520 Bridge

520 Bridge

Can Canada ease our transportation mess?

America’s infrastructure is in disrepair. Decades of deferred maintenance, complex and sometimes contradictory regulations across various agencies and levels of government, and a combination of…

Inslee wants to fund transportation with a carbon tax

No gas tax hike. Big charges on industrial carbon emissions. That's how Gov. Jay Inslee proposes to pay for the 12-year, $12.2 billion transportation plan…

A walkable, bikable Montlake? Just add money

There's no doubt that the new 520 Bridge will be a boon for people on bike or foot. Its planned non-motorized vehicle path between Seattle…

Ramps to Nowhere: A word on behalf of ‘Seattle process’

Thank goodness for good old Seattle Process. Although often damned as anti-progressive, Seattle Process also has — more than once — saved the city from major disasters. One of…

Ramps to Nowhere: Now we’re getting Somewhere

The Montlake "ramps to nowhere" just got some good news. The mementoes of a fierce political fight are slated for destruction, some coming down as…

Senate goes to brink over Bertha, 520 bridge project overruns

The Washington Senate went MAD Tuesday — as in Mutually Assured Destruction. The nuclear kind. Like in the 1983 flick "War Games." As of 8:30…

New ordinance protects Seattle whistleblowers

If you need any proof that whistleblowing matters (or that the culture of “snitches get stiches” persists far beyond the schoolyard), look no further than…

If Bertha busts the budget, who pays?

Maybe Seattle should be on the hook for Bertha overruns. Big revelations about Bertha and the 520 Bridge costs make you wonder if Seattle and…

520 floating bridge cracks will hurt other state projects

The State Route 520 bridge's pontoon troubles could siphon off up to $170 million from other Washington transportation projects. Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson told…

Eastside residents want state transportation action

The King County crowd wanted to build and fix lots of highways and bridges as fast as possible. The crowd at an Eastside gathering argued…

A comic con: Washington Legislature 2013

         

Concrete dragons: How to slay a freeway

The nearly 20-year battle to stop the "concrete dragon" that was the proposed R.H.Thomson Expressway was a turning point in modern Seattle history, a fine…

Trans-poor-tation 4: A mighty toll order

Any transportation revenue and spending package should lay a firm foundation in policy, making plain the overall direction in which the program is headed. What will…

Trans-poor-tation 3: No high five for I-5

Whenever politicians make decisions about spending, shiny new projects always seem to trump the old, taking-care-of-business kind of work. This explains, in part at least,…

Charlie Staadecker: A campaign to make Seattle better

In March, Columbia City residents heard pre-dawn gunfire — confusing and scaring them for a long time.  They didn't know that a Bellevue police SWAT…

It really will toll for thee

Policy makers have long decided that it is necessary and wise to toll more Washington state roads and bridges. The 520 Bridge is breaking new…

The next Seattle mayor needs to be a puzzlemaster

A city is a puzzle being assembled in four dimensions. But unlike most puzzles, the pieces of the urban game change as you go. Some…

Eastside politics: 50 shades of blue?

Sitting before me is a precinct map of Greater Seattle. Our sprawling metropolis is a jigsaw of irregular black lines that define the micro-climates of…

A bold idea to transform the ferry terminal

Greater Seattle deserves both props and criticism for the way it is trying to do everything at once, largely on its own: Highway 520 expansion,…

Is Washington becoming ‘happy with crappy?’

I ran into James Fallows who was in town promoting his fascinating new book, China Airborne, which looks at the future of that country's economic…

Retro reality: Seattle looks back as life goes forward

In Seattle, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair, the Cold War-era extravaganza touting the new Space Age in the post-Sputnik era.…

Midday Scan: Ms get political about new arena plan

Baseball, like nuclear arms control, is driven by strategy. So, what is the endgame when the Seattle Mariners weigh in against a proposed Sodo arena…

A busy week for activist judges, carving up Obama’s health care law

This week's big political story has national and local ramifications. The U.S. Supreme Court took up the case of America vs. Obamacare. There were multiple…

Midday Scan: Washington ‘a profile in female-political representation’

Well-behaved women rarely make history, or so the axiom goes. (Let this be a lesson to you, ye-too-well-behaved Patty Murray.) The axiom falls away, however,…

Newt and the newts: Meet the amphibian behind the man

Pundits still marvel at the resurrection of Newt Gingrich, a politician who has crashed and burned more times than Dale Earnhardt, whose campaign staff jumped…