Puget Sound Transportation Projects

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

Archive for the 'Statewide' Category


7 Highway Bridges are Too Low

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021075677_bridgecollapselowxml.html Seven other highway bridges in Washington have low clearances like the recently collapsed Skagit River Bridge. Sounds like there is more work to be done. Ben

Memorial Day Travel Information

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/05/17_Memorial_Day_Travel_2013.htm WSDOT provides information for travelers to help avoid congestion on the Memorial Day weekend. Ben

Outside Study of Megaprojects May Cost $475,000

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020980095_paananencontractxml.html An outside study of the SR 99 tunnel, SR 520 bridge and I-5 Columbia River Crossing projects may cost $475,000. But we may also find what we are doing wrong too. Ben

Earth Day Forecast

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/04/22_earthday.htm On this Earth Day, WSDOT is working to lower carbon emissions and make transportation sustainable. Ben

See Orange, Slow Down

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/04/11_workzonesafety2013_goorange.htm It’s Work Zone Safety Awareness Week again. Remember to slow down in work zones. Ben

Secretary Calls for Mega Project Review

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/03/SecPetersonProjectReview.htm Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson called for a review of major projects including The Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, SR 520 bridge replacement and the Columbia River Crossing. This is after many problems were found with the 520 project. Let’s hope the review gets these projects back on track. Ben

Some Washington Drivers Testing Oregon’s Pay By the Mile Program

From KING-5: http://www.king5.com/news/Washington-joins-Oregons-pay-per-mile-pilot-191137931.html 20 Washington drivers are testing an Oregon system that tracks the miles traveled on public roads and charges you for those miles. It is a pilot program that could replace the gas tax in the state. The idea isn’t bad. Why not pay for what you are actually using? Ben

The Puck Test

From the WSDOT Blog: http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/by-guest-blogger-mike-allende-hockey-is.html Testing is beginning on hockey puck-shaped devices for measuring traffic flow. They are more durable than the pavement loops in place currently that require excellent pavement conditions to work. Anything to increase our ITS system is a good thing. Ben

State Could Sell Naming Rights to Roads

From KING-5: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Starbucks-Espressway-State-could-sell-naming-rights-to-roads-187917711.html The state is looking at selling naming rights to roads and bridges as a way to bring in badly-needed funding. I don’t really like this idea, but if people don’t want to pay taxes and tolls this may be an innovative way to get the funding needed for repairs and expansion. Ben

Oil Boom Comes to Washington

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019765679_oil26m.html Oil is being railshipped from fields in Texas and the Midwest to refineries in Washington as production falls in Alaska. Maybe this will end up lowering our gas prices in the state. Ben