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Category: Traffic & Transit

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

September 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

King County proposes 48 bus-route reductions for early 2015

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a new proposal Tuesday for an early-2015 round of Metro bus-service cuts, including 16 routes to be eliminated. An earlier list has been tweaked so cuts would be spread more evenly across the county, and not fall disproportionately on poor communities, his staff said in an announcement. And if Seattle…

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September 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Small fuel spill disrupts Edmonds-Kingston ferry

A fuel spill of less than 15 gallons halted the Edmonds-Kingston ferries for six hours Monday morning, because officials feared boat movement would churn the diesel. Fuel was being transferred between tanks in the ferry Walla Walla, docked at Kingston, when the crew discovered the spill. The Coast Guard received a report of the spill at about…

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August 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The breaking-news account of the 2nd Avenue bike fatality

Update 1:20 p.m.: Our latest coverage of this story has moved here. Update 10:30 a.m.: Seattle police say the cyclist killed Friday morning was riding south in a bike lane on Second Avenue when she was hit by the truck, which also was on Second Avenue and turning left onto University Street. Det. Patrick Michaud, Seattle…

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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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