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Construction Accident at Denny and Minor

There was an accident at the Denny Substation Project construction site.

A backhoe hit a power pole at Denny and Minor streets at about 11:45AM, trapping 3 workers. Two workers in a dump truck and one in the backhoe were trapped.

There were no injuries.

Denny Way will be closed for 10-12 hours between Fairview and Stewart.

Update:

3 of 4 lanes along Denny Way have reopened after being blocked by toppled power poles from the accident.

TJ Maxx Coming This Fall

TJ Maxx is coming this fall to the corner of Pike and 3rd, in the Kress Building. Its address is 1419 3rd Avenue, next to Kress Supermarket and across from Ross Dress for Less.

It was previously mentioned that J.C. Penney would be moving into this space, but TJ Maxx has taken its place.

Downtown Seattle - TJ Maxx

Downtown Seattle - TJ Maxx

Downtown Seattle - TJ Maxx

Downtown Seattle - TJ Maxx

Sixth and Lenora Constuction Photos

Sixth & Lenora Construction Pit

Sixth & Lenora Construction Pit

I dropped by Sixth and Lenora today to get some up-to-date photos.

On a personal level, I am excited about this project for two reasons:

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Editorial: Vote “No” on the Tunnel Referendum

The Alaskan Way Viaduct with Downtown Skyline

The Alaskan Way Viaduct with Downtown Skyline

I’ve been reading a great deal about the proposed Downtown Tunnel lately.

I think it’s painfully obvious to anyone reading the debates that both sides tend to, how shall I say this … exaggerate.  I think it goes without saying that the deep-bore tunnel will neither destroy Seattle, nor will it solve all of its transportation woes.  Each side has advocated its position with the passion of a defense lawyer before a criminal court, and objective reason has been sentenced to death each time.

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Southern Mile of Alaskan Way Viaduct to be Demolished 6 Months Early

New schedule saves taxpayers nearly $1 million

A section of the seismically-vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct is now scheduled for demolition this October, six months ahead of schedule. The southern mile of the viaduct is coming down early after the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and its contractor, Skanska USA Civil, found ways to streamline the project schedule and save money.

Streamlining the schedule allows crews on the S. Holgate Street to S. King Street Viaduct Replacement Project to move out of the way of future construction work sooner than planned, resulting in improved construction efficiency, reduced risk and reduced costs. The original schedule to complete the current stage of the south end project was the end of 2013; it is now estimated to finish by mid-2013.

The direct savings to taxpayers will be $3.5 million in reduced administration costs, construction costs and fewer property needs. Skanska will receive $2.6 million from the state to compensate for additional work to complete the demolition earlier than planned. The net savings will be approximately $900,000. WSDOT will also retire $500,000 in risk with this plan. The original contract value was $114 million, which was 25 percent below the engineer’s estimate.

State Route 99 near the stadiums will close for up to nine days during demolition in late October. When SR 99 re-opens, drivers will use the new SR 99 bridge and a temporary connection to the remaining section of the viaduct along the central waterfront.

Traffic will remain two lanes in each direction through this section until the remaining viaduct is replaced.

WSDOT, the city of Seattle, King County and the Port of Seattle have invested more than $125 million in transit service, city street improvements and trip reduction programs to keep people and goods moving during construction.

New Bridge for Seattle Center, Myrtle Edwards Park

Park Sign

Park Sign

Next month, construction will start on a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge which will link the area around Seattle Center with Myrtle Edwards Park/Olympic Sculpture Park.

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Sixth and Lenora Underway

Sixth and Lenora Construction

Sixth and Lenora Construction

Construction has officially begun on  the Pine Street Group’s “Sixth and Lenora” project. The project will consist of two 25-story towers (50 floors total), and will feature 654 rental units and 18,000 square feet of retail space.

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McGuire Building Demolition Progress

Demolition of McGuire Building in Belltown

Demolition of McGuire Building in Belltown

Demolition has begun on the 25-story McGuire Building at 2nd & Wall Street in Belltown, and thus far, progress has been anything but smooth.

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Weekend Viaduct Closure

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Sections of the viaduct between Seattle’s sports stadiums and the West Seattle Bridge will be closed to traffic while crews re-stripe the roadway, reducing it from three to two lanes. Crews also will test the Automated Viaduct Closure Gates System during the closure.

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WSDOT Requests Nighttime Construction Permit

Alaskan Way Viaduct - Map of Construction Area

Alaskan Way Viaduct - Map of Construction Area

In a move that may affect the sleeping habits of some Pioneer Square residents, the Washington State Department of Transportation is requesting a variance that allows them to work through the night on the deep-bore tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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