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The state Route 520 bridge was the first roadway in Seattle to charge drivers tolls. Photo courtesy of Washington State Dept. of Transportation
The state Route 520 bridge was the first roadway in Seattle to charge drivers tolls. Photo courtesy of Washington State Dept. of Transportation
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:15 AM

Port of Seattle spokesperson Peter McGraw remembered how it took him more than an hour to move six city blocks after a semi-truck carrying fish overturned and blocked all southbound lanes on state Route 99 near the Alaskan Way Viaduct last month.

  • Drivers on southbound state Route 99/Aurora Avenue North should prepare for possible delays at the Aurora Bridge from 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 26. 
  • This weekend, Seattle Department of Transportation crews will resurface areas adjacent to the Interstate 5 northbound on-ramps on Seventh Avenue Northeast at Northeast 45th and Northeast 50th streets, if weather conditions allows. 
  • For whom the roads toll — just about everyone

    Port of Seattle spokesperson Peter McGraw remembered how it took him more than an hour to move six city blocks after a semi-truck carrying fish overturned and blocked all southbound lanes on state Route 99 near the Alaskan Way Viaduct last month.

     
  • In search of a new home

    The unprecedented demand for office and retail space throughout Seattle has forced many nonprofit and government agencies to reassess their need for a desirable downtown address and centralized locations.

     
  • Last season, the Seattle Mariners were playing for respect. This season, they’re playing for their first World Series rings.

     

  • The Seattle Department of Transportation has had three open houses since introducing the Move Seattle proposal across the city. Over the next three weeks, SDOT will host an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback. 
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation's results of a before-and-after study evaluating the effectiveness of safety improvements on Northeast 75th Street between 15th and 35th avenues Northeast indicate the changes have dramatically improved safety.

     
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation has closed lanes in the University District for street and sidewalk restoration work through April 17. 
  • Sound Transit tunneling contractors reached the wall of the future Roosevelt light rail station in mid-March, completing the first 1.5-mile segment of a 4.3-mile tunnel that will serve light rail trains from Northgate Mall to the University of Washington starting in 2021. 
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at Matthews Beach Park because of toxic algae. 
  • The Woodland Park Zoo board of directors has extended its public comment period at the start of its Tuesday, March 31, board meeting
  • Beginning tonight, March 27, work on two major Puget Sound area roadways is expected to affect traffic this weekend. 
  • King County Metro Transit will have experts speak on the future of public transportation in the county during a “visioning” workshop on Tuesday, March 31.

     
  • A SLU of activity
    DJ Woolsey enjoys driving from Wallingford to drop his girlfriend off at work in South Lake Union (SLU). It means he can shoot hoops on the blacktop basketball court surrounded by a chain-link fence and glassy retail space. 
  • When KIRO-TV recently posted architectural drawings for a “new entrance” to the Pike Place Market, a lot of social-media commenters were outraged. Why, they asked, would anyone rip out such an historic Seattle landmark?

     
     
  • House Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. Jamie Pedersen and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Erickson Theater (1524 Harvard Ave.) at Seattle Central College. 
  • The Washington State Department of Transportation is postponing plans for long-term lane closures on state Route 99/Aurora Avenue North originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 11.  
  • Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants and other area advocates urged the City Council to pass a resolution requiring Woodland Park Zoo to retire the elephants to a sanctuary. However, the City Council and Mayor Ed Murray have said they will not block the elephants’ move to Oklahoma. 
  • Beginning as soon as Saturday, March 7, construction crews building the roads leading to the north entrance of the state Route 99 tunnel will close a single lane of SR 99/Aurora Avenue North
  • Seattle Public Utilities will close one northbound lane on Aurora Avenue North beginning Friday, March 6, for one week. 
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