon Island districts.
TRANSIT: No current alerts but the first two West Seattle Water Taxi shuttles didn’t run, according to Metro.
6:58 AM: No traffic incidents or transit alerts reported in our area.
8:49 AM: As mentioned in comments, debris alert by the low bridge:
— Brenda (@blm1209) April 5, 2019
6:58 AM: No traffic incidents or transit alerts in our area so far.
8:40 AM: If you’re headed toward the bridge via Fauntleroy, SFD is on the scene of a car fire in the 4100 block.
8:51 AM: Fauntleroy looks OK via the SDOT cameras and it’s only a one-engine callout. The eastbound bridge, however, is not looking so great, thanks in part to a residual backup from an earlier incident near the Delridge onramp. Cleared but that of course is no instant fix.
Commenters reported this during our morning-traffic coverage – and now we’ve just received e-mail that it’s happening still/again: The signal at 35th SW and SW Henderson is flashing red. Judy says that’s backing things up, as we’re into the evening commute. We’re checking to see if it’s on SDOT’s radar.
6:57 AM: Good morning! No traffic incidents or transit alerts so far.
FERRIES: The south Vashon Island run (Tahlequah-Point Defiance) is back in service so the Tuesday alert for extra traffic on Fauntleroy-Vashon no longer applies.
7:55 AM: SDOT reports a crash at 41st/Fauntleroy. No SFD callout.
8:46 AM: Crash on NB 99 before the tunnel.
Last week, we brought you word of the plan to close a quarter-mile of 4th SW south of Roxbury for a month of work, starting today. But this morning, the county sends word it’s been delayed:
We’re following up for details of the “utility conflict.”
6:59 AM: Good morning! No incidents or traffic alerts in our area so far.
NEW STATE FERRIES SCHEDULE: This is the first weekday of the overhauled Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth schedule.
MARINERS: The M’s play at 7:10 pm at home vs. the Angels. (That means extended evening service for the West Seattle Water Taxi.)
CLOSURE: The 4th Avenue SW closure south of Roxbury is scheduled to start today.
7:29 AM: Good morning! No incidents or traffic alerts in our area.
WATER TAXI SCHEDULE: Today is the second day for the West Seattle Water Taxi’s 7-day-a-week sailing schedule – which means evening sailings tonight.
NEW STATE FERRIES SCHEDULE: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth schedule overhaul starts Sunday.
MARINERS: The M’s play at 7:10 pm at home vs. the Red Sox.
CLOSURE: The 4th Avenue SW closure south of Roxbury starts Monday.
7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents or traffic alerts in our area so far.
WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE: Today is the start of the West Seattle Water Taxi’s 7-day-a-week sailing schedule.
MARINERS’ OPENER: The M’s open their season with a 4:10 pm game against the Red Sox.
7:42 AM: Metro alert just in: “The last Route 37 to downtown Seattle due to leave SW Alaska St & 35 Av SW is operating more than 20 minutes late this morning.”
Following up with King County, since it’s their project, they confirmed the closure of a quarter-mile of 4th SW south of Roxbury is scheduled to start next Monday (April 1st) and provided this flyer (PDF) with details:
Background on Greenbridge is here.