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December 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Digging to resume at Bertha’s repair vault

Seattle Tunnel Partners got the green light to resume digging Tuesday night in front of Bertha, the stranded boring machine for the Highway 99 tunnel project. The state ordered the contractors late Friday to stop excavating an access vault, and write an emergency plan that would allow them to safely stop groundwater pumping — in the…

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Comments | Topics: bertha, groundwater, Highway 99 tunnel

December 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Seattle’s most famous road crack filled Friday

A long crack on South King Street, which may or may not have been deepened by the Highway 99 tunnel project,  was filled with asphalt Friday. “It’s just like a pothole repair,” said Rick Sheridan, spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation.  The fix followed findings by Seattle Tunnel Partners, using ground-penetrating radar, that there are…

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Comments | Topics: bertha, cracks, Highway 99 tunnel

December 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Actually, digging continued Tuesday at Bertha’s repair pit

Despite this week’s scare about soil settlement in Pioneer Square, excavation continued Tuesday at the access vault that will be used to reach stalled tunnel machine Bertha. Seattle Tunnel Partners removed three feet and has now reached 84 feet depth, for the 120-foot deep shaft, the Washington State Department of Transportation said Tuesday afternoon. Progress can be…

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December 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Viaduct and soil sink near stranded Bertha

Update, 9:40 p.m.| Read transportation reporter Mike Lindblom’s full story on the problem, and what officials say it could mean for the Highway 99 tunnel project. Original post | The Alaskan Way Viaduct and nearby soil have sunk 1.2 inches this fall alongside stranded tunnel machine Bertha, senior state engineers said Friday afternoon. The settling shows that…

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December 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Downtown traffic Friday night: sing or escape early

UPDATE, 12:35 p.m. | The downtown protest by the Justice 4 Mike Brown group has been canceled, according to a tweet from the organizers. It will be rescheduled for Sunday. ORIGINAL POST | The first Friday in December usually presents one of Seattle’s toughest evening commutes because The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Figgy Pudding, McGraw Plaza

December 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

City attorney won’t charge Westlake Center guard in pepper-spray incident

A Westlake Center mall guard who pepper-sprayed a man in the face Aug. 9 won’t face criminal charges, the Seattle City Attorney’s office announced Thursday afternoon. The incident, captured in images that were posted online, happened outdoors during a pro-Palestinian rally, where a shirtless man was heckling and jostling demonstrators.  A passerby, Raymond Wilford, 26, of Seattle,…

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Comments | Topics: pepper spray, Valor Security Service, Westlake Center

December 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Chart: Everett-Seattle traffic busts the bus schedule

Not only are Seattle area freeway trips getting slower, they’ve also been highly unpredictable lately, as this three-year chart by bus commuter Tim Ellis shows. Ellis rides the Sound Transit 510 bus, and he plotted weekday trip times from the I-5 Broadway Avenue onramp (two minutes south of Everett Station) to the I-5 Stewart Street exit in…

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Comments | Topics: Community Transit, i-5, Tim Ellis

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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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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