Showing posts from June, 2019

I saw the sign, and it said "FREE"

By Chris Foster

When drivers input the I-405 convey toll lanes or the SR 167 HOT lanes in early January, they can even additionally just observe a mild change: the toll fee indicators will say "FREE" rather of "OPEN" whilst we're now not charging tolls.

We these days took a recent seem on the indicators and discovered there was an possibility for improvement. So we requested I-405 and SR 167 drivers and heard that virtually 90 percentage of folks agreed that "FREE" made extra sense.

While the brand new message on the indicators ought to be clearer, everything else stays the same. You do now not want a Good To Go! move or a carpool whilst the indicators say "FREE". It's nonetheless unlawful to cross the double white lines, and the toll lanes will function at their typical hours:

Monday by means of Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the I-405 convey toll lanes
Every day from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the SR 167 HOT lanes
When the convey toll lane…

Connecting communities - New SR 518 off-ramp opens in Burien

By Nicole Daniels

The new eastbound SR 518 off-ramp to Des Moines Memorial Drive in Burien officially opened to visitors at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10.

New opportunities are about to turn out to be handy for Burien travelers. On Friday, Jan. 11, a new two-lane off-ramp from eastbound State Route 518 to Des Moines Memorial Drive is scheduled to open.

Quick historical past lesson for anybody unfamiliar with the area: For years, tourists might in basic terms entry Des Moines Memorial Drive by way of metropolis streets and a westbound SR 518 off-ramp. Drivers headed eastbound on SR 518 needed to go out the street and use native streets to entry Des Moines Memorial Drive. Streets that weren’t designed for the heavy automobile and truck traffic.

This new ramp will channel visitors clear of these native streets and supply a extra direct route for cars and vans shifting items among the metropolis of Burien’s Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA), the Port of Seattle and the higher Puget …

New option for the SR 9/SR 204 intersection improvements in Lake Stevens takes center stage

UPDATE 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5: The open house scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 has been postponed due to snow/ice conditions and will be rescheduled for a later date.

By Diana Barreto

The new 12 months usually brings a renewed experience of opportunity and a brand new risk to make investments in improvements. For the Lake Stevens network and Snohomish County drivers, 2019 brings new opportunities to supply enter on a brand new SR 9/SR 204 intersection design. You would possibly be thinking: “Didn’t we already finalize the intersection design?” And the reply is, sure – but we had a few challenges to address.


In summer time 2017, the SR 9/SR 204 intersection improvements mission Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Lake Stevens network reached consensus on a grade-separated intersection design. This layout required digging 30 ft into the flooring to permit loose circulate of SR 9 traffic, without stoplights, beneath SR 204.

Building on network consensus, the venture workforce moved…

SR 99 Tunnel Grand Opening: 5 things to know before you go

By Steve Peer

There's a celebratory pale at equally ends of Seattle's new SR 99 tunnel. We're internet web hosting a family-friendly Grand Opening occasion on February 2 and 3 so friends can discover the brand new tunnel and take pleasure in one final go to at the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Here's what's going on:

Saturday, February 2

The weekend social gathering starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with an 8K fun run. The run, beginning within the shadow of the Space Needle, will take runners by means of the brand new tunnel, onto the viaduct or even by means of the Battery Street Tunnel. Later that morning, we are going to cut the ribbon for the brand new tunnel and release sports which will final all afternoon. Visitors have the possibility to:

Walk by means of and read extra concerning the modern day SR 99 tunnel
Take facet in STEM sports at equally ends of the brand new tunnel
Walk alongside the Alaskan Way Viaduct and think the brand new waterfront
Enjoy an arts pageant an…

The Alaskan earthquake is a reminder of our own earthquake risk

Make 2019 the year you prepare yourself and your familyBy Barbara LaBoe

In November, we watched as Alaska was struck by means of means of a 7.0 earthquake. I grew up in Anchorage and as I watched well-known roads now broken or broken apart, I knew that the photographs might absolutely have been right the following in Washington.

Thankfully, regardless of the potential of the quake, there have been no deaths or primary injures within the Nov. 30 Alaska quake. That's no less than partially as a result of stringent constructing codes enacted after a 9.2 Alaskan earthquake in 1964. Equally exceptional was the velocity with which crews in Alaska got to work repairing the wreckage. Several foremost roads have been broken within the more Anchorage facet and transient upkeep have been in position in roughly a week. Our hats are off to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for his or her stellar work.

Following the earthquake now we now have acquired questions abou…

Against the wind - Picking up bicycling ahead of the viaduct closure and the Seattle Squeeze

By Bart Treece

It's cold. It's darkish outside. It's often rainy and rainy. This is my fact as a motorcycle commuter throughout the winter months within the Pacific Northwest. There are days whilst it be extra of a psychological subject to get out the door because of the conditions, but whilst I end my trip, I'm blissful I did it!

With the prolonged closure of State Route 99 in Seattle delivery Friday night, Jan. 11, getting round city goes to be hard – now not simply for the three-week closure, but for a few years because of construction and adjustments round city throughout the Seattle Squeeze. To preserve the regional transportation gadget moving, we want people to assist us out by making other options to how and whilst they journey because, well, everything is connected. Although incorporating bicycling into your commuting repertoire can appear slightly daunting this time of year, kick-starting a brand new wholesome behavior may assist you energy by capacity of har…

Message is the same: Drive for conditions, especially through work zones

By Cara Mitchell

In this November 2018 blog, we reached out to drivers asking for his or her assist in decreasing collisions on I-5 shut to the State Route 16 interchange in Tacoma. Overwhelmingly, the more-than-200,000 drivers who use this enviornment of I-5 day by day achieve this safely.

However, that would no longer lower the frustration all of us really sense when collisions require crews to shut a highway, rather when that closure impacts a morning or afternoon commute. Yet back Wednesday morning in Tacoma, a collision involving a semi triggered a complete closure of I-5 whereas crews changed broken jersey barrier, eliminated NULL broken semis, eliminated particles from the freeway and cleaned a huge gasoline spill. We recognise drivers are frustrated that this retains happening. We are too.

The lane configuration on I-5 shut to SR 16 is a transient one which has been in position given that May 2018, and can probably be there by capacity of this April. It is permitting construct…