June 1, 2010
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Federal funding for the South Park Bridge? Should be no problem.

President Obama wants to double US exports, and there are few better things he could invest in than a bridge that leads to Boeing Field. In 2009, Boeing workers completed 372 commercial jetliners at that facility, most of them bought by foreigners. So, the bridge is in good shape when it comes to national economic value.

And, we know the President is concerned about global warming. Well, the bridge just so happens to stand smack dab in the middle of one of the world's most productive industrial job centers and it is powered almost entirely by hydroelectricity that's nearly carbon free.

Throw in the federal bonus points that are usually awarded for projects that aid the disadvantaged, and federal funding should be a slam dunk, given that the bridge connects the hard working but hardscrabble communities of South Park and Georgetown.

Which should all be good news since there's a giant pot of federal funding available that could contribute mightily to construction of a new South Park Bridge after the existing one closes on June 30.

Just one problem.

Elected leaders for Seattle and King County have bickered about who should pay how much to replace the bridge since Ozzie and Harriet served as Reality TV. The deadline for the federal grant application is August 23, which gives the elected leaders 84 days to reach an agreement that has eluded them for decades.

Here's hoping, but tick tock. The clock is winding down.


More Seattle Traffic Cameras are Now on Line


This month the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has made "real time" views from 38 new traffic cameras around the city available on the Internet to detect congestion and collisions and to monitor traffic and road conditions. The public is using information from the cameras to help make travel decisions, and SDOT traffic engineers are using the information to identify locations where they can make changes to improve traffic flow.

The views from the SDOT traffic cameras, as well as WSDOT cameras located within the city of Seattle, are available on the Travelers Map on SDOT's website, http://web5.seattle.gov/travelers/ The Travelers site also indicates the level of congestion on major arterial streets and Seattle area state highways, and provides information on special events and construction likely to have significant impacts on traffic. A total of 19.7 million 'hits" (visits) were made to the Travelers website in 2009, evidence of its importance as source of travel information.



The NE 45th Street Viaduct will Close from June 14 September 10


The NE 45th Street Viaduct's existing west approach is nearing the end of its structural life and needs to be replaced to maintain a safe and efficient travel corridor for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. SDOT will replace the 468-foot west approach during the University of Washington's summer session when traffic volumes are lighter. Between June 14 and September 10, the viaduct will be completely closed to all traffic, pedestrians and bicycles.

The NE 45th Street viaduct is a major thoroughfare in northeast Seattle. It connects I-5 and the University District to the Northeast Seattle neighborhoods, the University Village, the University of Washington's Husky Stadium, Seattle Children's Hospital, and businesses along Sand Point Way NE.

During the closure period this summer, traffic will be detoured to nearby major arterial streets including 25th NE and NE 65th Street to the north, and Montlake Boulevard NE and NE Pacific Street to the south. Please see the project Web site at www.seattle.gov/transportation/45th-bridge for specifics on detour routes and options to bike, bus and walk around the area.

SDOT will host an open house on June 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way NE) to talk with neighbors about construction impacts and prepare the traveling public for the closure and detour.

To encourage busing, biking and walking during the closure, SDOT is providing incentives and information on local bus, bike and walking routes in the area. SDOT will also provide free bicycle lectures and workshop to promote biking on the Burke Gilman Trail, which will remain open during construction.





Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Travel Weekend

Highway crews are taking a break and making way for the additional travelers that will likely hit the road during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Most of WSDOT construction projects will move off the highway at noon Friday, May 28 and resume work again Tuesday, June 1. You will still have to plan ahead if you want to avoid major delays. Expect longer than typical waits at ferry docks, when crossing the mountain passes, or the Canadian border most of the weekend. WSDOT offer many ways to know before you go, including the WSDOT website and the 24-hour traveler information line, 5-1-1.




I-5 to I-90 Intersection

  • June 1, 12AM-4AM - Crews will close all lanes of westbound I-90 near Rainier Ave S Tuesday overnight.
  • June 1 & 3, 9PM-5AM - Crews will close the westbound I-90 carpool lane (Rainier Ave S to Airport Way S) overnight each night.
  • June 2, 11PM-4AM - Crews will close the ramps from both northbound and southbound I-5 to I-90 overnight.
  • June 2, 12AM-4AM - Crews will close all lanes of eastbound I-90 near I-5 Wednesday overnight.



I-5 Active Traffic Management
Tuesday, June 1 - the morning of Friday, June 4 - A single lane in various locations of northbound and southbound I-5 from Southcenter to James Street will close nightly from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. For more info go to their wedsite.




I-90 Bellevue Way Ramp Rlosed for Full Weekend in June

Drivers can start planning now for a full weekend closure of the off-ramps from both directions of I-90 to Bellevue Way. From 11 p.m., Friday, June 4 to 5 a.m., Monday, June 7, drivers who need to access Bellevue Way from I-90 will be detoured on northbound I-405 to SE 8th Street. The I-90 on-ramps from Bellevue Way will remain open. During the closure crews will repave the worn and rutted asphalt at this busy interchange. The work is weather dependent and could be postponed if it rains.




Mount Baker Highway Closed for Ski to Sea Race

The big Ski to Sea race is this Sunday May 30. The stretch of Mount Baker Highway east of the Kendall-Sumas Road (SR 547) intersection (all the way up to the ski area) will be closed to vehicles from 7:30 to 11 a.m. during the race.



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