March 2020

Janet R. Smith 10/10/1934 to 3/10/2020

Janet began her life’s adventure in Powell, WY. She married her sweetheart Denman Smith after she graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1956. Janet taught and substituted in public schools for 42 years.

City Council briefed on West Seattle Bridge closure, repair plans and timing

Cracks grew wider faster than anticipated; Short term plan involves a carbon fiber wrap of the affected sections

The closure of the West Seattle Bridge on March 23 came as shock when the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) revealed that serious cracks were determined to be so dangerous that the bridge had to be closed. In a first, a "social distance" tele conference for the Seattle City Council was briefed by SDOT on the status of the bridge, how the decision to close it was made and what the plans are to repair it and reopen it to traffic.

SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe said that during the inspection process, once a year (more frequent than the normal every two year cycle) since 2013, showed that the cracks and their acceleration warranted closure. Since the closure he noted they've been providing almost daily updates on the status of the bridge. He noted the website where people can keep track www.seattle.gov/transportation/westseattlebridge

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Driver arrested for DUI following injury collision on Alki

information from Seattle Police Blotter

Officers investigated a rollover injury collision yesterday afternoon on Alki Avenue SW, and arrested the driver after it was determined he had been driving while under the influence.

On Sunday, at approximately 12:15 pm, a Honda Civic, occupied by the male driver, an adult female passenger, and three young children was traveling northbound in the 1500 block of Alki Avenue SW. The driver of the Honda struck a parked vehicle and rolled over. Witnesses rushed to assist the occupants and get them out of the upturned Honda. All of the occupants were transported to the hospital with varying degrees of injury.

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