Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Roads' Category


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

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