Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

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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

More Work Coming to Skagit River Bridge

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/July24_I5skagitbridgereplacement.htm This Fall WSDOT will work to raise the vertical clearance of the Skagit River bridge to avoid incidents of vehicles hitting the supports, as happened in this summer’s collapse. Ben

New Skagit River Bridge Will Be Higher

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/25/2694588/rebuilt-skagit-bridge-will-also.html When the Skagit River Bridge that collapsed is rebuilt the trusses will be raised to 18 feet in the hopes of not having a repeat incident. Let’s hope this helps. Ben

Fox Island Span in Need of Replacement

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/23/2690621/fox-island-span-the-latest-bridge.html The bridge to Fox Island has been rated structurally deficient after damage was found. However there is no plan in place to replace it. Another sign our infrastructure is in dire need of repair. 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

Permanent I-5 Skagit River Bridge Replacement Underway

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/07/12_I5SkagitBridgePermSpanStart.htm A permanent span for the damaged Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge is under construction. It is expected to be complete after Labor Day.This is great news as the loss of the existing span has dramatically impacted traffic in the area.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

Potential Rail Between Ballard and Downtown Seattle?

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Potential-rail-routes-between-Ballard-downtown-62113 Eight potential routes have been proposed for rail between Ballard and Downtown Seattle. More information is available here: http://www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/Ballard-transit-expansion-study Ben