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Category: Traffic & Transit

Traffic, transit, biking and road condition updates for the Puget Sound area

August 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Second bike-pedestrian bridge coming to Overlake

Redmond and Sound Transit announced they’ve figured out how to pay for another bike-pedestrian bridge over Highway 520, connecting residents and workers to the future Overlake Village light-rail station. It should reduce walking distances by as much as a mile, thus making rail transit more popular, said Mayor John Marchione. The $20 million project will be city-funded, but…

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August 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Bertha’s rescue pit almost done

Seattle Tunnel Partners will pour its final concrete pillar next week to complete an access pit along the waterfront, so the front end of stuck Highway 99 tunnel machine Bertha can be extracted and repaired. Workers from Malcolm Drilling are building a ring of 73 pillars, some 120 feet deep, near the foot of South Main Street….

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August 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Family pinned to wall by car that crashes into Columbia City shops

Update at 5:46 p.m.: A Seattle building inspector has yellow-tagged the one-story building heavily damaged by an SUV Thursday afternoon. The designation restricts access to the building until engineers can determine what can be done to shore up the structure. Seattle police are working to have the SUV towed from inside the building. The investigation into the cause of…

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August 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Traffic snarled after semi rolls over on I-5 in South Seattle

Update at 2:48 p.m.: All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 have been reopened, according to state Department of Transportation. All but the HOV lane is open on northbound I-5. Update at 2:03 p.m.: Two southbound lanes are now open. Update at 1:13 p.m.: Heavy-duty wreckers were used to lower the semi into a ditch along the southbound lanes in…

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August 26, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Fuel spill causes accidents, traffic backups on West Seattle Bridge

A diesel spill from a truck on Harbor Island caused two other multi-car accidents on the West Seattle Bridge and significant traffic backups on Tuesday afternoon. More than 80 gallons of diesel leaked across the West Seattle Bridge after a truck struck a concrete barrier shortly before 5 p.m., according to the Seattle Fire Department….

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August 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Dog missing after crash that killed former Redmond chief

Redmond police are searching for a dog that went missing after an SUV driven by the animal’s family was hit by a teenage driver on Sunday night. “Jake,” a wire-haired griffon, was in a Ford Explorer driven by former Redmond police Chief Steve Harris and disappeared after the crash that killed Harris and left his wife, Margaret, critically injured….

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August 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Video: Workers finishing up 4-day project on Aurora

Workers on Aurora Avenue North are on pace to finish their overpass-removal job and reopen the highway on schedule, at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning — bringing an end to a disruptive four-day closure. The state Department of Transportation has posted a time-lapse video that shows machines crunching the Aurora overpass above defunct Broad Street. One highlight…

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August 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Motorcyclist survives 30-foot fall from I-5 in Seattle

A motorcyclist who fell about 30 feet from Interstate 5 and into a patch of bushes has been taken to Harborview Medical Center. The motorcyclist suffered a dislocated left shoulder and a knee injury, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The accident occurred at 11:08 a.m. at the Swift Avenue South/South Albro Place exit off I-5 north in Seattle. Seattle…

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August 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Retired longtime Redmond police chief, teen driver killed in crash

Steve Harris, a former longtime Redmond police chief, was one of two people killed in a head-on collision Sunday night near Redmond. Harris, 68, and his wife, Margaret, were driving west on state Highway 202 around 9 p.m. when their Ford Explorer was struck head-on by a Dodge Dakota pickup driven by a 16-year-old boy. Harris died at…

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August 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

State ferry Tacoma to be sidelined until at least December

The state ferry Tacoma, which stalled July 29 near Bainbridge Island due to an electrical failure, will be out of service until at least December, Washington State Ferries announced Friday. The 460-foot, Jumbo Mark II-class vessel, built in 1997, was going to be in drydock anyway in late 2014, so the electrical repairs will…

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