UW Bothell: The good deal
The University of Washington Bothell came in sixth best in the nation for offering students the most value for their money. The new ranking is from the East Coast publication Washington Monthly, which said it looked especially at what universitities contributed to the public good in terms of improving social mobility, service to communities and research. UWB came in fifth for universities with masters programs. UWB Chancellor Wolf Yeigh praised the vision of legislators who created the campus and other university branches.
Weyerhaeuser resettling in Pioneer Square
Weyerhaeuser will move its headquarters from Federal Way to Pioneer Square in Seattle, according to The Seattle Times. Mayor Ed Murray's office had earlier withheld any hint of what company he might be welcoming when he announced a 5:30 p.m. press conference today to "comment on a major company’s decision to move to Pioneer Square." But Murray held off giving any hint about the company's identity. The company will move in 2016 when a new seven-story building is completed in on a former parking lot adjacent to Occidental Park. The Times also pointed out that Weyerhaeuser has been downsizing — which helps explain how a major company can move into the crowded Square. (The location of the new headquarters has been corrected since the story first appeared.)
Highway 99 work winding down
Highway 99 through Seattle should reopen on time at 5 a.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Not a minute too soon for commuters who are enduring a second day of traffic disruptions. WSDOT has been tweeting on some of its accounts that workers should leave early this afternoon. Easy for them to say.
Here's a cool video of the first 48 hours of work tearing down the old Highway 99 bridge over Broad Street. Next up (we hope): paving of the new portion as the four-plus days of closure wraps up.
Next up: Holiday traffic
So, WSDOT ends the weekday traffic trouble in Seattle and then warns us that we could run into big trouble this Labor Day holiday weekend? Well, yes, the department did send out a press release about the traffic to expect in the coming days, but it points out that planning ahead can help. And there are tools to help: online sites, WSDOT's own app and improved roadway signage (details and links here). Plus, the department has produced some pretty cool charts showing what to expect throughout the weekend, based on historical data, for four key travel corridors: I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass from North Bend to Ellensburg; U.S. 2 between Stevens Pass and Leavenworth; I-5 near the Canadian border; and I-5 between Tacoma and Olympia (no chart for I-5 between Everett and Seattle; maybe they didn't dare). This is for the notorious Tacoma-Olympia stretch on Friday. Most spots do offer some better opportunities.
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