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September 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Get comfortable, it’s going to be a long commute

Stuck in traffic? Find something interesting on the radio, because Wednesday morning’s commute is going to be a long one. Heading south on Interstate 5, from Everett to Seattle, your commute might take nearly 2 1/2 hours; on a normal day it should take only an hour, according to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The Everett-to-Bellevue route…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: rain, slick roads, slow traffic

July 22, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Morning commute a breeze … so far

Update 8:40 a.m. This morning’s commute was a breeze, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Bart Treece, WSDOT spokesman, said the commute is almost identical to Monday’s when traffic volume was two-thirds above normal before 6 a.m., then plummeted to 40 percent below normal the next hour, 60 percent below normal the next two hours,…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: commute, Interstate 90, WSDOT

May 29, 2014 at 7:56 AM

All lanes now open after 5-hour traffic mess,10-mile backup on southbound I-5

    UPDATE 11:30 a.m. |  A half-hour all lanes were reopened, southbound traffic on Interstate 5 was close to moving at a normal speed through downtown Seattle. UPDATE 11 a.m. | All lanes were opened by 11 a.m. UPDATE 10 a.m. | WSDOT says it will be another hour before the closed southbound I-5 lanes reopen to…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: backup traffic, buckled metal, expansion joint

May 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

$5 million contract awarded to clear Highway 530 slide

A Ferndale company has been awarded a $5 million contract to clear mudslide debris off Highway 530, even as those who live closer to the March 22 slide complain that work should have gone to them. IMCO General Construction was the lowest of nine bidders for the job, with a bid of $4,959,924. The state’s engineering…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: #530slide, Ferndale, Highway 530

March 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Weekend highway slowdowns in Seattle and Bellevue

Sections of Highway 99, Interstate 5, I-405, and three major Seattle streets will be partly or fully closed for road work this weekend. Saturday from 4:30 a.m to 7 p.m., the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Highway 99 will close in both directions so crews can study cracks in the columns and girders. A routine March 1 inspection found…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: construction, WSDOT

March 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

WSDOT crews push to reopen North Cascades Highway

State Department of Transportation crews will begin work to reopen the North Cascades Highway on March 31. The road could reopen sometime in May. Snow depths of 10 feet were recorded this week at the Washington Pass summit — double the amount of snow measured there last year, a transportation department news release said. Snow below the Liberty…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: North Cascades Highway, WSDOT

March 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Truck blocking Montlake ramp caused the 8-mile backup on I-5 this morning

A large truck that blocked the Montlake on ramp off eastbound Highway 520, was to blame for long backup in the area this morning. Mike Allende, spokesman for the State Department of Transportation, said a large work truck hit a barrier around 7:45 a.m. and blocked the Montlake exit. “The State Patrol ended up closing the ramp,” he…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: 520, WSDOT

March 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Ferry service out of Seattle delayed after low-speed chase

UPDATE, 10:48 p.m. | Ferry service out of Seattle has resumed at Colman Dock, WSDOT said on its website. The low-speed chase has ended and the driver has been arrested.   ORIGINAL POST | Ferry service to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton is delayed tonight because of police activity at Seattle’s Colman Dock, according to…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Bainbridge Island, WSDOT

March 3, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Snoqualmie Pass reopens across I-90

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. | Snoqualmie Pass has reopened in both directions, according to WSDOT. Traction tires are advised and oversize vehicles are prohibited. The current weather is overcast skies with occasional rain showers. UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. | Snoqualmie Pass, which closed late Sunday night due to heavy snows, downed trees and avalanche danger, is expected to…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: I-90, Snoqualime Pass, WSDOT

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