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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:58 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:08 AM: So far, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch; 35th/Avalon crash

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:06 AM: No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.

8:05 AM: Crash reported at 35th/Avalon. SDOT says all SB lanes of 35th are blocked and one NB lane.

8:10 AM: Here’s a screengrab from the SDOT traffic cam, looking south on 35th from Fauntleroy:

8:20 AM: SFD has left and one southbound lane of 35th is now open, as shown on the SDOT live-video camera (accessible via the traffic map).

8:36 AM: All lanes of 35th/Avalon are now clear.

UPDATE: Crash at Harbor/Spokane

10:14 PM: Complicating the post-SPF30 outbound traffic from Alki, there’s a crash at Harbor and Spokane. We don’t know details but SDOT says it’s blocking southbound lanes.

10:23 PN: Just added a framegrab from the SDOT traffic camera at that intersection. SDOT now says “westbound” lanes are blocked – toward Alki rather than away from it.

11:26 PM: SDOT says all lanes are clear.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Beacon Hill crash affecting one detour to NB I-5

(Added: Photo from Josh)

Thanks to the texter who points out that if you are headed eastbound on the bridge and need a detour because the ramp to NB I-5 is closed, you need to know about a crash on Beacon Hill. It’s at Spokane/Columbian and the texter says it’s a jackknifed tanker. Until there’s word it’s cleared, you’ll want to use 1st or 4th to get off the bridge instead.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch, plus alerts and updates

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:15 AM: No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle, but take note of the White Center/North Burien power outage if you’re headed that way.

TRANSIT ALERT: The 6:44 am Route 37 didn’t run today, per Metro.

STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Second Pearl Jam #TheHomeShows concert, 7:30 pm at Safeco Field.

I-5 LANE/RAMP CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Tonight until Monday morning, here’s what’s planned for northbound I-5. The eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to NB I-5 will be closed and you will see the 4th Avenue exit signed as a detour, WSDOT points out.

SPF30: Saturday’s big free music festival, noon-10 pm, will include road closures, detailed here with other transit/transportation notes. We’ll have at least one more preview on WSB today, and as part of it are pursuing answers to some questions from readers regarding that plan.

7:23 AM: Though we haven’t heard of a road closure, we’d advise avoiding southbound Harbor Avenue SW in the vicinity of this standoff, as more emergency resources are being sent that way.

7:35 AM: Now they’re blocking traffic both ways in that area – both north/westbound on Harbor at the bridge, and south/eastbound before you get to the scene.

7:48 AM: Scanner: “Pedestrian on eastbound West Seattle Bridge from Fauntleroy … walking against traffic along the median.” Police are being dispatched.

8:41 AM: Updates – White Center power outage is over. Harbor Avenue standoff is not – street’s still closed (bicycle/pedestrian path too, notes a commenter) and the Water Taxi shuttle is rerouted.

9:23 AM: Harbor Avenue standoff continues – still covering here.

10:22 AM: Not over yet.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch, with alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:06 AM: No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.

STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: First Seahawks pre-season game of the year at CenturyLink Field, 7 pm vs. Indianapolis.

I-5 LANE/RAMP CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Friday night until Monday morning, here’s what’s planned for NB I-5, including the closure of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to NB I-5.

SPF30: Saturday is the day for this huge free music festival on Alki – here are the transportation/road closure plans.

8 AM: Be aware that NB I-5 is reported to be worse than usual this morning because of a very long backup from a crash investigation at 85th.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:11 AM: We start with an incident just reported in the 8800 block of 35th SW – a vehicle reported to be on fire.

STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: First of Pearl Jam‘s two Home Shows at Safeco Field, 7:30 pm (with extended West Seattle Water Taxi service tonight).

I-5 LANE/RAMP CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Northbound I-5 work is back, Friday night until Monday morning. Details here, including the closure of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to NB I-5.

SPF30: The Sub Pop extravaganza on Alki this Saturday will include road closures. We published all the updated details here.

7:22 AM: We haven’t heard which side of 35th SW the car fire’s on, but the log shows one engine still on scene.

7:51 AM: SFD has now closed out the 35th SW call.

9:13 AM: Now a three-vehicle crash on the eastbound high bridge. Multiple lanes blocked.

9:34 AM: One of those cars is (or was) on fire. (Photo added – thank you.)

9:41 AM: SDOT says only one lane is blocked now.

10:08 AM: All lanes now open – last vehicle’s been towed.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday watch; Beach Drive crash closure

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:14 AM: Thanks for the text. Beach Drive is closed near Shore Place (here’s a map) because of a crash that damaged a utility pole, which will have to be replaced.

(Thanks to Randi for the photo.) SPD says the closure is expected to last a couple more hours.

6:32 AM: Metro alert because of the crash: “Route 37 is rerouted off of 48 Av SW btwn SW Graham St & Lincoln Pk Wy SW also Beach Dr SW, south of SW Jacobsen Rd.”

7:21 AM: Still closed (and this remains this morning’s only traffic incident in/from WS so far). SFD tells us that one man was taken to the hospital after the crash, in serious condition.

7:59 AM: Northbound traffic is now being allowed through.

9:04 AM: The new pole has arrived for installation:

11:31 AM: Just went back to check. Traffic now getting by both ways, alternating, with flaggers.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle right now.

7:59 AM: Texter says there’s a crash at the top of the bridge.

FOLLOWUP: West Marginal Way fully reopens after post-tanker-crash cleanup

That image is from the traffic cam on West Marginal at Spokane/Chelan/Delridge; SDOT says it is now open again, more than 24 hours after a tipped tanker truck was removed and crews started removing spilled gasoline from the drainage system (as explained here). We’re following up with Seattle Public Utilities to see if there’s any new info, but wanted to let you know that the traffic backups should now ease. Meantime, the tanker’s owner, Coleman Oil, has posted a statement in the comment thread following our original coverage of the Wednesday night incident.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from our area so far.

Alerts/FYIs:

I-90 BRIDGE CLOSURE: 12:55-2:45 pm today for the Blue Angels‘ Seafair appearance.

STADIUM ZONE: Mariners are home again tonight, 7:10 pm vs. Toronto.

7:11 AM: Transit alert just sent by Metro:


Also:

WEST MARGINAL LANE CLOSURE: The SDOT camera shows the westbound outside lane remains closed east of the West Marginal/Spokane/Chelan/Delridge intersection, as the cleanup related to Wednesday night’s tanker crash continues.

7:19 AM: And now a crash reported on the high bridge, eastbound, described as a single vehicle blocking the left lane after hitting the median.

7:26 AM: Via radio communication – SFD units arriving at the scene report that no one is hurt, so all but one of their units will leave the scene, and that one will be awaiting SPD. This is just past the 99 exit, per tweeted image from SDOT.

7:36 AM: They’re calling for a tow truck and also for SDOT, for cleanup.

7:43 AM: SFD has cleared the scene but police still have 2 lanes blocked pending the aforementioned arrivals.

7:50 AM: If you’re headed in from the south – crash in the right lane on NB First Avenue S. Bridge.

8:02 AM: One lane still blocked on the eastbound bridge now just past 99 as they continue to await a tow for the car tha crashed in the left lane.

8:27 AM: Towed; should be clear before long.

FOLLOWUP & TRAFFIC ALERT: What’s being done to clean up thousands of gallons of spilled fuel, post-tanker crash

That image was taken a short time ago from the SDOT camera on the east side of the Spokane/Chelan/West Marginal/Delridge intersection, the area blocked off for almost 12 hours after a double-tanker truck went sideways and spilled gasoline. The cleanup continues, and that’s led to the lane closure shown on the camera – so you’re advised to keep avoiding the westbound routes through that intersection. Meantime, we have information from Seattle Public Utilities regarding pollution concerns and what the crew’s doing there; we contacted SPU spokesperson Andy Ryan to ask about it. He provided these details:

The truck leaked an estimated 2,800 to 3,200 gallons of gasoline into the City’s storm drain system, which empties into the Duwamish River. At this point, the fuel has not made it into the river—although we anticipate that some fuel is likely to enter the river.

The transportation company responsible for the spill is paying for contractors to remove the fuel from the storm drain system, and transfer it to storage tanks. Seattle Public Utilities is overseeing the cleanup.
Seattle Fire has sprayed Novacool fire retardant foam in the area to reduce the chance of fire. SFD got the foam as part of a $247,000 grant from Washington Ecology. Novacool is said to be of lower toxicity than other fire retardants, and it breaks down faster to decrease the risk of oxygen depletion in receiving water.

SPU is monitoring safety issues, ensuring there is not an explosive environment in the drainage system, and closing a lane of traffic to facilitate cleanup. Cleanup efforts are expected to take about 36 hours. The cleanup will be performed by vacuum trucks specially designed for the removal of gasoline.

… Because of the potential explosion/fire risk, this material [foam and gas] cannot be boomed and contained at the outfall. There is a large oil/water/separator (OWS) between most of the spill and the outfall that was built and installed specifically for this purpose. As of right now there are several inches of fuel in the OWS and the cleanup contractor (NRC) hired by the trucking company is working on keeping that material pumped down. We are cautiously optimistic that the OWS will prevent most of the material from entering the waterway. This area is tidal, and is beginning to go out so there will be more indication of the level of material bypassing the OWS as the afternoon goes on. At this time, we cannot estimate the volume of material that will be unrecoverable.

The worst-case scenario is fish kills in the area. Gasoline will typically dissipate relatively quickly when exposed to the atmosphere. This would be aided if sunny weather, but unfortunately it does not look like there is sunshine in the forecast. Department of Ecology is taking responsibility for monitoring from the outfall and has a boat from NRC on standby in the event spill material bypasses the OWS.

SPU Spill Response and Safety is onsite to monitor the clean-up activities of NRC and is developing a schedule for SPU to staff the site until the cleanup is complete. As of now, NRC has the appropriate resources onsite to effect clean-up. Early estimates indicate the cleanup process could take 24-36 hours. A debriefing and review of the incident after the clean-up is done will indicate if further action (enforcement) by SPU Source Control & Pollution Prevention is warranted.

As reported in our previous coverage, SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is looking into the cause of the crash, with early indications that the trailer went sideways as the truck made a sharp turn. No injuries were reported.

VIDEO: Tanker truck goes sideways, leaks fuel; West Seattle low bridge access blocked for hours

(WSB photo added 11:22 pm)

10:48 PM: Big Seattle Fire hazmat response at Chelan/Spokane, just west of the low bridge, for what SFD says is an overturned tanker truck leaking gasoline. Traffic is being diverted at the north end of Delridge. The Delridge exit from the bridge is being blocked off, per scanner. More to come.

10:54 PM: Per scanner, SFD believes the tanker is leaking from multiple spots. They’re trying to get into position to get foam on the leaking fuel. Stay well clear of the area.

Traffic cameras show the west end of the bridge is blocked. Per SFD, the tanker driver got out OK.

11:22 PM: They’re evacuating the Chelan Café/bar (Ebb Tide Room). Also, per scanner (we’ve just arrived at the scene so will have some firsthand info soon), they’re setting up a “unified command” including SDOT as well as SFD and SPD. SFD adds via Twitter that Seattle Public Utilities and the Coast Guard have been notified, and that it will take several hours to offload the tanker.

(Photo by Brandon Smith)

11:54 PM: More SFD resources have arrived, and there are also radio communications about SFD and USCG boats checking the Duwamish for any sign of fuel from this. We’re now on the west side of the crash area; SFD was sending a public-information officer to gather info for us (and any other media on scene).

12:05 AM: Another tanker has arrived so this one’s fuel can be offloaded.

12:31 AM: Here’s SFD foaming the scene early on – thanks to Doug for tweeting the video:

12:53 AM: SFD spokesperson Hilton Almond has briefed us at nearby Fire Station 36. He says the tanker is still leaking – they believe the double-trailer truck was carrying about 5,000 gallons.

A fireboat is on the Duwamish looking for signs of spillage. SPU has public-information officer Eric Autry at the scene too and says they’ll have a boat out in the morning. We recorded the briefing on video and will add that when it’s uploaded. (Update: Added)

The timeline for offloading the fuel is still described as “several hours” so hard to say how this will affect the morning commute but we would speculate it’s likely to – the low bridge is currently blocked off both ways as is much of Spokane under the bridge and the north end of Delridge Way.

Almond explained that firefighters have to keep re-applying the foam to suppress vapor from the leaking fuel.

1:23 AM: We’re back at HQ for a while and have heard via scanner that the Coast Guard has vessels out at the mouth of the Duwamish restricting maritime traffic while this remains unsettled.

2:32 AM: SDOT camera shows the offloading hasn’t started yet. Radio communication indicates they’re starting soon and expect it to take at least a few hours.

4:58 AM: Still emptying the truck.

5:20 AM: Since the main bike accesses to the low bridge are blocked, a shuttle is planned, though no details yet. (update) Metro says the bike shuttle is running from the northbound SW Avalon Way stop just north of SW Charlestown – Luna Park area.

6 AM: The Delridge ramp to the eastbound high bridge IS open – we just went over to verify. (Added below: 6:09 am screengrab of SDOT cam at scene)

6:37 AM: But bike riders attempting to get to the low bridge from the north end of Delridge will be turned away – we are in the area and just saw it happen to 2 more. At the crash scene, the tanker that was offloading fuel has just left (it passed us southbound on Delridge). Next: Uprighting and towing the crashed truck, and cleanup. … Also note that West Marginal is blocked north of SW Marginal Place until this is cleared.

7:30 AM: The tipped section of the tanker is still being uprighted. (Added above, a few minutes later – SDOT cam now shows two tow rigs involved)

8:05 AM: The tanker is now upright, after 9+ hours.

Next – towing and cleanup.

8:23 AM: Police have reopened the Delridge offramp from the high bridge.

9:36 AM: Not fully reopened yet otherwise but Metro says “most” buses have returned to their regular routes. The bike shuttle is still running.

10:21 AM: After almost 12 hours, police have just announced via radio communication that everything is reopening.

2:25 PM: We’re working on a separate followup about environmental ramifications and cleanup – will link here when that’s up. Meantime we asked police about the investigation. Too soon to say if any citations will ensue as this is being handled by the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad; SPD says the early indication is that the trailer may have gone sideways because of a “sharp right turn.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

Reminders:

ADMIRAL WAY BRIDGE TESTING: Again today – closures on the Admiral Way Bridge for SDOT testing.

I-90 BRIDGE: With the Blue Angels flying, closures of the I-90 floating bridge are set for Thursday-Sunday.

STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners have a day game today vs. the Astros, 1:10 pm.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:25 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

Reminders:

ADMIRAL WAY BRIDGE TESTING: Continuing today – closures on the Admiral Way Bridge for SDOT testing.

I-90 BRIDGE: The Blue Angels are here; closures of the I-90 floating bridge – are set for Thursday-Sunday:

Thursday, Aug. 2: 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1 to 2:45 p.m. (practice)

Friday, Aug. 3: 12:55 to 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Saturday, Aug. 4: 12:55 to 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Sunday, Aug. 5: 12:55 to 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Also:

STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners have another 7:10 pm game vs. the Astros.

11:32 AM: Multiple-vehicle crash on SB 99 at the exit to the WB West Seattle Bridge. No injuries.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch, plus this week’s alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:10 AM: Good morning! Thanks for the tips that northbound 99 is more backed up than usual because of a stalled vehicle.

This week’s alerts, so far:

ADMIRAL WAY BRIDGE TESTING: Starting today – as announced last week – SDOT will be testing the Admiral Way Bridge, and that means various closures, mostly lane closures.

SOUND TRANSIT DRILLING: This continues on Pigeon Point, as Sound Transit samples soil as part of the evaluation for potential West Seattle light-rail routes. Today and tomorrow, the crew is scheduled to move to 22nd SW/SW Genesee.

I-90 BRIDGE: The Blue Angels are on the way and that means closures of the I-90 floating bridge – here’s the schedule as announced by WSDOT and Seafair:

Thursday, Aug. 2: 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1 to 2:45 p.m. (practice)

Friday, Aug. 3: 12:55 to 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Saturday, Aug. 4: 12:55 to 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Sunday, Aug. 5: 12:55 to 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Also:

STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners are back home for a 7:10 pm game vs. the Astros.

7:30 AM: Texter says the 99 situation has cleared; as always, though, be mindful of the residual backup (not to mention the perpetual one).

10:15 AM: A crash on the westbound bridge at the Admiral exit this past hour has just cleared, per SDOT.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: NB Highway 99 / Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens after Torchlight Run

5:48 PM: Just a reminder if you missed our earlier alerts – northbound Highway 99, including the Alaskan Way Viaduct, is closed right now for the Seafair Torchlight Run. And if you’re looking for an alternate route to/through downtown, remember there are other road closures (primarily 4th Avenue) for the Torchlight Parade, which follows the run. The run course has a must-clear time of 7:30 pm so 99 should start reopening no later than then – we’ll update here when it does.

7:49 PM: The Viaduct is now open again, including the West Seattle Bridge exit to NB 99.

ROAD-WORK ALERT: Closures next week for Admiral Way Bridge testing

(Courtesy Mike Russell Foto)

Thanks to Mike Russell for the photo and first word of this work that will cause some closures on the Admiral Way Bridge next week. After Mike reported spotting the sign, we asked SDOT for the details. Mostly lane closures, but next Wednesday will include closing the entire bridge to vehicle traffic for a few minutes at a time. Here’s the notice:

If the embedded version above doesn’t work for you, here’s the notice in PDF.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:24 AM: Good morning! No incidents so far in/from West Seattle.

SATURDAY VIADUCT CLOSURE: One more reminder = the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct is closing for Saturday night’s Torchlight Run. The closure is scheduled for 4:30-7:30 pm.

9:40 AM: Crash on the eastbound bridge. Thanks for the text!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:02 AM: We start with trouble on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge – a crash blocking two lanes.

7:10 AM: Per scanner, one of those lanes has reopened, so just the right lane is blocked. SFD closed out of the crash within 10 minutes of dispatch, so no serious injuries.

7:17 AM: We should add a reminder of the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct closure for Saturday night’s Torchlight Run – scheduled for 4:30-7:30 pm.

7:28 AM: The crash on the eastbound high bridge has now cleared.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

WATER TAXI REMINDER: Last scheduled day for the smaller Spirit of Kingston to fill in for the Doc Maynard, which is undergoing maintenance.

STADIUM ZONE: Day game for the Mariners, vs. the Giants, 1:10 pm.

7:50 AM: The Sound Transit Express 560 is experiencing delays, according to a text alert, “due to traffic.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday watch

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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.

WATER TAXI REMINDER: The smaller Spirit of Kingston is again filling in for the Doc Maynard, which is undergoing maintenance. You’re advised to arrive early as some runs may sell out (and we hear at least one did yesterday).

STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners are home to play the Giants tonight, 7:10 pm.

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