Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

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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

Interstate 5 Bridge Delay due to Puyallup Tribe

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/12/09/2938777/state-blames-i-5-bridge-delay.html Construction of two new Interstate 5 bridges across the Puyallup River has been delayed by concerns raised by the Puyallup tribe. It is important to move this project along; however it is also important to do it right. Let’s hope we reach a consensus soon. Ben

Traffic Restrictions Coming to SR 16

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/09_weekendSR16closure.htm Lots of work is coming in January to switch traffic over to the new bridge on the SR 16/Nalley Valley Viaduct. Ben

Love Locks Come to Tacoma

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Lock-On-Tacoma-dedication-112213 An art project inspired by Paris has come to the Tacoma Sounder extension. People can attach their own “love locks” to the supports of the Sounder bridge in Downtown Tacoma. 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 […]

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

Preferred Alternative Picked for Lynnwood Light Rail

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Sound-Transit-board-picks-preferred-alternative–for-Lynnwood-Link-light-rail-112113 The preferred alternative has been picked to extend light rail from Northgate to Lynnwood. The route will mostly follow Interstate 5. Given how many commuters come into the city from the North end, this is a good thing. Ben

I-5 Auxilary Lane to Open in Lakewood

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/11/21_I5AuxLaneLakewood.htm A new Southbound auxiliary lane from Thorne Lane to Berkley Street will open right before Thanksgiving. This lane should help with the horrible congestion in this area. Ben

Tacoma Link Expansion May Be Tough

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/11/14/2890403/link-expansion-faces-a-tough-road.html There are multiple possible routings to get Link to go up the hill from Downtown Tacoma, all with their own issues. Let’s do it right the first time. 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