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April 24, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Wednesday Memo: Seattle traffic better? … Tow fee cap … Get to know Sodo

Seattle traffic less congested: Seriously? A new report by the data outfit Inrix says the typical Seattle-area driver wasted 35 hours in traffic delays last year compared with going the speed limit, compared with 39 hours in 2011. Well, we suppose every little bit counts, eh?

Putting the breaks on tow truck fees:  The governor has signed into law a measure that puts a cap of $270 for a tow. We’re sure such a limit will be well received, especially since one tow can cost you upwards of $1,000, says the bills sponsor, Rep. Gerry Pollet, a Seattle Democrat. You may recall the 2011 Danny Westneat column that kicked off this whole issue.

Sodo is more blue-collar than you might think: So says staff columnist Danny Westneat in a piece rebutting proposed arena developer Chris Hansen’s claim that his plans won’t erase the working-class essence of the place. Didn’t know we had a sewing and textile industry there. And of course there are the warehouses — including the biggy United Warehouses — plus hydraulic-equipment shops and metal and pipe fabricators.

Airport worker hurt when he crashed into forklift: The man was injured when the vehicle he was driving, called a tug, smacked into the forklift, throwing the man to the ground. The forklift was not moving at the time of the crash. The man may have suffered a medical problem because surveillance cameras show him slumping in his seat before the accident. KOMO-TV has the story.

More sun expected today, tomorrow and Friday!

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