Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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Repair Plan for SR 99 Tunnel

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/06/16_detailsofrepairworkplan.htm Seattle Tunnel Partners has come up with a plan to repair Bertha, the SR 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct tunneling machine. Let’s hope this works. Ben

Kitsap Transit Worker-Driver System

From the APTA Blog: http://voicesforpublictransit.org/blog.aspx?id=5-16-2014 Kitsap Transit has a system where workers at the naval shipyard drive buses, which run specific routes to pick up employees and take them to and fro work. This is an excellent partnership idea that we should see more of. Ben

SR 99 Tunnel Contract Awarded

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/15_SR99TunnelNoAccessContract.htm A contract has been awarded to connect SR 99 to the North end of the future tunnel. Ben

Pontoon Change Order Issued

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/SR520PontoonChangeOrder01082014.htm Design changes and errors on the pontoons for the new SR 520 Bridge have led to cost overruns that have eaten up the reserve budget. While this project is very complex, this is not good news. The bridge needs to be replaced and done right, but having issues like this will create […]

Progress Made on Bertha Blockage

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/99010313.htm After lowering the water level around the machine, a metal pipe was found stuck in it. This is a pipe from an earlier sampling well. Hopefully this is all there is blocking the machine. Ben

LED Lane Markers?

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I90/SnoqPassVicImproveDelin/default.htm WSDOT is planning to add solar powered LED line markers on Snoqualmie Pass. These will be great if it works. It is so hard to see the standard white lane markers in heavy rain, or snow. Ben

New Tool for Ferry Users

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/17_Newestonlinetool.htm WSDOT is launching a new tool that will tell you the number of available spaces at a particular terminal for a particular sailing. This is a great new tool for those who use the ferry system. Ben

Crews Lowering Groundwater to See What is Blocking Bertha

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/13_Tunnel_Crews_Look.htm Crews are drilling wells to lower groundwater around where the SR 99/Alaskan Way tunneling machine Bertha is stuck. Let’s hope we find the obstruction and a solution soon. Ben

Statement on SR 99 Tunneling Machine

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/10_SR99tunnelingstatement.htm The tunnel boring machine named Bertha used for the SR 99/Alaskan Way tunnel has been stopped by an obstruction. Work is underway to determine what this obstruction is. Ben

University Link to Open Early

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Sound-Transit-details-plans-to-open-light-rail-line-six-to-nine-months-early-11222013 Sound Transit says that University Link is below budget and ahead of schedule. They plan to open the line 6 to 9 months early – in early 2016. This is great news. With a stop in Capitol Hill, one of the most densely populated districts in Seattle, the line should get […]