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Category: Traffic & Transit

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

April 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Seattle property-tax initiative for transit to be filed this week

The group Friends of Transit will file a Seattle-only property-tax initiative by the end of this week, to raise money for bus operations within the city, transit activist Ben Schiendelman announced today — just hours after Tuesday night election returns showed a King County measure failing. The proposal would raise $25 million a year for six…

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April 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Tunnel contractors: Bertha stall may cost $125M

The costs to repair and restart Bertha, the Highway 99 tunneling machine, are somewhere close to $125 million, a senior executive says. Chris Dixon, project director for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), mentioned the figure during a midday briefing today to The Seattle Times’ Editorial Board, which is responsible for writing and choosing opinion pieces. However, the $125 million…

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April 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Trooper injured in I-5 crash in Seattle

The Associated Press The Washington State Patrol says a 28-year-old man was booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving after a crash that damaged two patrol cars and injured a trooper on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Trooper Cliff Pratt says the two state patrol cars were stopped with emergency lights at the scene…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: accident, DUI, Washington State Patrol

April 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Bertha won’t resume tunneling for nearly a year

The world’s biggest tunnel boring machine will remain stuck along the Seattle waterfront until March 2015 — six months later than an earlier Sept. 1 restart goal. Seattle Tunnel Partners will take until late summer just to dig a deep repair shaft lined with vertical concrete pillars. Then comes one of the biggest…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, highway 99, Seattle Tunnel Partners

April 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Off-duty SPD officer struck by hit-and-run driver

An off-duty Seattle police officer was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Sodo around 2 p.m. today. The officer, who has not been identified, was directing traffic for a private company at First Avenue South and South Atlantic Street when he was struck, said police spokeswoman Renee Witt. Apparently the driver had driven around a line of stopped cars. When the…

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April 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Driver dies after striking pole in North Seattle

Seattle police say that a man who crashed a minivan into a telephone pole in North Seattle yesterday may have suffered some type of medical emergency before the accident. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said in a news release that officers were called to 8th Avenue Northwest, near Northwest 65th Street, after the minivan went over a curb and a planted…

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April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Rideshare companies move toward forcing vote on new rules

Seattle’s rideshare services submitted signatures today to place a referendum on the August ballot that would overturn new regulations limiting their numbers. Brad Harwood, spokesman for Keep Seattle’s Ride Options, said the group has collected “way more” than the 16,510 signatures needed to get the measure before voters. The city is  immediately blocked from enforcing…

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April 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Bellevue cop fired for mishandling colleague’s alleged DUI

A Bellevue police officer who did not cite a colleague for drunken driving, conduct field sobriety tests or make an effort to obtain the officer’s blood-alcohol level before letting him leave with his wife, has been fired. Officer Doug Brennan, who has been on administrative leave since February, was  fired Wednesday. Chief Linda Pillo found that Brennan…

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