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October 14, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Traffic messy in slow morning commute

Several minor crashes and stalls — and in some cases no obvious reasons at all — slowed the morning commute throughout the Puget Sound region, where roads were wet from heavy overnight rain. The state transportation department reported commutes double and sometimes triple — or more — the normal time Tuesday morning. A crash on southbound Interstate 5…

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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 14, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Overnight brush fire causing large backup on Interstate 5

UPDATE 7:55 a.m. |Firefighters will likely be on the scene of the brush fire most of the morning, spraying any remaining hot spots, said Don Barberie of the Kent Fire Department, the lead agency on the fire. The fire, reported by motorists, broke out shortly before midnight and ran about 200 yards along the side of…

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June 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Police to angry commuters, sports fans: ‘Good reason’ for traffic jam

Seattle police today said they regret any inconvenience for drivers when they ordered Highway 99 closed while investigating an injury accident south of the West Seattle Bridge on Tuesday afternoon, creating a nightmare for commuters and people trying to get into the city for a Mariners game. But they asked people to keep things in perspective. “There…

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March 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Darrington commuters brace for lengthy journey

ARLINGTON– Families commuting between Arlington and Darrington for work and school are struggling to come to terms with the roadblock on state Highway 530 created by last Saturday’s mudslide. Jeff Voter, a fence repairman who lives in Darrington, says that his family is beginning to grasp the emotional and financial toll of a long and circuitous detour between…

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December 10, 2013 at 5:56 AM

No big snow in Puget Sound area; warmer weather coming

Seattle area commuters are getting a break this morning,  as the much-feared snowfall failed to materialize in most of the area,  and warmer temperatures are on the way. Light snow was reported falling about 6 a.m. in areas of Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties, and a 30 percent chance of snow remains in the forecast for the Puget…

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September 25, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Wednesday Memo: Dogs and stabbings … Baristas lose bikinis … Mmmm, lasagna

National Weather Service forecast News has gone to the dogs:  Kent police dog stabbed in domestic-violence investigation Pit-bull mix credited with getting help for stabbing victim Nearly nude baristas: Now that we have the attention of a few of you … Some 200 people in Spokane Valley want the city council…

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September 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Commuters in the mist: foggy prelude to a sunny week

In this view north from the South Holgate Street overpass, traffic at left heads south out of downtown Seattle in thick fog during Monday morning’s early commute. On a clear day, the city skyline would be visible. The fog is expected to burn off midday, with a sunny afternoon and temperatures in the high…

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September 6, 2013 at 6:06 AM

A break from the rain this morning, but showers will continue this afternoon

Work crews examine a large sinkhole near the intersection of South 96th Street and 8th Avenue South in Burien on Friday. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times) After all the rain and lightning overnight, the Seattle area will dry out for a few hours, according to the National Weather Service. “We’re kind of in a…

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