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Category: Traffic & Transit

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

July 22, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Morning commute a breeze … so far

Update 8:40 a.m. This morning’s commute was a breeze, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Bart Treece, WSDOT spokesman, said the commute is almost identical to Monday’s when traffic volume was two-thirds above normal before 6 a.m., then plummeted to 40 percent below normal the next hour, 60 percent below normal the next two hours,…

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July 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Seattle council delivers votes, not money, for First Avenue streetcar

The Seattle City Council has chosen First Avenue as a future streetcar route, and agreed to seek up to $75 million in federal money, in a resolution passed Monday afternoon. And unlike the two other streetcar routes, this one would use transit-only lanes, so the trains spend less time stuck in traffic. Passenger service would be…

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July 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Traffic ‘free flowing’ on westbound I-90, despite predictions

Update | 9:07 a.m.: Among those who set out early to try to beat the traffic was Megan Ching. She left her Bellevue home a little after 6 a.m. — 40 minutes earlier than usual — to carpool with her fiancé to Seattle. They decided to brave Interstate 90 westbound, despite having only one lane open. “I…

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July 19, 2014 at 12:10 PM

First day of I-90 closures: so far, not so bad

As minutes tick away before the Sounders take on the Tottenham Hotspurs in a friendly match at CenturyLink Field at 1 p.m., the Interstate 90 lane closure will have its first real test. So far this morning the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says drivers have used alternate routes, and backups have not been…

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July 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I-90 lane closures already bringing congestion

It didn’t take long for drivers to feel the pain of Friday night lane closures on westbound Interstate 90 in Bellevue. At about 9:30 p.m., the freeway was narrowed to just one lane at at choke point at Bellevue Way Southeast as part of a repair project on the bridge between Bellevue and Mercer Island….

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July 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Vehicle hits 4 pedestrians in downtown Olympia

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Four pedestrians were hit by a vehicle Friday afternoon as they crossed a street in downtown Olympia. The Olympian reports an older couple and two elementary-school age children were struck in the crosswalk on Capitol Way South. Dylan McCarthy witnessed the incident while he waited in his car at the crosswalk. He told…

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July 18, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Fires close several highways east of Cascades

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: I-90 eastbound is now open, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Original post: The effects of fire and smoke continued to pose challenges for travelers in Central and Eastern Washington this morning. Among the high-impact closures: Highway 2 is closed through Tumwater Canyon west of Leavenworth. No detour was available Friday morning…

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July 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Stretch of I-90 near Vantage still closed after 21-vehicle crash

Update at 5:34 p.m. : Blowing dust and ash from a recent fire may have led to the collision of more than 20 vehicles today on I-90 near Vantage. The Washington State Patrol responded around 11 a.m. to the crash, which involved 15 passenger vehicles and six commercial trucks, according to Trooper Darren Wright. The…

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July 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

All lanes on westbound 520 bridge are open

UPDATE: 9:40 a.m. | The westbound lanes of Highway 520 heading into Seattle are back open after a crash this morning. The lanes reopened around 9:30 a.m., according to the State Patrol. UPDATE: 9:10 a.m. | All westbound lanes of Highway 520, at the floating bridge east highrise, are closed this morning after a three-car accident. State Patrol…

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