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Memorial Day travel at Sea-Tac; Travel times over the weekend; Crash victim remembered; West Seattle Bridge timeline; Cemetery restoration.

80% of pre-pandemic travelers expected at Sea-Tac Airport for Memorial Day weekend

The unofficial start to summer is expected to bring traveler numbers to about 80% of pre-pandemic levels at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The busiest day is expected to be Friday, with up to 137,000 travelers. By Thursday, the airport's parking garage was already nearing capacity.

Officials suggested travelers plan ahead and get to the airport at least two hours before their flight. Find out more

Memorial Day traffic charts: Best and worst times to hit the road in western Washington

Planning a road trip or visiting family and friends this Memorial Day weekend? The Washington State Department of Transportation released travel charts for three state highways expected to see higher than usual traffic over the holiday weekend to help drivers plan ahead.

This year, the department shared travel charts for Interstate 5 between Lacey and Tacoma, US 2 between Stevens Pass and Skykomish and Interstate 90 between North Bend and Cle Elum. Learn more

Ship Canal crash victim remembered for his 'bright light and a shining personality'

The day after Jordan Shelley was killed in a car crash on Seattle's Ship Canal Bridge, his mother, Teresa, recalled the day she met her adopted son at an Ethiopian orphanage.

She said it was love at first sight.

"Without any sort of reservation, he just came running out of the orphanage, and he just jumped on me and yelled, 'Mom!'" she said. Read more

West Seattle Bridge expected to reopen mid-2022 after structural concrete pouring completed

Crews have completed pouring structural concrete on the West Seattle Bridge, moving the project one step closer to an expected mid-2022 reopening.

The structural concrete will hold new steel cables essential to strengthening the bridge, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. The department called the process a "crucial project milestone" that affected the project's reopening schedule. Read more

Centralia cemetery restoration reveals surprise graves

Marveen Rohr helped change state law and secured state funding to clean and preserve the estimated 2,000 gravesites at Greenwood Cemetery, where her parents and grandparents are buried.

But after three years of clearing weeds and accessing cemetery records, volunteers have identified more than 7,000 gravesites at the Centralia property, some marking the remains of men who fought in the Civil War. Read more

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