Whoa there, buckaroo. After an 18-month hiatus, the state Department of Transportation plans to resume using metered lights Monday along...
Whoa there, buckaroo. After an 18-month hiatus, the state Department of Transportation plans to resume using metered lights Monday along Interstate 405 onramps in Bellevue.
For the uninitiated, ramp meters control the flow of traffic by managing how many vehicles get to enter the freeway during a given time. The state says the meters ease bottlenecks and prevent many rear-end and sideswipe accidents.
The state turned off the meters at Northeast Eighth and Northeast Fourth streets to finish major construction in the area. The work is done, and vehicle-detection loops are back in place beneath the asphalt.
And it pays not to blow past the metered lights, no matter how tempting.
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“It’s a $101 fine. It’s the same fine as if you were to run a stoplight,” says Washington State Patrol Trooper Kelly Spangler.
• Learn more about the 520 bridge
The state Department of Transportation will hold open houses Monday and Tuesday on both sides of Lake Washington so the curious can see design options under evaluation for the aging Evergreen Point Floating Bridge’s future replacement span.
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Monday’s gathering runs from 6-8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Bellevue, 3030 Bellevue Way N.E. Those who want to mingle with their western brethren can travel to Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., for a meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information, call 206-781-3922 or e-mail SR520Bridge@wsdot.wa.gov
• Sound Transit bus schedules
Sound Transit has readjusted its schedule for the popular 545 Redmond-Seattle Express Bus after an eagle-eyed rider noticed a few of the listings had passengers traveling backward in time. Visit http://www.soundtransit.org/riding/fac/stexpress/schedules/545.asp to see the schedule.
Sound Transit spokesman Lee Somerstein encouraged anyone who finds mistakes to contact customer service at 888-889-6368.
“We rely on schedules from our partner agencies, and while we have a review process, sometimes there are mistakes,” Somerstein said. “We’re constantly updating our methods to try to minimize the mistakes.”
Duvall: Expect intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays on Northeast 124th Street on either side of Novelty Bridge south of Duvall. The county is raising the road to relieve flooding. Work will continue through July.
Bellevue: Kamber Road between Richards Road and 137th Avenue Southeast is closed through Sept. 15.
Issaquah: Expect weekday lane closures through August on East Lake Sammamish Parkway near Southeast 56th Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and occasionally at night, as crews install a new sewer line. Work will continue along the parkway to Southeast 43rd Way. Crews also have begun work along Southeast 56th Street and Northwest Sammamish Road. The project should be completed by year’s end.
Bellevue: Crane work downtown will close 110th Avenue Northeast between Northeast Eighth and Northeast 10th streets from 3 a.m. to noon tomorrow.
Karen Gaudette: 206-515-5618