Is WA still in Boeing's future?
Leaders of Washington's delegation to the Paris Air Show say the state is still in the running to serve as the assembly site of the largest version of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, filling in for Gov. Jay Inslee as head of the delegation, said meetings with top Boeing leaders convinced him the company has an open mind about an opportunity here for the 787-10 work. Earlier, a report in a Seattle Times report, described a Boeing exec as "surprisingly noncommital" about the company's Everett plant doing work on the plane. Larsen also said in a conference call that the delegation had found French and Spanish firms very interested in working here as suppliers to both Boeing and Airbus.
City transpo plans sideswipe each other
The Seattle City Council released a rough outline today of their short-term plan for spending the city's transportation savings from recent projects. The Council's plan would put extra money into road maintenance and safety projects. Budget committee chair Tim Burgess and Transportation chair Tom Rasmussen said their proposal also drops early planning for a Ship Canal high capacity transit crossing study, which was sought by a plan Mayor Mike McGinn recently released. The Council argued that the overall study should wait for a determination about a proposed streetcar crossing in Fremont that would connect Downtown and Ballard. The new spending plan includes work along East Marginal Way that the mayor requested after a recent fatal bike accident there.
McGinn issued a mild objection to the lack of action on the Ship Canal crossing proposal but thanked them for proposing transit-related work along Eastlake Avenue, where a high capacity transit study is also planned. Maybe McGinn should also be publicly thankful for the council's pre-election push towards more maintenance in the City of 10,000 Potholes.
Egyptian Theatre: Lights out
The Landmark Theatres chain is closing The Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill, quickly: The last showing will be June 27. The Stranger says Seattle Central Community College is open to ideas on what to do with the building, which it owns and "intends to keep." Since 1989, Landmark has operated the theater, which first had a screen installed in 1915.
The I-5 Skagit River Bridge should reopen with temporary repairs this week, the Associated Press reported today. Assuming the schedule holds, that puts traffic back on the bridge less than a month after the May 23rd collapse. The less-good news, as The Herald's excellent political writer Jerry Cornfield reports: Even when the long-term repairs are completed, the bridge will be classified as "functionally obsolete" and prone to a potential collapse if hit just right. A state Transportation Department official says the bridge will be safe. Lightning and oversize loads never strike twice in the same place, right?
Balloons at Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor High School seniors filled the downstairs halls with balloons, which Patch reports took some seven hours and seven air compressors to inflate. It took quite a while for maintenance workers to pop them, but it was apparently harmless otherwise — which probably puts it in the upper ranks of senior-class pranks right there.
Bike progress: good and bad appraisals
Seattle has completed almost all of the construction work on protected bike lanes in the Bitter Lake neighborhood, along Linden Avenue North, from 128th to 145th Street, Seattle Bike Blog reports. The blog suggests that some riders will be "super eager" to try out the "cycle track."
Meanwhile, the Cascade Bicycle Club's blog has this less-upbeat commentary on bike lanes from Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."
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