Monthly Archives: September 2012

Special event Sept. 24 at Seattle Center: Our Future Waterfront

Big changes are coming to our waterfront – the world’s largest-diameter bored tunnel; a new seawall that protects our city and improves habitat; and 26 blocks of new parks, paths and public space. Join the SR 99 Tunnel Project, the Elliott Bay Seawall Project and Waterfront Seattle at a full-day event at Seattle Center to discover how these projects are working together to transform Seattle’s downtown waterfront.

Join us on Sept. 24 at the Seattle Center Armory/Center House

  • Noon to 6 p.m. – Explore interactive models of the SR 99 tunnel boring machine, the existing seawall and conceptual waterfront designs.
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Geek out on project details during a presentation and discussion with agency directors and industry experts.

This event is part of Seattle Center’s The Next 50: Celebrating the 1962 World’s Fair and its Legacy. Click here for more details.

Eastlake police reports a home burglary, a car theft and more

Police reports from Eastlake this week include a home burglary on Lakeview and more:

  • Sept. 12: Threats, street, sidewalk or alley, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11 a.m.
  • Sept. 12: Car prowl, 2500 block of Fairview Ave. E., 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: Car theft, Fairview E. and E. Lynn, 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 13: Burglary, forced, residential, 1600 block of Lakeview Blvd. E., occurred between Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m., and Sept. 13, 6 p.m.: Someone entered a residence by forcing open a shower stall window and slipping through it to get inside. The suspect opened closets and drawers. Stolen items include a videogame console, a laptop computer, a TV, jade figurines, a tool kit and a power drill. The police report notes: “The small size of the entry indicates a likely slim statured suspect.”
  • Sept. 15: Threats, residence, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:40 a.m.
  • Sept. 15: Property damage, non-residential, 200 block of E. Roanoke St., 1:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 16: Threats, hotel or motel, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:46 a.m.
  • Sept. 17: Property destruction, 2000 block of Boylston E., 7:33 p.m.
  • Sept. 18: Disturbance, 2000 block of Boylston E., 2:44 p.m.

Eastlake police reports include a restaurant burglary, more

Police reports in Eastlake in the past week include a restaurant burglary, a bike theft and more:

  • Sept. 5: Harassment, 2300 block of Boylston Ave. E., noon.
  • Sept. 8: Bicycle theft, 3200 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12:45 a.m.
  • Sept. 9: Attempted theft from a commercial or office building, 1100 block of Fairview Ave. N., 4:36 a.m.
  • Sept. 9: Restaurant burglary, no forced entry, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:53 p.m.
  • Sept. 9: Auto recovery, 1900 block of Fairview Ave. E., 2:06 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Auto recovery, 1500 block of Fairview E., 1:32 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Accident investigation, 2900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7:19 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Liquor violation, 1600 block of Eastlake E., 7:32 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: Trespass, 1100 block of Eastlake E., 12:26 p.m.

Vehicle thefts and car prowls top Eastlake police reports

Police reports for Eastlake in the past week include two vehicle thefts, one attempted vehicle theft and more:

  • Aug. 28: Car prowl, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 29: Vehicle theft, truck, 1100 block of Fairview Ave. N., 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 29: Car prowl, 1800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 10:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 31: Vehicle theft, 2700 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 2: Attempted vehicle theft, Minor E. and E. Newton, 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 3: Liquor law violation and property damage, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:45 p.m.
  • Sept. 3: Disturbance, 2000 block of Eastlake E., 8:29 p.m.
  • Sept. 3: Car prowl, 3300 block of Fuhrman E., 9:50 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Car prowl, E. Boston and Minor E., 9:38 a.m.
  • Sept. 4: Liquor violation, 1800 block of Eastlake E., 2:43 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Accident investigation, 2100 block of Boylston E., 6:20 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Disturbance, 2200 block of Franklin E., 7:54 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Accident investigation, Franklin E. and E. Newton, 9:47 p.m.

It’s okay to stare – WSDOT is preparing to make tunneling history

Usually, it’s not polite to stare, but in this case it’s history in the making, so it’s encouraged. Crews are preparing right now for the world’s largest-diameter tunnel-boring machine to arrive in 2013. The Washington State Department of Transportation is inviting the public to stare in amazement at the massive work zone for the State Route 99 tunnel project.

Join project leaders this week on a mile-long, round-trip walking tour along the bicycle/pedestrian path adjacent to the construction site. Watch crews dig the launch pit for the 300-foot-long tunnel-boring machine and hear explanations of the equipment being used to do the work.

Although the five-story-tall tunneling machine won’t take the stage until next year, its supporting cast – including a fleet of massive cranes, drill rigs and excavators at work to the west of CenturyLink Field – are impressive in their own right. In addition to digging the 80-foot-deep pit where the machine will begin its northward journey, crews are building a new overpass and putting the finishing touches on a new section of SR 99 to replace the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The tour will begin at Milepost 31, the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program’s information center in Pioneer Square. This center houses interactive exhibits, a model of the SR 99 tunnel-boring machine and the latest project information.

Walking tour details(pdf 276 kb)

6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6

Meet at Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S., Seattle

For those who can’t attend, a new self-guided tour is available. Displays have been installed along the bicycle/pedestrian path to describe construction activities, machinery at work and the area’s history. Access to the path’s north entrance is available at South King Street and Alaskan Way South, a few blocks south of Colman Dock, or the south entrance is at South Atlantic Street and Alaskan Way South, west of Safeco Field. Maps are available at Milepost 31. Construction cameras and Flickr photos also provide a regularly updated view of the work zone.

Learn more about the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program at and Milepost 31, which is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and is open late during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk. Admission to Milepost 31 is free.