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January 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Bertha’s repair pit reaches full depth of 120 feet

Excavation crews for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) have reached the entire 120-foot depth needed to repair stalled tunnel-boring machine Bertha, state lawmakers were told Friday afternoon. The next step is to build a concrete floor, including a “cradle” to support the cylindrical machine. Then Bertha will attempt to grind forward, through the south side of…

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January 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Third suspect arrested in Tacoma sex-trafficking of underage girls

UPDATED, Wednesday, 9 a.m. | A third suspect has been arrested in a Washington State Patrol investigation of sex trafficking in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties. Mikael Z. Williams, 18, was booked into the Pierce County jail Tuesday evening by Tacoma police, on suspicion of two counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, a…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: backpage.com;, child sex trafficking, Mikael Z. Williams

January 25, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Two arriving planes delayed by bomb threats at SeaTac

Passengers on two arriving planes were delayed and then bused to the terminal following bomb threats Sunday afternoon, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Both planes were “cleared of security concerns” and passengers bused to the terminal, the airport tweeted around 6 p.m. The first one, JetBlue Flight 1006 from Long Beach, arrived around 4:15 p.m. from Long Beach. It…

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January 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Dispute board: State should pay tunnel builders for Sodo groundwater headaches

The state should pay Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) for tackling severe groundwater flows around the launch pit in Sodo for the Highway 99 tunnel machine, a dispute resolution board says. STP  is seeking $20 million, based on a request two years ago.  That sum could be covered by the state’s existing tunnel contract, whose $1.44 billion total…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, Highway 99 tunnel, Sodo

January 16, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Truck congestion eases Friday at Harbor Island

South Spokane Street and other roads around Terminal 18 became passable again Friday, after government agencies took steps to detour surging truck traffic. Police were sent to control intersections, temporary signs were added, and early-morning truckers were diverted to park at vacant Terminal 5 so they wouldn’t queue along upper and lower Spokane Street.  Unprecedented traffic…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: ILWU, Port of Seattle, Terminal 18

January 15, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Port truck congestion spilling onto I-5

UPDATE, 12:10 p.m. A sudden surge in port trucking on Harbor Island is causing extreme congestion that spills all the way onto I-5 as of mid-day Thursday, and it’s expected to happen again Friday. The Washington State Department of Transportation is using its electronic signs to tell motorists to avoid the West Seattle Bridge exit, where lines of…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Harbor Island, Port of Seattle, slowdown

January 12, 2015 at 11:07 AM

City taking its own look at viaduct safety, as relations with WSDOT fray

The city of Seattle says it has hired its own engineering consultants to take an independent look at the Alaskan Way Viaduct, to see whether groundwater removal and other Highway 99 tunnel work poses a hazard. The $155,000 study by CH2M Hill will start by reviewing state modeling of the 61-year-old viaduct and may go…

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Comments | More in Government, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Alaska Way Viaduct, bertha, Seattle Tunnel Partners

January 7, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Beaver dam to close a lane on Highway 9 Thursday and Friday

Workers will need to close the right northbound lane of Highway 9 in Woodinville for two days to remove a beaver dam, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced. The work, one mile north of the Highway 522 junction, will free water to flow through an 80-foot-long culvert that’s blocked.  If the dam stays, soil could be…

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January 6, 2015 at 2:29 PM

New ferries chief begins a management shakeup

Washington State Ferries chief Lynne Griffith told employees via e-mail Tuesday that she will reorganize the management structure and recruit new leaders — creating seven new job titles and requiring four senior staffers to re-apply for positions. Griffith was hired in September, after retiring as the chief executive of Pierce Transit, and immediately traveled on…

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January 3, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Victims identified in fatal Highway 9 crash near Lake Stevens

State troopers have identified two people who died in a head-on Highway 9 crash Friday afternoon as Adam Huzar, age 42, and Agnieska Huzar, age 38 of Marysville. They were heading south in a sedan, about one mile north of the 84th Street Northeast crossing, when a northbound SUV driven by Calvin Marlor, 62, hit a guardrail and…

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