520 Bridge http://kplu.org en State Needs $170 Million More To Finish 520 Bridge http://kplu.org/post/state-needs-170-million-more-finish-520-bridge <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">State officials say they need $170 million more to complete a replacement of the Highway 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Washington State Department of Transportation said Wednesday that an agency error on pontoon design error is consuming most of the project's reserve funds. Lawmakers had capped the project budget at $2.72 billion, but state transportation officials are now asking the Legislature to raise that to $2.89 billion.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:15:04 +0000 Mike Baker 12392 at http://kplu.org State Needs $170 Million More To Finish 520 Bridge Bridge drivers will see first signs of replacement taking shape http://kplu.org/post/bridge-drivers-will-see-first-signs-replacement-taking-shape <p>If you drive across Lake Washington this week on the SR-520 floating bridge, <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/03/520BridgeDesignsConstruction.htm">you may notice some construction in the water</a>. That&rsquo;s the first step in building a new floating bridge across the lake--running parallel to and just north of the existing floating bridge.</p><p>This week, a large crane will move into place, along with some barges. Then, steel piles will get pushed into the soft soils in the lake-bed, just off-shore of Medina. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:53:47 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4579 at http://kplu.org Traffic slowly returning to 520 toll bridge http://kplu.org/post/traffic-slowly-returning-520-toll-bridge <p>The Washington Transportation Department says drivers are gradually returning to the Highway 520 floating bridge since tolling was imposed in late December.</p><blockquote><p>Tolling spokeswoman Patty Michaud said Friday the bridge that handled about 100,000 vehicles a day now typically handles 60,000 to 65,000. Traffic had dropped by nearly half when tolling went into effect.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:01:18 +0000 The Associated Press 4192 at http://kplu.org Traffic slowly returning to 520 toll bridge Bald eagle, popular with commuters, killed on 520 bridge http://kplu.org/post/bald-eagle-popular-commuters-killed-520-bridge <p>A bald eagle was struck and killed Tuesday on the Highway 520 floating bridge in Seattle. The eagle is believed to be the male of a pair that nests at the nearby Broadmoor Golf Course in Seattle.</p><p>Frequently seen perching on bridge light poles, it was popular with commuters.</p><p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:40:58 +0000 The Associated Press 2235 at http://kplu.org Bald eagle, popular with commuters, killed on 520 bridge When will tolls start on 520? Delays leave state with no date http://kplu.org/post/when-will-tolls-start-520-delays-leave-state-no-date <p>People who drive over the State Route 520 floating bridge will likely have a few more months before tolls kick in. The latest estimate of when charges would begin is now August, but the Washington State Department of Transportation won&#39;t commit to a date.</p><p>The new system has faced a string of delays. It was <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/preparing-tolls-get-your-good-go-pass-early">originally scheduled to be up and running in April</a>. Then it was pushed back to June. Then late July.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:19:03 +0000 Charla Bear 1935 at http://kplu.org When will tolls start on 520? Delays leave state with no date Preparing for tolls, get your "Good to Go" pass early http://kplu.org/post/preparing-tolls-get-your-good-go-pass-early <p>Tolls on the old 520 bridge across Lake Washington are coming soon--likely starting in April.</p><p>It&#39;s an all-electronic system, so there won&#39;t be an option to just throw some coins into a box. You&#39;ll need a special pass on the windshield of your car. The price of driving over the floating span between Seattle and Bellevue will vary, depending on the time of day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond put on a happy face as she reminded folks to get ready to pay as much as $3.50 each way at the height of rush hour.</p><p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 19:38:51 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 809 at http://kplu.org Preparing for tolls, get your "Good to Go" pass early Mobile app for ridesharing could ease pain of 520 tolls http://kplu.org/post/mobile-app-ridesharing-could-ease-pain-520-tolls <p>Tolls on the 520 bridge are set to start this spring and they could be as high as $3.50 each way.&nbsp;</p><p>Frustrated?&nbsp; There's an app for that.&nbsp;</p><p>An Irish company called Avego created a new smart phone app for "real-time ride sharing." Company leaders say it encourages more carpooling.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 23:06:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & KPLU News Staff 666 at http://kplu.org Mobile app for ridesharing could ease pain of 520 tolls Tolls coming to Lake Washington's SR-520, with unintended impacts http://kplu.org/post/tolls-coming-lake-washingtons-sr-520-unintended-impacts <p>Tolls costing <a href="http://www.wstc.wa.gov/HighwayTolling/SR520bridge.htm">$7 for a peak-period round-trip are coming to the highway-520 floating bridge</a> across Lake Washington.&nbsp; The tolls, approved Wednesday night, will pay for a new, wider bridge &ndash; although that bridge won&rsquo;t open until 2014, at the earliest. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 16:00:09 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 485 at http://kplu.org Tolls coming to Lake Washington's SR-520, with unintended impacts Wednesday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/wednesday-mornings-headlines <p>A toll plan for Highway 520 bridge, Four Loko aims for less loco, and 787's test planes come home. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:17:06 +0000 Gary Davis 157 at http://kplu.org Wednesday morning's headlines