Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Roads' Category


SR 520 Pontoon Cracks Repaired

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/09/11_PontoonWCrackRepairsComplete.htm Repairs have been made on one of the cracked pontoons for the new SR 520 Floating Bridge. This is excellent news. This project is sorely needed. Ben

Ramp Meter Added to I-405

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/09/11_i405SunsetRampMeter.htm A ramp meter will be added to the Soutbound entrance to Interstate 405 from Sunset Way. Ben

Half of All Distracted Drivers Are Texting

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/UW-study-finds-half-distracted-drivers-are-texting-223013331.html A study by the University of Washington shows that half of all distracted drivers are texting. Put the phone down! Ben

New Skagit River Bridge to be Installed Saturday Night

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/09/09_I5SkagitRiverBridgespanupdate.html The replacement Skagit River span will be slid into place Saturday, September 14th. This is great news for the North Sound. Ben

Stadium Way to Reopen Wednesday

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/29/2755724/tacoma-stadium-way-set-to-open.html Stadium Way in downtown Tacoma will reopen Wednesday after being closed for rebuilding. Given what an important connector this is between downtown and the Stadium district this is excellent timing. Ben

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

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