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December 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Chart: Everett-Seattle traffic busts the bus schedule

Not only are Seattle area freeway trips getting slower, they’ve also been highly unpredictable lately, as this three-year chart by bus commuter Tim Ellis shows. Ellis rides the Sound Transit 510 bus, and he plotted weekday trip times from the I-5 Broadway Avenue onramp (two minutes south of Everett Station) to the I-5 Stewart Street exit in…


Comments | Topics: Community Transit, i-5, Tim Ellis

November 25, 2014 at 7:06 AM

NB Highway 99 reopens after accident in Battery Street Tunnel

UPDATE, 6:24 a.m. | The accident in the Battery Street Tunnel has cleared and all lanes are open, but long delays are expected as traffic begins to clear, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. ORIGINAL POST | A collision at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday closed all northbound lanes of Highway 99 through the Battery Street tunnel…


Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: Interstate 5, Traffic

November 6, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Traffic: Heavy rain contributes to already bad commute

One of the vehicles involved in the I-5 crash. (Chris Webb / Washington State Patrol) UPDATE, 9 a.m. | The Everett-to-Seattle commute is now up to 130 minutes, the same as Tuesday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Seattle Department of Transportation reports two stalls on the West Seattle Bridge before Delridge, adding to…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: rain, Traffic

October 30, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Two crashes on northbound I-5 snarl traffic

The crash on northbound I-5 at the MLK exit. (Washington State Department of Transportation) UPDATE, 9:15 a.m. | The accidents have cleared, according to the WSDOT. UPDATE, 7:20 a.m. | The northbound I-5 backup near Martin Luther King, Jr. Way is about five miles as the two right lanes remain blocked from the earlier collision, according to…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Federal Way, i-5, Traffic

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…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: commute, Traffic

September 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM

New bottleneck starts tonight near Seattle’s Mercer Street

Cars and bikes will have to merge together this week on southbound Dexter Avenue North, which is being narrowed to just one lane starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, until Friday morning, for a sewer project. Work will take place between Roy and Mercer streets in the booming South Lake Union area. The Seattle Department of Transportation…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Seattle, South Lake Union, Traffic

August 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Local Sasquatch hunters, and other stuff you might have missed this week

The weirdest stories on this week ran the gamut from mythical creatures up for debate to actual creatures out for a stroll. It was also a week of extremes: record heat, record rainfall (thanks, nature!), and what are likely some of the highest Web traffic numbers a year-old Times story has ever gotten (thanks, Facebook!). Read…


Comments | More in List, Roundups, Weird news | Topics: Bellevue, bigfoot, Chicken

July 29, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Lanes of I-405 at SR 167 in Renton are open after morning crash

UPDATE:  6:45 a.m. | The HOV lanes are open at the crash site, according to WSDOT. ORIGINAL POST: A crash on northbound I-405 at Highway 167 in Renton has closed all lanes, according to the state Transportation Department. However, traffic was squeezing by on the left shoulder. WSDOT says you can bypass the accident scene by taking the exit…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: crash, I-405, SR 167

July 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Early warning: 4 days of Highway 99 closures in August

Portions of Highway 99 in central Seattle will close in late August for two days of repairs in Sodo and a four-day bridge removal near Seattle Center. The work starts late Friday, Aug. 22 and wraps up at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. The state’s project homepage is here. The plan: An overpass where Aurora Avenue North…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Highway 99 tunnel, Mercer Corridor Project, Traffic

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