On March 23, the City of Seattle closed the West Seattle Bridge due to rapidly expanding cracks that rendered it unsafe for vehicle traffic.
The bridge will be closed until at least 2021 and may not be repairable according to Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) director Sam Zimbabwe. SDOT is still working to assess the full cost and timeline of needed repairs.
The city-owned bridge is vital to people living on the West Seattle peninsula, serving as the main route of access to the rest of the city, serving about 100,000 vehicles per day.
The main detour routes offered by the city take drivers through the Duwamish Valley, and through the communities of Georgetown, South Park and along West Marginal Way.
Less than an hour after Mayor Ed Murray wrapped up a press conference to announce new pedestrian-safety improvements along Rainier Avenue South, a collision between a car and a semi shut down the intersection of Rainier and South Alaska St. — an in-your-face reminder that whatever the city has done to calm what is frequently referred to as “the most dangerous street in Seattle”, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Continue reading Mayor Vows Equitable Upgrades for “Most Dangerous Street in Seattle”→
Hillary Clinton to Visit Rainier Beach High School
Democratic Presidential Candidate and former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton will visit Rainier Beach High School tomorrow Mar 22, as part of an event to drum up support for her campaign prior to Washington state’s Democratic caucuses on March 26th. The event is scheduled to go from 8:15pm -9:15 pm. Doors open at 6:15pm. Clinton will also be attending a private fundraiser in Medina the same day.
South Seattle – Travelers along Beacon Avenue South will be forced to alter their commute for the next couple of months as The Seattle Department of Transportation begins construction of a new sidewalk between 14th Avenue South and South Holgate Street. Southbound Beacon Avenue South will be fully closed to vehicle traffic beginning this morning -Wednesday, Oct. 22- for approximately nine weeks.
Via South Jackson Street: Vehicles traveling eastbound on South Holgate Street can use northbound Sixth Avenue South to connect with South Jackson Street via Seattle Boulevard South and Fourth Avenue South. Vehicles will then use southbound 12th Avenue South, the Jose Rizal Bridge and southbound Golf Drive South to access the North Beacon Hill area.
Via South Spokane Street: Vehicles traveling eastbound on South Holgate Street can use southbound Sixth Avenue South to connect with South Spokane Street, cross I-5 via South Columbian Way and turn north on 15th Avenue South to access the North Beacon Hill area.
During the closure, pedestrian and bicycle access will be permitted on Beacon Avenue South. Intermittent restrictions may be in place and access will be provided with the help of traffic flaggers.
Sparked by a score of recent automobile accidents along Rainier Avenue, including most notably when an SUV crashed completely into the Carol Cobb Salon located on Rainier Avenue South and South Ferdinand Street, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be hosting a community meeting to address the traffic concerns of Southeast Seattle residents.
The meeting will take place this Wednesday, September 17th from 6:30 -9:00pm at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.
Besides discussing “traffic calming” in south end streets, the meeting will also unveil transportation projects that are in the planning stages for Rainier Ave South, and will conclude with a Q & A session between SDOT officials and community members.