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November 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Concrete-blocked sewer prolongs work on Aurora Avenue North

Looking forward to the end of the Aurora Avenue North construction? Not so fast. For a second time, utility crews in the boomingest part of Seattle have found concrete in the sewage pipes while performing emergency repairs. This time, the site is Aurora Avenue North — where Seattle Public Utilities closed one general-traffic lane in each direction…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: road closure, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities

November 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Seattle says no to private traffic flaggers in South Lake Union

Flaggers from a private security firm are no longer allowed to control traffic on the crowded side streets of South Lake Union, the city says. The Seattle Department of Transportation said  Tuesday that, based on a city attorney’s opinion, this kind of ongoing  private traffic control is illegal: “Based on the city’s review, only uniformed police officers…

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Comments | Topics: Amazon, Star Protection Agency

November 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM

WSP cites trucker in Skagit Bridge collapse for negligent driving

Washington State Patrol detectives released their final report Monday into the May 23, 2013 collapse of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge, months after issuing a $550 ticket to the trucker whose high load struck 11 crossbeams. Truck driver William D. Scott, who was hauling for Mullen Trucking of Alberta, challenged the citation. The next hearing is…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Skagit bridge collapse

November 14, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Traffic closures: 520 bridge, Link light rail, downtown tunnel and part of Mercer

The entire Link light-rail corridor will be closed Saturday for systems testing in preparation for the 2016 University Link extension, Sound Transit announced.  Trains will be seen making the trip between Westlake Station and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, but they won’t pick up passengers. Instead, transit staff will help people find buses, including extra shuttle trips. …

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: 520 bridge, Link light rail, Mercer West

November 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Traffic: Fairview Avenue dig begins Monday

A long and disruptive street dig on Fairview Avenue North in Seattle won’t begin until at least Monday, even though a pair of excavating machines are already parked in the center lane. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) needs to replace 78 feet of 12-inch diameter sewer pipe clogged by concrete that somehow spilled or leaked from construction…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: fairview avenue north, South Lake Union

November 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Planned Mercer concrete pour snarls Friday traffic

Those traffic slowdowns entering South Lake Union on Friday morning didn’t result from a mistake by contractors, but a planned city project to finish essential paving work. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced the one-day job by email around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, when it became apparent that today’s weather would be dry and warm…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Mercer Street, South Lake Union

November 3, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Excavation to tunneling machine resumes; no artifacts found

Archaeologists have seen enough 19th-century shell deposits that they can let heavy excavation resume at Seattle’s Pioneer Square waterfront, where workers are digging an access pit to reach buried tunnel-boring machine Bertha. Seattle Tunnel Partners was given permission Sunday to continue digging the 120-foot-deep vault, after stopping work Oct. 23, the state Department of Transportation announced…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: bertha, Highway 99 tunnel, Seattle

November 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Long day of driving ahead? First, get some sleep

Safety groups are marking the onset of early darkness by declaring this to be Drowsy Driving Prevention Week nationally, as well as here in cloudy Western Washington. Last year, there were seven deaths in the state related to sleepy driving, according to the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission. Drowsy driving causes 100,000 crashes a year, resulting…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: distracted driving, Mora Shaw, sleep

October 31, 2014 at 9:04 PM

New tunnel-machine bearing arrives from Japan

Hitachi built a new seal ring in Japan for its stranded tunnel-boring machine, and it arrived Friday at Seattle’s Terminal 46. The state Department of Transportation tweeted photos of new seal ring, as well as the new bearing. Previously, Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) said it kept a spare bearing, a requirement of its $1.44 billion contract to…

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

October 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Ferries: Stop hogging our power outlets

Washington State Ferries has installed plates and padlocks over nine electrical outlets in the passenger level of Colman Dock to discourage people from hanging out there for hours. The crackdown surprised Bainbridge Island resident Mary Beth Abarbanel, who came home from a long flight two weeks ago. She couldn’t recharge her dead cellphone while waiting for…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Colman Dock, ferries, outlets

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