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October 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Weekend traffic: football, futbol, freeways and Mercer madness

Crosstown traffic will be slow this weekend as travelers navigate an overnight closure on Interstate 5 in Tukwila, crowded streets surrounding a Sounders FC match and a Husky football game on Saturday, some I-405 restriping and more construction on Mercer Street. The weather could also play a role in snarled traffic. The National Weather Service says to…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Mercer West project

October 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Man rescued after falling inside 520 pontoon

Update at 9 p.m.: The man who fell inside a pontoon was rescued Thursday afternoon, according to the Washington State Department of Transprotation. He has a leg injury but is in stable condition. Original post: The Bellevue Fire Department is working to rescue a man who fell 15 to 20 feet inside a pontoon that’s part of the 520 Floating Bridge project. Officials are…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Highway 520, pontoons

October 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Mercer Street squeezed to one lane each way this weekend

Crosstown traffic will be sluggish all weekend on Mercer Street, where workers will reduce the roadway to just one lane each direction. The job is part of ongoing work to build a new Aurora Avenue North overpass above Mercer Street.  The Seattle Department of Transportation is converting Mercer into a two-way boulevard to include trees, wide…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: i-5, Mercer Street

October 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

A real scoop: excavation under way at Bertha’s repair pit

Crews had dug down nearly 20 feet as of Wednesday afternoon, as they make a 120-foot-deep vault where tunnel machine Bertha’s front end can be cut open for repairs. Digging started late last week and will continue through November, until about 20,000 cubic yards of soil is removed from within a deep concrete ring that was built this…


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

October 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Highway 520 and 99 closures this weekend

The construction season doesn’t end with summer for Seattle-area megaprojects, which will cause traffic closures on Highways 520 and 99 this weekend. The Highway 520 floating bridge will close from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, so that crews can demolish unused ramps that fly over the main highway.  One lane westbound will close Friday…



October 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Bike-lane crashes spur more 2nd Avenue tinkering

Update at 11 a.m.: A similar crash occurred at the same parking-garage entrance on Second Avenue near Union Street a week ago, according to cyclist Steve Klusman of North Seattle, who was headed to his job in Pioneer Square. “Coming down Second Avenue, I was so happy when I got to the new protected bike lane,” he…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Seattle Department of Transportation, Second Avenue bike lane

October 7, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Aurora, Interbay and Sodo lane closures this week

Traffic slowdowns are coming to Aurora Avenue North, to West Emerson Street, and to South Spokane Street this week, as workers fix damaged road decks, if the weather cooperates. On southbound Aurora, only one lane will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, while crews patch potholes between North 40th Street and North…


Comments | Topics: aurora avenue north, Spokane Street Viaduct

September 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM

New bottleneck starts tonight near Seattle’s Mercer Street

Cars and bikes will have to merge together this week on southbound Dexter Avenue North, which is being narrowed to just one lane starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, until Friday morning, for a sewer project. Work will take place between Roy and Mercer streets in the booming South Lake Union area. The Seattle Department of Transportation…


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