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August 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The breaking-news account of the 2nd Avenue bike fatality

Update 1:20 p.m.: Our latest coverage of this story has moved here. Update 10:30 a.m.: Seattle police say the cyclist killed Friday morning was riding south in a bike lane on Second Avenue when she was hit by the truck, which also was on Second Avenue and turning left onto University Street. Det. Patrick Michaud, Seattle…

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| More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Bicycle fatality, Seattle Police Department, Traffic accident

August 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Second bike-pedestrian bridge coming to Overlake

Redmond and Sound Transit announced they’ve figured out how to pay for another bike-pedestrian bridge over Highway 520, connecting residents and workers to the future Overlake Village light-rail station. It should reduce walking distances by as much as a mile, thus making rail transit more popular, said Mayor John Marchione. The $20 million project will be city-funded, but…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Overlake, pedestrian bridge, pedestrians

August 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Bertha’s rescue pit almost done

Seattle Tunnel Partners will pour its final concrete pillar next week to complete an access pit along the waterfront, so the front end of stuck Highway 99 tunnel machine Bertha can be extracted and repaired. Workers from Malcolm Drilling are building a ring of 73 pillars, some 120 feet deep, near the foot of South Main Street….

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Comments | Topics: bertha, Chris Dixon, Highway 99 tunnel

August 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Video: Workers finishing up 4-day project on Aurora

Workers on Aurora Avenue North are on pace to finish their overpass-removal job and reopen the highway on schedule, at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning — bringing an end to a disruptive four-day closure. The state Department of Transportation has posted a time-lapse video that shows machines crunching the Aurora overpass above defunct Broad Street. One highlight…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: #99closure, aurora avenue north

August 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

State ferry Tacoma to be sidelined until at least December

The state ferry Tacoma, which stalled July 29 near Bainbridge Island due to an electrical failure, will be out of service until at least December, Washington State Ferries announced Friday. The 460-foot, Jumbo Mark II-class vessel, built in 1997, was going to be in drydock anyway in late 2014, so the electrical repairs will…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Washington State Ferries

August 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Never mind: Seattle cancels Tuesday’s Aurora/N. 40th lane closures

The Seattle Department of Transportation  is canceling a road-patching job it had scheduled for Tuesday on Aurora Avenue North at North 40th Street. The mid-day work would have narrowed the three southbound lanes to one lane, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – at the same time Aurora will be blocked for road construction near Mercer Street.  The Washington State…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: highway 99, potholes, Seattle Department of Transportation

August 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Water crew causes unnecessary Aurora traffic hazard, delay

A Seattle Public Utilities crew created unnecessary traffic backups during the Tuesday morning rush by making a non-emergency hydrant repair on northbound Aurora Avenue North around 8:30 a.m., next to the old Hostess building. Cars were stopped inside the Battery Street Tunnel, where the sudden drop from 40 mph to zero posed a potential risk of rear-end…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Battery Street Tunnel, Mercer Street

August 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Coming soon to Metro: $1.50 low-income bus fare

King County Metro Transit has started laying the groundwork for anywhere between 45,000 and 100,000 low-income residents to get a discounted, $1.50 bus fare beginning in March 2015. The mushy estimate of how many might be eligible speaks to the fact this is relatively uncharted territory. Metro says it’s only the second big U.S. transit agency,…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: King County Metro Transit, poverty

August 11, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Green Lake drowning victims identified

UPDATED  2:47 P.M. The young men who died after being pulled from Seattle’s Green Lake late Thursday have been identified as Abeney Getachew, 23, of Snohomish County, and Euel Desta, 21, of Shoreline, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office. They were in a group of six people who were playing soccer in the park, then decided to…

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