Share Your Plans for Major I-5 Construction in Seattle

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

We're counting down the days to around-the clock lane closures on northbound I-5 Aug. 10-29. This week crews are removing and replacing an actual expansion joint so they can troubleshoot any problems so work can go smoothly when it counts.

We hope you'll test and troubleshoot your plans now so that taking the bus, traveling an alternate route or logging into work from home will go smoothly during the 19 straight days of closures.

Tell us about your plans and share your troubleshooting commute experiences with us and each other on this blog. Everyone has a unique commute from their door to their destination but we all share the same roads. Your experience my help someone else get through this construction.

146 comments:

Michael Ragsdale said...

My plans are simple: Either the 594 or the Sounder (if I can get up early enough). I never drive anyways with my $3 Puget Pass

Anonymous said...

I know everyone on the south end is going to try taking 99 or 509 south, so I'm going with the Sounder, hopefully additional arrival/departure times can and will be added. Too bad the bus tunnel isn't open yet!

The Geezer said...

I am going to spend my time idling on the freeway taking the name of one Mr. MacDonald (even though he is leaving/left) and one Mr. Brown in vain.

Go ahead, pile that lipstick on that pig as high as you can.

The good news in all this is it may point out what would happen if we lost this freeway on pilings, or put the Viaduct on the surface, or some other result of calamity.

Then, once we admit the problem, Seattle Polite can kick in and we can sit around and discuss it for 20 years.

The Geezer

Anonymous said...

I live in West Seattle and drive to Bellevue for work most days. I drive because I have numerous work assignments around Bellevue, and I need to be able to pick up my 4 kids from activities in the evening. I plan to leave West Seattle no later than 5 am and return home via I-405 southbound. I'll work from home or downtown Seattle to avoid peak hours whenever possible. I will also force myself to ride the bus now that I have a FlexCar membership!

Anonymous said...

What a super idea to do this mid-summer when traffic is at it's worst already. Especially that the port will have to reroute trucks to make any alternative routes a complete nighmare.

Anonymous said...

The Sounder seems like it would be the best thing to do!

If you live far enough South, I'd try Ranier Avenue to drive on. It is not on the list of detours I saw in the Times, so it might be lighter. Although, it is a pretty busy street anyway...

Summer is the perfect time to do it. Less chance of weather impacting the schedule and delaying the completion even further. UW and SPU are also out of school.

Anonymous said...

Just one more example of how the WSDOT doesn't care about the impact of construction on peoples lives. 19 straight days in Aug... enough said.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised the Columbia City Farmer's Market isn't on your outreach list since a lot of the market shoppers from Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley use the I5 Columbian Way exit. Also how about flyers in the Columbia City business district?

I'm glad the repairs will get done.

Anonymous said...

For those traveling to and from Seattle to the South Sound or Kitsap Penninsula, it would be very helpful if additional ferries could be scheduled between Seattle and Bremerton. Also if the summer surcharge could be waived for the construction period.

Anonymous said...

I was working on S Queen Anne, commuting to Lynnwood in '88 and '89 when they resurfaced I5 downtown. They kept it open sort of, but there was always a couple lanes shut down. It took the better part of the summer, and was such a drag. Hooray for DOT that they're just ripping the band-aide off all at once. I'll bet there's significant goodies for the Contractor for each day they finish early, and I'm betting they'll be early. Remember this in November when it comes time to vote on transportation, we need more, not less!

Anonymous said...

Warning for those saying they will just ride the Sounder. It is already very full, and will likely be overloaded during this construction. I ride it every day, and it gets more and more crowded every week. Sound Transit has said that the extra train will not start until November, so we will be stuck with the 4 runs we have now (which are already full). Also, if board from Auburn, Sumner, or Puyallup, parking is already a challenge (the Puyallup lot fills up after the 1st train), so be there early. I imagine that Tacoma, Kent, and Tukwila may see strain during this time as well.

-Daily Sounder Rider

Taxpaying Commuter said...

I'm really glad to see WSDOT taking a proactive stance in preserving and protecting the infrastructure that all of us pay taxes to build and maintain. I-5 is essentially our only viable north-south corridor into Seattle. It would be a real shame to allow this route to deteriorate to a condition similar to that of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Then we'd all be looking at some very long-term extensive closures to replace these structures. As for me, I can plan ahead a bit and live with the short-term August closures.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe (well, maybe I can) that some people actually think there's a better time to do road construction than when the weather is dry. We all want a freeway system that is flawless, but we're not willing to put up with some (relatively) minor inconvenience to improve it. For the complainers, what's your alternative plan? Or do you just like to hear yourselves complain?

Michael Ragsdale said...

When I do take the Sounder, I gladly use a connecting Pierce Transit bus (#300 to the #591) and don't drive as it is. Sure it's packed, but I'm not having to fight for a parking spot. My suggestion to everyone is to find a connecting KC Metro, Pierce Transit, or Sound Transit bus to take you to the station.

Anonymous said...

So, has any thought been given to rerouting the Fauntleroy ferry traffic directly to the downtown area? The overwhelming majority of that traffic goes east in the morning over the West Seattle bridge and then heads north on I-5. I know, because I live in West Seattle and sometimes get caught up in that mess. Fortunately for me I don't head north. And also fortunate for me, I have other avenues of escape.
Were that traffic routed to downtown it could disperse itself through the major surface streets (arterials) and back on to I-5 north of the DOT work. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

So, has any thought been given to rerouting the Fauntleroy ferry traffic directly to the downtown area? The overwhelming majority of that traffic goes east in the morning over the West Seattle bridge and then heads north on I-5. I know, because I live in West Seattle and sometimes get caught up in that mess. Fortunately for me I don't head north. And also fortunate for me, I have other avenues of escape.
Were that traffic routed to downtown it could disperse itself through the major surface streets (arterials) and back on to I-5 north of the DOT work. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

When is the official start time for construction (11:00pm?)? I am taking a trip and normally would travel through Seattle on I-5 on 8/10. I wanted to see what time the start of the lane closures so I can plan accordingly.

Anonymous said...

I also planned on taking the Sounder...but as one person already warned, be prepared for "standing room only." The train can't meet demand as is--before I switched to the #592 (so I could sleep in the AM), the train was full EVERY DAY.

I recommend staying up north w/friends or family, which is what I will be doing during this time.

Anonymous said...

Vacation!

Anonymous said...

WSDOT does realize they just scheduled this over the Penny Arcade eXpo (8/24-8/26), which moved into the Convention Center from Meydenbauer Center. Over 19,000 attended last year's, and it is expected that this year's will be even bigger. I'm wondering how much this project will mess up airport and road travel traffic for this event (therefore affecting others who couldn't care less about PAX)

Anonymous said...

Wow, this might be a bit of a pain. My current plans are to come over on one weekend of the construction (on a Thursday, actually) in a caravan of about 13 cars. We'll be taking the I-90 - I-5 interchange to the convenction center. PAX is happening that weekend with expected attendance of about 30k. There'll be a LOT of traffic.

Michael Ragsdale said...

Sounder...standing room only? I think that's underestimating the crowds. I think it's going to be worse...I'm changing my plans yet again :)

204 to the 410 to the 564 to the 550: here I come...

Anonymous said...

Once again the state has their head up well I will stop there. Have they put on more buses? Do they have plans to put traffic cops on H-99 to override the traffic lights so traffic can move better? How about traffic cops on the First Ave Bridge so we can use that road and have an easy flow into Seattle. No - their answer is for everyone to take a vacation. Sorry not all of us are government workers.

Lauren Penning said...

The Daily Sounder Rider brings up a good point about arriving early for the Sounder Train, especially the first few days of the closures to see what other riders are going to do. However, there is going to be more space available on the Sounder Train during the construction closures which should help ease this strain. Sound Transit is allowing standing room on all trains during the 19 days of closures.

As for parking, we have coordinated with Pierce Transit to add nearly 600 extra stalls at the Tacoma Dome for Sounder riders. Together we are also adding a new lot in nearby Bonnie Lake with a dedicated bus route to the transit station. We are coordinating with the Sumner School District to provide some parking space at Sumner High School. The high school lot will have bus service almost every half hour during commute times and is just a ten minute walk from the transit station. Another option to keep in mind is to try traveling to the Kent station. There are already lots of unused parking spaces available at this lot.

-Lauren Penning

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...
I'm surprised the Columbia City Farmer's Market isn't on your outreach list...
We have posted over 50 posters in the Rainier Valley with project information. We will be sure to get in touch directly with the Columbia City Farmer's Market to see if we can provide them with additional materials. Thanks for comment.

-Lauren Penning

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...
When is the official start time for construction...
The lane closures will officially start at 10 p.m. on Friday, August 10, but some ramps could start closing as early as 7 p.m.

-Lauren Penning

Anonymous said...

When I went to South Africa for 5 weeks and realized they didn't have a tv at the remote place where I would be staying, I stopped watching tv while I was there and for another 2 years thereafter, and studied/learned a foreign language for 3 hours a day instead. Now, I need to start working out: I wonder what I'll do from 6-8 PM while I wait for the traffic to subside?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if this is expected to back up to federal way to tacoma?

I live in bellevue and work in tacoma. I may be taking 18 all the way to 90 then back west to bellevue. hopefully 90west wont be that bad.

Anonymous said...

I tried to use the metro trip planner from my home in Brier to my office in Kent and the reply was that the trip wasn't possible.

I would be OK picking up a park and ride on the north end but needed addresses.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see the Water taxi service to add a sailing before 6:50 a.m. and one after 6:50 p.m. throughout the week. I have been in touch with King County Metro and they said they were unable to add additional sailings.

Anonymous said...

So why can't carpools of 2 or more use the truck, transit and vanpool lane on Airport way as well?

Anonymous said...

I think if I had to make the commute to Seattle every day I would go crazy or drink a lot, lol! My job (sales) allows me to work in different states, so I am moving to Portland for those 3 weeks!! Usually their traffic is worse than ours, but perhaps not this time! I feel bad for the commuters... get your butts out of those single occupancy vehicles, people! Make it easier on the professional drivers who deliver your milk and gas.

Everyday bus communter said...

Why do so many people rant about this project? It's well planned and the media was telling everyone about the project before the year even started. WSDOT is just doing what is needed in preserving the freeway infrastructure for the city of Seattle. People should grow up and act like an adult. It is a headache but imagine I-5 is destroy in the event of earthquake. What do you do then??? There are many alternatives and the world is not going to end. Relax and breath, it's going to be fine. :)

Anonymous said...

I work a swing shift (3:30pm to Midnight} in SODA district(south downtown) so I am committed to car travel. Being their is NO public transportation going to my area in the south end at the end of my shift.
I guess I am forced to grit & bear it.
Ironic how when the License tab fees went down & the so-called loss of money for raod projects would decline because of it, NOW they decide to plan a major project.

Derek said...

Buy a Motorcycle! HOV baby!

Derek said...

BUY A MOTORCYCLE! HOV BABY!

Anonymous said...

So far everything seems to be about the southenders traveling north in the morning. What about all of us who have to travel home
from the south end into Seattle.
I have joined a 3 person carpool because I think that there is going to a horrible back up going home. Can we get access to that
Airport Way S truck/vanpool lane
as a 3 person carpool?

Anonymous said...

This is retarded, not only is the busy traffic picking up more, but this is the height of the tourist season and this is going to deter people from even wanting to come to Seattle. These people are at the DOT are absolutely incompetent and deserve to receive every negative comment and action that comes their way. Don't they realize that this is the lifeline of Seattle? Why are they not shutting down the lanes at night and working on them now or at least do not work during the rush hour periods (7-10 am & 4-7 pm). Gosh, these people are idiots!

P.S. Did anyone hear on the radio earlier this week about a utility truck installing signs on HWY 99 near Western Ave at 8:00 am? You would think that these city workers would think about a better way to plan around traffic. Oh, I guess not their incompetence continues!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll be on my scooter and will probably pass you in grid lock.

Anonymous said...

my company is paying me to stay home, they said I’m weird.

I think that should hurt my feelings but it doesn’t.

Anonymous said...

I bought a superman costume, I’m flying to work.

I’ve been practicing for the past two weeks on my
Technique.

Wish me luck!

Anonymous said...

I’ve contracted with a local seaplane outfit; they agreed to let me parachute

Near my office.

Anonymous said...

I’m riding my bike from my home in Marysville to my office in the Sodo district

Every day. I hope I don’t die.

Anonymous said...

I’ve hooked a series of ropes on the sides of buildings all the way from Tacoma to
Seattle’s china town where I work.
I’m going to do the Spiderman and swing all the way into work.

Anonymous said...

I’ve converted my car into an airplane, watch the skies.

Anonymous said...

Ninja; in the middle of the night I shall simply appear at my
Desk at Second and Lenora.
Then in the evening, disappear, I will be one with the Universe.

Anonymous said...

I has this big red pickup truck that’s eight feet in the air with tires the size of
An elephants behind, I drive to work from Chehalis to Seattle everyday.
My licence plate says, I smoke cigarettes laced with gun powder.
I’m not changing a thang, be sure to wave when ya see me now ya hear.

Anonymous said...

Hang gliding; that’s all I’ve got to say

the dispatcher said...

I'm so very glad I don't have to drive to Seattle every day. I've only got my one trip to the airport, and you can be I'll be leaving VERY early for that.

My concern is how this will affect the truckers and import/export at the terminals. Our company is expected into the ports within a brief period of time or we have to start paying fines. Yippee, right? Hopefully, the port will work with the trucking industry and hold some overnight gates so that neither they nor the truckers get backed up too terribly. (Yes, we're trying. We just haven't received their final agreement yet.)

Anonymous said...

I take the sounder from the Auburn station. The standing on the train is something that won't kill me for 3 weeksso no complaints there. On the other hand - parking is horrible. The lot is filling up to the roof by the time of the 3rd train on some days. Yet, the city has parking spaces in the same garage that NEVER fill up. BUT - they are too stubborn to let people park there for the 19 days of the construction. Mayor Lewis - you should be ashamed of not offering your spaces!

Anonymous said...

It reads "50 comments" but I only counted 45. How do I view comments older than July 18, 2007? I remember a post about someone having a baby on the 10th and can't find it.
I appreciate the post that mentions a 7 or 10 pm start on Aug 10th. I think that should be on the posters, because I thought it started in the morning on that day.
Thanks!

luneray said...

I live in Tacoma and work in downtown Seattle and usually take the Sounder. The morning ride may be standing room only if you get on at one of the later stops, but I'd rather stand for the 20 minute train ride from Kent than sit for an hour in traffic. Since southbound I5 isn't affected by the closures, southbound buses shouldn't be affected too much.

Let's hope for a warm, dry August. Cool, wet weather will prolong the closures because the highway can't be resurfaced while it's wet.

John (New Zealand) said...

I used to live in West Seattle as of 3 weeks ago. The West Seattle Bridge was a nightmare then, it will be Dante's Inferno for 3 weeks soon! Road rage galore! I not only got sick of the traffic in Seattle, but also finally got sick of living in the USA! I moved to the Wellington, New Zealand and started my life over.

My commute to my new fantastic job here is via a little 50cc scooter on a quiet 5 miles long scenic road into downtown. I live on the open ocean and will be surfing after work when the waves are good. People here think traffic is bad, haha.. I tell them about Seattle's issues then they feel better already.

I feel sorry for everyone in Seattle, especially in West Seattle. My recommendation is to take a long vacation or personal leave from work. Get the hell out of Seattle for a weeks (unpaid if need be).

Good luck everyone!

Anonymous said...

I considered riding a motorcycle in the HOV lane too, but based on past experiences that's not a good plan (hint to other riders). The moment one vehicle attempts to get out of the HOV lane, the HOV will mirror gridlock in the other lanes.

BRILLANT PLAN: Vacation the first week, and livin' the motorhome life in my employers parking lot the rest of the time. Move over Bubba, yer cuzzin's pullin' up!

BIG thanks to Old McDonald and his buddy Uncle (turd) Brown for the wonderful plan. Smooth rodes ahead, yippie!

Anonymous said...

I've been commuting to the U-District for 8 years and quite frankly I'm sick of it. Unfortunately real estate is far too expensive up there for my librarian salary, so I found a new job in Pierce County and start August 8th! I feel for you all though. Take care and be safe!

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if this is expected to back up to federal way to tacoma?

I live in bellevue and work in tacoma. I may be taking 18 all the way to 90 then back west to bellevue. hopefully 90 west wont be that bad.

July 24, 2007 1:17:00 PM PDT

There may be some extra congestion on I-90 as drivers take I-405 and SR 18, and then I-90 west into the city as an alternate. I would recommend leaving early for the first few days to get an idea of what traffic is doing during the closures.

-Lauren Penning

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...

I tried to use the metro trip planner...I would be OK picking up a park and ride on the north end but needed addresses.

July 24, 2007 1:52:00 PM PDT

There is park and ride information listed on metro’s website: http://transit.metrokc.gov/tops/parknride/pr-north-seattle.html. We also have park and ride information on our website at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/choices/parkride.cfm

Be sure to scope out these lots before the closures start to see if there is space available. I also recommend testing out bus routes from these locations before the closures so you know what to expect.

-Lauren Penning

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...

I would love to see the Water taxi service...

July 24, 2007 2:14:00 PM PDT

Metro was able to add an additional run in the morning at 6:10 a.m. on the water taxi. Each taxi will be able to accommodate 100 more riders during the closures. Also, Metro will provide additional shuttle service.

-Lauren Penning

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...

So why can't carpools of 2 or more use the truck, transit and vanpool lane on Airport way as well?

July 24, 2007 2:18:00 PM PDT

Allowing carpools in the Airport Way S truck and transit lane would be too difficult to enforce with the limited shoulders on that section of roadway. Seattle police will be able to watch the lane and ensure that marked vanpools, trucks and buses are the only vehicles taking that lane.

Carpoolers will still have an advantage during the closure because they can take the HOV lane on I-5 all the way to Michigan, just before the construction zone.

-Lauren Penning

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...

So far everything seems to be about the southenders traveling north in the morning... Can we get access to that Airport Way S truck/vanpool lane
as a 3 person carpool?

July 26, 2007 2:43:00 PM PDT

Thank you for helping reduce traffic on northbound I-5 by at least two vehicles. You will need to gather two more people and sign up for a metro vanpool to gain access to the truck and transit lane on Airport Way S. King County Metro has extended the deadline for drivers to sign up for a vanpool. Now through Aug. 3, you can start a vanpool for only $45. For more information on how to sign up visit Metro’s Web site at: http://transit.metrokc.gov/tops/van-car/vanpool.html.

If you can’t find other riders to join your carpool you should still have an advantage during the afternoon commute because there will be a carpool lane until just south of the project. Thank you so much for being a part of the solution.

- Lauren Penning

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said “Why are they not shutting down the lanes at night and working on them now or at least do not work during the rush hour periods (7-10 am & 4-7 pm).”

We looked at other ways of scheduling this work and we would have needed about 68 night closures and 11 weekend closures to complete the project. This could extend the project into two construction seasons, creating a long-term construction nightmare in the middle of downtown Seattle. Delays could force nighttime closures to extend into the morning rush hour. Numerous weekend closures would interfere with events for months.

We chose August because it is the best time of year to ensure good weather and reduce the chance of delays. Traffic volumes and transit usage is also lowest in August. August also offered the fewest conflicts with other summer major events, such as Seafair, the Bite of Seattle and Bumbershoot.

-Lauren Penning

Anonymous said...

Excellent
My with my zip line from West side across the Elliot nearly complete, bring on the construction, in fact, close I5 permanently...

Anonymous said...

So far I have not found public transportation that can get me from Burien to Mercer Island at my normal start time of 5:00am. I am planning to go 509 and East Marginal & pick up 90 near the stadium. As it is I am planning to make my start time 4:30 or even 4:00 if need be. I will do the best I can. I don't have 3 weeks of vacation.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't WSDOT wait until the bus tunnel reopened? There's going to be one heck of a snarl on 4th Ave by Safeco Field as all the buses pour onto 4th from the busway. If WSDOT had waited, all those buses could have been routed through the tunnel.

On the other hand, it's good to force people to take public transit---except you can't see out of the bus windows anymore thanks to Ron Sims' decision to wrap all the bus windows in advertising.

Anonymous said...

This is just another way we are show that the people is this area have no say. Yes I agree this projecy needs to be done but I also think they could do it in a better fashion. To those who think we are just complaining maybe you should be in our shoes for the 19 days! Some people live south and most have familes and kids we attend to. Some do not have more than one car at their disposal so they must drive due to time restrants with day care, school and a spouse you car pool with. This is going to make for very angry drivers and unhappy people as well as employers, I hope the state and WSDOT is happy!

Michael Ragsdale said...

It's been said before, I'll say it again: I'll uses connecting buses to Tacoma Dome Station (300 to the 591) and I'm making this suggestion to everyone who plans to catch the Sounder (which will be packed I'm sure): use a connecting bus from your house to the train station. Too bad Sound Transit and Burlington Northern couldn't reach an agreement for a 5th train.

Anonymous said...

I live in Seattle and work in Tacoma and usually enjoy the "opposite commute." My question is - why isn't the sounder train going to run at least one train south in the morning and one north in the evening? The only accommodations being made are for those living south and working north it seems. While they are the vast majority - I would think making an exception and running only one reverse train trip would be beneficial to quite a few people.

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...
It reads "50 comments" but I only counted 45. How do I view comments older than July 18, 2007? I remember a post about someone having a baby on the 10th and can't find it....

The comment you are looking for is from a previous blog that was started in March about the Major I-5 Construction. Here is the link to that post: http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2007_02_25_archive.html

-Lauren Penning

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...
Why didn't WSDOT wait until the bus tunnel reopened...

We planned these lane closures during August because traffic volumes and transit usage is lowest in August. August also has the driest weather in this region to ensure that the weather dependant work will be completed on time. We also planned the closures between Aug. 10 - 29 to avoid SeaFair and Bumbershoot as well as many other major events in the region.

-Lauren Penning

Anonymous said...

FYI--the 65th & Freeway Park & Ride is being "cleaned" for the next month (good planning there), so don't count on carpooling/busing/vanpooling from there

Anonymous said...

Re the Sounder - everyone who is planning to take the Sounder, just so you know. They are not planning additional trains. On a regular day, there is standing room only by the time it gets to Kent and full by Tukwila. There will not be additional room for extra people so I'm not sure why Sound Transit is not addressing this issue.

Anonymous said...

The Sounder is already practically full to capacity. I am expecting standing room only in my commute from Kent.

Anonymous said...

The dedicated transit/truck lane sounds like a great idea. Why not do it all the time?
We need more dedicated transit lanes. Last night it took me 45 minutes riding the bus through downtown.

Anonymous said...

So few people know about this closure of I-5 ! This is being poorly advertised. A few years back when the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River into Portland was shut down. They advertised for months and it was a success. This is going to be a disaster!

Anonymous said...

As much as I will undoubtedly be annoyed while I sit in traffic trying to get from Renton to Seattle, I do have to say that WSDOT is doing a great job of advertising the closures (contrary to posters' opinions). Companies in the area appear to be proactively discussing this with their employees, too. Even this blog is well planned; y'all can get your 2 cents in.
Good job WSDOT!

Anonymous said...

Why won't Sound Transit start the 5th Sounder train a month early? They are ready, they should start it in time to help during August. Of course, good luck finding parking in Sumner and Puyallup.

Anonymous said...

WELL, THANKS DOT>>>>> SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE WILL FIND OUT SOON THAT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS A GOOD OPTION TO WORK....I KNOW SOME WILL TAKE THIS AS THEIR FIRST TIME TO TRY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. I JUST STARTED LAST SPRING AND FINISHED READING BOOKS, MAGAZINES DUSTING AT HOME. GOOD PROJECT, HITTING TWO BIRDS AT THE SAME TIME.

Anonymous said...

I usually ride the bus from Maple Valley to Downtown, but I expect that the ride will get A LOT longer despite the reroute. I'll see how it goes, but may end up riding the Sounder train because it won't be impacted as much. I expect the train to be really full, in addition to the Auburn Station garage (it's almost full for the 3rd train!)

As for timing, there's *never* a good time for road construction. Might as well do it when the weather is least likely to disrupt progress and when more commuters are on vacation.

- Michelle G in Maple Valley

safetravel said...

Going to use I-5 to Sea Tac and take Hawaiian Air to Hawaii.

Gregg's Cycles said...

Time to "Make a Bike A Part of Your Plan!" Gregg's Greenlake Cycle is hosting a free clinic on bicycle commuting on August 30th at 7pm at the Greenlake location. Learn more about it and sign up here.
www.greggscyles.com

Anonymous said...

is traffic coming south (to SeaTac) from north of downtown (shoreline) going to be worse than usual in the mornings since the northbound lanes will be closed?

Anonymous said...

My solution is to vote our governor out of office. I think WADOT sees this as a scientific experiment and nothing else. They could have made this less painful, but instead they choose to play games.
I hope they have saved up their karma points!

Anonymous said...

For those of you who complained that summer is a bad time for this "because traffic is so much heavier". You couldn't be further from the truth. Traffic gets bad once school starts in the fall...which is why this is occuring befre then...and why this couldn't be delayed until the tunnel opened...

Pay attention to the facts.

Anonymous said...

I ride the 6:20 Sounder in from Tacoma. We are full by Auburn and packed by Kent. Some relief in Tukwila, but I am noticing more riders getting on there as well. The south bound trains are stuffed before Tukwila. And I-5 hasn't even closed yet.

It would be prudent to add the fifth train early, but we heard that Sound Transit didn't think anyone would ride it.

Then there is the parking issue. I'm in the Tacoma garage by 5:55am. It is filling up faster, but there is still room at that time. There is no bus for me from my area (University Place) that accomidates the train schedule. And even if it did, the park & ride by TCC is not safe to park in.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Sounder. It is a civilized way to commute to work and back.

Anonymous said...

I believe that this represents yet another dose of social engineering from the WSDOT. Mark my words -- in a few years, we will hear about how we can deal with no increases in road capacity (despite a rapidly expanding population) because we "showed it could be done" during August 2007. Watch and see.

Anonymous said...

"The Columbian Way on-ramp will be closed throughout construction from Aug. 10 through 29."

I live in West Seattle and think many here have their head in the sand.

Is this not the shared on-ramp to I-5N from the West Seattle Bridge / Spokane Street Viaduct?

Is it correct that the only access West Seattlites will have will be from the lower Spokane Street on-ramp?

...Not that I'm planning on going anywhere NEAR I-5 during that time, but would like clarification for our community.

JewelyaZ said...

Lauren,

Thanks for your great work in planning and communication for this project. Despite the whining of some people, it's clear that an amazing amount of time and effort has been put in to the project to reduce the pain as much as possible for the people who use this corridor.

And hey, if you hate your commute, MOVE. I despised my 2.5 hour a day commute from Woodinville to Bellevue, so we ran the numbers and decided we could swing a higher house payment in return for less of a commute, lower fuel expenses, and selling a car. We live less than five miles from work now and I can't say how much happier I am without that dang commute! :-)

JewelyaZ said...

Here's some breaking news from Minneapolis that maybe will give you something to think about as you complain about a complete closure for road work: http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_213191448.html

I hope the death toll is much lower than they are currently projecting.

Anonymous said...

Ride a bike people!

Professional Commuter said...

Every complainer about WSDOT and this particular closure should offer up that one perfect solution that would have made EVERYONE happy -- let's hear it?! It's a no-brainer just to throw stones. I learned as I grew up that everything in the world isn't obligated to revolve around me. Sounds like the whiners have yet to grow up. I don't envy you your job, Laura, but I do admire how you're handling it.

Anonymous said...

Going to Chicago for the entire month.

You've heard of Chicago right?
They fund massive road construction with tolls, work at night, and have real trains that let you commute from as far away as South Bend, IN. (100 miles)

the Grudge said...

It is very simple. The people that are responsible for making the decision to move forward in this manner should be fired and criminally charged. With the exception of a major catastrophe is should not be legal for a major interstate to be closed to this extent. It is hard to believe that anyone can be that ignorant. Only in Washington State do we elect or hire officials of this caliber. The absolute disregard for people who have to make a living is appalling. And a special thanks to Mayor Greg Nichols who gave the brilliant suggestion to "take some time off work". Are you going to pay everyone's salary Mayor Nichols? I don't think so. In closing let me quote the motto of this fine states leadership, "Bend over Washington"!

not really idle... said...

ha! 19days out of a year for a minor inconvenience...for those who absolutely cannot do without driving their cars on the freeway...might i suggest you bring a cooler for you to eat a favorite snack while idling...or a favorite CD of your comedian blasting thru your speakers ...or you can just sit there and contemplate all life's idiosynchrosies that has subjected you to the horror of sitting on a freeway that's probably not going anywhere because, for the life of me, we don't know how to drive when there is any kind of distraction on the freeway.

Anonymous said...

I am so tired of hearing from the complainers... and yes, they do like to hear themselves talk. We have not had this type of traffic inconvenience in some time. What other options do we have? I'm listening! There will never be a good time, so why not now? Deal with it! If you are so unhappy, then move to rural Kansas? I commute to Seattle from south sound area every morning, and this closure is going to be a headache for me, but that's LIFE! You deal with it!!

On a side note...I want to thank WSDOT for the much appreciated construction of the second Tacoma Narrows Bridge. I look forward to reaching highway 16 at the end of my commute in the evening... no traffic to speak of ;) Love it!!

kbyrd said...

Insignificant though it may seem, my son and two musician friends have a chamber music camp in West Seattle during the "nightmare weeks." We are looking at Metro schedules from north seattle to downtown to Water Taxi... Our concern is whether or not the Metro schedules you find online are building in extra time to compensate for slow/stopped traffic and full buses.

Note about advance notice from a very busy stay at home mom who reads the paper & watches the news on a regular basis - regardless of what kind of publicity was done for this project, the first we heard of it was in June (?!) when it was too late to withdraw the kids from a camp for which they have rehearsed very hard.

If anyone has any ideas about merely getting from Green Lake to West Seattle for 5 days, I'm open to suggestions. And if anyone knows whether the Metro online schedules are building in extra time, I'd like to know that too. Thanks.

hawgrum said...

The sounder train, WHY, hasn't the local government agencies done more in getting more train cars added, the trains are packed now. When we need it most, another whole train needs to be added. Once you add another train, they'll find it will be full and should stay on line, commuters will be free of their cars. Wait, this makes too much sense.

Anonymous said...

I normally vanpool, but we decided not to run for this 3 week period. Frankly, we just don't think that the airport way bus/vanpool route will do much good. Instead some of us are on vacation, some are working from home, some are taking the train, and some like me are driving but working VERY early hours (like getting to work at 4am) with condensed work weeks.

If you really want to encourage people to carpool/vanpool/bus during this time a better option would be to designate one of the open lanes as HOV only. That way the people doing their best to prevent congestion benefit the most.

hawgrum said...

I can't believe that the WSDOT hasn't added more cars to the existing trains, they are packed with people from the south end. It would be great to see them add another train permenantly. I-5 construction, WHY, don't they think of this stuff. If the back ups are going to be all the way back to Tacoma, and the main idea is to get cars off the roads, then get more trains with more cars on the tracks, I think they will find they will will be filled up.

Anonymous said...

Metro is a great option and hopefully people will try and like it. Keep in mind, this will probably be a busier time for them, and they will be re-routed as well.

I'm glad that we are fixing roads, but it would be nicer if we were building BRAND NEW ONES to help move people. But, after what happened in Minnisota, it's clear that maintenance is good.

Thankful I-5 work zone fatality survivor said...

In light of the tragic events of yesterday in Minneapolis, I hope that everyone can try to appreciate/respect that the #1 priority for WSDOT is Safety - for commuters, construction workers, inspectors... everyone potentially affected by construction, particularly under live traffic.

Had such a catastrophe occurred here as did in MN, those currently attacking the planning of this project would then be sounding off at those same responsible parties for their inaction. Be thankful they did not choose to do nothing until they received a *prettier* engineering report, instead of moving forward based on the actual conditions.

Life is short - too often, unexpectedly so... this is temporary... buck up and sort it!

Anonymous said...

Sound Transit's website says they are adding a 5th train just for this construction period. Note they are also changing the schedule somewhat for the other trains.

Anonymous said...

Since I am in outside sales and live in West Seattle I am getting hit twice! West Seattle has few options besides the upper or lower West Seattle bridges. This will give you an idea what it would be like without the viaduct! DOT should have figured a way to close lanes between 9PM and 6AM! There is NO logical option beyond Hwy 99 for those going North from West Seattle.

Anonymous said...

Our van pool is planning on an early schedule. We will leave North Seattle around 6 and then leave work at about 2.

Many people will also be staying home and teleworking.

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...

Ironic how when the License tab fees went down & the so-called loss of money for raod projects would decline because of it, NOW they decide to plan a major project.
July 26, 2007 12:02:00 PM PDT

WSDOT lost funding with the adoption of Initiative 695, which took away car tab revenue for state transportation projects, but much of that funding was restored by the Legislature through gas tax increases in 2003 and 2005. The I-5 project was funded by the 2005 increase.

-Lauren Penning

Anonymous said...

I'm confused....
"When is the official start time for construction...
The lane closures will officially start at 10 p.m. on Friday, August 10, but some ramps could start closing as early as 7 p.m."

So...for those of us heading north to Seattle on Aug. 9 and 10 in the morning, the lanes WON'T be closed????

Anonymous said...

I'm digging a tunnel (can already hear Chinese voices!) and will be burrowing beneath all the turmoil!

Anonymous said...

I'm quitting! I've already put my two weeks notice in at work - conveniently for August 10th. I am moving to Singapore where there is an MRT subway station nearly every 400 meters throughout the entire country. I love Seattle, but of all the cities I've been in all over the world, we have some of the stupidest mass transit ever. Get that fixed and one day we won't be so sad when they close a few lanes.

Anonymous said...

I started planning/testing my commute from Bellevue to West Seattle in May and now am riding by bike 3 miles to the Eastgate Park & Ride, Transfering buses downtown, which requires riding my bike 4 blocks, riding the bus to SW Spokane St & Chelan, and then riding my bike another 1.5 miles to work! I have worked out all the bugs and am loving the commute! And if things get really bad, I can always get off the bus and ride the bike. The Water Taxi is also a good option, but I have found the bus to be more reliable. This change in commute will be permenant (weather permitting). Think outside of the box!
p.s I also keep an extra car we have at work now for lunch runs etc.!

Anonymous said...

So, what happens when,( not if, but when ), there is an accident that blocks the only open lane?

Also, out-of-state vacationers as well as truckers will not be aware of any lane closures and will be travelling I5 north through Seattle. Will there be any signs posted to recommend alternate routes?( forget about radio station AM 530; it's too poor a signal and inaudible 99% of the time )

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to make many plans. I'm expected to be downtown at Starbucks headquarters on 1st/Lander at 8:30am M-F. I need to be there on time, so I'm trying to figure out how early I will have to get up/leave to do that & what my route and mode of transportation will be. I live in West Seattle and typically take a bus from the Junction or park along Avalon and hop on a bus there. Sometimes I drive and park at the company parking lot on Holgate. The bridge is so atrocious as it is for bus or car since everyone is switching lanes across the span of the bridge....what is it going to look like during the i-5 lane closures!

My options so far:
A) STANDING on a packed bus super early and sitting on the bridge, that will most likely be at a crawl, then getting on 1st, also expected to be highly congested.
B)Commuting to downtown with my mom (a Sounder conductor) at 4am, then sleeping in the car.
C)Taking a bus or driving to the Water Taxi, taking a Starbucks employee shuttle from the dock area to work (there is one, RIGHT?).
D) Commuting with neighbors that are trying to figure out what roads we can get in thru South Seattle.
Any more ideas...let me know.
I really hope that these 19 days won't be as bad as I'm feeling they will. :/ However, I'm glad repairs are being made, we don't want a Seattle bridge tragedy.. :()

-WEST SEATTLITE

Anonymous said...

I live in Auburn and work in Renton. I am riding my bike on the Interurban trail. It takes only 60-90 minutes (less on the way in than the way home)and I am very out of shape, riding at a slow but steady pace. My only wish is that there were more bike lanes on some the streets from the trail to the business center.

Anonymous said...

I live in Renton and work in West Seattle...luckily for me, I have lots of vacation time available and plan to take the entire 2 1/2 weeks off!:)

Anonymous said...

I live in Puyallup and start @ 12:30pm and finish whenever so I have to commute alone - plus I carry a firearm and they aren't allowed on public transportation. So there aren't a lot of choices except deal with it. I think the road improvements are needed and we don't want here what happened in Minneapolis. I would love to commute with someone else. I would also love to see a lane that is dedicated somewhere to nothing but scooters. In Europe and other places they save of Fuel costs by having scooters everywhere. We aren't as respectful to motorcycles and scooters here as they are in other countries. I know the crotch rockets are pretty much not liked by everyone including myself because a lot of kids drive them recklessly. I also know some people who drive them normal and have watched drivers actually go for them- probably due to the fact that they have had bad encounters with poor drivers of these bikes.
I really would like to see a law passed for motorcycle and scooter lanes. We could make a big impact in the gasoline industry in this area by all commuting on bikes.
Thats all!

Michael Ragsdale said...

For everyone who thinks transit is bad in King/Pierce counties, my cousins live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Have a look at Route 29 (this is the bus route my cousins live on) on the transit site (gohrt.com) - that's the norm out there. Let's be glad we have buses at night and weekends that run more often then every hour.

BTW: I'm lucky I have a sister who lives in Bellevue and she's letting me stay with her. 550 will be packed. I'm voting YES for Roads and Transit. Kudos to WSDOT for getting the I 5 work done quickly.

Anonymous said...

Ride a bike!! with the backups, it'll take less time than driving to get between Seattle and Kent.

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...
I'm confused....
"When is the official start time for construction...
The lane closures will officially start at 10 p.m. on Friday, August 10, but some ramps could start closing as early as 7 p.m."

So...for those of us heading north to Seattle on Aug. 9 and 10 in the morning, the lanes WON'T be closed????
August 3, 2007 4:03:00 PM PDT

That is correct, the around-the-clock lane closures do not start until Friday night, Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. Some ramp closures could start as early as 7 p.m. though.

-Lauren

Anonymous said...

It sure would be nice to have had a monorail built by now for those of us live in Ballard and work in Georgetown. I have no choice but to work in my office in georgtown during this construction. Our city needs to step to the 21st century and provide alternate transportation. The Sounder won't help me a bit.

Anonymous said...

I moved from seattle to the east coast and many you have road construction easy. A project like this back east would take months if not a year

Anonymous said...

simple - bike it. i'll be riding from west seattle to lake union. it's easy, stress reducing and i'll be waving at everyone sitting alone in their SUV's on 99 and the bridge.

get out of your car, get on your bike - rent one if you need to. quit complaining when you have options.

sure, not everyone can ride, or has kids or appointments. but if all those who COULD do something other than drive WOULD do something different, this would not be so bad.

this is the worst thing about seattle, everyone here complains when nothing is done, complains when they are inconvenienced, and complain again when something is being done to keep things from getting even worse in the future.

good job WSDOT, i don't envy the crap your taking. in october when everyone is enjoying the improved freeway, i doubt anyone will even remember their few days of bad traffic.

Anonymous said...

As a frequent bus rider, my concern was brought to light this morning as the busses were backed up on 4th Ave due to the bus lane being closed in areas for construction or other reasons. Will this be happening during the next few weeks? It almost took longer getting through Seattle than from Federal Way to Seattle, and in the next few weeks with more and more congestion on these roads....???

Anonymous said...

I just hate the brilliant suggestions to take vacation or work from home! How short-sighted is that? Are you willing to do without fuel being delivered to the gas stations or food being delivered to the grocery stores because the trucks can't get through?! What is being done to help them through this mess!?

Anonymous said...

Why don't we do this at night, with partial lane closures as to not affect the rush hours? ~ To the people who call this complaining.... you obviously don’t already spend close to an hour in your car each way.. Ah's

Scott said...

I was glad to hear the Sounder adding an additional train, but am sadly disappointed to learn how they added it. The additional train starts in Puyallup, which has some of the worst parking for the Sounder. The parking lot fills up fast, pushing riders to park on near by streets. Also they added the train at 6:17am, which does little good for those that start late do to kids in school or daycare.

I would love to see the Sounder add an additional train leaving Tacoma at 7:30 (or at least after the 7:10 train). The 7:10 train is the last train and it’s always full and most of the time it’s standing room only.

I would think that a lot of people are going to decide take the train from Tacoma, and that this last train that leaves at 7:10 will be full before it leaves.

Scott said...

I was glad to hear the Sounder adding an additional train, but am sadly disappointed to learn how they added it. The additional train starts in Puyallup, which has some of the worst parking for the Sounder. The parking lot fills up fast, pushing riders to park on near by streets. Also they added the train at 6:17am, which does little good for those that start late do to kids in school or daycare.

I would love to see the Sounder add an additional train leaving Tacoma at 7:30 (or at least after the 7:10 train). The 7:10 train is the last train and it’s always full and most of the time it’s standing room only.

I would think that a lot of people are going to decide take the train from Tacoma, and that this last train that leaves at 7:10 will be full before it leaves.

Anonymous said...

I want to know what the ferry part of the DOT is going to do to actually help the ferry runs. They currently have the "Sealth" on two of the most popular rush-hour Bremerton runs (7:20 am and 5:30 pm) which is about 2/3 the auto capacity of even the smallest boats they ever have on those routes. The typical boats are either the Hyak (same size as the Kaleetan at 144-cars) or the Kitsap (same passenger space as the Sealth, but 40 more cars). Passengers are frequently asked to "make room" for fellow passengers on those runs already. Adding I-5 commuters will be a total nightmare.

The resulting combination has only 2/3 auto capacity. The Kaleetan switch was going to happen anyway.

Anonymous said...

1 ) Very poor timing - Are you kidding! Mid-August!
2) I hear that there will be no additional bus routes, etc. to help with congestion. Why the hell not!
If you want funding and confidence from the community, you need much better planning. This could not have been less-thought-out plan for the Seattle commuters, who are going to rage at WSDOT after this.

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...

Is it correct that the only access West Seattlites will have will be from the lower Spokane Street on-ramp?

August 1, 2007 3:04:00 PM PDT

You are correct that the Columbian Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed during the 19 days of construction. However the West Seattle Bridge ramp and the Spokane Street ramp to northbound I-5 are only scheduled to close during the first and second weekends of the construction closures. For more details about the project staging check out these graphics: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SpokaneStreetBridgeRepair/TrafficEffects.htm

-Lauren

Lauren Penning said...

Sorry - the whole url did not paste. To see graphics of the planned staging of the I-5 project visit this Web page: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SpokaneStreetBridgeRepair/TrafficEffects.htm

-Lauren

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...
So, what happens when,( not if, but when ), there is an accident that blocks the only open lane?

Also, out-of-state vacationers as well as truckers will not be aware of any lane closures and will be travelling I5 north through Seattle. Will there be any signs posted to recommend alternate routes?( forget about radio station AM 530; it's too poor a signal and inaudible 99% of the time )
August 4, 2007 8:38:00 PM PDT

These are good questions. To answer the first, we will have extra WSDOT Incident Response crews stationed on either end of the project area to help clear incidents quickly from I-5. As for out of state truckers - we notified the following Trucking Associations: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Alberta. Also we are staffing our Traffic Management Center up to 18 hours a day with engineers and communications staff during the closures to help get the word out to drivers about the current traffic conditions. Look for information on electronic signs on the freeway, from our Highway Advisory Radio (as you pointed out this system has its limitations), on our Web site and by giving updates to local radio stations.

-Lauren

Anonymous said...

For those of us living north of this work, how will it impact a commute on southbound I-5 through downtown, getting on to I-90 to Bellevue? Will there likely be huge back-ups along this route?

Anonymous said...

I don't know what you all are complaining about, they are giving you free parking near downtown! How convenient!

Hee.

Seriously, the outreach has been deafening. We all know about it, now plan accordingly!

I do a reverse commute from South Park to Bellevue and back. I'll be seriously affected by this, but I have a plan to work off hours or from home. I know that not everyone has this option but it is one less person at rush hour on the road.

Anonymous said...

Could you provide some information for people on how to get back to I-5 after getting past the construction area? I've seen lots of great information on how to get off of I-5, and what alternate routes people might take, but they all dead-end in downtown, or put everyone on Hwy 99. For people who might not be familiar with downtown and just need to get through the construction area I think some tips for getting back to I-5 could be helpful.

Anonymous said...

A West Seattle Resident:

I would like to see a response to the questions of re-routing the Fauntleroy Ferry to downtown during the this project; and an explanation of the wisdom of sending Gig Harbor residents to West Seattle via Vashon Island to avoid I-5.

That is just adding even more traffic to a bridge that already backs up easily and frequently during rush hour.

What steps are being taken to keep the traffic flowing across the bridge?

When traffic is backed up on NB I-5 some inconsiderate commuters will keep to the left hand lane until the last minute, then come to a stop until someone lets them merge into the right hand lane, so they can then merge into the NB I-5 on ramp. If the left hand lane is slow and/or not moving that is going to back up both lanes well into West Seattle.

Anonymous said...

It's important work that's being done, but the timing sucks...isn't this the height of the tourist season? I need a vehicle as part of my job in Ballard and I'm living in Federal Way...vacation is not an option since this is our busiest time of year at work. I'll be spending every other night with a friend in Seattle and working from home/going in to work in the afternoons on the other days.

I wish public transpo was an option for me, I used to take it all of the time. Good luck to all!

Anonymous said...

A. All of the agencies involved need to be congratulated on this project - each has reacted as best they can to mitigate a bad situation.
B. Given the state of our infrastructure (here and nationally) fixing problems before they become disasters MUST take precedence --- we don't want a bridge collapse like back east.
C. The only way things would have been better could possibly come for better agency coordination (as single regional Transit agency for example) but it appears to me that all of this is going to work and in a week or two we'll being saying "what problems".
D. BUT in the interest of full dislosure I'm staying away from the mess.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the anonymous posting on July 20, 2007 11:41:00 AM PDT where the comment is that the Sounder is crowded and that things won't improve until november.

As a non-sounder rider, please forgive my ignorance, but can cars be added to these trains and aleviate some of the crowding?

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...
For those of us living north of this work, how will it impact a commute on southbound I-5 through downtown, getting on to I-90 to Bellevue? Will there likely be huge back-ups along this route?

August 8, 2007 2:54:00 PM PDT

The closures are only northbound so there should be little to no change to your normal commute south to I-90. On your way home you might run into some more congestion than normal on I-90 westbound from Bellevue as some drivers use I-405 to I-90 as an alternate route.

-Lauren

Lauren Penning said...

Anonymous said...
Could you provide some information for people on how to get back to I-5 after getting past the construction area?

The answer really depends on where you want to go after you are in downtown. If you want to continue to head north of the city, SR 519/S Royal Brougham Way will take you back onto northbound I-5 just north of the construction zone. This route is one of a few on our alternate routes map at this link: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SpokaneStreetBridgeRepair/AlternateRoutes.htm

I would recommend also maping out a few alternatives in case this route is congested. Through out the closures we will post updated traffic information on our web site at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SpokaneStreetBridgeRepair/traffic Also on this page is an interactive google map where you can take a look at some of your other options downtown.

-Lauren

Anonymous said...

So - the first Monday morning rush hour is over, and - surprise, surprise - everything went smooth, I'd say even better than most Mondays.
But I think it's still too early to open the Champagne bottles - I guess that a lot of people stayed home today to wait and see.
The first real test will come tomorrow (Tuesday), when many drivers who stayed home today could be on the road again after watching today's smooth ride.
And the final test will be when I5 is reduced to 2 lanes.
But for now, kudos to WSDOT and the local drivers!

Colby Self said...

The I-405 Corridor Program has restricted the I-405/South Bellevue
Widening Project and I-405/I-5 to SR 169 Project from daytime lane
closures during the 19-day closure on I-5. WSDOT will continue to
monitor traffic congestion on I-405 and may restrict nighttime
construction activities if necessary.

Colby Self
Public Information
I-405 Corridor Program

Anonymous said...

I normally catch the Sounder into work. When I got to the Sounder station on Monday there was no where to park. I ended up driving in instead. So I guess you can say I did the opposite of what we were told to do. So, what do I do now? Wake my daughter up at the crack of dawn so I can secure a parking spot?

mtopalanchik@hotmail.com said...

W Sea to Bellevue, leaving by 6:00-6:30 a.m., over W Sea Fwy, down First South to Edgar Martinez Way to make it over 90, avoid all the construction, a breeze every morning. Leaving Bvue (Mariners this week) by 3 and breezing home except at exit off I-90 to S'bound I-5, usual gobbly gook.

Michael Ragsdale said...

My regular Sounder commute - as packed as it was - wasn't too bad. As a regular PT rider using a bus to 10th & Commerce...I decided to take the Link from 10th & Commerce to the Dome and it was a surprising breeze because I upgraded my Puget Pass to $4.75 for the month of August and bypassed the lines for the ticket machines.

Suggestion to Pierce: pass work about connecting buses at the Dome as well as the Link since Theater Station is right there at 10th & Commerce

Anonymous said...

Many of the comments in the blog remind me of something Abraham Lincoln said, "You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." So true, as applied to the construction project. My only other comment is that I would like the blog better if the most recent comments were at the top so that next time I return I don't have to scroll all the way to the bottom to see what's been added.

Michael Ragsdale said...

In response to the person who wished newer comments came first. Talk to Google. WSDOT has no control over this

Michael Ragsdale said...

To be honest, it wasn't that bad at all. I decided to stay with my sister in Bellevue and I-90 wasn't as bad as we thought. Even the 550 wasn't busy. For the heck of it, I rode around on the 594 and the Sounder to see if there would be problems, but as busy as it was, it wasn't too bad. WSDOT, keep up the good work!

 

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