Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Roads' Category


Repair Plan for SR 99 Tunnel

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/06/16_detailsofrepairworkplan.htm Seattle Tunnel Partners has come up with a plan to repair Bertha, the SR 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct tunneling machine. Let’s hope this works. Ben

Documents Released About Skagit Bridge Collapse

From The Seattle Times: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/06/skagit-bridge-collapse-passing-trucker-thought-noise-was-a-bouncy-load/ It is possible the pilot car may have hit the bridge that collapsed in Skagit County in 2013. Ben

SR 99 Tunnel Contract Awarded

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/15_SR99TunnelNoAccessContract.htm A contract has been awarded to connect SR 99 to the North end of the future tunnel. Ben

Pontoon Change Order Issued

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/SR520PontoonChangeOrder01082014.htm Design changes and errors on the pontoons for the new SR 520 Bridge have led to cost overruns that have eaten up the reserve budget. While this project is very complex, this is not good news. The bridge needs to be replaced and done right, but having issues like this will create […]

New Nalley Valley Viaduct Opens Early

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/5_EBNalleyValleyOpensEarly.htm The new Eastbound Nalley Valley Viaduct has opened to traffic early. Ben

Progress Made on Bertha Blockage

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/01/99010313.htm After lowering the water level around the machine, a metal pipe was found stuck in it. This is a pipe from an earlier sampling well. Hopefully this is all there is blocking the machine. Ben

Traffic Revision Coming to SR 16

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/30_SR16TrafficRevision.htm On January 3rd, WSDOT will redirect traffic from the temporary to the new Nalley Valley Viaduct on SR 16. This is great news. This project has been long in coming. Ben

LED Lane Markers?

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I90/SnoqPassVicImproveDelin/default.htm WSDOT is planning to add solar powered LED line markers on Snoqualmie Pass. These will be great if it works. It is so hard to see the standard white lane markers in heavy rain, or snow. Ben

Fife Limits Trucks on Milroy Bridge

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/12/16/2950849/fife-seeks-to-ban-big-rigs-on.html Fife is looking to ba big rigs on the Milroy Bridge, an older steel bridge across the Puyallup River. It is narrow and ends at a stop light, so it isn’t really designed for trucks. Ben

Crews Lowering Groundwater to See What is Blocking Bertha

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/13_Tunnel_Crews_Look.htm Crews are drilling wells to lower groundwater around where the SR 99/Alaskan Way tunneling machine Bertha is stuck. Let’s hope we find the obstruction and a solution soon. Ben