Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Roads' Category


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

Tunnel Liner Manufacturer Shuts Down

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/07/02/2663448/viaduct-liner-builder-fps-encon.html The manufacturer of tunnel lining segments for the SR 99/Alaskan Way tunnel has shut down over issues with the contract. Hopefully the problem is resolved soon. This project, like many here, is way overdue. 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

New Exit to South 38th Street in Tacoma Opens Early

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/2013_06_20_38thStreetExitOpensEarly.htm The new ramp to South 38th Street from Interstate 5, allowing access to the Tacoma Mall and Costco among other locations is reopening early. Ben

Connection to New SR 520 Floating Bridge Being Built

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/20_520WestConnectionBridge.htm The West Connection Bridge structure which connects the new SR 520 floating bridge to the existing roadway is under construction. This is excellent news. This project has been delayed for too long. Ben

Temporary Skagit River Bridge to Open Wednesday

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/I5_18SkagitRiverBridgetoOpenSoon.htm The temporary bridge built to replace the collapsed span of the Interstate 5 bridge at the Skagit River will be opening on Wednesday. This is great news. Losing this vital span has detrimentally impacted the area and the state in general. Getting a temporary bridge open this quickly is amazing. Ben

Temporary Skagit River Bridge to Open in Mid-June

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/10_SkagitBridgeJune.htm The temporary Skagit River Bridge will be complete in mid-June. This is great news for the North Sound, who have had to deal with the closure of Interstate 5. Ben

Bridge Collapse Causing Spike in Crashes

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Extra-traffic-from-bridge-collapse-causing-spike-in-car-crashes-210501721.html With increased traffic due to the collapse of the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge the number of accidents in Mount Vernon has grown. Let’s all be careful out there. Ben

Design of Columbia River Crossing Causes Debate

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/New-I-5-Columbia-River-bridge-design-sparks-opposition-210278901.html Concerns grow about the new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River, now over its height. It may not be high enough for upriver manufacturers to ship large loads. Ben