Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan is a traffic reporter for KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM. He cares deeply about the amount of time you spend sitting in Seattle traffic. Email Chris at [email protected]

WSDOT accuses Kittitas County of ‘misinformation’ on snow removal dispute

The head of the Washington State Department of Transportation is basically saying Kittitas County is lying about its snow removal complaint.
3 days ago

Uncertainty surrounding COVID, work schedules brings changes to Puget Sound commute

Commute times typically see a dip over the winter holidays, but it springs right back after the first of the year. That didn't happen this year.
4 days ago

WSDOT head tells legislature vaccine mandate had no impact on recent pass closures

The head of the Washington State Department of Transportation faced angry lawmakers Monday, asking if the vaccine mandate had an impact on pass closures.
6 days ago

Blame the weather, not vaccine mandates, for the current pass closures

The mountain passes in Washington have recently been closed because of heavy snow and winds, not as a byproduct of WSDOT staffing shortages.
13 days ago

Flying cars and bridge behemoths: 2021’s transportation curiosities and oddities

KIRO Radio's Chris Sullivan reviews his favorite transportation stories from 2021, including flying cars, mysterious roads, and a large concrete girder.
25 days ago

Looking back at transportation around Western Washington in 2021

Projects delivered. Projects delayed. It's been another up and down year for transportation across Western Washington.
27 days ago

State explores privacy issues, mileage tracking in road usage charge debate

Washington is considering a number of ideas (and running into roadblocks) as it struggles to begin a Road Usage Charge system.
1 month ago

Washington tolling revenue still reeling from pandemic

It's a question we've been trying to answer throughout the COVID-19 pandemic: How much money has the state lost in tolling revenue?
1 month ago

Violent crime plagues Sound Transit’s Mount Baker station

Sound Transit has stepped up its security measures after recent shootings at the Mount Baker station and emergency calls in Northgate.
1 month ago

Seattle delivers on street resurfacing projects after pandemic delay

While the city's attention rests with more high-profile projects, SDOT has quietly kickstarted several street resurfacing projects.
1 month ago

Sound Transit says light rail cable break after Apple Cup unprecedented

Sound Transit still doesn't know why the cable broke on a light rail train, stranding passengers in the tunnel last week after the Apple Cup.
2 months ago

Are flying cars the real future of personal travel in the Northwest?

Local engineer Steve Tibbets envisions a future of on-demand, electric, personal air vehicles carrying us to our destinations.
2 months ago

20 months into the closure, workers return to West Seattle Bridge

Workers finally returned to the closed West Seattle Bridge on Monday, promising to have it open to the public by the middle of 2022.
2 months ago

Washington tow truck drivers beg state lawmakers for more protection on roads

Tow truck drivers are begging the state Legislature for more protection after a deadly year on Washington's roads.
2 months ago

Washington State Ferries to slowly start returning normal service this week

Ferry riders have been struggling with a reduced sailing schedule for about a month now, but there could be some service improvements coming.
2 months ago

Light rail trains finally testing on East Link tracks

Light rail cars are running on the East Link tracks in the first phase of systems integration testing before service begins in 2023.
2 months ago

WSDOT workforce shortage could mean more closed roads this winter

The vaccine mandate and a global lack of workers is expected to impact the state's ability to clear the snow from roads and keep the mountain passes open.
2 months ago

Improvements to I-5 through JBLM have been ‘game-changer’ for congestion

A new HOV lane on I-5 through JBLM has led to across-the-board decreases in congestion along what's historically been a problematic roadway.
2 months ago

WSDOT stepping up its game with revamped website

This weekend, the Washington State Department of Transportation will unveil its new website, promising a much more user-friendly experience.
3 months ago

After 20 years of work on I-5 in Tacoma, what’s another six months between friends?

The I-5 HOV construction in Tacoma won't be finished until summer 2022, which is not what drivers or the state Department of Transportation wanted to hear.
3 months ago

Tacoma drivers face another delay to I-5 HOV project

The I-5 HOV project in Tacoma and new southbound Puyallup River Bridge expected to be finished by the end of the year will not be done until next summer.
3 months ago

Is it time to sell Washington ferry naming rights to raise money?

We know the ferries don't have the money or the staff to run their full operations. But is it time to think way outside the box to fund the ferry system?
3 months ago

WSDOT archaeologist solves mystery of structure under Maple Valley Highway

The Maple Valley Highway finally reopened to all traffic Wednesday after an unexpected discovery pushed a weekend culvert project out three days.
3 months ago

WSDOT accounts for 21% of state employees fired over vaccine mandate

Of 1,887 state employees that lost their jobs over the vaccine mandate, the largest group was from the Washington State Department of Transportation.
3 months ago