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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Morning Memo / Saturday: Pontoon … Traffic issues … Trooper trouble?

Weather: Heavenly. That’s if you like temps in the upper 70s, low humidity and clear skies. That’s for Saturday and Sunday and then a stretch of mid-70 degree days and sunshine all of next week. Ah, summer. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

One of several primary pontoons is floated out of the Port of Grays Harbor Monday, due to become part of the new SR 520 floating bridge. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Pontoonpalooza: Well, it’s not that exciting, but one of the huge pontoons that will become part of the new 520 bridge is scheduled to move through the Ballard Locks this evening. The pontoon is one of 77 that will hold up what will become the world’s longest floating span, crossing 7,710 feet of Lake Washington east of Seattle. Even  state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond will be there for this event.

Trooper in trouble? A State Patrol trooper in the Yakima detachment is being investigated after allegations he had an improper relationship with someone he had arrested.  A department spokesman told The Yakima Herald-Republic that the relationship does not appear to have affected the criminal case of the person who was arrested by the 32-year-old trooper.

Lot of sports today: The Seahawks play here, Mariners play in Los Angeles and the Sounders play in San Jose. The 7 p.m. Seahawks game could create traffic tie-ups in the usual areas in Sodo, so think ahead.

Speaking of traffic issues: Construction work around here could make for tricky traffic situations this weekend.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Brace for tricky traffic this weekend
  2. Sorry, but summer is almost outta here
  3. Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday night
  4. Mark McLaughlin leaves Washington | Husky Men’s Basketball Blog
  5. Huskies baffled, saddened by Cooper’s latest injury | Steve Kelley

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