Transportation Section

City of Burien to repair roads in five neighborhoods through October

City of Burien to repair roads in five neighborhoods through October

As part of the City of Burien’s Pavement Management Program, the city announced that it will be performing roadway repair in the following locations: SW 156th St/Maplewild Ave SW 15705 23d Ave SW 16905... [Read more]

Repair work on damaged culvert will close 5th Ave SW near SW 158th

Repair work on damaged culvert will close 5th Ave SW near SW 158th

The City of Burien announced Wednesday (Sept. 9) that it will be performing immediate repair work to a damaged culvert at approximately 15804 5th Ave SW starting on Thursday, Sept. 10, This work will... [Read more]

Des Moines Memorial Drive to be closed for ‘Lake to Sound Trail’ construction

Des Moines Memorial Drive to be closed for ‘Lake to Sound Trail’ construction

Des Moines Memorial Drive will be closed to all traffic between S. 176th Street and S. 171st Street for four weeks, starting Sept. 8, for work on the Lake to Sound Trail segment B. Hours of closure will... [Read more]

Burien’s new SR 518 interchange to be paid for by higher gas taxes

Burien’s new SR 518 interchange to be paid for by higher gas taxes

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was updated with a new graphic at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 4: Composite image of renderings for new SR 518 interchange courtesy City of Burien. Click image to see larger version. by... [Read more]

City of Burien’s ‘Slurry Seal’ pilot paving program will close roads July 27-30

City of Burien’s ‘Slurry Seal’ pilot paving program will close roads July 27-30

The City of Burien announced on Tuesday (July 14) that its Slurry Seal pilot paving program will require four single-day closures on numerous roads (maps below), from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27–30. This... [Read more]

WABI Burien installs several more Bike Racks in Burien

WABI Burien installs several more Bike Racks in Burien

WABI Burien recently installed several new bike racks; here’s a report from their website: In March, when writing the Downtown Burien Bike Rack Project Wrap-up, there were still 6 bike racks awaiting... [Read more]

Expert Review Panel for ‘Sound Transit 3’ to discuss planning July 13-14

Expert Review Panel for ‘Sound Transit 3’ to discuss planning July 13-14

An independent Expert Review Panel for Sound Transit’s Phase 3 Planning for the Regional Transit Long-Range Plan will meet on July 13-14 in Seattle to review key methodologies, financial planning, and... [Read more]

Three paving projects will start rolling in south King County in July

Three paving projects will start rolling in south King County in July

The Washington State Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday (June 30) that three state highways in south King County are about to undergo “much-needed work to repair and preserve the roadways,”... [Read more]

Sound Transit asks: ‘Where will Sound Transit take you tomorrow?’

Sound Transit asks: ‘Where will Sound Transit take you tomorrow?’

Sounds Transit is asking residents: “Where will Sound Transit take you tomorrow?” “Citizens from Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila connect to multiple destinations... [Read more]

Give us better transit or else, Burien City Council tells Sound Transit Monday

Give us better transit or else, Burien City Council tells Sound Transit Monday

by Jack Mayne Representatives of Sound Transit ran into difficulty with the Burien City Council because it doesn’t even put the city on its project map, and has no proposals to better connect Burien... [Read more]

LETTER: Lower speed limit means longer trip between Burien and Des Moines

LETTER: Lower speed limit means longer trip between Burien and Des Moines

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: [EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland (or B-Town Blog)... [Read more]

New Metro Transit Route #631 Shuttle premieres in Burien Monday morning

New Metro Transit Route #631 Shuttle premieres in Burien Monday morning

King County Metro Transit’s Burien Shuttle (aka Route 631) made its debut Monday morning (June 8), with plenty of local dignitaries on hand: Photos courtesy City of Burien and King County. As... [Read more]

Metro Transit community shuttle service for Burien will begin Monday, June 8

Metro Transit community shuttle service for Burien will begin Monday, June 8

Riders will have a new way to get around Burien beginning Monday, June 8. King County Metro Transit, in partnership with the City of Burien, is launching a new shuttle that will restore weekday local... [Read more]

Visit WABI Burien’s Bike Day Commuter Support Station this Friday morning

Visit WABI Burien’s Bike Day Commuter Support Station this Friday morning

WABI-ists, Jimmy Schulz and Frosene Sacco had coffee and bananas (good for those cycling leg muscles!) ready and waiting on Burien Bike Day 2014. Mark your calendars for this Friday, May 15, and plan... [Read more]

‘Exploratory’ roadway work may cause traffic slowdowns in Burien Thursday

‘Exploratory’ roadway work may cause traffic slowdowns in Burien Thursday

The City of Burien announced that ‘exploratory’ roadwork will take place at four different areas near Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood this Thursday, April 30. “There are... [Read more]

Southbound SR 509 in Burien to close for 4 nights starting Wednesday, April 22

Southbound SR 509 in Burien to close for 4 nights starting Wednesday, April 22

The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that drivers heading to Burien or Sea-Tac Airport should prepare for up to four full closures of southbound SR 509 over the next seven... [Read more]

Expect traffic delays as paving work on SR 509 through Burien begins April 6

Expect traffic delays as paving work on SR 509 through Burien begins April 6

Contractor crews for WSDOT will repair this stretch of southbound SR 509 in Burien in summer 2015. Here you can see large cracks in the highway. Following the pavement project, drivers will notice a smoother... [Read more]

New Community Shuttle – to replace Route 139 – to begin in Burien June 8

New Community Shuttle – to replace Route 139 – to begin in Burien June 8

Beginning June 8, a new Burien community shuttle – intended to replace the discontinued Route 139 – will provide weekday service approximately every 30 minutes on a one-way clockwise loop serving Seahurst,... [Read more]

WABI Burien’s Downtown Burien Bike Rack project wraps up

WABI Burien’s Downtown Burien Bike Rack project wraps up

by Maureen Hoffmann, Walk/Bike Burien (WABI) President It’s been an epic and exhilarating project. The efforts have come from throughout the community to bring the Downtown Burien Bike Rack Project to... [Read more]

Metro Transit seeking public input to help draft long-range planning

Metro Transit seeking public input to help draft long-range planning

King County Metro Transit is seeking public input as it launches an intensive long-range planning effort that will help determine what regional transit service will look like in 25 years. With the region’s... [Read more]

Burien and Metro plan Route 139 replacement shuttle, seek comments

Burien and Metro plan Route 139 replacement shuttle, seek comments

Metro Transit is working with the City of Burien on an alternative service to replace the parts of Bus Route 139 –which was cut last September (read our previous coverage here) – that were used the... [Read more]

King County Council adopts budget that keeps buses on the road

King County Council adopts budget that keeps buses on the road

Monday’s vote by the Metropolitan King County Council fully funded current levels of Metro service. The unanimously adopted 2015-2016 biennial King County Budget ensures that 400,000 annual hours... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Bike Lanes painted on newly-refinished SW 152nd Street

PHOTOS: Bike Lanes painted on newly-refinished SW 152nd Street

Maureen Hoffmann from WABI Burien shared these photos, of which she says: “Yesterday I caught the crew painting the bike icons on the pavement. Another marked bike route in Burien! There are also... [Read more]