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December 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Collisions and some slick streets produced several traffic headaches for Seattle motorists during today’s morning commute.
An accident on northbound Highway 99 near the sports stadiums took about two hours to clear, resulting in backups on 99 and the West Seattle Bridge, according to reports.
September 25, 2013 at 6:52 AM
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Nearly nude baristas: Now that we have the attention of a few of you … Some 200 people in Spokane Valley want the city council to deal with operators of a coffee stand featuring nearly nude baristas as if it were adult entertainment. The place, called the XXXtreme Espresso, features “Topless Tuesdays and Thursdays.” Opponents say youngsters and families can see some of the partially undressed women from the street. The Spokesman-Review has the story.
Got car? Not so much: Columnist Danny Westneat notes that Seattle is now one of five cities in the country where more than half of the commuters no longer drive solo to the office. It isn’t carpooling, however. See what he has to say.
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September 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM
The Associated Press
Summer may be in its final weeks, but forecasters say it will make itself felt with above-normal temperatures this week.
The National Weather Service expects the highest temperatures — 15 to 20 degrees above average on Wednesday and Thursday.
Highs are forecast in the 80s in Western Washington and 90s in Eastern Washington.
Clouds are expected to return to Western Washington by Friday to cool things off to the 70s by the weekend.
September 6, 2013 at 6:06 AM
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 little break here in the metro area, but there’s another batch coming down from the north. The amount of rain this afternoon is not going to cause any problems,” said meterologist Dana Felton.
Felton said that light showers will continue tomorrow. A stretch of warm weather will kick off Sunday, with temperatures in the Seattle building into the low-80s by the middle of next week.
At Sea-Tac, 1.73 inches of rain fell between 5 a.m Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday – breaking the record of 1.5 inches, Felton said.
KING5 is reporting that a street buckled in Burien at South 96th Street and Eighth Avenue South. The street sank about six feet and the hole was about 30 feet long and 12 feet wide.
Tomorrow, we’re looking at just a 30 percent chance of showers and then some sun later in the day and a high of 73 degrees.
Sunday looks even better: mostly sunny and a high of 76.
October 31, 2012 at 8:13 AM
Wet weather, standing water and clumps of leaves on the roadways have left commuters plugging along at a snails-pace this morning.
It’s starting and stopping and very slow moving in many places, especially from Everett to Bellevue where the typical 44 minute commute has stretched to 106 minutes, says Washington State Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Treece.
Commuters heading from Lynnwood to Seattle should expect a 47 minute commute; the average is 32 minutes.
“It’s a little rough this morning,” Treece said. “On wet road, people drive differently. There’s a lot of water on the road, people are driving slower.”
“We’re seeing a lot of water, not an extraordinary amount of collisions, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Judson. “There’s standing water in all of the dips and valleys,” she said of traffic in King County. “People are slowing down. The fastest moving vehicle is 60. They’re trying to make the proper adjustments.”
Trooper Keith Leary said that in Snohomish County motorists are also paying close attention to the road.
“The ones who are getting into crashes are following too close or driving too fast for conditions,” Leary said.
July 25, 2012 at 7:45 AM
The President of the United States will leave Seattle Wednesday morning after an evening of fundraisers in the Hunt’s Point neighborhood.
His departure is sure to cause just as many traffic problems as when he arrived the day before.
Security is tighter for the departure, and all Washington State Department of Transportation cameras will be blocked as the presidential motorcade travels from Bellevue to Boeing Field.
The motorcade is expected to transport Obama to Boeing Field around 9:30 a.m., where he will depart in Air Force One.
It’s not yet known which route the president will take — Interstate 405 to Interstate 90 or SR 520 to Interstate 5. However, rolling closures can be expected.
As a result, morning commuters will see the most congestion between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
President Obama and his security team spent Tuesday night at the Hilton in Bellevue.
January 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM
While most major Puget Sound roadways were wet and bare during the early commute Monday morning, officials cautioned that there are some slick areas — especially on side streets and highway ramps, and on major roads through Everett and Marysville.
A bigger concern for drivers may be the afternoon commute and conditions over the next few days, as much more snow is expected, said Marybeth Turner, a spokeswomanfor the city’s department of transportation. Turner said officials will meet to come up with a plan later this morning.
For now, officials recommended drivers go slowly and be mindful of conditions, which could change quickly.
“We really encourage people to drive for the conditions and reduce their speed,” Washington Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Olsen said.
In Seattle, just six roads were partially closed at 8:30 a.m., said Turner: First Avenue; 23rd Avenue South and South McClellan Street; South Spokane Street and South Columbia Way; South Holgate Street and Beacon Avenue South; South Holgate Street and 14th Avenue South; and East Denny Way and Melrose Avenue).
Eighteen city crews worked throughout the night, when many more roads had been closed, Turner said. The crews are still out using granular salt and liquid de-icer to make the roads safer.
Turner directed residents to the city’s new snow response route map, which shows which roads that crews have worked on most recently.
January 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Snow may be headed our way. Exactly when, how much and how long it will last – that remains to be seen.
Beginning Saturday evening, “the conditions will be ripe for snow, but accumulations are difficult to pin down,” said Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski.
He said the Puget Sound area is not likely to see a big dump of snow, but instead will see “isolated scattered showers, and some of those could produce snow.”
By Sunday, a 50 percent chance of snow is in the forecast. “These showers will be the hit-or-miss type,” he said. “Some place could see an inch or two and some places might not get any.”
The good news for commuters is that the snow may be polite enough to stick around only during the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
A warming trend is expected to arrive Tuesday, with snow showers giving way to rain.
It’s possible that it still might be cold enough to snow on the Tuesday afternoon commute, but that’s too far away for a detailed snow forecast, Michalski said.
January 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM
UPDATE: 12:40 p.m.
Highway 520 across Lake Washington was “pretty wide open” during this morning’s commute as thousands of drivers switched to Interstate 90 or took other measures to avoid tolls, said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.
The trip across 520 was about five minutes faster than usual, I-90 about five minutes slower — until a truck dropped part of its load of rebar, snarling the eastbound commute – Hammond said. Overall, the number of vehicles crossing Lake Washington or going around its north end was about 10 percent below a normal weekday.
The drop in overall traffic may have reflected more people extending their New Year’s vacation, taking the bus instead of driving, or staying home, Hammond said.
Congestion on I-90 and Highway 522 could be worse during the afternoon commute, when volumes typically are higher, said Craig Stone, state tolling director.
Officials closely watched the morning commute to see how it would be impacted by tolling on the 520 bridge. The tolls, which cost up to $3.50 plus a $1.50 surcharge for those without state-issued Good to Go stickers during rush hour, began Dec. 29, but that was during the holiday week between Christmas and New Years.
Nearly 13,000 vehicles crossed the 520 bridge between 5 and 9 a.m., said Patricia Michaud, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. That’s about 30 percent lower than before tolling began. About 80 percent of them had state-issued Good to Go stickers that automatically pay tolling fees, she said.
Meanwhile, alternate routes like Interstate 90 and State Route 522 appeared in good shape during the early commute. Officials had expected rush hour on those roads to start earlier and end later.
Bill Cadwallader, who commutes across I-90 from Belleveue’s Enetai neighborhood to work at the South Lake Union biotech firm Kineta, said it was “tough to say” if traffic was heavier than usual, because traffic was backed up due to a semi that lost part of its load on Mercer Island. “Once I cleared the backup it was smooth sailing,” Cadwallader said.
While drivers reported a relatively smooth trip, some bus riders said they had less leg room.
Jenna Badu-Antwi said that was the case on the 545 bus between Redmond and Seattle.
“There’s usually about 10 people or so on the bus before I get on and today the bus had only two seats open,” the marketing coordinator at Colliers International wrote in an email while on board the bus. “The ride itself is OK, just not as comfortable as before since bus is overcrowded.”
Linda Thielke, a spokeswoman for King County Metro, said she had also heard reports of “cozy” buses, although she did not yet have any numbers.
The agency is expecting ridership to pick up 15 percent as a result of the tolls, Thielke said.
January 3, 2012 at 8:04 AM
About 37 percent fewer drivers than normal crossed the 520 bridge between 6 and 7 a.m. this morning, transportation officials said.
Some 2,600 vehicles crossed during that time, compared with the typical 4,200, said Patty Michaud, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. About 85 percent of them had state-issued Good to Go stickers that automatically pay tolling fees, she said.
The decline is roughly in line with estimates on the impact tolling would have on the bridge, which costs drivers up to $3.50 — plus a $1.50 surcharge for those without the stickers — during rush hour. When the tolling began Dec. 29, traffic was down even more at nearly 50 percent, but that was during the holiday week between Christmas and New Years.
Today is the first post-holiday commute since the tolling began.
Officials were closely watching other major roads, including Interstate 90, to see how they would be impacted by drivers changing their routines to avoid the tolls.
But early this morning, there were no reports of significant delays.
“It’s looking pretty typical so far but it’s still early,” said Michaud, although she added she had no hard numbers. “We’re still watching.”
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