Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Projects' Category


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

Landslide Rail Projects Beginning

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/19_rail_landslide_solutions.htm Projects to reduce or eliminate the landslides that blocked rail traffic in the North corridor are underway. They include projects to stabilize hillsides. More information is available here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Rail/slidemanagement/ This is great news. Amtrak Cascades and Sounder commuter rail service have been detrimentally affected by the multiple slides in this corridor. Hopefully […]

Girders to be Launched for New Skagit River Bridge

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/13_I5SkagitRiverBridgegirders.htm Eight large concrete girders will be set for the replacement Skagit River Bridge over the next few weeks. This is great news for the area. WSDOT is moving rapidly to fix this bridge. 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

I-5 Exit to SR 7 Closing

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/05_I_5ExitClosedtoSR7.htm The Southbound exit from Interstate 5 to SR 7 will close for 9 weeks on August 12th. A detour is in place. Ben

Reopen the UP Rail Crossing in Fife?

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/03/2712606/divisive-rail-crossing-getting.html With the growth of residences in Fife the discussion about reopening the UP rail crossing at 54th avenue has come up. Ideally this would be rebuilt as a undercrossing allowing grade separation of rail traffic. This would benefit the City of Fife, residents and shippers. Hopefully the will and money […]

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

Puget Sound Gateway Project

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Gateway The projects to extend SR 509 and SR 167 are now both discussed as the Puget Sound Gateway here. 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