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Category: Traffic & Transit

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

January 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Bertha’s repair pit reaches full depth of 120 feet

Excavation crews for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) have reached the entire 120-foot depth needed to repair stalled tunnel-boring machine Bertha, state lawmakers were told Friday afternoon. The next step is to build a concrete floor, including a “cradle” to support the cylindrical machine. Then Bertha will attempt to grind forward, through the south side of…

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January 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Third suspect arrested in Tacoma sex-trafficking of underage girls

UPDATED, Wednesday, 9 a.m. | A third suspect has been arrested in a Washington State Patrol investigation of sex trafficking in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties. Mikael Z. Williams, 18, was booked into the Pierce County jail Tuesday evening by Tacoma police, on suspicion of two counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, a…

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January 27, 2015 at 6:28 AM

Snoqualmie Pass reopens after morning closure to remove trees

UPDATE, 9:25 a.m. | All lanes are open on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass following a closure to remove downed trees. Headed over the Cascades? Crews will be removing some downed trees from Snoqualmie Pass on Tuesday morning and the pass will be closed in both directions at 8:30 a.m. for about an hour. Eastbound traffic will…

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January 26, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Southbound I-5 in Tacoma reopens after crash

Update at 3:50 p.m.: All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 near Fife are open, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The backup is eight miles. Original post: All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 are blocked in Tacoma near Wapato Creek at milepost 137, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Traffic is being…

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January 22, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Bicyclist killed when struck by pickup in Blaine

The Associated Press BLAINE — The Washington State Patrol says a small white pickup struck and killed a bicyclist on Thursday evening near the Blaine border crossing with Canada. The Bellingham Herald reports the truck drove off but about three hours later, the State Patrol said, a 26-year-old Blaine man walked up to a state Transportation Department…

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January 22, 2015 at 4:45 PM

1 dead in Highway 9 head-on collision

Update at 6:50 p.m.: The driver who died in a head-on collision on Highway 9 has been identified as a 22-year-old man from Marysville, according to the Washington State Patrol. The man was driving north on the Snohomish River Bridge when his Honda Accord crossed the center line and struck a Dodge Durango driven by a 59-year-old…

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January 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Dispute board: State should pay tunnel builders for Sodo groundwater headaches

The state should pay Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) for tackling severe groundwater flows around the launch pit in Sodo for the Highway 99 tunnel machine, a dispute resolution board says. STP  is seeking $20 million, based on a request two years ago.  That sum could be covered by the state’s existing tunnel contract, whose $1.44 billion total…

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January 19, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Overnight lane closures on Aurora Avenue near South Lake Union

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 20., overnight lane closures along Aurora Avenue North may cause traffic delays near South Lake Union, the Washington State Department of Transportation said this week. Construction crews are expected to close some lanes on Aurora between Valley and Halladay streets — while they conduct utility work on the roadway. The work will take…

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January 16, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Truck congestion eases Friday at Harbor Island

South Spokane Street and other roads around Terminal 18 became passable again Friday, after government agencies took steps to detour surging truck traffic. Police were sent to control intersections, temporary signs were added, and early-morning truckers were diverted to park at vacant Terminal 5 so they wouldn’t queue along upper and lower Spokane Street.  Unprecedented traffic…

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