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January 7, 2019

Ex-general to guide ‘Seattle Squeeze'

SEATTLE — The city of Seattle hired retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Worden to be its first citywide mobility coordinator.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct will permanently close Friday and commuters are preparing for the “Seattle Squeeze” — a four-year period when megaprojects will make it hard to get into and around the city.

Worden's new job is to coordinate how the city's 29 departments manage rights of way, and respond to incidents and emergencies. He will also work with other agencies on operations and planning.

Worden is based in the city's Emergency Operations Center.

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