Traffic Congestion http://kplu.org en Report: Poor Roads, Congestion Cost Seattle-Area Drivers $1,800 A Year http://kplu.org/post/report-poor-roads-congestion-cost-seattle-area-drivers-1800-year <p>Seattle-area drivers are losing about $1,800 a year due to driving on poor roads, congestion delays and traffic crashes on roads that are unsafe, according to a new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">report by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The same report&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says drivers are wasting 48 hours a year stuck in traffic.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:20:03 +0000 Ashley Gross 14701 at http://kplu.org Report: Poor Roads, Congestion Cost Seattle-Area Drivers $1,800 A Year Get ready: Major road closures this weekend in Seattle region http://kplu.org/post/get-ready-major-road-closures-weekend-seattle-region <p>If you have to drive this weekend, you should plan on leaving a lot of extra time, as several major roads will be completely closed.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Everybody is going to be touched by this weekend&rsquo;s construction, whether you live in Renton or Seattle or Bellevue or Lake Stevens or Snohomish,&quot; says Jamie Holter with the <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/">State Department of Transportation</a>.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:48:18 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5943 at http://kplu.org Get ready: Major road closures this weekend in Seattle region Tolls deterring fewer than expected on SR-520 Bridge http://kplu.org/post/tolls-deterring-fewer-expected-sr-520-bridge <p>Tolling rates <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/05/30_tollsincreasejuly1.htm">are going up</a> on the 520 bridge this Sunday, in the first of four annual rate hikes. The 2.5%&nbsp; increase will add about an extra dime to peak fees. It comes 6 months after tolling began on the bridge between Seattle and the east side.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:48:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5451 at http://kplu.org Tolls deterring fewer than expected on SR-520 Bridge Crash snarls I-5 traffic for miles http://kplu.org/post/crash-snarls-i-5-traffic-miles <p>A multiple-vehicle collision involving a semi has closed all four southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle, causing an eight-mile backup.</p><div><p>The accident was reported at 2:14 p.m. on Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 23:12:56 +0000 The Associated Press 4673 at http://kplu.org 520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around http://kplu.org/post/520-tolls-%E2%80%93-drive-around-or-pay-many-are-driving-around <p>Today is the first big day for car commuters since automatic tolling went live on the 520 bridge across Lake Washington.</p><p>It&rsquo;s viewed as the start of the first really meaningful data-set for people who crunch numbers behind the scenes of the State Department of Transportation.</p><p>So far, the commute has pushed traffic to the south, with the I-90 bridge seeing more congestion &hellip; and more room created on 520, where drivers now have to pay to cross.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:47:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3587 at http://kplu.org 520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around Traffic help for the holidays http://kplu.org/post/traffic-help-holidays <p>As we all know, during a holiday weekend we have to prepare for more traffic.&nbsp;</p><p>To help plan your weekend driving, The <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/12/21_chirstmastravel2011.htm">State Department of Transportation has released a report </a>on the worst predicted travel times. For the most part, traffic should be the heaviest today and Monday, when people will probably leave or come home from their holiday celebrations.</p><p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:45:34 +0000 Amelia Greim 3537 at http://kplu.org Traffic help for the holidays Seattle 'Viadoom' traffic congested but moving http://kplu.org/post/seattle-viadoom-traffic-congested-moving <p>The Monday morning commute in Seattle was congested but moving slowly as drivers dealt with &quot;Viadoom,&quot; the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, one of the city&#39;s main north-south highways.</p><p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:17:02 +0000 The Associated Press 2970 at http://kplu.org You're being watched ... to make viaduct closure go more smoothly http://kplu.org/post/youre-being-watched-make-viaduct-closure-go-more-smoothly <p>For anyone who thought they were anonymous driving the city streets of Seattle, the truth is you&rsquo;re being watched.</p><p>And while this might normally be upsetting, the all-seeing cameras positioned over freeways, bridges and intersections may soon be a lifeline during the impending nine-day closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.</p><p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:22:08 +0000 Vanessa Romo 2919 at http://kplu.org You're being watched ... to make viaduct closure go more smoothly Plethora of weekend events means lots of fun and traffic hell http://kplu.org/post/plethora-weekend-events-means-lots-fun-and-traffic-hell <p>Beer drinkers at Oktoberfest in Fremont, Huskies and Seahawks battling it out on the playing field, marching bands in the streets ... all of which means drivers will be edging in and out of one traffic jam after another, warns the Seattle Department of Transportation.</p><p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:20:57 +0000 Jake Ellison 2708 at http://kplu.org Plethora of weekend events means lots of fun and traffic hell Was your morning commute the pits? Crash blocks southbound I-5 http://kplu.org/post/was-your-morning-commute-pits-crash-blocks-southbound-i-5 <p>TUMWATER, Wash. &mdash; The Washington State Patrol says a semi-truck driver fell asleep and crashed into a state Transportation Department truck on Interstate 5 about 5:30 a.m. Thursday near Tumwater.</p><div><p>No one was in the state truck and the semi driver suffered only a scratch on an arm. Southbound lanes of the freeway are blocked and rush hour traffic is diverted on side roads.</p><p>The Department of Ecology was called to help clean up about 50 gallons of fuel that spilled from the semi-truck. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:08:44 +0000 The Associated Press 2194 at http://kplu.org 13 vehicle crash on I-90 in Bellevue injures 7 http://kplu.org/post/13-vehicle-crash-i-90-bellevue-injures-7 <p>A 13-vehicle crash on I-90 in Bellevue during the morning rush hour has injured seven people, including one child in critical condition at a local hospital.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:34:41 +0000 The Associated Press 2124 at http://kplu.org Woman chasing ducks on I-5 causes crash http://kplu.org/post/woman-chasing-ducks-i-5-causes-crash <p>The Washington State Patrol says a woman who stopped her car along Interstate 5 and tried to corral a family of ducks and ducklings caused a multi-vehicle accident that disrupted southbound traffic for nearly three hours.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:00:25 +0000 The Associated Press 2077 at http://kplu.org Woman chasing ducks on I-5 causes crash Seattle traffic will not be better this weekend http://kplu.org/post/seattle-traffic-will-not-be-better-weekend <p>You can expect region-wide congestion this weekend, the state Department of Transportation says, because State Route 520 will be closed between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.</p><p>And, the city of Seattle will close the Interstate 5 ramps to and from Mercer Street.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 21:23:30 +0000 Jake Ellison 2017 at http://kplu.org Seattle traffic will not be better this weekend Seattle area traffic tied for 10th worst in U.S. http://kplu.org/post/seattle-area-traffic-tied-10th-worst-us <p>Traffic congestion in the Seattle area is tied (with Atlanta) for tenth worst in the nation.&nbsp;</p><p>A decade ago, traffic here made headlines for being second worst, in <a href="http://tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility_report_2010.pdf">annual rankings by the Texas Transportation Institute</a>.&nbsp; But, researchers found <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013980663_seatraffic20m.html">more accurate ways of measuring congestion</a>, and Seattle’s dubious ranking dropped, as Mike Lindstrom writes in <em>The Seattle Times</em>:</p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:23:04 +0000 KPLU News Staff 576 at http://kplu.org Seattle area traffic tied for 10th worst in U.S. Thursday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/thursday-mornings-headlines <P><STRONG>Get Ready for <EM>Brrrr</EM></STRONG></P> <P>Are you ready for snow? There's a possibility you'll see some late Sunday or early Monday in northwest Washington. The north Olympic Peninsula, the San Juan Islands and Whatcom County have the best chance for snow.&nbsp; Conditions<EM> may </EM>bring it south to the Seattle area. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:56:09 +0000 Gary Davis 168 at http://kplu.org Thursday morning's headlines