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Week In Review
1:06 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How To Merge: Listeners Strike Back

Crews worked around the clock to replace expansion joints on I-90. The highway narrowed to one lane in Bellevue for a week, causing traffic headaches.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

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.

KUOW’s Bill Radke reviews those stories and more along with Joni Balter, 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.

Radke In The Morning
9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How To Merge In Traffic (Seattle, You're Not Going To Like This)

The Interstate 90 backup early Tuesday morning: one scenario where being polite gets you nowhere.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

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.

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.

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Week In Review
2:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Regrets: Do You Have A Few?

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes bought pot in the city's first licensed store on opening day -- and then brought it back to his office.
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

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.

What else do you regret? And how would you tell your younger self to avoid regrets?

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Gridlockalypse
10:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Brace Yourself: Major I-90 Closure Will Pinch Region's Roads

Sound Transit bus routes that run between Bellevue and Seattle are expected to have major delays. Those routes are 550, 554, 555, 556, 560, 566 and 567.
Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

If you travel on I-90 between Bellevue and Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a message for you: Start making other plans.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18, road work will take westbound I-90 near Bellevue Way S.E. from four lanes down to one, around the clock, for seven days.

To help ease the pain, WSDOT is asking you to plan now to change your commute.

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Commuting
9:11 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic

On southbound I-5 near the Ship Canal Bridge, traffic merges onto the highway at 45th Street on the right, but then must weave left four lanes to transfer to state Route 520 right after the bridge.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lonnon Foster (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It’s been a bad summer for driving in Seattle.

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.

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Week In Review
12:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out?

Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

And the official Seattle song you’ve never heard.

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.

Traffic
8:27 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Surprise? Seattle Traffic Has Only Gotten Worse

Northbound I-5 traffic in 2010. It's only gotten worse.
Washington State Department Of Transportation Photo

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. 

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Safer Streets
9:18 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly

Cars and pedestrians compete for space in a busy Rainier Valley crosswalk.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The city of Seattle is re-timing traffic signals throughout the city to make crosswalks safer for all pedestrians.

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.

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Traffic Safety
9:46 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Rules Of The Road

Stacey Sanner

Do pedestrians always 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. 

Weekend Traffic
8:57 am
Fri August 2, 2013

I-90 Bridge Closures For Seafair Start Friday

The Patriots Jet Team will perform this weekend for Seafair. Due to federal budget cuts, the Navy’s Blue Angels will not make an appearance this year.
Credit Flickr Photo/Daniel Gies

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.

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Weekend Traffic Closure
11:27 am
Thu July 11, 2013

I-405 And SR-520 Closed This Weekend

Northbound I-405 will be closed this weekend to replace hundreds of broken concrete panels.
Credit WSDOT

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.

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.

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Public Safety
5:32 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

School Speed Zone Cameras Net Big Returns For Seattle

Credit drewesque / Flickr

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.

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.

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Closing Roads To Build New Ones
1:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The West Side Of The Mercer Mess Ramps Up

Aerial view of the Mercer Street project
Flickr Photo/SDOT Photo

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.

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New Fines For Motorists
3:05 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Bike To Work Day Is Friday, Drive Carefully

Seattle Cyclists Brave The Rain on Bike To Work Day 2010
Flickr Photo/don_brubeck

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.

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Rules of the Road
12:10 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ask The Traffic Cop: Officer John Abraham

Officer John Abraham
Stacey Sanner

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, The Conversation is on the road to getting your traffic questions answered.

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