Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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SR 520 Coffer Cell Arrives

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/11/22_SR520CofferCell.htm A “coffer cell”, effectively a portable dry dock, has arrived on Lake Washington. It will be used to fix cracks in the current SR 520 pontoons. Ben

Ferries May Be Running on LNG

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/11/LNG_11202013.htm The Washington State Ferry system is working towards using Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel source. This would be implemented on the Issaquah class ferries. More information is available here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Environment/LNG.htm Ben

More Input Needed on Interstate 90 Tolling Proposal

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/10/7_MorePublicInputNeeded90Tolling.htm Outreach efforts and surveys are underway on the proposal to toll Interstate 90 across Lake Washington. Get involved! Ben

SR 520 Barges Drift in High Winds

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/09/30_520Barges.htm During the windstorm some construction barges drifted away from the SR 520 bridge project. No damage was reported. Ben

South Park Bridge Coming Along

From The South Park News: http://thesouthparknews.com/new-south-park-bridge-gets-its-first-leaf/ The New South Park Bridge got its first leaf lately. Great to see this project coming along. Ben

SR 520 Pontoon Cracks Repaired

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/09/11_PontoonWCrackRepairsComplete.htm Repairs have been made on one of the cracked pontoons for the new SR 520 Floating Bridge. This is excellent news. This project is sorely needed. Ben

Ramp Meter Added to I-405

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/09/11_i405SunsetRampMeter.htm A ramp meter will be added to the Soutbound entrance to Interstate 405 from Sunset Way. Ben

Attempt to Stop I-90 Light Rail Fails

From The Seattle Times: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/09/state-supreme-court-rejects-kemper-freeman-attempt-to-stop-i-90-light-rail/ Developer Kemper Freeman’s lawsuit to stop putting light rail on the Interstate 90 floating bridge has been rejected. This is great news. If anywhere needs reliable high speed transit it is the Eastside with Microsoft, Nintendo, Google and many other large and small tech companies. Ben

New Bus Lanes Coming to Aurora Ave.

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/New-bus-lanes-could-mean-longer-Aurora-Ave-commute-222894221.html New BAT (Business Access/Transit) lanes will be added to Aurora Avenue from 115th to the Aurora Bridge. This is partially in support of the new RapidRide E line. Ben

$24 Million in TIGER Grants for Sound Transit

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Tiger-Grand-Funds-830 The money from federal TIGER funds will be used to add HOV lanes in both directions on the Interstate 90 floating bridge. This is so light rail can be run down the center lanes of the bridge. Also, money will be used to double-track the existing Milwaukee Road trestle in Tacoma […]