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September 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM
The express lanes of Interstate 5 will point north all weekend to help relieve traffic pressure while two northbound lanes of the main freeway are closed for deck and joint repairs, near Lake Union. Information on the closed freeway can be found here.
And the state Department of Transportation just issued two fresh updates about freeway mainline: The I-5 work Friday night has been delayed an hour, until 10 p.m., to make room for fans to leave that evening’s Sounders FC game. And Thursday night, the traffic lanes will be reduced at Lake Union for some overnight prep work until early Friday.
This weekend, when the express lanes make their switch to northbound on Friday, they’ll stay that way until 4:15 a.m. Monday, then return to a normal weekday schedule where morning traffic can take express lanes southbound by 5 a.m.
Of course, this means southbound traffic entering Seattle will stagnate by Saturday and Sunday morning, instead of around 1:30 p.m. when the express lanes switch is typically made from southbound to northbound. Two lanes of the four-lane mainline will close northbound at Olive Way to Lakeview Boulevard East all weekend — and during the daytime, lane reductions will continue all the way across the Ship Canal Bridge.
Meanwhile, the I-90 express lanes will point west all weekend until 6:30 p.m. Sunday — then revert eastbound by 7:30 p.m., to drain traffic after the 5:30 p.m. Seahawks game in Seattle. The Highway 520 toll bridge will be closed until 9 a.m. Sunday, making 520 available for football fans before and after game time.
Motorists are advised to leave early, to carpool, detour, or avoid trips. King County Metro Transit will move its Highway 520 routes to I-90 while the 520 bridge is closed. Riders can find updates by typing their route numbers in the place provided in this transit website.
For more background, here is a state Department of Transportation posting, “Why are the Express Lanes going the wrong way?”
February 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM
The State Route 520 floating bridge over Lake Washington will be closed for construction until 5 a.m. Sunday.
The Washington State Department of Transportation closed both lanes of the span for construction at 11:15 p.m. Friday.
The closure is in effect between Montlake Boulevard and Interstate 405.
June 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Five senior staffers will be suspended without pay for allowing beer to be consumed in an administrative office of the Highway 520 floating bridge project, contracting company Kiewit announced this morning.
The suspensions are “more than one day,” said Tom Janssen, spokesman for the Omaha-based company, which is partnering at four worksites to build bridge columns, pontoons, anchors and road decks. Two senior project managers, a senior vice president, and two employees of partner Manson Construction Co. will lose pay. Lower-ranking office employees who possessed or consumed alcohol will receive “letters of counseling,” and approximately 55 employees in the Bellevue office will attend training sessions with one or more expert speakers.
Hundreds of others, including workers building the pontoons at Grays Harbor, are being reminded about the company’s no-alcohol policy, Janssen said. State and company officials say there is no evidence of alcohol use in construction zones.
Janssen didn’t use the word deterrent, but the high-level suspensions seem intended to prevent a lax attitude from spreading into safety-critical portions of the bridge replacement. “We want to make sure the citizens of Washington know they can be confident in the quality and safety of this important project,” the statement concludes.
Kiewit’s investigation found that alcohol was usually bought with personal money, but a few times with company funds for special events. Drinking usually happened after work, but some had beer during “end of day office administrative tasks” such as returning e-mails or filing time cards, the firm said.
The inquiries were sparked by a report by KOMO television news, using hidden-camera footage, that showed employees drinking beer in the office.
The state Department of Labor and Industries is investigating, and commentary by the state Department of Transportation can be found here.
October 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM
With demolition underway, the Alaskan Way Viaduct was closed to traffic Saturday morning. Sections were open to the public to walk the upper deck. A roller derby team and motorcycle stunt team had access to their own sections of the viaduct for 30 minutes.
Here are 360-degree panoramic views from below and on top of the viaduct during it’s closure. (More panoramas available after the jump).
October 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM
UPDATE AT 5:39 P.M.: A man in his 20s suffered a head injury and leg and ankle fractures Wednesday after he was pinned to a concrete shoring wall by a drilling machine at a construction site on Seattle’s First Hill, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Department spokesman Kyle Moore said it took less than 10 minutes to free the man, who was trapped in a pit inside a parking garage that is under construction in the 700 block of Marion Street. The man’s feet were dangling about six feet off the ground, and firefighters freed him after helping him maneuver his body around part of the machine, he said.
According to construction workers at the scene, a chain broke, causing the drilling machine to lurch forward, pinning the man “between the wall and the machine” just before 1:30 p.m., Moore said. The man, who was alert and talking to rescuers, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.
ORIGINAL POST, 1:41 PM:
From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:
Seattle firefighters extricated a man who was pinned against a wall by a piece of drilling machinery at a construction site at Seventh Avenue and Madison Street on Wednesday afternoon.
The department’s heavy-rescue team was called to the scene just before 1:30 p.m. and freed the man minutes later, though it was not immediately known if or how badly the man was injured. The incident occurred at a parking garage under construction, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the fire department.
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