Topic: First Hill Streetcar
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August 15, 2013 at 6:31 PM
Traffic will be diverted in at least three big corridors this weekend as construction crews try to accomplish their summer street work.
- Boren Avenue in Seattle will close from Yesler Way to South Jackson Street — cutting the main street route between First Hill and Beacon Hill — from 7 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, this weekend and next. Workers will be installing electrical lines, setting track, and pouring new concrete for the First Hill Streetcar, to open in 2014. Meanwhile, the Celebrate Little Saigon festival is on the corner of 12th Avenue South and South King Street, on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Highway 99 in Sodo will close from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m Saturday in both directions, so there will be no ramp access to and from the high-level West Seattle Bridge. “We know West Seattle drivers and Hempfest fans are counting on Highway 99 this weekend,” said a statement from engineer Hien Trinh of the state Department of Transportation. ”To help keep drivers moving, all northbound lanes and the ramps to the West Seattle Bridge will reopen by 8 a.m. Saturday.” But from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Highway 99 will be closed immediately south of Spokane Street, so drivers will detour through the Duwamish area using East Marginal Way. The closures are part of a replacement for the 57-year-old, timber supported overpass that crosses railroad tracks near Spokane Street.
- Highway 18 east of Auburn will close eastbound at the Green River Bridge, from 11:59 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, and from 11 p.m Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday, to repair expansion joints. Traffic will be diverted to Auburn-Black Diamond Road.
- The I-5 express lanes will be closed 8 a.m to noon Saturday and Sunday, for routine inspection of the Ship Canal Bridge. The I-90 express lanes will close Sunday from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the Athleta Iron Girl triathlon.
- The I-5 Corson Avenue ramps will close in both directions from 9 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, in the last of three weekend shutdowns to repair expansion joints.
April 23, 2012 at 6:42 AM
Weather: Another beautiful day in Seattle. Highs today will be in the upper 60s or low 70s. The record temperature for this date is 72 degrees, so cross your fingers for a record-breaking day! Compare this to what the Northeast U.S. is experiencing: high winds, rain and even snow in some places. So feel free to partake in a bit of schadenfreude. Here is the National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: Nothing to report so far that might affect your morning commute. Hope it stays that way. The map and cams.
North Bend deadly fire: Law-enforcement officials on Monday continued to search for a man described as a person of interest who lived in a North Bend home with two women whose bodies were discovered Sunday after a fire where the front door had been blocked.
Metro’s big changes: King County Metro Transit is preparing for what it calls the biggest package of route changes in the agency’s history. The winners: riders of the new RapidRide lines. The losers: people who live in some outlying neighborhoods, and disabled riders who strain to reach new stop locations.
Speaking of transit changes: The groundbreaking for the First Hill Streetcar will take place this morning. Track and street construction is expected to start in June. Wherever workers are tearing open and repaving the road, one lane of traffic will be reduced.
Molly Moon’s secrets revealed: Ever wonder what makes Molly Moon’s ice cream so delicious? Recipes for the unique flavors are revealed in a new book. Now you can make salt licorice ice cream at home and avoid the long lines.
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