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Traffic's backed up on Roosevelt further than the eye can see

May 29th, 2014 by Mike

The scene on Roosevelt Way Northeast outside the Maple Leaf Pharmacy. All southern routes into downtown are jammed as the backup on Interstate 5 exceeds 11 miles.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is tracking the snarls, caused when a joint on I-5 near Interstate 90 popped up, damaging at least three cars, here.

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Crash blocks Interstate 5 at Northgate for miles

February 11th, 2014 by Mike

Photo Washington State Patrol

Update 3 p.m. All lanes now open, traffic backed up for five miles starts to clear.

Southbound Interstate 5 is backed up for four miles after a crash at Northgate that state troopers say could have involved a suicide attempt.

It blocks the left three lanes of southbound I-5. Traffic is currently backed up for over an hour from Northeast 175th Street in Shoreline.

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Next Maple Leaf Community meeting is Jan. 30

January 17th, 2013 by master

Join your neighbors on Jan. 30 to discuss some of the issues that are important to fellow Maple Leafers!

The January Maple Leaf General Community Meeting is from 7-9 p.m. at the Olympic View Elementary School Cafeteria, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free licensed child care service will be provided.

The main topic of the meeting will be transportation challenges, which are front and center in many Maple Leaf neighbors’ minds after last week’s bus fire on Interstate 5 that brought traffic both on the freeway and through Maple Leaf to a standstill.

But cars aren’t the only topic bound to come up in the transportation discussion, which likely also will include pedestrians, bicycles, buses and more. You’re invited to share you concerns with the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board, along with representatives of local government agencies who have been invited.

Other topics at the meeting will include:

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Southbound I-5 bus fire brings Maple Leaf gridlock

January 11th, 2013 by Mike

Earlier this hour the state traffic department tweeted: “Sounds like an echo, but try anything but I-5 SB into Seattle. If you can fly, now’s the time to break out that power.”

Those who can’t fly are attempting to commute through Maple Leaf.

Above is the scene on 15th Avenue Northeast, where cars trying to bypass the Interstate 5 bus fire fiasco are backed up southbound for literally miles. Same scene on Roosevelt Way Northeast.

And THAT means that frustrated drivers are clogging the side streets, such as 12th Avenue Northeast, where a steady stream of cars, moving vans, buses and even parking police scooters are passing by. Be careful, walkers and dogs!

What all those cars in our neighborhood are trying to avoid.

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I-5 reconstruction begins next weekend and runs through April

December 30th, 2012 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site, Queen Anne View.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is beginning its construction season early this year, with the first of “nearly 20” weekend and weekend night closures starting next weekend, January 4-7. The I-5 closures will run through April.

Why January – April for these closures? According to Russ East, WSDOT Assistant Regional Administrator:

“There are so many construction projects in the Seattle area, we didn’t want to add to the summer construction jam. We planned ahead, worked with other agencies and determined that construction in January through April was the best way to get our work done and cause fewer headaches for drivers.”

Per WSDOT, the following projects will occur between January and April:

  • Replace 31 expansion joints on ramps linking I-5, the West Seattle Bridge and Columbian Way and one joint on northbound I-5 just south of the ramps
  • Grind and smooth out three lanes of southbound I-5 between 50th St and Roanoke St in the University District and add durable striping to both directions of I-5 between Northgate and Roanoke St
  • Replace bridge expansion joints and repave the ramp on northbound I-5 to Spokane St (West Seattle Bridge) and northbound and southbound I-5 off-ramps at Corson Ave.

WSDOT traffic engineers worked with multiple agencies and organizations including the city of Seattle, sports teams, and event planners to avoid any major overlaps between construction and planned events. However, while they have identified the lightest traffic times, there will still be construction impacts.

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Six-story hotel could replace Marie Callender's

December 11th, 2012 by master

When Marie Callender’s abruptly closed its doors this summer, there was plenty of pondering about the possible future for the space at 9538 First Ave N.E.

With an awkward location right on the border of Maple Leaf and Northgate, Marie Callender’s likely took advantage of its view of Interstate 5 by drawing in passers-by looking for a familiar name. The next potential owners of the space may have the same idea in mind.

According to The Seattle Times, a six-story, 174-room hotel could be the next big thing on the Maple Leaf-Northgate horizon. Preliminary paperwork has been filed by Seattle developer Gramor Development Washington to build the hotel in the same location as the former chain restaurant.

The Times adds that the city’s Northeast Design Review Board is set to consider the project Jan. 28.

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All southbound lanes of I-5 closed after chase, crash

February 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Update 3 p.m.: Lengthy backup remains. Our news partners The Seattle Times has a report here.

The mainline lanes of southbound Interstate 5 were closed shortly before noon after a high-speed police chase ended in a crash at the Lake City Way exit.

One lane had reopened a few minutes ago, but the backup extends for miles.

According to KOMO News, the incident originiated in Snohomish County, possibly as a result of a domestic violence occurrence.

The suspect was soon spotted on southbound I-5 in the Lynnwood area. Deputies tried to pull him over, but he kept driving. Deputies pursued him at high speeds that sometimes exceeded 100 mph.

The pursuit ended in Seattle when the suspect crashed into another vehicle, causing both the SUV and the victim’s vehicle to roll over.

The victim, a woman, suffered minor injuries. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center as a precautionary measure.

The suspect, believed to be in his mid-30s, was taken to Harborview for a checkup before he is taken to Snohomish County Jail.

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