Transportation

Burien received a major boost last week when Congress approved federal funding for the city's long-term vision for downtown redevelopment.

The state's two U.S.

08/04/2005

West Seattle might get its part of the monorail before the downtown portion is built, and those gigantic support columns may be much smaller, says Cascadia Monorail Co.

Jim Devine, project manager for Cascadia, told the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors it would be quicker and easier to build the monorail in residential neighborhoods because there are fewer utility lines.

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Cascadia Monorail Co.

SMALLER MONORAIL COLUMNS. Cascadia is trying to reduce the dimensions of its oval design to 3 feet 6 inches by 4 feet 3 inches. By using thicker steel reinforcements and a different type of concrete, the columns would be able to withstand an earthquake as powerful as any quake in a 2,500-year time span, the company says. This artist's sketch shows what it would look like on Second Avenue, downtown.

The Associated General Contractors said it all in a recent flyer.

"I don't want to create or preserve thousands of jobs, including my own.

"I support neglect of our state's bridges and roads.

"Our roads will fix themselves.

"That is what your signature on I-912 means."

The contractors are absolutely correct.

08/04/2005

Special to the Times/News

After several years, a tug-of-war between the city of Des Moines and the Port of Seattle over the use of 90 acres of land south of Sea-Tac International Airport has been settled.

Both the city and the port recently adopted unanimously the first development agreement for the Des Moines Creek Business Park at this location.

"This is very significant," Des Moines Mayor Bob Sheckler declared.

The land, which City Manager Tony Piasecki said has sat vacant for almost 20 years, will be transformed from a property that was almost d

07/27/2005

When you have lunch with Mary Gates and Betty Huff, you have to accept a periodic interruption from friends of theirs. At Indochine recently, where Mary ordered a shrimp dish with a five-star degree of hotness, and Betty a more demure Thai salad, we gnoshed and talked symphony and the exciting pops program planned for August 13. Now and again, someone they knew would drift by the table (Mark Clirehugh, then Peggy Laporte) to say hello.

The very good reason for this is that these two women are among the leaders and shakers in town who makes things happen.

07/27/2005

The Tukwila Pantry, a food bank that has been serving families in South King County for five years, has an immediate need of additional funding to continue its mission of helping hungry families

"It takes many sponsors to keep an operation like the Tukwila Pantry running," the food bank stated last week in a news release asking the community for financial assistance.

"Please help [our] volunteers continue to feed the community by sending a financial contribution."

An unanticipated rate of growth in the need of families for assistance from the Pantry is the cau

07/27/2005

TIMES/NEWS

The Highline School District received $16.2 million in state construction funds last week for the rebuilding of Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines.

The funds were part of more than $294 million in capitol construction money released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to 29 districts.

The money was approved during the 2005 legislative session.

07/27/2005

Times/News

Reaction to Southwest Airlines' announcement that it plans to move flights from Sea-Tac International Airport to Boeing Field varied widely among three Highline community leaders last week.

SeaTac Mayor Frank Hansen, whose city contains the airport, labeled Southwest's proposal a "cockamamie idea" and said the airline should "live up to the obligations" it agreed to in supporting Sea-Tac's expansion.

Normandy Park's Larry Corvari, who heads the anti-Sea-Tac expansion Regional Commission on Airport Affairs (RCAA), declared the Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac

07/27/2005
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NEWS-TRIBUNE

As a two-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin said his leadership in the past eight years to bring community concerns and plans through council approval is part of what drives his confidence in his re-election campaign.

Having the ability to go into any community and point out my hand in many of their accomplishments with community goals makes me a difficult candidate to beat, he said.

As chair of the Councils Transportation Committee, Conlin said his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing tran

07/27/2005

Up until now, the so-called "missing link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail was purely a matter of semantics. The construction of the $3.5 million segment along 54th Street and Seaview Avenue, between the Ballard Locks and Northwest 60th Street, gives the bicycling lobby exactly what they wanted: a true missing link to the controversial trail.

In and of itself, the new trail segment is not a bad thing, unless you want to count the $1.8 million from the city's general fund spent on the 0.7-mile project.

07/27/2005
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