Update: Olson Place reopens after crash

July 16th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Traffic, White Center news 1 Comment »

(Crossposted from partner site West Seattle Blog)

11:39 AM: A crash on Olson Place heading downhill to Highway 509 from the east end of Roxbury has traffic being diverted at Olson/4th (map) – you’ll have to go southbound on 4th. The crash scene is close to the top of the hill. The Seattle Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is there, which suggests that downhill (eastbound to 509) Olson will be closed for a while, usually a few hours. Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Rasmussen tells us two people were taken to the hospital.

1:53 PM UPDATE: Per scanner, police are clearing and Olson is now open again.

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Traffic alert: Fire response closes 8th SW north of White Center

April 24th, 2011 Tracy Posted in fire, Highland Park, Traffic, White Center news Comments Off on Traffic alert: Fire response closes 8th SW north of White Center

7:15 PM: A house fire in the 9400 block of 8th SW in Highland Park has closed 8th SW immediately north of Roxbury, to Cambridge, so if you are headed into West Seattle, you’ll want to find an alternate route. (Nobody’s hurt; here’s our coverage on West Seattle Blog.)

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Car fire at Olson/Myers causing traffic jam

January 26th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Traffic, White Center news Comments Off on Car fire at Olson/Myers causing traffic jam

We’ve heard from numerous people wondering what’s causing the backup at Olson/Myers, on the way from White Center (and West Seattle) toward Highway 509 and South Park. It’s on the 911 log as a car fire. Some folks tell us they’ve been stuck as long as 45 minutes.

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Writer’s idea: South Park Bridge connecting White Center to points east

October 27th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, Traffic, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Writer’s idea: South Park Bridge connecting White Center to points east


View Proposed S. Cloverdale Way in a larger map

Writer Chad Newton makes the proposal on his website: What about a new South Park Bridge that’s aligned along South Cloverdale rather than 14th Avenue South? He made the Google Map above to illustrate his idea. You can read about it here. (Of course, as he notes, this would cost a few hundred million dollars more, but his main point is the west-east disconnect in the south sections of Seattle.)

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Traffic alert: White Center road closure tomorrow

October 19th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Traffic, White Center news Comments Off on Traffic alert: White Center road closure tomorrow

Just in from King County:

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the King County Road Services Division will be making repairs to Southwest 108th Street between 4th Avenue Southwest and 2nd Avenue Southwest. The roadway will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Crash closes 16th SW in White Center

September 3rd, 2010 Tracy Posted in Traffic, White Center news 2 Comments »

Thanks to Michelle for the tip on this – we’d heard there was a serious crash on 16th SW in White Center; she reports:

Just north of the intersection of 112th and 16th, there was a sign up and many, many police cars. The sign said “Road Closed due to Accident Investigation.” This was approximately 40 minutes ago. We had to take a detour to get back to (West Seattle).

Those are all the details we have so far. 2 AM NOTE: Drove past the scene and tow trucks were taking away at least one damaged vehicle – it appeared 16th SW was about to reopen, after being shut down from just south of 107th to just north of 112th.

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Traffic alert: Westbound Roxbury blocked at 9th SW

August 22nd, 2010 Tracy Posted in Traffic, White Center news Comments Off on Traffic alert: Westbound Roxbury blocked at 9th SW

Not certain about the nature of the incident but did want to let you know that Seattle Police are blocking westbound Roxbury at 9th SW as of a few minutes ago (2:45 am).

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Traffic alert: Crash at 3rd SW/Olson, affecting the hill to 509

April 21st, 2010 Tracy Posted in Traffic, White Center news 1 Comment »

Traffic alert as of 8:56 am Wednesday – there’s a crash affecting traffic on the hill between White Center and Highway 509. No further details but just a heads-up that if you’re trying to head that way, it’s likely to be slow going.

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Traffic alert: I-5 northbound closures this weekend

April 16th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Traffic, Transportation Comments Off on Traffic alert: I-5 northbound closures this weekend

If you’re likely to be on I-5 northbound this weekend – take note that it’ll be closed from Airport Way northbound toward the West Seattle Bridge both tonight and Saturday night, midnight-8 am both nights, for more sign installation. That’s part of an increasingly long list of construction-related closures that are all listed online (set aside some time to read the whole list!) – see the updated version here.

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Two updates on the South Park Bridge situation

March 25th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, Traffic, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Two updates on the South Park Bridge situation

We first reported these last night on partner site West Seattle Blog – but in case you didn’t see them there, we’re linking here too. Multiple agencies sent reps to the first “bridge closure planning meeting” yesterday in SP; after that, we were off to a media opportunity with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, whom we asked whether the city might chip in money for a new bridge, as a county rep had suggested to us might be necessary. Here’s the full story with details on both angles (including video of the mayor’s answer). Meantime, nothing has changed as the county moves toward its plan to close the South Park Bridge permanently at 7 pm June 30th.

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Traffic alert: Early-morning crash closes South Park Bridge

March 25th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, Traffic 1 Comment »

Thanks to the caller on our breaking-news line (206-293-6302, round the clock) – we just got word a crash has closed the South Park Bridge. The KIRO TV traffic chopper showed a vehicle on its side. No word how much longer (it’s 6:28 am as we post this) it’ll be closed.

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Update on Top Hat crash: Kia driver didn’t make it

February 4th, 2010 Tracy Posted in top hat, Traffic 1 Comment »

Update this morning from King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. John Urquhart on yesterday’s crash at 1st South/SW 112th:

The driver of the Kia died at Harborview. He was a 49 year-old Burien man. His identity will be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The accident is still under investigation and there have been no arrests.

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Crash closes intersection in Top Hat

February 3rd, 2010 Tracy Posted in top hat, Traffic, Transportation 5 Comments »

At last report, buses and other traffic are still being rerouted at 1st/112th because of a multicar crash this morning – here’s a KIRO report on what happened. AFTERNOON UPDATE: We checked with King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Urquhart who could confirm only that one person had potentially life-threatening injuries. (Those were apparently TV choppers over the scene at noontime, by the way; here’s KING’s latest report.)

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Traffic alert: Overnight closure of northbound I-5 on Saturday night

December 4th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Not White Center but we're mentioning it anyway, Traffic Comments Off on Traffic alert: Overnight closure of northbound I-5 on Saturday night

Big project announced by WSDOT – and if you’re heading back from points south, this might affect you tomorrow night (and in another round of work a week later) – here’s the state’s announcement:

Don’t let the cold weather and holiday lights fool you, WSDOT crews are still hard at work in December. For the next two Saturday nights crews will close six miles of northbound Interstate 5 through south Seattle to install 15 overhead sign bridges.

The new sign bridges will hold overhead electronic signs alerting drivers to reduce their speed or change lanes when there are collisions or backups on the road. The new signs are the latest smarter highway technology aimed at increasing safety and reducing collisions. The $23.8 million project is funded by the Alaskan Way Viaduct program to help keep traffic moving during viaduct demolition and construction.

“Getting these sign bridges up is the first major milestone in making northbound I-5 a safer and smarter highway,” said Craig Stone, WSDOT Toll Division Director. “We’ll spend the rest of the winter and spring installing the high-tech signs before activating them next summer.”

Crews will close all lanes of northbound I-5 from 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, to 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, between Boeing Access Road and Spokane Street. I-5 on-ramps in the area will start closing as early as 9 p.m. Crews will again close all lanes of northbound I-5 from 11:30 p.m. Dec. 12 to 8 a.m. Dec. 13 between Boeing Access Road and I-90.

The following ramps will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, to 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6:

o Boeing Access Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. to northbound I-5
o Swift Avenue S./S. Graham Street to northbound I-5
o Corson Avenue/S. Michigan Street to northbound I-5

A signed detour will direct drivers to exit at Martin Luther King Way (exit 157) to Airport Way and back onto I-5 via Edgar Martinez Way/SR 519. Drivers should consider taking alternate routes like I-405 or SR 99 to avoid long delays and backups.

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Follow Up on Editorial: Should We Take Susan Hutchison Seriously

September 28th, 2009 Ricardo Posted in boulevard park, development, Economy, Election, Government, housing, Jail Sites, Jobs, King County, safety, sustainability, Traffic, Transportation, white center 19 Comments »

For those who missed it, KUOW today broadcast an interview with, King County Executive, Susan Hutchison.  You can find the interview at KUOW Weekday.  In a prior post I had made the following observation which sparked a fair amount of discussion:

Ms. Hutchison has never held public office.  She has never had to struggle with the political realities of governing a complex political entity whose ambits include not only roads and sewers but social services, neighborhoods and law enforcement.  It is difficult to see how her experience on the board of the Seattle Symphony prepared her, in the slightest way, for such a weighty role.

If anyone had any doubt about Ms. Hutchison’s lack of specificity on issues, policies or even advisors, it is worth a listen (available on podcast).  Pressed by the moderator to name a single advisor who she consults, or who she would bring to her administration, she flatly resisted naming anyone, except to say bus drivers.  Her conclusion was “trust me” they will be great people.  I have nothing against bus drivers, but maybe she could have named a couple of the guys that she intends to bring to the Hutchison administration that will “bring people together.”  I’m sorry but calling Hutchison a “lightweight” does not begin to describe the chasm that is her lack of qualification to hold such an important post.  Listen for yourself.

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Seattle Mayoral Candidate Mike McGinn A One Song Bird: Gut the Viaduct Plan – Editorial by Ricardo A. Guarnero

September 16th, 2009 Ricardo Posted in alaskan way viaduct, development, Election, Government, Politics, Traffic, Transportation, white center 11 Comments »

It appears that Seattle Mayoral Candidate, Mike McGinn has staked his campaign on one issue, gutting the viaduct tunnel plan carefully negotiated by all the relevant players.  If he wins, he has stated, he will view his victory as a mandate to undo the viaduct replacement plan.  In its stead, McGinn has promised more busses, sidewalks and bike paths.  As someone who regularly commutes on the viaduct it’s hard for me to see how more sidewalks and bikepaths is going to make my commute any easier.  Oh, yeah, and McGinn says he wants to use light rail to replace the viaduct.  Geez, I didn’t know that Sound Transit was planning a light rail leg for West Seattle and White Center.  Wait, there is no light rail leg for West Seattle.  So if McGinn is elected we can expect protracted delays on replacing the viaduct, procuring boatloads of money and the decade’s long process of what:  extending the light rail line to West Seattle.  No problema.  I’ll take the tunnel.  It’s clear that McGinn does not live in West Seattle nor does he use the viaduct to commute.

What is particularly disingenuous, is McGinn’s claim that the tunnel option was voted down by Seattle voters.  This is simply not true.  A tunnel option which would have meant tearing down the viaduct and digging up a tunnel was rejected.  The deep bore tunnel that is currently planned would leave the viaduct in place while the tunnel gets built, saving West Seattleites years of aggravating surface detours.  This option was negotiated because it provides the most mobility and least interference while it is getting built.  What McGinn is proposing would set us back a decade and have us revisit the viaduct replacement options once again.  Recall how all this useless process killed the monorail (we had to vote on it three times).  And in the meantime, we have to hope that a seismic event doesn’t make the whole thing hollow by bringing down the decrepit structure.  Busses, bikes and sidewalks, Oh My!

McGinn’s ill-defined plans for the viaduct are enough to nix the guy in my book.  Add to that, the fact that he has never held electoral office, that most of his policy positions lack any specificity and you have a feel-good kind of guy that you might pick for your soccer team, but not a mayor for a major city.  Seattle needs better.  I’m not crazy about Joe Mallahan, but he at least seems considerably more grounded on policies.  We have already had a couple of amateurs embarrass the City.  It’s time to let the grown ups proceed with real policies grounded in reality.

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Traffic alert: South Park Bridge to be closed this Saturday

August 26th, 2009 Tracy Posted in south park, Traffic, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Traffic alert: South Park Bridge to be closed this Saturday

7 am-7 pm Saturday, the South Park Bridge is closing for repairs, so if you use that route to get between northern White Center and South Park/other areas, you’ll need to plan an alternative. Here are full details on the county’s website.

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Traffic alert: 11-day closure ahead on Ambaum

June 3rd, 2009 Tracy Posted in Traffic, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Traffic alert: 11-day closure ahead on Ambaum


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MargL noticed signs for a major closure coming up on Ambaum – so we checked with King County DOT for the details, and here’s what Linda Thielke sent:

* Ambaum Boulevard Southwest at Southwest 120th Street
* Scheduled closure is from 7 a.m. Monday, June 15 through 5 p.m. Friday, June 26
* During the closure, crews will be replacing a drainage pipe underneath Ambaum
* Motorists can detour via 12th Avenue SW to SW 116th Street and back to Ambaum
* This is a joint project between the City of Burien and King County

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Traffic alert: Don’t head north on Delridge right now

April 19th, 2009 Tracy Posted in fire, Traffic Comments Off on Traffic alert: Don’t head north on Delridge right now

Delridge is blocked from Thistle to Holden because of a fire in the 8100 block.

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Hit & Run Driver Stopped by Bystanders

April 16th, 2009 Ricardo Posted in Traffic, white center, White Center news 7 Comments »

One of our cafe patrons was driving to the cafe when he saw an approaching car hit a child who was sumersaulted by the blow.  As the child was crawling away, her head bleeding, the driver, a young man kept repeating, “it’s ok” to his companion.  They got into the car and were about to drive away when our patron pulled his car in front of theirs and told them, “you aren’t going anywhere.”  A restaurant next to the scene emptied out and people surrounded the car while somebody called the police.  Aid units and police arrived.  No word on the condition of the child.

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