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Archive for September, 2011

Got any good ferry stories?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Washington State Ferries is fishing for stories as part of its 60th anniversary. It’s inviting its customers to share their favorite experiences.

You can submit them to DavidMoseleyUpdates@wsdot.wa.gov, to the WSF blog at http://wsdotferries.blogspot.com/, to the WSF home page at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ or to Washington State Ferries, Attn. Director of Communications Marta Coursey, 2901 Third Ave., Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121.

Some of the best to be featured in the “Spotlight” section on WSF’s website through its 60th anniversary year. Stories with photos are encouraged. Hard copies can’t be returned.

 


Traffic, like rock scalers, has been up and down

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

For the first few weeks of the Highway 3 rock-scaling project at Windy Point I barely had to touch the brakes. Everybody did a pretty good job of slowing to the new speed limit of 35, or close to it, but they didn’t really have to. Remember, fines are double in construction zones.

I come in at the tail end of the commute, so have probably had it easy. The only day I crawled in was because I got stuck behind one of those 10 mph vegetation-destroying rigs that didn’t have anything to do with the project.

This week has been different. I had to get to work by 8 one morning and traffic stopped way back between Tremont and Sedgwick. There was no sign of a crash. Maybe it was already cleared by the time I got there. I hope you early folks don’t have to put up with that every day.

Then a couple other times this week, even with my usual banker-hours start, traffic was backed up to Peninsula Subaru. That gave a good opportunity for barista hunting, but I still couldn’t spot one. Are those people who complain about seeing the scantily clothed coffee pourers making it all up? From my experience, they could be wearing square-dancing outfits.

I’ve only seen one bicyclist so far. That was in the evening. I figure if they work at the shipyard they’re probably already at work by time I get there. The escort truck is always sitting at Viking Fence with a beautiful German shepherd in the back.

The rock-scaling work looks pretty interesting. Maybe that’s why traffic is slowing down. They’re gawking at the guys hanging from ropes, like me. I hope to arrange to do a story on them before they’re all done.