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Seattle In The Spotlight August 10 - 16

Seattle in the Spotlight: August 10 – 16

Crews Start Traffic Revision Preps to Tear Down Seattle Viaduct

KOMO News | KOMO News Staff| August 16
https://komonews.com/news/local/crews-start-preps-to-tear-down-seattle-viaduct

“Crews are prepping Alaskan Way for the next big revision for the Seattle tunnel project — which will allow demolition crews to take down the viaduct. Traffic signal poles, trenching and underground conduits as well as cables and overhead traffic signals are getting installed on the roadway just to the west of the viaduct. When it’s done, car and truck traffic will move over, making way for crews to demolish the viaduct after the new tunnel opens to traffic.”

Free Tourist Buses Now Ply Seattle’s Hectic Waterfront

Seattle Times | Mike Lindblom | August 16
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/free-tourist-buses-now-ply-seattles-hectic-waterfront/

“Lost on the waterfront? Tourists and commuters along Seattle’s Alaskan Way can now take a free bus past the construction barricades and cab queues, all the way to Seattle Center or Pioneer Square, until Oct. 1. Blue-and-orange, wheelchair-accessible buses show up every 25 minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and serve nine stops between Seattle Center, Colman Dock and King Street Station.  The pilot project began in late July and may be revived next summer depending on ridership.”

Washington State Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Point in 11 Years

Seattle Times | Benjamin Romano | August 15
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/state-unemployment-rate-hits-lowest-point-in-11-years/

“Washington’s jobless rate in July was 4.6 percent – its lowest point since June 2007 – as strong employer demand continued to outpace growth in the working population. An estimated 12,400 new jobs were added in July, with professional and business services, retail, manufacturing, wholesale and information leading the way, according to the Washington Employment Security Department. The state’s working population grew by more than 30,000 people since July 2017 and now totals more than 3.76 million. The state’s count of unemployed people was down by 4,000 from a year ago to 173,600.”

New Passenger Terminal at Paine Field ‘Will Be Very Inviting”

Q13 Fox | John Hopperstad | August 13
https://q13fox.com/2018/08/13/new-passenger-terminal-at-paine-field-will-be-very-inviting/

“When Paine Field was built in 1936, it was planned as a commercial passenger airport. But World War II changed those plans, and passenger flights were put on the backburner. Until now. The new terminal is taking shape at Paine Field, and it will contain two gates carrying passengers on 24 flights a day up and down the west coast.”

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