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June 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Morning Memo / Saturday: Mercer mess … boat washes ashore … Solstice Parade

Weather:  Did you get some sun yesterday? We hope so, because the forecast today is back to clouds and drizzle. In fact, it’ll be that way for most of the weekend.   The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: It’s going to be a rough day out there for Seattle drivers. The viaduct is closed in both directions until 5:00 a.m. Monday.  All on- and off-ramps are closed between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street tunnel.  During a few hours of the morning, ramps for I-5, I-90 and I-405 will close for bridge inspections. Get the full details on today’s closures from WSDOT.  For   The map and cams.

And in more traffic news, the mess is coming back to Mercer.  Starting Monday, a southbound lane will close on Fairview Avenue North for about a week — and that’s just a start. In August, more severe lane closures will occur south of Mercer, where traffic flows downhill in the afternoon, toward entrances to both directions of Interstate 5 as well as its northbound express lanes. Read the full story.

A boat that washed ashore yesterday may be  from the Japanese tsunami.  The 20-foot vessel washed ashore at Cape Disappointment in Pacific County. Several state and federal agencies will evaluate the boat’s origin and make sure no hazardous materials such as oil are also washing up on Pacific Northwest shorelines. Read the full story.

The Fremont Fair  continues  today with the Solstice Parade, a procession that allows no printed words, no motorized vehicles and no animals.   The parade starts at noon preceded by bicyclists wearing body paint (at most). The parade lasts about two hours and ends with a Solstice Celebration party at Gas Works Park. More details on the Fremont Fair.

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  2. Bellevue Square plans to expand
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  4. Independent gas stations see how low they can go
  5. Police: Breakup led NY doctor to kill lover, self

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