Sound Transit and the state Department of Transportation will conduct technical tests on the westbound lanes of the Interstate 90 floating bridge and its express lanes Sept. 16-19 to help them determine how best to design a future light rail or other transit system across Lake Washington and how much that might cost.

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Sound Transit and the state Department of Transportation will conduct technical tests on the westbound lanes of the Interstate 90 floating bridge and its express lanes Sept. 16-19 to help them determine how best to design a future light rail or other transit system across Lake Washington and how much that might cost.


The express lanes will close from 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 through 5 a.m. Sept. 19, though they will temporarily re-open eastbound from 2-9 p.m. Sept. 17 and 2:30-6 p.m. Sept. 18.


I-90’s westbound general purpose lanes will close between Island Crest Way and Interstate 5 at 10 p.m. Sept. 16, 17 and 18. They will reopen by 7 a.m. Sept. 17 and 18, and by 5 a.m. Sept. 19.


The test date, which originally had been scheduled for this weekend, may change in the event of bad weather.

Hunts Point

$7,500 in goods


stolen from house


An estimated $7,500 in art, wine and miscellaneous items were taken from a Hunts Point house last weekend, the Medina Police Department reported.


The thefts took place between about 1 p.m. Sept. 2 and 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at an unoccupied home in the 3000 block of 80th Avenue Northeast. Entry was gained through an open window on the main floor.


The home has a security system, but it wasn’t active. The home is for sale, and most of the furnishings, including the items taken, were provided by a real-estate agency to improve the appearance of the house.


An officer from the Medina Police Department, which provides services in Hunts Point, checked the area for physical evidence and contacted neighbors to try to learn if anyone had noticed suspicious activity. The Mercer Island Marine Patrol also was alerted because of a possibility the thefts may have involved people arriving and departing by water.


Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Medina police at 425-233-6420 or call 911.


Bellevue

Teacher to take part


in Japan program


The Bellevue School District announced this week that Robinswood High School teacher Will Linser will participate in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. Linser, who teaches social studies at the district’s alternative high school, was selected from a national pool of more than 2,500 applicants.


This program allows educators in the U.S. to travel to Japan for three weeks in an effort to promote greater intercultural understanding between the two nations.


Linser will be among 200 educators visiting Japan in October. They will begin their visit in Tokyo with a practical orientation on Japanese life and culture and meetings with Japanese government officials and educators. They also will visit cultural sites and local industries in addition to a brief stay with a Japanese family.


Seattle Times Eastside bureau