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May 15, 2009
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Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

In 1909, nearly 4 million people attended the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (A-Y-P) at the University of Washington campus and put Seattle on the map. The exposition celebrated the explosion of development in Washington State since the 1897 Yukon Gold Rush and showcased the resources of the region. The A-Y-P Exposition also highlighted the people and cultures of the Pacific Rim, displaying many ethnographic objects that now reside in the Burke Museum's permanent collection.

One hundred years later, the Burke Museum has organized A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply, an exhibit that will juxtapose historic objects and photographs from the 1909 fair with contemporary artwork by Native artists to explore how the representation and understanding of indigenous people and cultures has changed over 100 years.

The Burke Museum invites you to the University of Washington campus-wide commemoration of A-Y-P centennial events featuring a preview of this new exhibit.

Indigenous Voices Reply

Friday May 29th. 2009
6:00-8:30PM Light Refreshments
Program begins at 7:00PM
RSVP by May 25th or 206-543-0421.

Other Major Exhibits
A series of Seattle-area museum exhibits will showcase the history and legacy of the A-Y-P, each presenting a different perspective on this pivotal moment in local history. These major exhibits will provide an opportunity for every resident, school child and visitor to Seattle to learn about the A-Y-P at a variety of venues and from a variety of views.
The Nordic Heritage Museum will share its film of the A-Y-P Viking Ship as well as stories about the Scandinavian pioneers in Seattle who planned the fair.
MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) will exhibit its collection of photographs by the fair's official photographer, pairing photographs of buildings with architectural drawings. Another exhibition will highlight the Arts and Crafts Movement that had thoroughly captured the minds of Pacific Northwest homeowners in 1909.
The Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma will feature the 1909 climb of Mt. Rainier and explore the suffragists' trip to the A-Y-P.

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Planning to Cross the Border Anytime Soon?
Wondering what sort of delays you might face? You're in luck!

WSDOT has created detailed graphs that show the average delays both northbound and southbound at the I-5 Peace Arch or SR 543 Pacific Highway/Truck crossings. The graphs show average delays by hour for summer and fall weekdays and weekends.

Visit for more details.

Maritime and Port Security Summit

When: May 28th and 29th
Where: Seattle's Bell Harbor Conference Center
What: Aimed at all those who work in and around ports and the connecting rail and highway infrastructure. This year's conference program will address maritime and port security and economic resiliency. Specifically, the agenda will focus on mitigation, response and recovery.

Expert speakers, industry and regulatory policymakers and stakeholders from the entire spectrum of the transportation community will address these issues in an interactive, dynamic forum.

Attendees and speakers will come from private sector transportation interests, regulator agencies, legislators and the research and academic communities.

Featured Speakers

Admiral John Currier, USCG
Slade Gorton, Former US Senator, Member, 911 Commission
General Victor E. Renuart, Jr., USAF Commander, NORAD & USNORTHCOM

More information: Contact

Washington, State Your Product!

CTED has been invited by, the world's premier business-to-business website (, to promote Washington companies and products around the globe. With over 16 million users, Alibaba is the world's largest B2B marketplace and a great place to sell and to buy. The "State Your Products Program" is a free service for Washington businesses and there will be no financial obligations for participating companies.

By completing the online survey, your company and the products you post will be processed and placed onto the marketplace. Participants must be a registered business in the state of Washington and supply all required product and contact information. If you include the URL of your product catalog in the survey, we will be sure to integrate that directly into the portal at no cost to you or your company. will notify you via email when your products are posted and you will be able to review your company and product profiles. You will also be able to edit and add images to customize your store front.

To have your company listed on, simply fill out the online registration form. For specific questions, please contact Troy DeFrank at 206-256-6145. We look forward to your participation!
Online Registration Form

Turning Restriction on S Spokane St.
Traffic on Airport Way S is restricted from turning west onto S Spokane St for approximately eight weeks. This closure of westbound traffic will not affect vehicles approaching S Spokane St from northbound I-5 (via exit 163) or from Beacon Hill (via South Columbian Way). That traffic will also be able to turn left to proceed south on 6th Ave S.
S Spokane St remains closed to eastbound traffic between 1st and 6th avenues, with a detour route north on 1st Ave S to South Lander Street. (local business access is being maintained between 1st and 2nd eastbound)

4th Avenue Off-Ramp Construction Progress
Shaft construction has been proceeding rapidly, with the last of these massive underground structures west of Fourth Avenue now finished and just those in the City Light Parking lot left to drill and pour. Construction of the columns on top of these shafts is also going well, with work on the superstructure that will support the roadway to follow this summer.

South Spokane Viaduct Widening Progress
Plans and specifications for the widening work will be advertised for construction the week of May 11, with bids due late in June. Mobilization for construction is planned for September of this year, with demolition of the existing 4th Avenue (west-bound) off-ramp likely to follow soon after.

In the meantime, subsurface investigation continues on the north side of the existing viaduct for location of underground utilities. This work will occasionally require the closure of traffic lanes on westbound Spokane Street for short periods.

I-5 north Seattle and Shoreline

Friday, May 15, crews will close two of four lanes on southbound I-5 between 185th and 145th streets from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday morning to replace concrete panels.
Saturday, May 16, crews will close two of four lanes on northbound I-5 at Northgate Way from 9 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday, May 17, to replace concrete panels. The northbound I-5 exit to Northgate Way will also close from midnight Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. A signed detour will take drivers to 130th Street.
The express lanes will be open and running on their normal schedule this weekend.

The concrete panel replacement work tackles the worst bumpy areas on I-5 between south Seattle and Shoreline. This $21 million project supports more than 200 jobs and provides work for nearly 20 Washington state companies.

Northbound I-5 in downtown Seattle

Crews working for Sound Transit are preparing the ground beneath I-5 to make way for the tunnel boring machine that they will use to construct the 3.15-mile light rail tunnel extension between downtown Seattle and the University of Washington.

Saturday, May 16, crews will reduce northbound I-5 to one lane near Olive Way. Crews will begin closing lanes at 9:30 p.m. All northbound I-5 traffic will be shifted to the far right lane at midnight.
The on-ramp to northbound I-5 from University Street will close at 9 p.m.
The on-ramp to northbound I-5 from Cherry Street will close at 10 p.m. All of the on-ramps and lanes of I-5 will reopen by 6 a.m., Sunday, May 17.

I-90 express lane closures continue

The I-90 express lanes remain closed to replace cracking expansion joints. These massive steel expansion joints help the bridge to flex with wind, water and weather.

Crews have placed the express lane joints and will finish the work soon. Drivers are encouraged to start planning for the westbound mainline closures in July.

I-90 drivers can take alternate routes like I-405, SR 520 and SR 522. Carpool, vanpool or take the bus or consider leaving early or staying late and plan for 30-minute commute between Bellevue and Seattle. Drivers on alternate routes can expect more congestion during peak commute times. The express lanes east of Mercer Island will head east during the express lane work. This $8.3 million project supports an estimated 80 jobs.

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