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Lawmakers call for ‘major overhaul’ of ferry management to restore public trust

Reps. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, and Norma Smith, R-Clinton, both from heavily ferry-dependent legislative districts, released the following statement today in response to: Misinformation from Washington State Ferries (WSF) to the Legislature when a potential problem was brought to its attention by Reps. Smith and Seaquist in February 2014 regarding ramps to the upper car decks and the possible need for modifications on the new Olympic class of vessels. The continuing labor management issues within WSF, including overtime increases, manning … Continue reading

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Motorcyclists take note: new left turn law

Motorcyclists in Washington state who have been stuck idling at red lights cycle after cycle will have another option under a new law that went into effect last week. Many modern traffic lights are triggered by sensors buried under the asphalt. The most common sensors use magnetic fields to trigger the sensors, which works well for cars and trucks. Motorcycles, however, sometimes fail to trigger the senors. In these situations, riders are stopped for several minutes in the middle of … Continue reading

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Major 520 Work in June

The Eastside portion of the 520 project will reach a major milestone this summer – it’ll be mostly done by August/September. There will be punchlist work for some of the fall, but major disruptions should end. I know it’s been a bear of a project. Over the next few weeks you’ll see some major changes in traffic flow. I am sure it will be seriously aggravating. Closing the entire corridor for a year would have been worse. Letting it sink … Continue reading

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WSDOT looking for public input on I-5 JBLM section

Are you one of the regular commuters who pass by Joint Base Lewis McCord on your daily commute? If so, the Washington State Department of Transportation is looking for your feedback on how to improve one of the more congested stretches along the interstate highway. Transportation planners are looking for help narrowing down a list of 51 options, which were culled from a group of 172 initial concepts. They hope to determine which ideas would be the most feasible and … Continue reading

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Traveling this Memorial Day weekend? Check this first

Most people use this three-day weekend to get out – to camp or hike, to visit friends and family or see a baseball game. To travel. So you probably want to know about this little secret: we know exactly when and where traffic will be bad. In fact, there are maps and charts spelling it all out for you. Some of the information is counter-intuitive. You’d think that Sunday would be pretty safe, right? Everybody should be headed back home … Continue reading

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