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Distracted Drivers beware – ‘U Text, U Drive, U Pay’ ticket campaign underway

Distracted Drivers beware – ‘U Text, U Drive, U Pay’ ticket campaign underway

“U Text, U Drive, U Pay” is the message the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is sending to distracted drivers in April as part of “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.” Drivers using... [Read more]

PARTIERS BEWARE: Police increasing DUI Patrols this weekend

PARTIERS BEWARE: Police increasing DUI Patrols this weekend

Be careful Halloween weekend partiers, the King County Sheriff’s Office – along with 16 other local law enforcement agencies, including Burien – will be participating in a DUI emphasis this weekend... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I’m frustrated by the comments on the proposed DUI laws’ by DUI Joe

LETTER: ‘I’m frustrated by the comments on the proposed DUI laws’ by DUI Joe

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] I’m frustrated by the comments on the... [Read more]

Beware St. Patrick’s Day Revelers, Extra DUI Patrols will be out this Weekend

Beware St. Patrick’s Day Revelers, Extra DUI Patrols will be out this Weekend

Beware St. Patrick’s Day revelers – additional law enforcement officers in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties will be actively patrolling local roads over this weekend looking for impaired drivers. “Don’t... [Read more]

WEATHER: ‘Freezing Fog Advisory’ Issued By National Weather Service

WEATHER: ‘Freezing Fog Advisory’ Issued By National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued a ‘Freezing Fog Advisory‘ Sunday afternoon, warning residents to be careful on the roads, as visibility will be low and the roads may be icy. The Weather... [Read more]

High-Tech “Smarter Highway” Signs Go Live On I-5 Next Week

High-Tech “Smarter Highway” Signs Go Live On I-5 Next Week

Next Tuesday (Aug. 10), the Washington State Department of Transportation’s new, high-tech “Smarter Highways” signs will light up above nearby northbound I-5. The WSDOT says in a statement... [Read more]

Speeders Beware: “Slow Down Or Pay Up” Campaign Begins Friday

Speeders Beware: “Slow Down Or Pay Up” Campaign Begins Friday

Twenty-three area police departments in King County (including Burien) will “inundate” area roads, highways, and interstates with extra police patrols targeting speeding drivers beginning this... [Read more]

Starting Thursday, If You Text Or Talk While Driving, You Could Get A Ticket

Starting Thursday, If You Text Or Talk While Driving, You Could Get A Ticket

Starting this Thursday (June 10), police agencies around the state will begin enforcing Washington’s newly-revised law restricting vehicle drivers from talking or texting while driving. The revised... [Read more]

Loose Truck Tire Strikes Vehicle, Injures Normandy Park Woman

Loose Truck Tire Strikes Vehicle, Injures Normandy Park Woman

The Washington State Patrol is reporting that a Normandy Park woman is lucky to be alive today (Wed., June 2) after her windshield was struck by a tire while she was driving on Interstate 5 in Tukwila. According... [Read more]

City Of Burien Seeing Red Over Red Light Camera Revenue (Or Lack Thereof)

City Of Burien Seeing Red Over Red Light Camera Revenue (Or Lack Thereof)

by Jack Mayne Instead of reaping a massive windfall profit from the red light cameras on First Avenue, it appears the City of Burien may actually have lost $16,574 during the program’s first ten... [Read more]

High-Tech Sign Installation Will Close Northbound I-5 Next 3 Weekend Nights

High-Tech Sign Installation Will Close Northbound I-5 Next 3 Weekend Nights

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be closing northbound I-5 between the Boeing Access Road and I-90 over the next three weekend nights, so they can install some 95 high-tech... [Read more]

18 Cities (Including Burien) Win Red Light Camera Class Action Lawsuit

18 Cities (Including Burien) Win Red Light Camera Class Action Lawsuit

by Scott Schaefer According to The Olympian, on Tuesday (March 2), a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit alleging that 18 Washington cities, including Burien, were charging too much for traffic violations... [Read more]

ALERT: All Lanes Of I-5 Northbound Closed At SR-599 Tonight

ALERT: All Lanes Of I-5 Northbound Closed At SR-599 Tonight

The Washington State Department of Transportation wants folks to be aware that all lanes of northbound I-5 at SR-599 in Tukwila will be closed tonight (Tues., Jan. 19th) beginning at 11:30pm and continuing... [Read more]

“X-52” DUI Patrols Start This Weekend In Area

“X-52” DUI Patrols Start This Weekend In Area

Beginning this Friday (Dec. 18th) and continuing through New Year’s Eve, law enforcement in King County will join other local police to conduct “X-52” patrols around the area, including... [Read more]

New Freeway Interchange May Be Coming To Burien

New Freeway Interchange May Be Coming To Burien

by Ralph Nichols Burien long has wanted an interchange connecting State Route 518 with Des Moines Memorial Drive to improve access to businesses that, city officials hope, will move into the Northeast... [Read more]

Burien City Manager Mike Martin Granted Deferred Prosecution In DUI Charge

Burien City Manager Mike Martin Granted Deferred Prosecution In DUI Charge

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Manager Mike Martin on Tuesday (June 23rd) was granted a deferred prosecution (download court doc as a PDF here) on a DUI charge (driving under the influence) by King County... [Read more]

Goat Hill Residents Motivate City Into Action Over Speeding

Goat Hill Residents Motivate City Into Action Over Speeding


This map highlights the Goat Hill neighborhood where residents are upset about speeding cars.

by Ralph Nichols

Burien city officials recently decided on a combination of solutions designed to alleviate safety concerns of local residents by mitigating speeding through the Goat Hill neighborhood over the ridge west of Ambaum Boulevard at SW 130th Street.

Goat Hill residents have complained for over a year about motorists speeding along the corridor that, heading west, follows SW 130th as it curves into 16th Avenue SW to SW 131st Street, then goes to Shorewood Drive where it continues in a northwesterly direction through the subdivision.

Repeated complaints and requests for action from the neighborhood led to a meeting about the speeding problem…

Ambaum Blvd. To Be Closed At SW 120th From 6/15-6/26

Ambaum Blvd. To Be Closed At SW 120th From 6/15-6/26

North-South thoroughfare Ambaum Blvd. SW will be closing at SW 120th Street beginning at 7am Monday, June 15th, through 5pm Friday, June 26th, as crews replace a drainage pipe underneath the road.

Motorists can detour via 12th Ave SW to SW 116th Street, then return back to Ambaum.

This is a joint project between the City of Burien and King County…

Nighttime Seatbelt Patrols Start Thursday Night In Burien

Nighttime Seatbelt Patrols Start Thursday Night In Burien

Burien will be one of ten areas in King County targeted by law enforcement for seatbelt violators starting Thursday night May 21st and continuing through June 7th.

The operation will be a cooperation between Burien Police and the Washington State Patrol, with assistance from the King County Traffic Safety Coalition.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, though the number of people killed at night is about the same as the number of people killed during the day, the death rate at night is four times higher because traffic volumes are much lower at night. Research shows that at least 80% of Washington traffic occurs during the day and between 12 and 20% of all vehicle travel takes place at night. The traffic death rate is a calculation of deaths per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled…

OPINION: What Mike Martin Should Have Said About His DUI

OPINION: What Mike Martin Should Have Said About His DUI

An Editorial by Jim Branson

Imagine how quickly and simply this fiasco might have been solved if Mike Martin had said the following…

Red Light Cams Go Live Sun.;To Bring In $200k In 1st Year?

Red Light Cams Go Live Sun.;To Bring In $200k In 1st Year?

The photos above were taken Thursday afternoon at the intersection of First Avenue South and SW 160th, the home of one of three new Red Light Cameras installed by the City of Burien that will go live... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover:Winter Storm Summary-7 Rants & 1 Rave  

B-Town Undercover:Winter Storm Summary-7 Rants & 1 Rave  

by Shawn Underwood If I do say so myself…ahem, I am an unusually calm and cool driver. Even in the calm and cool snowstorm we just survived. Unforeseen curbs, sidewalks and even an errant jaywalker... [Read more]

ADVISORY: Cold Snap Ties Record; Snow Coming Wed.

ADVISORY: Cold Snap Ties Record; Snow Coming Wed.

The National Weather Service issued the following Advisory Monday morning at 6:01am, with the biggest news being that Burien is now Brrrien, last night’s low ties the record (yay team! 20 degrees!),... [Read more]

Come Speak Your Mind About The Viaduct On Dec. 15th

Come Speak Your Mind About The Viaduct On Dec. 15th

It plays a huge role as part of Burien’s “secret passageway” to downtown Seattle, and it often allows one to get into town within 15-20 minutes. We’re speaking of course about the... [Read more]