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July 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Bertha’s repair pit hitting some slowdowns

This fall’s hoist of the damaged, 2,000-ton front end of the tunnel boring machine Bertha will happen a bit later than planned, because workers are having difficulty digging a 120-foot deep retrieval shaft just ahead of the big drill. The state Transportation Department hasn’t released details of the problem, but is expected to do so within the next…


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

July 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Boy struck by pickup in Kent has died

A toddler who was struck by a pickup in Kent on Friday night has died from his injuries, police and hospital officials said. The 2-year-old was running across an apartment complex toward his father when the 56-year-old driver was heading out on his way to work, police said, describing it as a “tragic accident.” The driver wasn’t…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: apartment complex, boy, critical

July 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Seafair road closures Saturday for Viaduct, Fourth Avenue

The northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will close Saturday night from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., for the Seafair Torchlight Run races.  Southbound lanes will remain open. Fourth Avenue also will close for the Torchlight Parade  from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday from Broad Street to South Washington Street. Downtown will be congested afterward as crowds of…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: alaskan way viaduct, Seafair

July 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I-90 lanes reopened on schedule at 5 a.m. Friday

UPDATE, 11 a.m., Friday: Traffic opened on I-90 Friday morning as planned. ORIGINAL POST: Three closed lanes of Interstate 90 are on schedule to reopen as planned 5 a.m. Friday, state officials say. A cracked expansion joint is being replaced westbound on the East Channel Bridge, where traffic from Bellevue approaches Mercer Island. Only one through-lane, and…


Comments | Topics: expansion joints, I-90, lae closures

July 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Early warning: 4 days of Highway 99 closures in August

Portions of Highway 99 in central Seattle will close in late August for two days of repairs in Sodo and a four-day bridge removal near Seattle Center. The work starts late Friday, Aug. 22 and wraps up at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. The state’s project homepage is here. The plan: An overpass where Aurora Avenue North…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Highway 99 tunnel, Mercer Corridor Project, Traffic

July 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Seattle council delivers votes, not money, for First Avenue streetcar

The Seattle City Council has chosen First Avenue as a future streetcar route, and agreed to seek up to $75 million in federal money, in a resolution passed Monday afternoon. And unlike the two other streetcar routes, this one would use transit-only lanes, so the trains spend less time stuck in traffic. Passenger service would be…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: First Avenue Streetcar, Seattle City Council

July 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Traffic ‘free flowing’ on westbound I-90, despite predictions

Update | 9:07 a.m.: Among those who set out early to try to beat the traffic was Megan Ching. She left her Bellevue home a little after 6 a.m. — 40 minutes earlier than usual — to carpool with her fiancé to Seattle. They decided to brave Interstate 90 westbound, despite having only one lane open. “I…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: I-90, lae closures

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