July 2020

First phase of pile driving complete at Terminal 5

July 10 marked the one-year anniversary since the groundbreaking event for the Terminal 5 Modernization Project in Seattle.

Phase one of pile driving was also completed in July, where 184 steel pipe piles were vibrated and driven in to reinforce the upland portion of the wharf and support the new super-post-Panamax cranes arriving in 2021.

The first phase of the modernization project is expected to be completed in spring 2021.

Terminal 5 activity is estimated to result in 6,600 new direct jobs and more than $2 billion in commerce.


Container shipper Matson will pull out of Terminal 5 in September

Amid the changes happening at Terminal 5 in West Seattle shipping company Matson has decided to terminate its Terminal 5 service in September to consolidate its Hawaii and Alaska operations in Tacoma. SSA Terminals is the marine terminal operator for Terminal 5 and West Sitcum Terminal.

Additionally, the Port of Seattle Commission will consider the sale of the six cranes at Terminal 5 to SSA Terminals as part of this transaction. SSA Terminals will be relocating three of the cranes to Tacoma and dismantling the remaining three.

Terminal 5 has been undergoing a $300 million makeover to get it ready for the larger ships now used in shipping.

The Managing Members will consider authorizing $325,000 to replace 10 of the 41 hydrants at Terminal 5.

The changes will all be discussed in a virtual meeting on Aug. 4, The Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Members will consider a lease amendment for West Sitcum Terminal in Tacoma.


Trucks collide and fuel spill results in hazmat response on Spokane Street

Two freight trucks headed for Harbor Island collided as one cut the other off around 2pm according to the drivers, in the 1000 block of Spokane Street, just as it emerges from under the overpass. A fuel tank on the truck that was cut off was struck and leaking fuel on to the roadway. 

That resulted in a HazMat response from the Seattle Fire Department and stopped all eastbound traffic at that point. Since the bridge is closed to all non essential traffic this affected only commercial traffic. But the back up extended out to 1st Ave South and beyond as the had to wait for the fuel to basically drain out, since no way to catch it was possible.

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The fuel was allowed to just spill out. Photo by Patrick Robinson



Help the Duwamish tribe and Port of Seattle rename T-107 park

The Port of Seattle is looking to rename several of its park areas along the Duwamish River.  Here is the link for that voting opportunity through August 31: https://www.nameincredibleparks.org/rename

The Duwamish Tribe would like you to help them by voting for their preference for T-107 Park Name change to:  "Ha Ah Poos Duwamish Village Park”

Follow this link to vote on this historic name and create a place that all can be proud of: 




Nearly $30 billion in PPP, EIDL funds approved for Pacific Northwest Small Businesses, Nonprofits

PPP Application Deadline Aug. 8;
SBA Debt Relief, EIDL Still Options for Financing

As part of economic relief efforts related to the Coronavirus pandemic, nearly $30 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds have been approved for small businesses and nonprofits in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Pacific Northwest Region serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

To put that in perspective, during fiscal year 2019, the SBA approved $1.6 billion in the Pacific Northwest and $28 billion nationally as part of the agency’s traditional small business loan programs.

Combined PPP, EIDL and EIDL Advance Loan Data for the Pacific Northwest



Born January 26, 1933, in Michigan to David Hazlett and Dorothy (Ritchie) Hazlett. Passed peacefully July 20, 2020. Raised in Omak and graduated with the Omak High School Class of 1951. Attended Western Washington University where she met Richard McGlothern and wed in 1953. 

Preceded in death by her parents David and Dorothy Hazlett, and her brother David Hazlett. 

Work platforms on West Seattle Bridge will remain for three months as work proceeds

Limited access to low bridge granted to employer shuttles, vanpools for essential healthcare workers, and some maritime employees

After months of hard work, we have reached an important milestone in our efforts to stabilize the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge. Our bridge stabilization contractor has finished raising the four platforms which allow crew members to begin work on several measures intended to slow cracking.