Here's a quick Gallery of The State Farm Traffic Divas (no professionals were harmed during this photo shoot)
This is absolutely no April Fools joke, but definitely shows how some weather can really turn deadly out on the roads.
Yesterday on the Virginia/North Carolina State Line, an accident happened that caused a chain reaction of accidents (17 total) stretching a full mile - almost 100 cars were involved, at least 3 are dead, and 25 people were sent to local hospitals. The photos are mind blowing. It is thought that thick fog is to blame for these accidents, even though there were signs warning drivers about it.
As the State Patrol officer says in this video: "It's up to the driver behind the wheel to take responsibility and adjust his speeds to the conditions." It's important to realize that terrible weather - like snow - is not the only weather that impacts our commute here in Seattle. Rain (light or heavy downpours), fog, snow, and even sunshine are weather conditions that you need to adjust to. If you're driving westbound on 520 right as the sun is setting and the sun is right in your eyes making it hard to see - slow down! There is no need to try and continue at the speed limit if you can't see. It's dangerous. Sure, there's the possibility that someone might honk at you, but it's a lot better than being in an accident.
Drive smart out there on the roads, and adjust your speed. Not just for terrible weather, but nice weather as well. The conditions are changing all the time, and it's your responsibility to adjust accordingly. Be a courteous driver and realize that you're not the only person on the road trying to get somewhere - we all are! So take it easy, and please, be safe out there.
Hey kids! As always, your Traffic Divas are here to help- so below, you will find up to date info for NB 5 closures the next two weekends (March 29-April 1 and April 5-8)! The project is HUGE and the DOT will need YOUR help to make things easier for everyone! At the height of the work only ONE lane will be open between Albro and the West Seattle Bridge. The DOT is asking people to take an alternate route if they can to minimize the delays! Plan ahead and hopefully the impact can be kept to a minimum!
Here's that info we were telling you about!
A super chaotic weekend is upon us! There are some pretty major events going on this weekend, plus some huge traffic impacts (major lane closures on I5 in Seattle anyone!?)
So, here is the rundown for the weekend.
EVENTS for the weekend:
Friday March 15th:
-Lucky at WaMu theatre. 7:30 p.m. Friday the 15th to 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
Saturday March 16th:
-St. Patrick’s Day Parade!: Fourth Ave between Jefferson St and Westlake Plaza, from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.
-Sounders Game at Century Link Field: 5pm on Saturday.
Sunday March 17th:
-St. Patrick’s Day Dash: HWY 99 from Mercer to the bridge, 7am Saturday until race is over.
That being said... let’s get to the road CLOSURES for the weekend:
MONTLAKE BRIDGE: Right northbound lane will be closed from 7am - 10:30am on Saturday. Right southbound lane will be closed from 7am - 10:30am on Sunday. Closures are for bridge inspection.
I5 NEAR DOWNTOWN: 3 (THREE!) southbound lanes of I5 from NE Ravenna Blvd to Boylston Ave N will close from 10pm-10am on Friday and Saturday nights. Closure is for pavement grinding. Only ONE lane will be open SB I5 during these times!
520 FLOATING BRIDGE: 520 is still scheduled to CLOSE from Montlake to 405, 11 pm Friday -5 am Monday for construction (AKA ALL WEEKEND). If weather gets bad, this closure may be canceled.
I90 EXPRESS LANES: I90 Express lanes will be in the Westbound direction from 7 am-7 pm Sat and 7 am Sun-Monday afternoon, which should help traffic flow if 520 closed.
I5 EXPRESS LANES: The I5 Express lanes will be southbound starting at 9:45pm Friday and Saturday night. They’ll remain southbound until 1:30pm the following day.
HWY 99: Crews will close up to two lanes of northbound SR99 and SR518 Sunday night for utility work. First lane closure will happen at 8pm, second at 9pm. ONE lane will remain open to traffic. Lanes will reopen at 5am.
Good luck this weekend. With it being a big party weekend with St Paddy's Day on Sunday, WSP is sending out extra patrols all weekend searching for drunk drivers. Don't be one of them. Drive safely this weekend and PLAN AHEAD for the construction and events!!