WSDOT http://kuow.org en 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) Bus Cuts Coming, Tunnel Digging Delayed, And Minimum Wage Talks Continue http://kuow.org/post/bus-cuts-coming-tunnel-digging-delayed-and-minimum-wage-talks-continue <p></p><p>Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:56:18 +0000 Steve Scher 33351 at http://kuow.org Bus Cuts Coming, Tunnel Digging Delayed, And Minimum Wage Talks Continue First Stuck, Now Broken: What's Wrong With Bertha? http://kuow.org/post/first-stuck-now-broken-whats-wrong-bertha <p>Marcie Sillman talks with state transportation secretary <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/secretary/">Lynn Peterson</a> about Bertha's latest condition and plans to get the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine moving again. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:46:37 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 28670 at http://kuow.org First Stuck, Now Broken: What's Wrong With Bertha? Mayor Murray On Bertha: ‘I Don’t Think We Should Get Involved In Finger-Pointing’ http://kuow.org/post/mayor-murray-bertha-i-don-t-think-we-should-get-involved-finger-pointing <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about Bertha's continuing woes and who would ultimately be on the hook for cost overruns. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:36:33 +0000 Ross Reynolds & David Hyde & Hannah Burn 28627 at http://kuow.org Mayor Murray On Bertha: ‘I Don’t Think We Should Get Involved In Finger-Pointing’ Why Isn't Bertha Moving? http://kuow.org/post/why-isnt-bertha-moving <p>David Hyde talks with Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times transportation reporter, about why Bertha hasn't&nbsp; moved since December.</p><p>Bertha is the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine that has been charged with digging out the replacement path for the Alaskan Way Viaduct under Seattle. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:55:41 +0000 David Hyde & Amina Al-Sadi 28408 at http://kuow.org Why Isn't Bertha Moving? Still No Answers For Stuck Bertha http://kuow.org/post/still-no-answers-stuck-bertha <p>So far, crews trying to determine what’s stalling the State Route 99 tunnel machine have found a hard object more than three feet wide lodged in it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’ve also found metal and plastic piping. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But what exactly is causing the stoppage is still unknown.</span> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:32:47 +0000 Patricia Murphy 27608 at http://kuow.org Still No Answers For Stuck Bertha What's In A Name? Apparently, Forgiveness For Bertha http://kuow.org/post/whats-name-apparently-forgiveness-bertha <p>She loves dirt and hates sunlight. Seattle Magazine named her one of 2013’s most influential people, except she’s not really a person. She’s Bertha, the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine, charged with digging out the replacement path for the Alaskan Way Viaduct under Seattle.</p><p>Her profile on the Washington State Department of Transportation site lists her occupation as a tunneling specialist, but right now she’s stuck and has been since December 6. In light of her current predicament, the decision to name the machine, and thus humanize it, could be a shrewd move. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:34:15 +0000 David Hyde & Posey Gruener <news3@kuow.org> 27514 at http://kuow.org What's In A Name? Apparently, Forgiveness For Bertha Inslee's State Of The State, Legislative Session Kicks Off, And Machinists Union President Retires http://kuow.org/post/inslees-state-state-legislative-session-kicks-and-machinists-union-president-retires <p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee pushed for a higher minimum wage and increased education funding during his <a href="http://kuow.org/post/state-our-state-governor-inslee">State of the State Address</a> this week. The state legislature kicked off its 2014 session. Also, Boeing Machinists Union President Tom Wroblewski announced his retirement.</p><p>We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's <a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback">Knute Berger</a> and The Stranger's <a href="http://elisanders.net/">Eli Sanders</a>. Plus, we hear from <a href="http://www.livewireradio.org">Live Wire</a> host Luke Burbank.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:45:21 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 27249 at http://kuow.org Inslee's State Of The State, Legislative Session Kicks Off, And Machinists Union President Retires Murray And Sawant Take Office, SPD Shakeup, And 520 Bridge Over Budget http://kuow.org/post/murray-and-sawant-take-office-spd-shakeup-and-520-bridge-over-budget <p>The eyes of the nation descended on Seattle city hall this week as Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant took office. In one of his first acts, the mayor named Harry Bailey Seattle's new interim police chief. Also, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced the 520 bridge project will need a lot more money to get completed.</p><p>We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's <a href="http://elisanders.net">Eli Sanders</a> and Crosscut's <a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback">Knute Berger</a>. Plus, we hear from <a href="http://www.livewireradio.org">Live Wire</a> host Luke Burbank.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:30:09 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 26865 at http://kuow.org Murray And Sawant Take Office, SPD Shakeup, And 520 Bridge Over Budget New Proposal: Highway 99 Tolls Could Be $1.00 http://kuow.org/post/new-proposal-highway-99-tolls-could-be-100 <p>A new tolling proposal would ask drivers to pay as little as $1.00 for taking the Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle. During morning and evening commutes, rates would jump to $1.25. A state advisory committee is hoping the proposal will strike a balance between tolling revenues and potential traffic diversion.</p><p>Two years ago, when the tunnel plan was approved by voters, the proposed tolling rates were as high as $3.00 during peak hours. Under that plan, traffic planners were concerned that high tolling rates would divert too many cars onto downtown streets. <a href="http://www.seattlechamber.com/News/PressRoom/PressKit/MaudDaudon.aspx">Maud Daudon</a> is co-chair of the <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/viaduct/library/meetings/acttm">Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management</a>. She's also president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She talked with Ross Reynolds. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:30:07 +0000 Ross Reynolds 21045 at http://kuow.org New Proposal: Highway 99 Tolls Could Be $1.00 SR 520 Floating Bridge Celebrates 50 Years http://kuow.org/post/sr-520-floating-bridge-celebrates-50-years <p></p><p>August 28, 1963 was a momentous day in American history, and it was also a pretty big day in Seattle. At the same time that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was giving his landmark “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, then-Washington governor Albert Rosellini was also addressing a crowd. But Rosellini was in the middle of Lake Washington, on a brand-new floating bridge that would eventually be known as State Route&nbsp;520.<br> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Feliks Banel 17673 at http://kuow.org SR 520 Floating Bridge Celebrates 50 Years Checking In With The Head Of WSDOT http://kuow.org/post/checking-head-wsdot-0 <p>Costs continue to run over for the 520 bridge project. The Washington state Legislature failed to pass a transportation package in June, and last week, the state Transportation Commission voted to increase ferry fares by 6 percent. Ross Reynolds talks about these and other transportation issues with Washington’s Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:28:53 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 18145 at http://kuow.org Checking In With The Head Of WSDOT 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 Meet The New Head Of WSDOT http://kuow.org/post/meet-new-head-wsdot <p>The new head of the <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington Department of Transportation is exploring alternate funding models for the state's transportation projects, including tolls and fees based on mileage. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lynn Peterson </span>spoke Thursday with <em>The Conversation's</em> Ross Reynolds.</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:37:13 +0000 Arwen Nicks 10525 at http://kuow.org Meet The New Head Of WSDOT An Exit Interview With WSDOT Head Paula Hammond http://kuow.org/post/exit-interview-wsdot-head-paula-hammond <p></p><p>This Friday will be Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond's last day on the job after 30 years with the state department of transportation. Ross Reynolds sits down with Paula Hammond to discuss her work as the head of the department, what it was like to lead an agency of 7,200 employees, the future of Washington transportation and her legacy.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:55:11 +0000 Producer 9304 at http://kuow.org An Exit Interview With WSDOT Head Paula Hammond