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April 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Bertha won’t resume tunneling for nearly a year

The world’s biggest tunnel boring machine will remain stuck along the Seattle waterfront until March 2015 — six months later than an earlier Sept. 1 restart goal. Seattle Tunnel Partners will take until late summer just to dig a deep repair shaft lined with vertical concrete pillars. Then comes one of the biggest…

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March 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Man hit crossing Highway 99 in Lynnwood

A man is being treated for life-threatening head injuries and broken legs, after he tried to run across Highway 99 and was hit by a minivan. The crash happened just before 7 p.m. a few blocks south of 148th Street Southwest, in Lynnwood.  The man was moving from east to west. He made it across two…

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March 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Edmonds woman ID’d as Highway 99 crash victim

The woman killed Tuesday morning when her car veered into oncoming traffic on Highway 99 in Lynnwood and collided with another vehicle has been identified. Jeretta C. Graham, 77, of Edmonds, died after her southbound car collided head-on with a second vehicle around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Graham was pronounced…

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March 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Highway 99 bridge in Sodo almost done

In just over a week, a new foam-supported Highway 99 bridge near South Spokane Street will be done, allowing traffic to be restored to two lanes each direction. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is aiming for March 14 to finish the $18 million, 470-foot crossing, where southbound cars currently are limited to one lane…

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February 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

WSDOT says sinking viaduct isn’t a threat

State officials are trying to assuage public worry about the safety of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in the wake of reports that sections of the elevated highway are sagging slightly. The section around Yesler Way has settled up to four-tenths of an inch following work by Seattle Tunnel Partners, said Todd Trepanier, Highway 99 administrator for…

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January 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Rock was just the right size to get stuck in Bertha

A rock or concrete piece that workers found lodged in the Highway 99 tunnel machine cutter head is about 3.5 feet wide, state transportation spokeswoman Laura Newborn said today. That measurement is meaningful for a few reasons. Tunnel machine Bertha is designed to digest boulders of up to 3 feet in diameter, by pulling them through the conveyor system….

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January 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Saturday Memo: Machinists say yes … A pipe blocks Bertha … Pay raise for Seattle workers

Weather: Glistening, sunny, in the 40s. The National Weather Service forecast Boeing: A divided Machinists union accepted Boeing’s contract proposal Friday by a slim 51 percent. The deal passed despite a full-throated Vote No campaign led by the union’s local leadership. As the result was announced inside the Seattle union hall filled with Machinists…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: $15-an-hour minimum wage, bertha, Boeing

December 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Saturday Memo: Mercer closed … Inslee wants Boeing vote … Health-insurance advice

Weather: All in all, not bad today (have you looked around the country?). High 40s and cloudy. Traffic: Stretches of Aurora Avenue North and eastbound Mercer Street will be closed to traffic until 5 a.m. Monday. Aurora Avenue North is closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel. Here’s a…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Boeing, Gov. Jay Inslee, highway 99

November 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Feds: Tunnel contractor, state failing to hire women and minorities

Seattle Tunnel Partners and the state Department of Transportation have failed to make a good-faith effort to meet their hiring goals for small businesses owned by minorities and women, according to a report issued today by the Federal Highway Administration. With the job roughly one-third complete, the tunnel contractors have paid out only 1 percent of…

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October 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM

All Highway 99 lanes reopen in South Seattle after rollover crash

UPDATE 8:36 a.m | All lanes of Highway 99 at South Lander Street reopened by about 8:30 this morning after a rollover crash shut down the roadway two hours earlier. A Seattle Fire Department spokesman said two people were injured in the  crash and one was hospitalized. ORIGINAL POST Coming from the south? Expect major traffic slowdowns getting…

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