Major Road/Gas Line Project on Beach Drive

A tip of the hat to our neighbors who let us know West Seattle Blog recently uncovered major project on Beach Drive to replace sections of the gas main.

From West Seattle Blog:

Puget Sound Energy will be replacing 5,049 feet of a gas main line on Beach Dr. SW. starting in May with work expected to last about 90 days.

This is part of a project to improve the infrastructure in the area and provide safe and reliable natural gas service.

During the project, about 100 customers will have their gas turned off due to a service replacement of their line or their service lines being reconnected to the new gas main.

When possible, the gas main installation will be directional drilled to limit some of traffic issues on that street.

PSE is working with the Seattle Department of Transportation and will use flaggers to keep traffic moving.

All customers impacted will be notified before their service is interrupted.

On a positive note, maybe this will help detour some of the speeders and traffic we get on Beach Drive.

Fire at Beach Drive Home

UPDATE 2:39 AM: Nobody home at the time of the fire.

This home is the historic “chicken coop” home on Beach Drive, reported to be the oldest home on the street. The home is just north of the duplex that was once Quesnel’s Restuarant.

 

A fire has been put out at 4701 Beach Drive SW. We hope everyone is safe. (Originally reported as 4703 Beach Drive per SFD’s 911 website).

Update on the Planned Power Outage along Beach Drive

The power went out at our home just before 10:30 a.m. for the two poles being replaced on SW Dawson Street between 49th and 50th.

The Seattle City Light map shows the pole replacement has impacted the power of almost 200 homes.


Hopefully the power is restored soon on this chilly sunny day!

Another Tear Down on Beach Drive

This 107 year old home located at 4022 Beach Drive Southwest will soon be demolished. Two duplexes are scheduled to be built on this lot across the street from Weather Watch Park.

Scheduled Power Outage along Beach Drive

You may have received a notice on your doorknob last week regarding a scheduled power outage in early March. (The date on our card for the outage is March 9, 2022).

From Seattle City Light:
Seattle City Light contracted crews will be working on a project to replace aging utility poles in the vicinity of 49th Avenue Southwest & Southwest Dawson Street.

The upcoming construction will require a primary power outage that will impact customers along Beach Drive and other side streets (from south of Southwest Beach Drive Terrace up to Southwest Oregon Street). This maintenance work will enhance safety and electrical reliability.

The work will require a scheduled power outage, allowing crews to complete this work safely. City Light has notified all affected customers about the upcoming outage that will be happening in early March.

For more information, please visit our program website: https://www.seattle.gov/city-light/in-the-community/current-projects/accelerated-pole-replacement-program.

Per the info left hanging on our door from Seattle City light, power may be out as long as 8 hours.

Anything over four hours can impact the safety of food stored in the fridge. The USDA states:

your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power.

After a power outage never taste food to determine its safety. You will have to evaluate each item separately—use this chart as a guide. When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

Here’s more info: Food Safety During Power Outage | FoodSafety.gov

Tsunami Advisory Issued

You probably just received an alert via your cell phone for a Tsunami Advisory for coastline in King County. The tsunami was caused by an underwater volcano erupting near the Tonga Islands.

I just checked out the map on Tsunami.gov and it “appears” that we should be safe if the map is accurate.


High tide was 11.69 ft at 5:06 am. As I write this post (10:15 am), the current tide is approx. 8.33 feet and will be heading back up to 10.23 feet around 2:15 this afternoon.

At the very least, for our area, this could be an opportunity to practice for a tsunami. We hope everyone along the west coast, San Juan Islands and around the world are safe!

Barking Dog Report: Gale Warning starting late tonight

Happy New Years, Neighbors! It looks like 2022 will come roaring in as a storm.

A Gale Warning is in effect starting late tonight along with a Wind Advisory that starts at 10:00 pm tonight through 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Wind Alert shows potentially strong gusts in the 40’s pretty much for all of Sunday.

Sunday’s high tides are estimated at:

  • 12.64 feet at 5:28 a.m.
  • 11.95 feet at 3:08 p.m.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast from this morning:

PZZ135-020130-
Puget Sound and Hood Canal-
825 AM PST Sat Jan 1 2022

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON

TODAY
S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

TONIGHT
S wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. A slight
chance of rain after midnight.

SUN
S wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. Rain.

SUN NIGHT
S wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft.

MON
S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

MON NIGHT
S wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft subsiding to
1 ft or less after midnight.

Stay warm and safe! 

Accident on 59th and Boyd: Avoid 59th and Admiral

A Beach Drive neighbor just notified us of an accident that happened about two hours ago. A truck with a trailer lost control heading south on 59th Ave SW taking out 5 cars along the way before stopping at the intersection of Boyd, Charleston and 59th. There is no signage at 59th and Admiral to alert drivers to detour.

Fortunately, no injuries to people or homes along the way. The police have been called.

 

Beach Drive Home to be Demolished

This home on the 4700 block of Beach Drive is set to be demolished early next week to make way for a new single unit dwelling.
We actually sold the home to the current owner knowing it would be torn down. The home has been added on over the years and has some issues that are beyond reasonable repair. While in our ownership, the home was a short-term rental that we named “Beach Drive Bungalow” that enjoyed hosting people from West Seattle to all over the world.

The home was originally built in 1926 and looks completely different from the home it is today. As the story goes, the home was built by a sea captain to live in while building the neighboring home to the north.
The home continued to be modified over the years.
We enjoyed the few years we were able to share the home as a vacation rental with others. If not for the Seattle City Council no longer allowing waterfront homes to be short term rentals (as a way to help affordable housing?) we would probably still have the home as a vacation rental. The home held family reunions, birthday celebrations and even a beautiful wedding ceremony at the bulkhead.

Thanks for the memories, Beach Drive Bungalow!

Barking Dog Report: Gale Watch in Effect Friday Evening

It looks like we’re in for a doozy of a storm starting Friday afternoon and possibly lasting through the weekend with strong gusts and plenty of rain. The graph from Wind Alert shows potential gust reaching up to 48 mph with wind in the 40s from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am. The bottom graph shows us in the “red zone” for most of the weekend. 
Here’s what we have for the high tides:

  • Friday: 12.29 ft at 10:31 am
  • Saturday: 12.09 ft at 11:18 am
  • Sunday: 11.90 ft at 12.01 pm.

Last but not least, the marine forecast:

PZZ135-100145-
Puget Sound and Hood Canal-
833 AM PST Thu Dec 9 2021

GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY
MORNING

TODAY
SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Showers.

TONIGHT
SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Showers
likely in the evening then a chance of showers after midnight.

FRI
S wind 10 to 20 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon.
Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers in the morning then
showers in the afternoon.

FRI NIGHT
S wind 20 to 30 kt rising to 25 to 35 kt after
midnight. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft.

SAT
S wind 25 to 35 kt becoming SW 20 to 30 kt in the
afternoon. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft.

SAT NIGHT
S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

SUN
S wind 15 to 25 kt easing to 10 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft
subsiding to 1 ft or less.

Right now it looks like it’s possible that the strongest winds might miss the higher tides. At the very least, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for ANOTHER gale force storm.

Stay safe neighbors!