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Columbian Way/West Seattle interchange repair work continues this weekend

January 10th, 2013 at 7:50 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The ramps from South Columbian Way to the West Seattle Bridge and Sixth Avenue South will be closed all weekend (January 11-14) for the continuing bridge expansion joint replacement project. The closures will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday night, and end at 5 a.m. Monday morning. A detour will be provided for drivers needing to access the West Seattle Bridge or Sixth Avenue South via I-5.

This nighttime work is noisy, and nearby North Beacon neighbors may hear it. If the noise is bothersome, you can call 206-440-4DOT (4368) to receive a free pair of earplugs or pick up a pair in person at Jefferson Community Center.

The project will continue through April. Find out more about the project and download a detour map at the project website.


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Columbian Way/I-5/West Seattle Bridge interchange repairs to force weekend closures

November 28th, 2012 at 7:35 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The West Seattle Blog reports that a new WSDOT project will start early next year which will affect Beacon Hill drivers traveling through the West Seattle Bridge/I-5/Columbian Way interchange. The project, “Spokane Street Interchange Vicinity – Special Bridge Repair,” is to replace deteriorating expansion joints on the interchange. Some weekend ramp closures will be required to complete the work.

Closures will begin the weekend of January 4-7 and continue into April. See the closure schedule and detour maps here.

The ramps to be worked on. Map courtesy of WSDOT.


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Spokane Street Viaduct to close overnight next week

November 3rd, 2011 at 6:01 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The westbound lanes of the Spokane Street Viaduct will be closed next week between I-5 and SR 99 for continued work on widening the structure. The closures will start each weeknight from November 7-11 at 10 p.m., and will end by 5 a.m. the next morning.

During the closures, southbound traffic from I-5 will detour to the South Forest Street exit, then to to the lower Spokane Street Swing Bridge. Northbound traffic from I-5 and traffic from Beacon Hill via Columbian Way will detour via Sixth Avenue South. Be aware there may be occasional congestion.

See the project website for more information.


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Westbound Spokane Street Viaduct to close tonight

October 20th, 2011 at 6:04 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Going to West Seattle late tonight? It will be a bit more complicated than usual. The Seattle Department of Transportation is closing the westbound lanes of the Spokane Street Viaduct between I-5 and SR99 from 10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, October 20, until 5 a.m. tomorrow morning, October 21, to test techniques for preparing old deck for new paving.

Traffic from Beacon Hill via Columbian Way will be detoured onto 6th Avenue South to a route leading to the lower-level Spokane Street swing bridge.

See more about the Spokane Street project here.

Also take note that October 21 at 7:30 p.m. is the beginning of the nine-day closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which is likely to cause congestion in Sodo and downtown. See the Washington Department of Transportation website for more information about the closure and alternative routes.

We were curious about the exact process going on with the Viaduct replacement project, and found this interactive project simulation on the WSDOT website that explains it visually.


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Spokane Street Viaduct lanes to close this week

August 14th, 2011 at 9:24 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Seattle Department of Transportation advises that the westbound lanes of the Spokane Street Viaduct will be closed just west of I-5 for three nights, August 16-18. During these closures, southbound traffic exiting I-5 will be detoured to the S. Forest St. exit. Northbound traffic and westbound traffic from Columbian Way on Beacon Hill will be detoured to surface streets at 6th Ave. S. Drivers on southbound Highway 99 will still be able to access West Seattle as usual.

On August 15, the right lane of the westbound Spokane Street Viaduct will be closed overnight. The I-5 westbound ramps will remain open.

For more information, see the project website.


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4th Ave lane reductions postponed

August 3rd, 2011 at 4:00 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The 4th Ave. S. lane closures in Sodo that were planned to begin tonight have been postponed. The nightly lane reductions are now expected to begin next week.

The closures are part of the Spokane Street Viaduct widening project. See the project website for further information.


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Fourth Ave S lanes to close nights in August

August 2nd, 2011 at 6:06 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Beacon neighbors who travel through Sodo should be aware that Fourth Avenue South will be reduced to one lane in each direction each night for up to three weeks beginning this Wednesday, August 3, as part of the work to widen the Spokane Street Viaduct.

Lane reductions on Fourth Avenue South on either side of the South Spokane Street intersection will run from 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the next morning, except for event nights, at which time work will start at 11 p.m. The lane closures are needed for the painting of steel girders.

See the project website for more details.


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Spokane Street Viaduct closures planned

July 3rd, 2011 at 8:01 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Spokane Street Viaduct (to the West Seattle Bridge) will be closed at times during July for continued construction work on the viaduct project.

  • The westbound right lane will be closed July 6-8, from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • The entire westbound viaduct will be closed on July 12-14, from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Further information about the progress of the project is here.


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Spokane Street Viaduct to be closed for 3 nights

February 25th, 2011 at 5:46 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Beaconians heading west from the Hill take note—The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will close the Spokane Street viaduct (formerly known as the West Seattle Freeway) overnight for three nights for work related to the Spokane Viaduct widening project.

Eastbound lanes of the viaduct will be closed from 11 p.m. tonight, February 25, until 5 a.m. on Saturday, February 26. The westbound lanes of the viaduct will be closed overnight on February 27 and 28 from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day to remove portions of the old structure. During this closure, southbound I-5 traffic will be directed to the Forest Street exit to access surface streets. Northbound I-5 traffic and westbound traffic from Columbian Way will be detoured to surface streets at 6th Avenue South.

You can see more information about the project at the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project page.


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Beacon Hill freeway ramp to be closed on Sunday

March 5th, 2010 at 4:57 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The ramp from South Columbian Way to the West Seattle Bridge, and the westbound, right hand lane on the South Spokane Street Viaduct from I-5 to Harbor Avenue Southwest will be closed on Sunday, March 7, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm to allow crews to clean drains for the Spokane Street Viaduct widening project. Plan accordingly.


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