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January 7, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Beaver dam to close a lane on Highway 9 Thursday and Friday

Workers will need to close the right northbound lane of Highway 9 in Woodinville for two days to remove a beaver dam, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced. The work, one mile north of the Highway 522 junction, will free water to flow through an 80-foot-long culvert that’s blocked.  If the dam stays, soil could be…

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January 6, 2015 at 2:29 PM

New ferries chief begins a management shakeup

Washington State Ferries chief Lynne Griffith told employees via e-mail Tuesday that she will reorganize the management structure and recruit new leaders — creating seven new job titles and requiring four senior staffers to re-apply for positions. Griffith was hired in September, after retiring as the chief executive of Pierce Transit, and immediately traveled on…

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January 3, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Victims identified in fatal Highway 9 crash near Lake Stevens

State troopers have identified two people who died in a head-on Highway 9 crash Friday afternoon as Adam Huzar, age 42, and Agnieska Huzar, age 38 of Marysville. They were heading south in a sedan, about one mile north of the 84th Street Northeast crossing, when a northbound SUV driven by Calvin Marlor, 62, hit a guardrail and…

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January 3, 2015 at 9:42 PM

Deputy shoots as patrol car rammed on Vashon Island

UPDATE, 7:15 a.m.: King County Sheriff reports that suspect was taken into custody on the island without incident around 4:30 a.m. Original post: A King County Sheriff’s deputy fired at a man who rammed a patrol car, the department said at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The person drove off, and the department is asking the public to call 911 if anyone…

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December 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

520 pontoon contractors fined $170K for crane violations

  A 13,000-pound counterweight snapped off its cable while being lowered from a crane, nearly hitting two workers in the Highway 520 pontoon construction yard at Grays Harbor, state investigators learned in June. That incident, captured on video, led to a citation and $170,500 in fines against the Kiewit General Joint Venture, the state Department…

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December 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Tentative Highway 99 tunnel opening: August 2017

The Highway 99 tunnel schedule will absorb another eight months of delay — not opening until August 2017, according to an a tentative schedule released Monday. Seattle Tunnel Partners gave that estimate in an Oct. 31 schedule chart, which was released Monday by the Washington State Department of Transportation. That would increase total delays to…

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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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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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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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