Transportation

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

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

What can West Seattleites expect if an earthquake takes down the Alaskan Way Viaduct?

The Seattle city police, transportation planners and emergency managers proposed an emergency closure plan for the viaduct to the Transportation Committee of the Seattle City Council July 18.

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

A man leaned on his elbows at the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors' conference table and urged the board members to divide the Green Line into two $800 million halves which would cut interest payments significantly.

First build the monorail from Seattle Center to West Seattle, the man suggested.

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

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin said his success in getting legislation passed and his ability to go into any neighborhood and point his accomplishments is what makes him feel he is ready for a third term.

As chairman of the council's Transportation Committee, Conlin says his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing transportation issues and setbacks, and road, street and bridge repairs, both regionally and locally.

He is a member of a regional committee that has been lobbying for legislation to provide adequate money fo

07/27/2005
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Dean Wong

FEELS SECURE FOR NEW TERM. Despite early on drawing several opponents, some of whom have changed targets, Councilmember Richard Conlin says he feels he has a strong neighborhood base for reelection.

The comings and goings of garbage trucks at the city's proposed intermodal solid-waste transfer facility being considered for Harbor Island wouldn't much affect other traffic, according to a transportation consultant.

Garbage trucks from throughout the city would haul their loads to the planned facility, where the refuse would be compacted and placed inside sealed containers for shipment by train to a landfill in eastern Oregon.

Planners from Seattle Public Utilities and their private consultants presented the results of their draft supplemental environmental im

07/21/2005
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Eric BellNEW VIEW OF NEW PARK. The recently rebuilt Luna Park in the 1100 block of Alki Ave Southwest as seen from a kayaker's point of view on one of our recent "spring" days. Note the resting rollerblader on the new dock-like park. .

The Monorail Project Board has set a deadline of April 6 for Executive Director Joel Horn to have a date for the completion of talks over details of a contract to design, build, operate and maintain the monorail.

Discussions have been going on for close to six months between the Seattle Monorail Project and Cascadia Monorail Co.

"Negotiations are taking so long because I'm trying to get everything," Horn said in an interview Thursday. "We don't want to give on station design. We don't want to give on anything.

07/21/2005
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Dean Wong

The comings and goings of garbage trucks at the city's proposed intermodal solid-waste transfer facility being considered for Harbor Island wouldn't much affect other traffic, according to a transportation consultant.

Garbage trucks from throughout the city would haul their loads to the planned facility, where the refuse would be compacted and placed inside sealed containers for shipment by train to a landfill in eastern Oregon.

Planners from Seattle Public Utilities and their private consultants presented the results of their draft supplemental environmental impact statement to the public at West Seattle High School last week. In addition to transportation impacts, planners also studied how much odor and noise such a facility would create. Its effects on water quality, plants and animals were studied too.

Engineering consultants Heffron Transportation studied traffic patterns around all four sites being considered by Seattle Public Utilities for the future garbage-handling facility. Two sites being studied are in the area around the former Fisher flour mill.

07/21/2005
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Eric BellNEW VIEW OF NEW PARK. The recently rebuilt Luna Park in the 1100 block of Alki Ave Southwest as seen from a kayaker's point of view on one of our recent "spring" days. Note the resting rollerblader on the new dock-like park. .