Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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Repaired SR 520 Pontoon Coming Back

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/23_520PontoonFromPortland.htm One of the cracked pontoons was repaired in a Portland shipyard and will be brought back to Lake Washington soon. This is great news as this project is way overdue and needs to move forward. Ben

New Website Highlights SR 520 History

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/21_520HistoryAndBirthday.htm For WSDOT’s 50th birthday a new Website covering the history of the bridge – 520history.org – has been launched. Go learn more about the bridge there. Ben

Port of Seattle Approves Funding for Alaskan Way Viaduct

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/06_Port-approves-AWV-funding.htm The Port of Seattle has approved $267 million to help replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Good news. Every little bit helps. Ben

Murray Morgan Elevator Still Not Operational

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/02/2711674/elevator-for-murray-morgan-bridge.html The elevator from the Murray Morgan Bridge down to Dock Street is still not operational due to several issues. It should hopefully be open by Labor Day. Ben

Bertha Starts Digging

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/30_SR99BerthaStartsDigging.htm Bertha the SR 99 tunnel drilling machine has begun its big dig. Great to see this project moving along. Ben

SR 520 Pontoon Repair Costs

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/30_SR520PontoonUpdate.htm Costs have been announced for crack repairs on the first SR 520 pontoons. Ben

Party for Bertha’s Launch Draws 5,000

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/20_99_BerthaDedicationEvent.htm The dedication and launch party for the SR 99 tunnel drilling machine Bertha drew 5,000 people. Yes I was there and I have pics that I will post soon. Ben

Ramp Meters Coming to South King County

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/22_I5Rampmeters.htm Ramp meters are being added to Interstate 5 in South King County. Hopefully they will help with congestion in the area. Ben

Expansion Joint and Ramp Repairs Coming to Seattle

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/July17_I5.htm Expansion joints will be replaced and ramps repaved in the coming weekend in Seattle. Ben

Damaged Anchor Cable Found on SR 520 Floating Bridge

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/_26_520anchor.htm A broken anchor cable was found on the current SR 520 Floating Bridge. While this doesn’t affect safety due to redundancies built into the anchor system, the cable will need to be replaced. Ben