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How’s traffic in Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel?

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By Laura Newborn

A little extra than NULL months ago, the brand new SR 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle opened within the center of a collection of record-breaking snowstorms. The weather, blended with last SR 99 off-ramp construction, made it difficult to understand what type of a visitors tale was rising on this new SR 99 corridor. Now that we've a number of extra weeks of information underneath our belt, we're beginning to get a higher image of what number of drivers are utilizing the tunnel. During this toll-free time, what are we seeing?



Weekly tunnel use

Tunnel utilization is increasing over time. We at the moment are measuring virtually 500,000 journeys every week (Monday-Sunday).

Daily tunnel use
The tunnel is seeing more than 70,000 daily trips Monday-Friday. The busiest days so far are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Comparing the tunnel to the Alaskan Way Viaduct
Comparing the brand new tunnel's utilization to utilization of the Alaskan Way Viaduct isn…

Noticeable progress on I-5 construction near JBLM

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By Lauren Wheeler

Spring is right right here bringing longer days, hotter climate and larger growth on improvements alongside the I-5 hall close to Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord as edge of the I-5 - Steilacoom-DuPont Road to Thorne Lane Corridor Improvements project.



Construction at the Berkeley Street overpass, also recognized because the Freedom Bridge, started in October 2018, and the tell-tale indicators of the brand new format are visible to tourists on I-5. Crews put in off-ramp and bridge piers, poured bridge abutment structures, and simply lately put in the bridge’s 35 girders to aid the brand new overpass deck.



The new overpass spans all lanes of I-5 and the adjoining rail line, raising site visitors over the trains. The measurement of the brand new overpass is eye establishing in contrast to the present format that was constructed in 1954. This new overpass needed to meet top requirements over the railroad. Crews may also increase the elevation of I-5 at Berkeley Str…

Our role in helping protect our species

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By Ann Briggs and Mike Allende

Today, April 22, is Earth Day and the subject matter this 12 months is "Protect Our Species." The purpose of the crusade is to increase awareness of the accelerating price of loss in plant and wildlife populations on account of habitat destruction, pollution, local weather change, pesticides and different human-related activities.

The transportation sector is guilty for extra than 42 percentage of the state's carbon emissions - a challenge for all people as we see, trip and plan for the results of local weather change. Here in Washington state, we're typically reminded of the have got to defend our resident orca whales, salmon, pollinators and different wildlife as properly because the habitats they rely on for his or her continued existence.

Being nice stewards of the environment is vitally most very very main to our agency. But how are we doing that? Here's only a quantity of examples of how we assist hold and boost habitats to d…

Walk, roll, connect: Active Transportation Plan update now underway

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By Barb Chamberlain

When individual asks you to get concerned in a planning job — particularly a long-range statewide job — you may surprise why you ought to bother, considering the fact that real swap is a lengthy method down the road. Why ought to you care sufficient to take a 10-minute survey at the state Active Transportation Plan replace by means of capability of June 30, 2019?



A few reasons:

Because decisions about how and the place of us ought to be capable to walk, use their wheelchair, or journey a bicycle conveniently and appropriately soar with you telling us that topics to you.
Because nothing will get funded, designed, and constructed with out being in a few plan, somewhere. (This capability you ought to get concerned on your native and regional plans, too — we soar with those.)
Because our state plan shapes how we work with our companions within the cities and areas the place you stay and transfer round each day, and can assist us agree on shared priorities.
This survey …

Working behind the scenes to keep our fleet running

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By Joseph Calabro

Imagine you are one in every of our repairs crews. It's 20 ranges outdoor and also you are using a snow plow throughout this previous February's snow storm. And then, boom, a flat tire! Snow is constructing up, conditions are getting worse and also you have to get moving. Who do you call?



Our fine workforce of mechanics, of course.



Referred to internally as "TEF" (Transportation Equipment Fund), our mechanics are one in every of our true unsung heroes, highly throughout our most fresh winter storms.

Our mechanics sustain the tools our Incident Response Team (IRT) and upkeep crews use in nice working order. The crew also continues tools applied through way of our ferries, our visitors signs and road lighting.



Using 35 restore retailers and 130 gasoline stations statewide, workers is accessible 24/7 to sustain our tools up, working and in a position to reply to no matter climate comes our way. Yes, this even capacity the occasional call-out within the…

A dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it

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By Joe Calabro

They instructed me it might be gross. They stated it belonged on that present "Dirty Jobs." I'd be included in dirt, and really experience it my teeth, they warned.

They were right.

Twice a year, we lengthen the hole of the I-5 exhibit lanes by way of Seattle for a specific kind of weekend maintenance. Crews use the morning closures to blank the drains at the Ship Canal Bridge. These drains, recognized as scuppers, gather no matter comes off the I-5 mainline and by way of the expansion joints.



If we do now not blank the drains regularly, water can spill out the aspects or discover its option to the exhibit lanes, creating a security threat for drivers.



A workforce effort

So why near the exhibit lanes and never the higher bridge deck itself? Crews method the scuppers from below, within the exhibit lanes. A lift takes a workforce of three — NULL to blank and one to function the lift and hold a high-powered hose — to every of five box beam girders that span…

Summer is coming: Five tips when making a vehicle reservation during Ferries’ busiest time of the year

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By Marqise Allen

Summer ferry reservations have a tendency to promote out simply as speedy as Seattle Seahawks tickets those days. And this yr will probably be no other while the preliminary spherical of reservations for our summer season crusing schedule are launched at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23.



But there’s no have to worry within the event you arise empty the primary time around. There’s nonetheless desire on your marriage ceremony ceremony ceremony plans within the San Juan Islands, and you’ll nonetheless probably be capable to get to that appointment on Whidbey Island. Most of us can at all times no longer less than get on a ferry on their wanted day of travel. Please note, day would no longer imply time. There’s a difference. Ensuring you get to the place you’re going might take a few flexibility.

How does the reservation system work?

Before launching into suggestions on find out how one can safe a reservation, it’s most very vital to clarify how the device works. First, reserv…