State Department of Transportation http://kplu.org en WSDOT admits big mistakes on 520 pontoons http://kplu.org/post/wsdot-admits-big-mistakes-520-pontoons <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big mistakes were made by the State Department of Transportation in its construction of the pontoons that will hold up the new 520 bridge across Lake Washington. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The agency says it is making repairs and design modifications to ensure the bridge will last the full 75 year lifespan promised.</span></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:04:37 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7868 at http://kplu.org WSDOT admits big mistakes on 520 pontoons State lawmakers looking at cost of Washington ferries http://kplu.org/post/state-lawmakers-looking-cost-washington-ferries <p>State lawmakers may reconsider the law that requires new ferries to be built in Washington.</p><p>An audit suggested ferries could be built cheaper at shipyards out of state.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/VjMRm3" target="_blank">The Daily Herald reports</a>&nbsp;the audit is the subject of a legislative hearing Wednesday in Olympia. The audit cost $1.2 million and took a year to complete.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:20:09 +0000 The Associated Press 7618 at http://kplu.org State lawmakers looking at cost of Washington ferries Washington, Oregon consider mileage-based road tax http://kplu.org/post/washington-oregon-consider-mileage-based-road-tax <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/010913TB_Mileage_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>PORTLAND - Washington and Oregon are getting serious about finding a replacement for the gas tax. Steadily improving fuel efficiency in cars is eroding the primary source of road funding in the Northwest. A new report to the 2013 Washington Legislature finds it "feasible" to have drivers pay by the mile instead. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:22:09 +0000 Tom Banse 7530 at http://kplu.org Washington, Oregon consider mileage-based road tax Get ready: Major road closures this weekend in Seattle region http://kplu.org/post/get-ready-major-road-closures-weekend-seattle-region <p>If you have to drive this weekend, you should plan on leaving a lot of extra time, as several major roads will be completely closed.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Everybody is going to be touched by this weekend&rsquo;s construction, whether you live in Renton or Seattle or Bellevue or Lake Stevens or Snohomish,&quot; says Jamie Holter with the <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/">State Department of Transportation</a>.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:48:18 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5943 at http://kplu.org Get ready: Major road closures this weekend in Seattle region Viaduct closure; Emergency system triggered by seismic sensors http://kplu.org/post/viaduct-closure-emergency-system-triggered-seismic-sensors <p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has been calling for a closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as soon as possible.&nbsp; That&#39;s because it&#39;s an earthquake hazard.&nbsp; Other leaders think that&#39;s an over-reaction, since a new tunnel is already in the works.&nbsp;</p><p>But the Viaduct will close this weekend for its semi-annual inspection.&nbsp; Drivers will have to re-route their travel for two days.&nbsp; Routine maintenance on the old structure was scheduled long before the earthquake in Japan.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:22:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1013 at http://kplu.org Viaduct closure; Emergency system triggered by seismic sensors Glitches in Good to Go electronic tolling system http://kplu.org/post/glitches-good-go-electronic-tolling-system <p>While it&#39;s a good idea to be prepared, sometimes it&#39;s good not to move too fast.&nbsp;</p><p>Apparently there are glitches in the state&#39;s new &quot;Good to Go&quot; tolling system.&nbsp; The State Department of Transportation says it will revamp the sign-up process after complaints by frustrated motorists trying to buy transponders online.&nbsp; As Mike Lindblom reports in <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014255168_tollglitches18m.html">The Seattle Times</a>:</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:55:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 826 at http://kplu.org Glitches in Good to Go electronic tolling system Seattle Tunnel Partners promises a wider roadway, one year sooner http://kplu.org/post/seattle-tunnel-partners-promises-wider-roadway-one-year-sooner <p>State transportation officials have announced the likely winner in the competition to build a tunnel to replace Seattle&#39;s aging Alaskan Way Viaduct.&nbsp; The proposal comes from a consortium known as Seattle Tunnel Partners.&nbsp; It has a slightly higher price, but offers other benefits.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:15:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 330 at http://kplu.org Seattle Tunnel Partners promises a wider roadway, one year sooner