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State Routes lead Washington’s horrible increase in deaths of people walking, biking or rolling

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has put together a new dashboard breaking down the conditions surrounding traffic deaths of people walking, biking or rolling. The data covers ten years from 2012 through 2021 (2022 data is not yet finalized), and … Continue reading

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Trail will remain open during weekend 520 Bridge construction

The trail on the 520 Bridge will remain open this weekend even as all lanes are closed to motor vehicle traffic. That motor vehicle closure is scheduled to extend from 11 p.m. Friday (today) until 5 a.m. Monday. If you’ve … Continue reading

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45th Street bridge money should either require bike lanes or go to sidewalks and south end safety instead

Amid all the tough cuts to the proposed 2023-24 budget, including $4 million over two year from the sidewalk safety repair budget, one curious project is getting funding: A railing and some lighting on the NE 45th Street bridge over … Continue reading

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Packer: Rainier Valley Greenway may soon connect to I-90 Trail

The Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway may finally connect to the I-90/Mountains to Sound Trail after years of delay and inter-agency disagreement. In early 2021, Ryan Packer reported that WSDOT had refused to work with SDOT on completing the connection from … Continue reading

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I-90 Trail will remain open during weekend westbound bridge closure

The I-90 Bridge will remain open this weekend during expansion joint work on the Homer Hadley Bridge that will close all westbound lanes. We reported last week on a series of tough planned trail closures on the larger of the … Continue reading

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Help WSDOT’s Active Transportation Plan defeat a bunch of highway plans to win a national award

Can a Washington State plan centered around walking, biking and accessibility defeat a bunch of highway and bridge projects to win the 2022 America’s Transportation Award? Well, it can with your help. Remember those annoying “people’s choice” competitions that were … Continue reading

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Trail Alert 9/16-19 and 9/23-26: I-90 Bridge Trail will be closed between Seattle and Mercer Island – UPDATED

UPDATE 9-21: The trail will remain open during the September 23–26 work. WSDOT sent out an alert today that the trail across the I-90 Bridge will be closed most of Friday and all weekend as crews work on an expansion … Continue reading

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Washington’s streets continue to fail kids like Mikey Weilert

Michael Weilert stopped, pushed the button to make the crosswalk lights start blinking, waited to see that cars were stopping, then rode his bike across busy Pacific Avenue S in Parkland last Tuesday. But even though other people had stopped … Continue reading

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Alert 4/28-5/1: 520 Trail closed across Lake Washington

The 520 Bridge Trail will be closed late Thursday through late Sunday, WSDOT announced Wednesday. The trail under the bridge leading to Lake Washington Boulevard will also be closed. A previously-scheduled closure was cancelled earlier this month. You can check … Continue reading

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Washington briefly falls out of #1 spot in bike-friendly states list

“For the first time since the Bicycle Friendly States ranking began in 2008, a state other than Washington claimed the top position,” wrote the League of American Bicyclists in their summary of their 2022 Bicycle Friendly States report. However, Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Alert 4/21-25: 520 Trail across Lake Washington closed – CANCELLED

UPDATE: WSDOT announced Thursday that the planned trail closure has been cancelled. “This weekend’s work on SR 520 is canceled. The trail across Lake Washington will be open tonight through Monday morning.” The walking and biking trails on the 520 … Continue reading

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Alert 1/21-24: Montlake Bridge is fully closed this weekend for maintenance

The Montlake Bridge will be closed for maintenance this weekend starting 10 p.m. Friday (today) and ending 5 a.m. Monday. The closure includes the sidewalks as well as the roadway. There will be a shuttle to take people on foot … Continue reading

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WA Transportation Secretary: Further freeway expansion is ‘a dead end’

Washington Transportation Secretary Roger Millar argued against further highway expansion during his State of Transportation presentation to the House Transportation Committee this week. Instead, he argued for “a resilient response” to the state’s major challenges, including climate change, inequitable traffic … Continue reading

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New 2.5-mile section of EasTrail now open between Renton and I-90

A 2.5-mile segment of the EasTrail is now open between the Seahawks training facility in Renton and Coal Creek Parkway in Bellevue. The very wide trail replaces the old Lake Washington Loop Trail, which is being swallowed up by the … Continue reading

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Alert 9/10-12: Contrary to original plans, bike/walk access will be maintained during Montlake Bridge weekend closure

We have a good news update about the ongoing Montlake Bridge rehabilitation work. The first of several weekend closures is still scheduled for this weekend (September 10–12). But despite original announcements, the west sidewalk will remain open for walking and … Continue reading

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U.S. Bike Route System grows in southeast Washington

WSDOT has started four new U.S. Bicycle Routes in southeast Washington, establishing Clarkston along the Snake River and Tekoa along the Palouse to Cascades Trail as long-distance bike route nexuses. The US Bike Route system is a vision for a … Continue reading

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WSDOT won’t work with SDOT to connect the Rainier Valley Greenway to the I-90 Trail

For years, WSDOT has resisted working with Seattle to connect the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway to the Mountains to Sound Trail (AKA the I-90 Trail), according to reporting by Ryan Packer for the Urbanist. Packer requested emails between the two … Continue reading

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In May, the EasTrail will replace the Lake Washington Loop Trail near Coal Creek + Full closure May 4-5

2.5 miles of the Eastrail will be fully paved and opened next month between Ripley Lane N in Renton and Coal Creek Pkwy in Bellevue. Sections of the EasTrail route between Gene Coulon Park and Coal Creek Pkwy have been … Continue reading

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Lower speed limits on state highways through city proposed by Seattle

Update (3/1): SDOT has confirmed speed limit changes on Aurora and other corridors is expected in 2021 pending approval from WSDOT. The post has been updated below with comment from the department. Late last year, the Seattle Department of Transportation … Continue reading

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WA House Democrats propose transportation package with huge multimodal component

Correction: a previous version of this post listed the timeframe of this package at 12 years instead of 16. Yesterday the Democratic caucus in the Washington State House announced their proposal for the next major state transportation package. Their proposal … Continue reading

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