The Voice for Industry
April 22, 2010
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MIC & TMA - The one two punch!

NO MIC Meeting
We will not have a MIC Executive Meeting this month. See you next month on May 25th 3:30-5:30.

Urban ArtWorks - Home Again

SODO's own prodigal Urban ArtWorks found it's way back to the area they first called home. Visit their studio and enjoy lunch complements of the SODO Business Association on Thursday, April 29 from noon-1:30 pm at 923 S Bayview, Suite C, 98134.

SPACE IS LIMITED so RSVP on-line or at before April 23.

Seattle Maritime Festival 2010

Save the Date - May 6 - 8, 2010

Don't miss the boat, when the Seattle Maritime Festival, featuring the world's biggest tugboat races, brings a cargo ship full of free family fun to the Downtown Seattle Waterfront from May 6-8, 2010.

The highlight of the Festival is the annual tug races set for Saturday, May 8, during the Family Fun Day. This year, over 40 tugs and workboats are expected to participate in the 26th Annual Seattle Tugboat Race Championships

Family Fun Day features three heats of tug races, workboat parade, Chowder Cook-Off, boat building competition, survival suit races, harbor tours, kids' activities, displays and lots of other free fun.

Get complete Maritime Festival information here.

L&I Offers Free Workshops for New Employers

Wage and hour rules, workplace safety, and minimizing workers' compensation costs are just a few of the topics covered in a free workshop the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is now offering for new employers. "This workshop will save you time, money and trouble down the road, and take the mystery out of the various things an employer does with L&I," said Ron Langley, L&I's small-business liaison.

Employer's Introduction to L&I, is a free workshop geared both for new businesses and those hiring for the first time. The workshop will cover employers' rights and responsibilities and provide an overview of the services L&I provides. Employers who attend will also learn about workplace safety and health requirements, claims management strategies, risk management, quarterly reporting requirements and wage and hour laws.

Workshops currently are planned for eight cities statewide. Visit to register for the workshop or learn about future workshop dates.

Northbound I-5 CLOSED at Night

Crews will close northbound I-5 between Boeing Access Road and Spokane Street at 11:59 p.m. on the following nights:

Friday, April 23
Saturday, April 24
Friday, April 30
Saturday, May 1

A signed detour will direct drivers to exit at Martin Luther King Way (exit 157) to Airport Way and back onto I-5 via Edgar Martinez Way/SR 519. Crews will reopen the roadway by 8 a.m. each morning.

Drivers should consider taking alternate routes such as I-405 or SR 99 to avoid long delays and backups during the closures.

I-5 Martin Way to 48th Street NB and SB (milepost 109 to 114) LONG TERM ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES

WSDOT is replacing 295 concrete panels and installing more than 56,000 dowel bars to support the roadway on 25.5 miles of I-5 between Martin Way in Lacey and 48th Street in Tacoma to create a smoother driving surface. Construction will require nightly lane closures and some weekend closures of I-5 in Thurston and Pierce Counties through August 13th. During construction there will be a total of nine weekend closures. Detours will be in place when possible.

April 24 to 25 - I-5 northbound CLOSED beginning 10:00 PM Saturday to 10:00 AM Sunday from exit 111 to exit 114.

April 30 to May 2 - I-5 Lakewood/Tacoma SB - Extended Triple Lane Closure (7 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday)

Weekend lane closures on I-5 between Martin Way and Mounts Road could create up to 15-mile backups.
Weekend lane closures on I-5 between Gravelly Lake and 48th Street could create up to 10-mile backups.

And it goes on until August 13th!

For more information and a full calendar of closures and detour routes visit: The calendar is very helpful!

Alaskan Way Viaduct and Battery Street Tunnel Single Lane Closures through May 7

SDOT crews will close single curb lanes on the Alaskan Way Viaduct between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the next three weeks to clean the viaduct's curb areas and perform other maintenance work. The crews plan to close one southbound lane at a time from April 19 to April 27. They plan to close one northbound lane at a time from April 28 to May 7.

First Ave S - Saturday Landscape Work

Seattle Department of Transportation Urban Forestry crews will assist the community with landscaping on First Avenue South, from South King Street to Yesler Way, on Saturday, April 24. Traffic lanes will remain open but will be shifted, using the parking lanes on both sides of the street, to allow for safe work in the street median. They plan to work from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This project is part of Saturday's Clean and Green event in Pioneer Square.

Spokane Street Viaduct

Eastbound S Spokane Street Viaduct Off-ramp to 4th Ave S Ahead of Schedule - Ramp now set to open summer/fall 2010

Work to complete the new eastbound 4th Ave S off-ramp from the S Spokane St Viaduct is ahead of schedule! Originally set to open for use by December 2010, the new ramp is likely to open in late summer or early fall. Once utility work and paving are completed, expected by early summer, eastbound lower Spokane Street will be reopened and crews can then join the new ramp to the existing elevated structure. This is the final construction step in the creation of the new off-ramp, but it will require the closure of the eastbound right-hand lane of the viaduct between 1st and 4th avenues for approximately two months.

As a reminder, the next major milestone in the South Spokane Street Viaduct Project, which began the fall of 2008, is around the corner. On May 17, 2010, crews will close the westbound 1st Ave S on-ramp and prepare it for demolition. This makes way for work to widen the upper roadway 41 feet to the north, and build a new on and off-ramp along 1st Ave S that should open in the fall of 2011.

In the sixteen months during which there will be no access to the Spokane Street Viaduct from surface streets in SODO, southbound vehicles approaching Spokane on 1st Ave S will be detoured to the low level swing bridge to get to West Seattle. To reduce the expected congestion on this bridge during construction, SDOT is working with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Port of Seattle and others, and planning for signal timing adjustments and uniformed police officers to help guide traffic. Other alternative routes are noted in the attached map.

The 60-year-old S Spokane St Viaduct carries 65,000-70,000 vehicles daily between I-5 and the West Seattle Bridge. Once this project is completed, the elevated roadway between 6th Ave S and E Marginal Way will have wider lanes and shoulders, a new westbound acceleration/deceleration lane, and an additional eastbound lane between 1st Ave S and 4th Ave S. The project also includes seismic strengthening of the viaduct, and a new 10-foot wide sidewalk on the north side of lower S Spokane St that can accommodate pedestrians and bicycles.

For information and detour routes visit SDOT's website,

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