August 2020

What is SDOT doing about rough roads and potholes during the bridge closure?

Information from Seattle Department of Transportation

SDOT continually works to fill potholes throughout the year. Our goal is to fill 90% of potholes within three business days of when they are reported to us. Whenever we receive a report, our crews will also check the area for any other potholes to fill. We filled 18,000 potholes in 2019 and 11,000 potholes from Jan. 1 to Jul. 31, 2020. That includes nearly 1,200 potholes filled in West Seattle and the other nearby neighborhoods this year.


SDOT: High-Rise Bridge stabilization update

information from Seattle Department of Transportation

Since the closure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge, SDOT has worked to simultaneously advance all efforts needed to expeditiously pursue both a repair or replace scenario. By advancing both pathways at once, not a moment has been lost while the careful and thorough assessment is done to understand which avenue – repair or replace – is best over the long term. Once that pivot does occur this October, through a decision aided by the completion of a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis, we will not be starting from scratch. We will be standing on a firm foundation of progress, no matter the direction we go.


Congresswoman Jayapal "pretty confident" funding for West Seattle Bridge will come through

Speaking before the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, Engineer Adam Ludwig believes a quick repair is not only possible but the best option

The August meeting of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition on Thursday, Aug. 27 featured guests from the bridge activist site West Seattle Bridge Now, Heather Marx with SDOT, Port of Seattle's Peter Steinbrueck and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. It was Jayapal who had the best news.


UPDATE: Now it's a hit and run vehicular homicide; Police seeking public's help

Victim identified as Derrick Lacomb

UPDATE 8/26 6:00 PM

Detectives are no longer looking for the dark Dodge van. It has been located. Detectives are still looking for information about the maroon vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the tipline at (206) 233-5000.

The case of the body found in the bushes near Longfellow Creek is now vehicular homicide and hit and run August 24.

SPD Homicide and Traffic Collision investigators were called to West Seattle Monday evening after a 34-year-old man was struck and killed by a driver.

Around 6 pm, a resident in the 6500 block of 25th Avenue Southwest called 911 and reported a possibly deceased person in some bushes on the street.

Police arrived, located the 34-year-old man, confirmed he was deceased, and contacted witnesses in the area. 

At this point in the investigation, detectives believe the driver intentionally struck the victim, killing him. The driver then fled the scene.


Record Store Day is Aug. 29 and Easy Street Records will be ready

Saturday, August 29th, 2020 is Record Store Day 2020: COVID Edition

Here's what you need to know

  • They open @ 7am
  • Masks Required!
  • They will be enforcing 6' social distancing (outside & inside the shop)
  • Hand sanitizer stations available
  • They will only be allowing a select number of people in the shop at one time 
  • They will only be selling RSD titles
  • RSD Products will not be available for online purchase until Sunday

"We put some thought into this, we have rules and we are going to try our best to make it fun and we love you for all your support."

Please call the shop for any other questions (206) 938-EASY, or reach out to them at


Michael Lee Dudley charged with two counts of murder in the second degree

Held on $5 million bail he will be arraigned on Sept. 8; More charges may be filed

Michael Lee Dudley, 62 has been formally charged with two counts of murder in the 2nd degree by the King County Prosecutor. He is charged in the death and dismemberment of Austin Wenner and Jessica Lewis. Their body parts were found inside garbage bags in suitcases that washed ashore in West Seattle June 19.

The charging documents state:

The State incorporates by reference the Certification for Detennination of Probable Cause prepared by Detective James L Cooper ofthe Seattle Police Department for case number 2020-191677.