Puget Sound Transportation Projects

My thoughts on transportation in the Puget Sound area and transportation issues in general.

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Bertha’s Launch Pit Complete

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/05/14_AWVTunnelPitComplete.htm Bertha’s launching pit is complete. Next stop: tunneling to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct! Ben

SR 520 Pontoons Coming Into Lake Washington

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/05/15_PontoonMayMovements.htm Pontoons for the new SR 520 Floating Bridge are coming into Lake Washington. Follow the pontoons here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/BridgeAndLandings/520bridgeassembly.htm Ben

More Mercer Mess Coming

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020941182_mercerwesttrafficxml.html Mercer and Aurora will be under construction the next two years. While hopefully the construction will help the horrible traffic in the corridor, pack some patience for awhile. Ben

More Bridge Openings Coming

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/05/02_520boatingseason.htm With the start of boating season, drawbridges will be opening more often around the Seattle area. Pack some patience. Ben

Second Set of SR 520 Pontoons Leaving Aberdeen

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/04/29_520PontoonFloat-Out.htm The second set of pontoons built for the SR 520 Floating Bridge have left the casting basin in Aberdeen. Good to see this project moving along. The bridge has needed to be replaced for years. Ben

Ferry Fares Increasing May 1

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/04/FerryFares_042413.htm Ferry fares will increase with a 25% surcharge beginning May 1, same as every summer. Ben

World’s Largest Tunneling Machine to Arrive April 2

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/04/01_TunnelMachineArrives.htm Bertha, the SR 99 tunnel boring machine, will be arriving in Seattle on April 2nd. She is coming in by ship from Japan. Nice to see the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project underway. Ben

SR 99 Tunneling Machine Sets Sail

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/03/18_Bertha-sets-sail.htm Bertha, the tunneling machine for the SR99/Alaskan Way Viaduct project, set sail from Japan yesterday. She is due to arrive in Seattle in 2 weeks. Finally we can move this project ahead! Ben

SR 167 Tolling Study

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/planning/SR167ComprehensiveStudy.htm Results on the comprehensive tolling study of SR 167 are available here. Ben

Aurora Bridge Prepared for a Major Earthquake

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/03/7_SR99_AuroraBridge.htm The Aurora Bridge has received a seismic retrofit, including new expansion joints, reinforced columns, extra concrete and additional steel that better protect the bridge during an earthquake. With the possibility of the big one coming, the more we can do to protect our infrastructure, the better. Ben