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Category: Traffic & Transit

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

October 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Weekend traffic: football, futbol, freeways and Mercer madness

Crosstown traffic will be slow this weekend as travelers navigate an overnight closure on Interstate 5 in Tukwila, crowded streets surrounding a Sounders FC match and a Husky football game on Saturday, some I-405 restriping and more construction on Mercer Street. The weather could also play a role in snarled traffic. The National Weather Service says to…

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October 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Work on Bertha’s repair pit halted after shell-material discovery

Digging work for tunnel machine Bertha’s repair access vault was stopped Thursday after archaeologists monitoring the excavation found a deposit containing shell material. The discovery may indicate the presence of cultural materials and requires further evaluation, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Though no artifacts or human remains were found, the department follows…

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October 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Man rescued after falling inside 520 pontoon

Update at 9 p.m.: The man who fell inside a pontoon was rescued Thursday afternoon, according to the Washington State Department of Transprotation. He has a leg injury but is in stable condition. Original post: The Bellevue Fire Department is working to rescue a man who fell 15 to 20 feet inside a pontoon that’s part of the 520 Floating Bridge project. Officials are…

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October 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Road on Mount Baker closed for winter

The Associated Press MOUNT BAKER — The Washington Transportation Department has closed its first section of a highway for the winter. With snow on the ground and more forecast, crews closed the gate Thursday on Highway 542 from the Mount Baker Ski area to Artist Point. The three-mile road to Artist Point is typically the first to close…

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October 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Mercer Street squeezed to one lane each way this weekend

Crosstown traffic will be sluggish all weekend on Mercer Street, where workers will reduce the roadway to just one lane each direction. The job is part of ongoing work to build a new Aurora Avenue North overpass above Mercer Street.  The Seattle Department of Transportation is converting Mercer into a two-way boulevard to include trees, wide…

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October 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

A real scoop: excavation under way at Bertha’s repair pit

Crews had dug down nearly 20 feet as of Wednesday afternoon, as they make a 120-foot-deep vault where tunnel machine Bertha’s front end can be cut open for repairs. Digging started late last week and will continue through November, until about 20,000 cubic yards of soil is removed from within a deep concrete ring that was built this…

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October 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Child hit by car in Chinatown International District

A 3-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by an SUV Tuesday afternoon in the Chinatown International District, according to Seattle police. Police said the accident happened around 12:30 p.m. at 12th Avenue South and South King Street. The child was injured after being struck in the head and arm by a car mirror, said Seattle Fire Department…

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October 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Car collides with Oregon log truck; 2 killed

The Associated Press ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says an Oregon couple died when a Toyota Corolla collided with a log truck. The crash happened Monday afternoon on Nonpareil Road in Sutherlin. According to the sheriff’s office, the Corolla driven by 50-year-old Todd Gilman veered into the oncoming lane and struck the fully loaded log truck. Gilman…

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