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  • Port of Seattle expected to pay $2 million after...
    by Mike Lindblom on October 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    An airport customer toppled and suffered injuries while riding a shuttle van to the car-rental building -- resulting in a $2 million payout by the Port of Seattle, for not securing the rider's three-wheeler.

  • WSDOT tries a ‘bridge-in-a-backpack’ in...
    by Mike Lindblom on October 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Composite fibers, best known as a lightweight material in Boeing airplanes, are being tried out as a bridge material in Duvall, where crews assembled a 51-foot-bridge to replace a concrete pipe that blocked fish passage. It's an experiment that may help WSDOT deal with court orders to reopen salmon […]

  • Seattle City Council could consider new car-tab...
    by Heidi Groover on October 21, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Less than a week after the Washington Supreme Court struck down an initiative limiting car-tab taxes, Seattle City Council members might consider new vehicle fees to help address looming budget shortfalls.  Councilmember Andrew Lewis on Tuesday said the council should discuss going back to voters […]

  • West Seattle Bridge repairs would be cheap, but...
    by Mike Lindblom on October 21, 2020 at 1:29 am

    The city's long-awaited "cost benefit analysis" of West Seattle Bridge options favors a partial replacement, or internal strengthening of the cracked span. Mayor Jenny Durkan is supposed to decide in coming weeks whether to pursue repairs, or proceed directly to demolition and replacement of the […]

  • City ballot measure would raise sales tax for...
    by Heidi Groover on October 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    A city ballot measure would, if approved by voters, charge a 0.15% sales tax to raise roughly $42 million a year. The money would fund bus service and other transit programs.

  • The tech that might help cyclists and cars...
    by JOHN R. QUAIN on October 18, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    With more Americans riding bikes, there's new pressure to find ways to make streets safer for everyone. Safety researchers are increasingly looking to technology for answers.

  • New no-cost Metro, Sound Transit passes available...
    by Heidi Groover on October 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    People who qualify for state programs like Supplemental Security Income can now receive no-cost passes to ride King County Metro buses and Sound Transit trains. The new program is designed for people who make less than 80% of the federal poverty level, or about $10,000 for an individual and $21,000 […]

  • Washington Supreme Court strikes down I-976,...
    by Heidi Groover, Joseph O’Sullivan and Mike Lindblom on October 15, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Initiative 976, which cut car-tab taxes to $30, is unconstitutional because it “contains more than one subject, and its subject is not accurately expressed in its title,” the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • City staff lean toward replacing, not repairing,...
    by Mike Lindblom on October 14, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    The role model is the Lake Champlain bridge between New York state and Vermont. It was completed in late 2011 using so-called "accelerated bridge construction" tactics.

  • Lightning strikes Washington state ferry Saturday...
    by The Associated Press on October 12, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    A Washington State Ferry was knocked out of service Saturday evening after it was struck by lightning, and repairs kept it out of service into Sunday.