traffic http://kuow.org en How To Merge: Listeners Strike Back http://kuow.org/post/how-merge-listeners-strike-back <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, President Obama came to town for a pledge drive of sorts. What's it like to have to fundraise for a living? Two former politicians will tell you. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plus, this week we learned the mind-blowing news that drivers are supposed to wait for the last minute to cut in line and merge -- according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUOW’s Bill </span>Radke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reviews those stories and more along with Joni </span>Balter<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Plus, Luke Burbank drops by and we get an update on the Carlton Complex fires from Paige Browning of Spokane Public Radio. </span> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:06:17 +0000 Bill Radke 38954 at http://kuow.org How To Merge: Listeners Strike Back How To Merge In Traffic (Seattle, You're Not Going To Like This) http://kuow.org/post/how-merge-traffic-seattle-youre-not-going <p>Seattle area traffic jams are nothing new, but this week has been particularly trying with the construction on westbound I-90 closing all but one lane in Bellevue.</p><p>It might seem selfish, but the best way to ease congestion, according to Washington State Department of Transportation's Travis Phelps, is to drive right up to the closure before merging over. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:21 +0000 Bill Radke 38712 at http://kuow.org How To Merge In Traffic (Seattle, You're Not Going To Like This) Regrets: Do You Have A Few? http://kuow.org/post/regrets-do-you-have-few <p>Some Microsoft employees probably regret not taking that other job offer. Seattle’s city attorney regrets bringing his pot to work. Should a Seattle theater company regret not casting any Asian American actors for its current show? And you'll regret it if you take I-90 westbound into Seattle next week.<br /><br />What else do you regret? And how would you tell your younger self to avoid regrets? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:45:06 +0000 Bill Radke 38536 at http://kuow.org Regrets: Do You Have A Few? Brace Yourself: Major I-90 Closure Will Pinch Region's Roads http://kuow.org/post/brace-yourself-major-i-90-closure-will-pinch-regions-roads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you travel on I-90 between Bellevue and Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a message for you: Start</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> making other plans.<br /><br />Beginning at</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18, road work&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will take westbound I-90 near Bellevue Way S.E. from four lanes down to one,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> around the clock,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for seven days.</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To help ease the pain,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WSDOT is asking you to plan now to change your commute.</span><br /> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:09:04 +0000 Jamala Henderson 38346 at http://kuow.org Brace Yourself: Major I-90 Closure Will Pinch Region's Roads Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic http://kuow.org/post/rush-hour-map-puget-sound-s-worst-traffic <p>It’s been a bad summer for driving in Seattle.</p><p>Several accidents have shown us that surface streets cannot handle the traffic load when Interstate 5 or Highway 99 choke up. Traffic and design issues on major routes have been difficult even without an accident. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:11:03 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 37772 at http://kuow.org Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out? http://kuow.org/post/redskins-rideshare-caps-seattle-schools-superintendent-all-way-out <p>Seattle’s school superintendent might go to Sacramento. Rideshare companies can deploy all the drivers they want. The Seattle Times takes a new angle on sports coverage as the Washington Redskins patent is dissolved. Seattle City Light planted puff pieces about itself online. No surprise, Seattle traffic is bad.</p><p>And the official Seattle song you’ve never heard.<br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUOW's Bill Radke recaps those stories and more news of the week with Civic Cocktail’s Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News, and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.</span> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:49:05 +0000 Bill Radke 36780 at http://kuow.org Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out? Surprise? Seattle Traffic Has Only Gotten Worse http://kuow.org/post/surprise-seattle-traffic-has-only-gotten-worse <p>Traffic jams have plagued the Seattle area for weeks. Now a traffic data company reports that congestion has been getting worse even before the traffic snarls of the last few weeks.&nbsp; Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:27:03 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 36511 at http://kuow.org Surprise? Seattle Traffic Has Only Gotten Worse Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly http://kuow.org/post/seattle-let-pedestrians-walk-more-slowly <p>The city of Seattle is re-timing traffic signals throughout the city to make crosswalks safer for all pedestrians.</p><p>A study conducted by a group of graduate students at the University of Washington School of Public Health in 2013 found that traffic signals in Rainier Valley force pedestrians to cross faster than signals on Market Street in the wealthier and whiter neighborhood of Ballard. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:18:56 +0000 John Ryan 30977 at http://kuow.org Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly Rules Of The Road http://kuow.org/post/rules-road-0 <p>Do pedestrians <em>always&nbsp;</em>have the right of way? Really? Always? Is it illegal to pass a city bus on the right? What is the speed limit in a neighborhood if no signs are posted? Ross Reynolds sits down with former Seattle traffic officer John Abraham to take listener questions about the rules of the road.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:46:02 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 18558 at http://kuow.org Rules Of The Road I-90 Bridge Closures For Seafair Start Friday http://kuow.org/post/i-90-bridge-closures-seafair-start-friday <p></p><p>Seafair will feature an air show over Lake Washington this weekend. FAA rules require the Interstate 90 floating bridge to close during the Patriots Jet Team practices and shows. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:57:50 +0000 Rob Wood 17863 at http://kuow.org I-90 Bridge Closures For Seafair Start Friday I-405 And SR-520 Closed This Weekend http://kuow.org/post/i-405-and-sr-520-closed-weekend <p>State Route 520 and northbound I-405 will be closed this weekend for inspection and repairs. Both directions of SR-520 will be closed between Montlake Boulevard and I-405 from 11:00 p.m. Friday through 5:00 a.m. Monday.</p><p>Northbound I-405 from S.E. 8th Street to SR-520 from 10:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 a.m. Monday. The I-90 ramps to northbound I-405 will also be closed.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:27:04 +0000 Lisa Brooks & Grace Drone 16414 at http://kuow.org I-405 And SR-520 Closed This Weekend School Speed Zone Cameras Net Big Returns For Seattle http://kuow.org/post/school-speed-zone-cameras-net-big-returns-seattle <p>Seattle drivers: Get ready to tap the brakes around more school zones. The city plans to install speed cameras at five more schools after early results indicate that the enforcement devices – and resulting $189 traffic tickets – are motivating drivers to slow down.</p><p>In December, the city rolled out the enforcement cameras at four schools. In those school zones, the cameras snap a photo of any vehicles that exceed the 20-mile-per-hour limit. Then the driver later gets a citation in the mail.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:32:43 +0000 Liz Jones 14758 at http://kuow.org School Speed Zone Cameras Net Big Returns For Seattle The West Side Of The Mercer Mess Ramps Up http://kuow.org/post/west-side-mercer-mess-ramps <p>Driving around Seattle this weekend will be trickier than normal. The Seattle Department Of Transportation plans to close parts of Aurora and Mercer Street around South Lake Union as part of the effort to convert Mercer into a two-way street. The city's now focusing on the Mercer West project, the section of Mercer between Dexter Avenue and West Fifth Avenue. Fri, 17 May 2013 20:20:03 +0000 Derek Wang 13296 at http://kuow.org The West Side Of The Mercer Mess Ramps Up Bike To Work Day Is Friday, Drive Carefully http://kuow.org/post/bike-work-day-friday-drive-carefully <p>National Bike to Work Day is May 17. That means lots more cyclists on the roads. Washington drivers should be even more careful, not only for safety reasons, but also because of a recent change to Washington state law.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:05:18 +0000 Derek Wang 13229 at http://kuow.org Bike To Work Day Is Friday, Drive Carefully Ask The Traffic Cop: Officer John Abraham http://kuow.org/post/ask-traffic-cop-officer-john-abraham <p>Are you ever driving down the street, see something happen in traffic and wonder, is that allowed? Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's favorite traffic cop, Officer John Abraham, and talks about the rules of the road. From four-way stops to tailgating, pedestrian rule breakers and aggressive bus drivers, <em>The Conversation</em> is on the road to getting your traffic questions answered.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:10:14 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 11090 at http://kuow.org Ask The Traffic Cop: Officer John Abraham