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December 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM
It took more than two hours for authorities to deal with a crash on the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Friday morning, aggravating thousands of bus riders and drivers entering Seattle from points south.
The collision happened at 6:29 a.m. northbound, between the stadiums and Seneca Street, fire dispatch logs say. Matt Leber, known as Velo Bus Driver, tweeted that he passed a crashed van soon after and saw the airbag deployed and the driver waiting for firefighters. Afterward, a lane was blocked and the van wasn’t towed away until around 8:45 a.m.
Police officers reported that a driver hit a viaduct guardrail and the vehicle spun to face the wrong direction, but there were no injuries, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
Spillover congestion reached Fourth Avenue South and First Avenue South back to Georgetown, also affecting traffic on Interstate 5. King County Metro Transit rerouted its buses a few minutes before 8 a.m., and the RapidRide C Line diverted to the Fourth Avenue South loop ramp, only to be stuck among solo drivers there.
This despite the fact that Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) deploys several Incident Response Team (IRT) trucks and says they can clear freeways in an average of 13 minutes.
The state IRTs can respond to callouts on Highway 99, but they “were fairly slammed” while responding to several other collisions and spinouts, said WSDOT spokesman Travis Phelps. While city police didn’t ask the state for help, he said, “We knew there was an incident on 99.”
A Seattle traffic officer called out a private tow truck and waited for it to move the wreck, following normal procedure, said Jamieson. Officers noticed fluid on the road deck, so cleanup could have made the response take longer, he said.
Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer told West Seattle Blog that buses weren’t rerouted immediately because at first they were able to squeeze past the accident scene. Traffic was further crimped by a crash on northbound I-5 at Mercer Street, he said. Marybeth Turner, Seattle Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said she herself was caught on a Route 122 bus from Burien for an hour, so had limited details.
Friday evening traffic is also likely to be a mess because of Christmas carolers singing in the street at Westlake Center and a Pearl Jam concert at Key Arena.
September 23, 2013 at 8:41 AM
The Associated Press
The world’s largest tunnel boring machine has resumed digging its way under downtown Seattle.
Worked resumed at 4:48 a.m. Monday, after being shut down since Aug. 20 by a labor dispute, said Transportation Department spokeswoman KaDeena Yerkan. The Longshore union had put up a picket line in a dispute with another union over four jobs moving excavated dirt.
Yerkan says operators have some options for making up the lost time.
The tunnel project is part of the state’s overall $3.1 billion plan to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the double deck highway along the downtown Seattle waterfront.
The $80 million machine known as Bertha began digging July 30 on a nearly 2-mile tunnel project expected to take 14 months. The 58-foot diameter tunnel is scheduled to open in late 2015.
March 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM
There’s the potential for some traffic snarls this weekend around the Sodo stadiums, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and on I-5, so be prepared and plan ahead.
Here’s a list of what’s happening:
- The Viaduct is closed from 6 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, for its routine semi-annual inspection.
- The on-ramp from the West Seattle Bridge route (elevated Spokane Street) to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, to repair expansion joints between the elevated bridge spans.
- Sounders FC play a match Saturday night at CenturyLink Field, against the Montreal Impact, drawing an expected 40,000 fans.
- Emerald City Comicon runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, bringing 19,000 people to the state convention center.
- A running event, the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, will close the Aurora Bridge on Sunday from 6:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., and draw up to 12,000 people to Seattle Center and surrounding streets.
- Three of four southbound lanes of I-5, from Green Lake to the Ship Canal Bridge, will close Friday night and Saturday night, from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m., for pavement regrinding.
The state Department of Transportation’s homepage about weekend closures, and the DOT’s traffic app, can be found here.
August 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM
The northbound lanes of Highway 99 were closed at the Alaskan Way Viaduct for more than 2 1/2 after a semi-truck overturned late this morning.
One southbound lane also was closed as crews worked to right the overturned truck, according to Seattle police.
The accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. at milepost 32, according to the state Department of Transportation.
All lanes were re-opened shortly after 1 p.m. this afternoon, according to WSDOT.
July 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM
Weekend events will bring road closures or traffic congestion to the area Saturday and Sunday, so here’s a heads-up.
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the Seafair Torchlight Run will close northbound SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel. When the run is over, the stretch between South Royal Brougham Way and the Battery Street Tunnel will reopen, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The portion of northbound SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and South Royal Brougham Way will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday for construction.
Then, at 7:30 p.m., the Seafair Torchlight Parade begins and travels along several downtown streets, so be prepared for traffic congestion throughout the area.
At 1:10 p.m. Sunday, the Mariners host the Kansas City Royals at Safeco Field, so be prepared for the congestion that can bring.
Finally, from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday, southbound SR 99 will close between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridgefor Alaskan Way Viaduct reinforcement work.
May 21, 2012 at 6:50 AM
Weather: In case you missed it, it’s been raining for a couple of days and we’re in for more, especially today. Rain or drizzle is forecast for tomorrow through Thursday (We warned you on Saturday.) And the highs aren’t expected to get out of the 50s until Friday. Spring, oh spring, where art thou? By the way, it was too cloudy to see the annular solar eclipse in Seattle Sunday, but here’s a photo gallery of the event. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Viaduct open: The Alaskan Way Viaduct opened as scheduled this morning. It was closed all weekend for construction work.
Shoreline killing arrest: The 20-year-old man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl as she sat in a vehicle in a Shoreline apartment complex parking last week turned himself in just after midnight today. Joseph Cooley, who is sitting in King County Jail today, was wanted in connection with the death of Tiana Montgomery, a 17-year-old Shorecrest High School student.
Mount Everest and Mount McKinley climbing tragedies: Three climbers have died and two are missing on the world’s highest mountain, and one climber died on Mount McKinley in Alaska over the weekend. None of the climbers is from Washington state, but many climbers from this state have climbed or attempted to climb both peaks.
Gasoline prices continue to climb, and we continue to be befuddled why. The average price of a gallon in the state is $4.24, up 4 cents in a week, says the AAA, Meanwhile, the cost of a gallon dropped 4 cents nationally. Huh??? Here’s the skinny in our state: Bellingham $4.40, Bremerton $4.24, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $4.28, Tacoma $4.27, Olympia $4.29, Vancouver $4.24, Yakima $4.18, Tri-Cities $4.12, and Spokane $3.97.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Jon Kitna’s greatest play: NFL QB to high-school math teacher
- ‘Just amazing’ rescue saves boy from plunge into Wallace Falls
- Former Seattle school official Dan Riley and wife die after car accident
- Recession Generation hit hard in struggle to adulthood
- Mariners earn sweep of Rockies with 6-4 victory
May 16, 2012 at 6:54 AM
Weather: We’re returning to what Seattle is really like in May, with temperatures in the mid-60s, at least today. It might only reach 60 tomorrow. We’re certain you enjoyed the sun Monday and Tuesday. We sure did. At least it’s not expected to rain today, but it might Friday. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
A 17-year-old girl is dead and an 18-year-old boy with her is in critical condition after being shot while in an SUV in Richmond Beach in Shoreline early this morning. We’ll keep you posted on developments.
Swimming in dangerous water: The search for a 16-year-old teen missing in the Chehalis River has been unsuccessful. The teen was with friends when he went under and didn’t surface. Authorities are expected to decide what to do this morning. We’ve said it before: The water this time of year is fast, cold and unforgiving. And why is it that teens appear unable to resist swimming across lakes and rivers?
Viaduct closed this weekend: The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed in both directions from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday so construction crews can shore up a two-block section above what will become the new tunnel. The portion to be closed runs from the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel to the West Seattle Bridge, according to the state Transportation Department. Expect congestion on the roads elsewhere.
Historic fire station sold: The old No. 37 Fire Station in West Seattle has sold for $613,000. The city put the property on the market back in September and set the minimum bid at $250,000. The city will net almost $580,000, which will go to into a levy fund. Some of that money is used to upgrade, renovate or replace existing fire stations. Have you ever slid down a firehouse pole? We have …
Malnourished boy: You might remember we told you about the 2-year-old boy in Moses Lake who was found so malnourished that he weighed just ten pounds. Authorities now have more details in the case: the youngster had no hair or muscle tone, and his body temperature was only 89 degrees.
Red Sox sock it to the M’s: As in the Mariners were shut out by in Boston. A bit of offense wouldn’t hurt, hey guys?
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Broad new layoffs at T-Mobile USA, 900 jobs cut | Brier Dudley’s Blog
- Catholic bishops’ newest target: Girl Scouts of America | Nicole Brodeur
- Drivers fill up with pain as state gas prices soar
- Hard-edged manager Eric Wedge walks a fine line with fledgling Mariners | Jerry Brewer
- Wash. man bitten by rattlesnake at Washington Wal-Mart
April 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously today to prepare a property-tax bond measure for the November ballot to fund reconstruction of the waterfront seawall.
Council member Jean Godden said the seawall is badly deteriorated and has a 1-in-10 chance of collapsing in a significant earthquake during the next 10 years.
The council will spend the next two months evaluating the scope and dollar amount of the bond measure to send to voters. City transportation staff last week gave a preliminary estimate of $300 million to replace the seawall, which is being devoured by bore worms and gribbles, a marine crustacean. The original seawall, which holds back Elliott Bay and supports Alaskan Way and the Highway 99 viaduct, was built between 1919 and 1936 and was meant to last about 50 years.
The city is trying to coordinate the work with construction of the new Highway 99 tunnel, which will replace the viaduct. The cost estimate doesn’t include additional improvements to the waterfront, such as rebuilding the city-owned piers 62 and 63, which are also badly deteriorated and no longer safe for public access.
March 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM
What will Seattle’s waterfront look like in five years?
That’s the issue at the heart of an episode of City Inside/Out on Seattle Channel Cable 21 at 7 p.m. tonight.
In a few months, city officials will be given a design concept of what the waterfront might look like once the Alaskan Way Viaduct is completely down in 2016 and the tunnel is a reality.
What do folks want the waterfront to look like? How about businesses?
City Inside/Out, hosted by Brian Callanan, pays a visit to longtime waterfront institution, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on Pier 54, and owner Andy James. You’ll also hear from Marshall Foster, city of Seattle planning director; Maggie Walker, co-chair of the Central Waterfront Committee; and Cary Moon, director of the People’s Waterfront Coalition.
If you miss tonight’s episode, you can catch it anytime online.
December 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM
Here are the top 10 news terms searched for by seattletimes.com readers this year. They mostly reflect the largest news stories of the year, except possibly for the omission of “Japan earthquake” and “tsunami.”
1. Amanda Knox
6. Darren Berg
Here’s a word cloud showing the relative popularity of our top internal search terms:
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