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UPDATE: Viaduct for Dummies: Viaduct to Reopen Saturday, Ahead of Schedule

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Word just in that the WSDOT will reopen the Alaska Way Viaduct on Saturday morning, two days ahead of schedule. The SoDo southbound offramp will reopen on Monday.

Though north-south travel along the waterfront will once again be possible, it might be so annoyingly slow that some of us will revert to our Viaduct-pocolypse workarounds. Picture yourself and thousands of your friends squeezing onto a 4-lane roadway (two in each direction), weaving through SoDo before rejoining SR99. Picture yourself celebrating when you finally hit 25 miles an hour. Read more »

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What's in Store for the Seattle Waterfront? Get a Peek at Designs Thursday Night

Seattle's waterfront concept design

With the Viaduct lying in ruins around our ankles, seems a good time for a look ahead. Want to get a peek at what's cooking for the shiny new, re-imagined Seattle waterfront? There's a cool public event tonight, from 5-9 p.m. at Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66. You'll see a presentation of design ideas from James Corner Field Operations, the guy who's been tasked with making our precious waterfront more stroll-worthy. Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Now, With 25 Percent Less Whining!

So, the world didn't end this morning in Seattle—but we're not out of the woods, yet, according to the DOT. Just because this morning's commute was "a skate" for some of us (not me!), we should still expect serious traffic problems as the week progresses, as people lured into a false sense of security go back to their bad old ways. Don't do it!

But it was a pretty impressive effort this morning, in the rain, dodging apparently first-time bike commuters wobbling into traffic lanes. Attitude is everything, and mine was greatly helped by: Read more »


Behind the Scenes of Our November Issue: Influential Smackdown

Dan Savage

It's not called "Our Favorite People of 2011."

No, when we set out to build our "Most Influential People of 2011" list, we are looking for impact, plain and simple. Big impact, even of the negative kind, so there are sure to be a few people you wouldn't play beer pong with, even if they were buying. I give you Mayor McGinn.  Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Friday's 'Inconvenient' Viaduct Shutdown

Viaduct

Oh, WSDOT, you almost had me thinking you cared about my gut-gnawing, borderline obsessive worrying about the impending "Viaduct-pocolypse." Then today, in a WSDOT press release, comes this little masterpiece of understatement, from someone who might know better:

“We know the closure is an inconvenience for drivers, but the demolition work is a vital step in building a safer SR 99 through Seattle,” said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. Read more »