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Roads Scholar: First Look at Seattle's Gigantic Boring Machine

The world's biggest tunnel-boring machine, being assembled in Japan

Just purusing WSDOT's Flikr stream, as I'm wont to do on a sunny holiday-weekend Friday (!), when I came across this cool photo of Seattle's tunnel-boring machine, currently under construction in Japan. When it's finished, it will be the world's biggest, and will be used to dig the SR 99 tunnel beneath downtown Seattle. Expect that boring to start next summer; the tunnel to open in late 2015.

 


Seattle a Serious Fashion Town? Here's Proof!

Models work the runway at the Seamless in Seattle fashion show

Sick of Seattle's rep of being a backwards fashion town (move on from grunge, America! we did!)? Read more »


Roads Scholar: What's So Rapid About This Ride?

Metro's new RapidRide bus
Metro rolls out spiffy new buses. What's in it for you?

Another bright, shiny new innovation as we struggle towards transportation efficiency: Metro's gradual rollout of the new "RapidRide" bus system. Already zipping around on the east side and the south end, some Seattle neighborhoods will soon have this service (details below), and those neighborhoods will rejoice. Why? Read more »


What Happens When You Mix Shakespeare with Gilligan's Island?

Coming to an island near you: cross-dressing hilarity

Wooden O's mixing it up again this summer, this time stranding Shakespeare's shipwrecked twins Sebastian and Viola on a happenin', hipster spring-break island, complete with straggly palms, a motorboat and beach loungers.
Not since their beloved 2006 production of Taming of the Shrew—set in a trailer park—has the company so embraced a re-setting, or allowed itself such leeway in goofing on the sacred Shakespearean script. Read more »

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Roads Scholar: Downtown Express Lanes on I-5 Now Express-ier

Reversing the I-5 express lanes will now happen with the flick of a switch

With the flick of a switch, WSDOT engineers catapulted downtown Seattle's expressways into the 21st century, saving hundreds of midday drivers countless hours spent sitting in traffic. Read more »