West Seattle, Washington
7:06 AM: Good morning. No traffic incident or transit alerts so far for our area.
NEW SERVICE STARTS: Today is the first day that Ride2 is serving part of West Seattle, as announced last week. Here’s how it works, including where and when.
8:09 AM: Thanks to the texter who sent this pic of a Ride2 van on standby in North Delridge:
If you try it – today or someother time soon – we’d be interested in hearing from you.
If you need to get between Admiral and Alki, you’ll have to find a route other than California Way [map] until that tree’s cleared. The photo came in via text right after we heard the blockage mentioned on police radio; the texter had just called it in. This is a relatively common spot for tree trouble, even without wind (that’s still hours away).
7:11 AM: Good morning. Trouble at the east end of the eastbound bridge – a crash partly blocking the ramp to southbound I-5.
7:39 AM: As commenter NH pointed out, the 56 was skipped last hour – Metro’s alert was almost an hour after the fact.
7:47 AM: SDOT says the bridge-ramp crash scene is now clear.
7:57 AM: Reminder about tonight’s Triangle Route Task Force meeting, 4:30-7 pm at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), focused on proposed change in Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry schedule – here’s the new revision proposal.
7:15 AM: No traffic incidents or transit alerts reported for our area so far.
FOOTBALL TONIGHT: Stadium zone alert – the Seahawks play the Vikings, 5:15 pm tonight.
8:24 AM: Stalled vehicle blocking 1 eastbound lane on the bridge by Delridge.
9 AM: Trouble on NB 99 – Seneca closed at 1st for “energency utility repairs.” Metro is rerouting.
10:09 AM: Thanks for the tip.
Unannounced “road work” is closing two lanes on a significant section of the eastbound bridge, so if you have to head out, give yourself extra time.
10:51 AM: Tipster Lora sends this photo of where the crew is working:
And we have since found a brief mention of it on the SDOT “On the Move” blog – described as “generally between 8 am and 5 pm … West Seattle Freeway – Helping to complete small improvements, with various traffic impacts.”
12:50 PM: As noted by commenter Onion and tweeted by SDOT, this work appears to be done.
7:04 AM: No traffic incidents; one Metro alert: The 6:43 am Route 56 was running about 20 minutes late.
WEEKEND RAMP CLOSURE: From WSDOT: “SR 99 northbound on-ramp from South Royal Brougham Way will be closed for paving. Closure runs 5 a.m. Saturday until noon on Sunday.”
7:39 AM: Another Metro alert – the 7:47 am Route 57 won’t run.
7:04 AM: Good morning! No transit alerts or outbound traffic incidents reported so far.
FERRY ALERT FOR TONIGHT AND FRIDAY NIGHT: WSF is canceling late-night/early-morning sailings on the Triangle Route the next two nights so work can be done at Southworth – details here.
7:29 AM: If you travel to/through South Park, we’re hearing via police radio that an incident involving a semitruck is blocking westbound Cloverdale and will likely last for “an extended period.”
7:02 AM: Good morning! No traffic incidents or transit alerts outbound from our area so far.
11:11 AM: A crash has been blocking northbound California at Hanford but WSB’s Christopher Boffoli reports, no major injuries. Two vehicles involved:
Police have been awaiting tow crews to clear the scene.
11:55 AM: Christopher reports NB California is open again.
10:25 PM: If you know someone who has to head this way soon from points south, note that the ramp from northbound I-5 to the westbound West Seattle Bridge is blocked right now. The crash is described on the scanner as “near-head-on”; we don’t know for sure if it’s related but just a few moments earlier we had heard police dispatched to check out a report that someone was driving eastbound on the westbound side of the bridge.
ADDED: From the State Patrol via Twitter:
Wrong way driver from West Seattle Freeway to I-5. Driver in custody for DUI. Update on injuries to come. pic.twitter.com/LTygZlK5Vd
— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) December 4, 2018
1:50 PM UPDATE: The 28-year-old woman who is reported to have been driving the wrong way is in King County Jail, after being treated at Harborview. WSP says two other vehicles were involved – a Prius that collided with the suspect’s Civic, injuring the 27-year-old Kent woman who was driving, and an Altima whose driver swerved into the barrier to avoid hitting the wrong-way driver. He wasn’t hurt, per the WSP, nor were passengers in his car and the Prius.
4:51 PM: Thanks for the tips. If you usually use 1st Avenue South to get to the West Seattle Bridge while heading home – avoid it for a while; it’s closed at S. Forest, both ways, because of police activity, and that’s led to a big backup. Listening to the scanner, we’re heading talk that it’s a robbery investigation, and someone is reported to be in custody, so this might ease soon.
4:53 PM: Just after we published that, SPD said via Twitter that it was an “attempted bank robbery” in the 2700 block of 1st Ave. S.: “Suspect remained in the bank and police responded and arrested him. Bank employees sheltered in place in a secure area of the bank.”
4:57 PM: Per scanner, 1st Avenue S. has reopened, but as you can imagine, the residual backup won’t resolve immediately at this time of day.
6:58 AM: Good morning. So far, no incidents or traffic alerts in/from West Seattle as we start December’s first Monday.
8:27 AM: Stalled vehicle reported in NB Battery Street Tunnel.
7:08 AM: Good morning. No incidents or traffic alerts in/from West Seattle so far this Friday morning.
WEEKEND ALERT: SW Alaska will be closed between California and 42nd tomorrow afternoon/evening for the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting (6 pm) and Night Market (3-7 pm). Bus reroutes are linked here.
7:02 AM: Good morning. No outbound incidents reported so far. One transit alert – Metro sent a belated announcement that the 5:52 am Route 55 didn’t run.
6:25 AM: Good morning. Early trouble – a crash toward the west end of the West Seattle Bridge is blocking one lane in each direction. Six vehicles are reported to be involved. (Thanks for the tips.)
6:33 AM: No major injuries reported in the crash – two of the three SFD units dispatched were quickly dismissed, and only an engine remains on scene.
6:53 AM: That engine has since been dismissed; police and SDOT are still on scene, the cameras show. And since this is just past the curve, cameras show the eastbound bridge access from Fauntleroy is very sluggish.
7:08 AM: Inside lane remains blocked both eastbound and westbound, more than an hour after the crash was first reported.
7:26 AM: And as you can see via the camera view – it’s just cleared.
6:59 AM: Good morning – back to work, back to school on this rainy Monday morning. No outbound incidents reported so far but general heavy traffic is noted everywhere – Sound Transit has sent an alert that the 560 bus is “experiencing delays of approximately 15-20 minutes due to heavy traffic.”
7:50 AM: SDOT reports a crash at 35th/Holly.
8:50 AM: Stalled vehicle reported toward west end of eastbound West Seattle Bridge,
6 AM: Good morning. Transportation notes for this post-Thanksgiving Friday:
*Metro‘s on a “reduced weekday” schedule
*King County Water Taxi is not in service
*Sound Transit schedule changes vary
*Street closures and bus reroutes downtown for Macy’s Holiday Parade at 9 this morning (2 local bands!) and star lighting at 5 tonight
*Street parking in pay-station areas is NOT free today
7:14 AM: Good morning. Only note for our area right now is that if you travel SW Holden between 35th and Delridge, you might note a few SFD crews remaining from what was fleetingly a large callout, then quickly downsized, in the 2600 block.
HOLIDAY TRANSIT CHANGES TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Remember that there’ll be changes both for Thanksgiving Day and the day after. Metro will be on a Sunday schedule tomorrow, “reduced weekday” Friday. The King County Water Taxi will be out of service both days.