520 Bridge Replacement

Science
12:46 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

New species of spider discovered in Seattle

This new species of crab spider was discovered on Foster Island in the Washington Park Arboretum
Burke Museum

A new species of crab spider was found last spring by Rob Crawford, curator of arachnids for the Univesity of Washington's Burke Museum.  He discovered it on Foster Island in the Washington Park Arboretum.  Seattlepi.com reports a team of students will soon be scouring the island for more information.

Just as intriguing as a new discovery is the question raised by Knute Berger of Crosscut who wonders about the effect a newly discovered spider could have on the Highway 520 expansion.  The highway cuts across Foster Island.

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Transportation
7:55 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Glitches in Good to Go electronic tolling system

Aeter Flickr

While it's a good idea to be prepared, sometimes it's good not to move too fast. 

Apparently there are glitches in the state's new "Good to Go" tolling system.  The State Department of Transportation says it will revamp the sign-up process after complaints by frustrated motorists trying to buy transponders online.  As Mike Lindblom reports in The Seattle Times:

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520 Floating Bridge
8:00 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Tolls coming to Lake Washington's SR-520, with unintended impacts

The 520 Floating Bridge, spanning Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside, June 12, 2010.
Flickr/Marc_Smith

Tolls costing $7 for a peak-period round-trip are coming to the highway-520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.  The tolls, approved Wednesday night, will pay for a new, wider bridge – although that bridge won’t open until 2014, at the earliest.   

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News Roundup
5:46 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Improvements to Highway 520 through Redmond could cut commute times by 15 minutes or more, according to state transportation leaders. The new roads opened officially Wednesday morning.
WSDOT

The state will investigate Seattle police actions; a faster 520 for commuters; and bridge toll plan under fire.

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