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Saturday morning Montlake Bridge maintenance could get noisy

November 29th, 2011 by master

If you live near the Montlake cut your Saturday morning could get a bit noisy. The Washington State Department of Transportation will perform routine maintenance on the Montlake Bridge starting as early as 7 a.m. on December 3. Most of the noise will come from the equipment maintenance crews use to suck up all the gunk that built up over the year beneath the movable parts of the bridge. The work should be wrapped up by 11 a.m.

If you’re planning to drive over the bridge Saturday morning you should also be ready for a little delay. The bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting as soon as 6 a.m.

Here’s the exact schedule:

Saturday, December 3
  • 6 – 7 a.m.: Left lane closed in both directions on the bridge
  • 7 – 9 a.m.: Cleaning begins on north end of the bridge (away from the more residential southern end) using a large vacuum-type truck
  • 9 – 11 a.m.: Cleaning begins on the south side of the bridge
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m.: All lanes of the bridge reopen

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Road closed for Greek Week BBQ

May 9th, 2011 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation sent out the following notice:

The Greek Week BBQ takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10, on 17th Avenue NE between NE 45th and NE 47th streets. The street will be closed to all traffic and parking from 10 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. A crowd of 1,000 is expected to turn out for the event which takes place from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Motorists should plan on possible delays throughout the afternoon due to heavier pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area, particularly along NE 45th Street on the north edge of the upper University of Washington campus.

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Parking, traffic for first Husky game of season

September 11th, 2010 by master

It’s that time of year again, and the Huskies first home game of the season kicks off at 4 p.m. today — great news for UW fans, and an annual headache for some of you dealing with the traffic near the stadium.

As we’ve been reporting here on UDistrictDaily, construction of the Sound Transit light rail terminal in the parking lot just south of the stadium is forcing new parking restrictions. The E-1 lot just north of the stadium, which has been public parking, is now for Tyee members with parking passes. Non-Tyee members can find parking information here along with other transportation options.

And just in time, the NE 45th Viaduct reopened for today’s game.

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Big rig hits trouble navigating NE 45th Street construction

July 27th, 2010 by master

The Northeast 45th Street viaduct renovation has taken its first hit: a jackknifed 18-wheel rig just two blocks north of the bridge.  Tuesday afternoon, an American West Worldwide Express truck got tangled up with a car while the driver tried to navigate the streets north of the bridge, which are especially narrow due to the bridge closure.

Photos by Sang Cho, The Daily.

The driver, Daniel Cabez, was trying to deliver a load of furniture to Miller-Pollard in University Village when he became lost after learning that the Northeast 45th Street bridge was under repair. Heading east on NE 47th Street, and knowing that he could not turn right onto 21st Avenue Northeast, Cabez tried to take a left, and the back end of the truck swung out too far.

Cabez had a feeling, though, that he was in trouble.

“I was trying to make it, because this [street] is too short, too,” Cabez said, adding that driving in Washington with a large truck is difficult because of the hills and narrow streets.

He ended up lodging the back of his truck into the hood of a gray Mercury Sable, whose owner was not immediately available.

The crash was especially unfortunate for Cabez, since he had traveled all the way from his native Los Angeles and was just a couple of blocks away from reaching the destination. Cabez, who was traveling with his son and small dog in the cab of the truck, said he usually drives a 48-foot rig.

Cabez was ticketed by one of the two officers who responded to the scene. One officer said that although he doesn’t see accidents on these particular streets often, the police respond to “semis stuck on Ravenna (Boulevard) all the time.”

By 4:45 p.m., the rig was in the process of being extricated and should be removed by this evening.

This story was written by William Dow, new site editor of UDistrictDaily and reporter for The Daily.

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