520 Bridge Replacement http://kplu.org en Bill calls for reports to lawmakers on costly WSDOT errors http://kplu.org/post/bill-calls-reports-lawmakers-costly-wsdot-errors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big mistakes made on the design and construction of pontoons for the new 520 floating bridge could lead to tougher reporting requirements for the Washington state Department of Transportation.</span></p><p>Lawmakers want more transparency and accountability when it comes to costly mistakes. Repairs to cracks in the new 520 pontoons, for example, are <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/4A835908-743D-436E-9AF7-87A57DBC3464/0/2013_0200_WSDOTPontoons_ERPReport2.pdf" target="_blank">expected to cost tens of millions </a>of dollars.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8047 at http://kplu.org WSDOT says cracks in new SR-520 pontoons are par for the course http://kplu.org/post/wsdot-says-cracks-new-sr-520-pontoons-are-par-course <p></p><p>You may have heard about some issues with the large concrete pontoons being built for the new 520 bridge across Lake Washington. Several of them sprung leaks and cracks after the cement set in Aberdeen.</p><p>But the state Department of Transportation says drivers don’t need to worry; the situation is under control.</p><p>Click the "play" icon below to see video of State Construction Engineer Jeff Carpenter describing how pontoon cracks are being patched to ensure they will last 75 years, as stipulated in the design plan:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVA-TAHD6_A</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:30:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7130 at http://kplu.org WSDOT says cracks in new SR-520 pontoons are par for the course 'Food Bridge' wins design contest for old 520 floating bridge http://kplu.org/post/food-bridge-wins-design-contest-old-520-floating-bridge <p>A design for parks and gardens on the South Park neighborhood's waterfront won the international competition&nbsp;to create a use for the old 520 floating bridge pontoons, according to the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RethinkReuse">competition's Facebook page</a>. The "Food Bridge" would be set afloat along the Duwamish&nbsp;River.</p><p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:15:18 +0000 Jake Ellison & The Associated Press 6401 at http://kplu.org 'Food Bridge' wins design contest for old 520 floating bridge Highway 520 design in federal court on Tuesday http://kplu.org/post/highway-520-design-federal-court-tuesday <p>Even as its construction is well underway, design <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/timeline.htm">plans for the new 520 bridge</a> across Lake Washington continue to spark controversy.</p><p>A federal <a href="https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/roanoke-park-portage-bay-forum/_QcMMUYVYG4">judge will hear</a> oral arguments tomorrow in <a href="http://www.low.ph/transit/23%20PLAINTIFF%27S%20OPENING%20BRIEF.pdf">a lawsuit</a> against the replacement project by the State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:01:13 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5528 at http://kplu.org Highway 520 design in federal court on Tuesday Tolls deterring fewer than expected on SR-520 Bridge http://kplu.org/post/tolls-deterring-fewer-expected-sr-520-bridge <p>Tolling rates <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/05/30_tollsincreasejuly1.htm">are going up</a> on the 520 bridge this Sunday, in the first of four annual rate hikes. The 2.5%&nbsp; increase will add about an extra dime to peak fees. It comes 6 months after tolling began on the bridge between Seattle and the east side.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:48:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5451 at http://kplu.org Tolls deterring fewer than expected on SR-520 Bridge More cracks in new pontoons for Seattle bridge http://kplu.org/post/more-cracks-new-pontoons-seattle-bridge <p>The Washington Transportation Department says more cracks have been found in pontoons under construction in Aberdeen for the new Highway 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington at Seattle.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:37:56 +0000 The Associated Press 5417 at http://kplu.org Pontoons taking shape, creating jobs in Aberdeen http://kplu.org/post/pontoons-taking-shape-creating-jobs-aberdeen <p>Washington State is the floating bridge capital of the world. We have four of the most famous ones, including the longest: <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/04/05_SR520_Construction_Drawspan.htm">State Route 520, which is about to be replaced</a>.</p><p>What holds them all up? Giant floats made of concrete, called pontoons. The first and<a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520/Pontoons/default.htm"> largest of them</a> are being manufactured in Grays Harbor, near Aberdeen.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:06:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4754 at http://kplu.org Pontoons taking shape, creating jobs in Aberdeen Highway 520 tolls: Traffic down on morning commute http://kplu.org/post/highway-520-tolls-traffic-down-morning-commute <p>On the first day of the post-holiday commute, Washington transportation officials say traffic is down significantly on the 520 bridge.</p><div><p>They say about 37 percent fewer drivers than normal crossed the 520 bridge between 6 and 7 a.m. this morning.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 16:47:44 +0000 The Associated Press 3579 at http://kplu.org Highway 520 tolls: Traffic down on morning commute 520 Tolls starting tomorrow http://kplu.org/post/520-tolls-starting-tomorrow <p>Tomorrow (Thursday, 12-29-11), electronic tolls will kick in on<a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge/default.aspx"> the 520 bridge across lake Washington</a>.</p><p>A series of technical glitches caused multiple past delays. &nbsp;But now, the reader boards are going live and billing drivers on the most popular route between Seattle and the east side.</p><p>There are many creative ways to get around the tolls, but you&rsquo;re bound to have to pay, sooner or later.</p><p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:33:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3526 at http://kplu.org 520 Tolls starting tomorrow 520 tolling to begin in 3 weeks http://kplu.org/post/520-tolling-begin-3-weeks <p>Tolling on the 520 Bridge <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/520/FAQ.htm#TollRates1">will start at 5 am on December 29<sup>th</sup></a>.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the word from the state Department of Transportation, after multiple glitches that have delayed the system till now.</p><p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 02:11:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3390 at http://kplu.org 520 tolling to begin in 3 weeks It's (finally) official: Tolls on SR-520 Bridge start in December http://kplu.org/post/its-finally-official-tolls-sr-520-bridge-start-december <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983548.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983548.mp3</a></p><p>Get ready to pay if you drive on the floating bridge across Lake Washington. The state Department of Transportation has announced the much-delayed tolls on the 520 bridge will start in December.</p><p>Tolling on the bridge was originally set to begin this spring, then that was bumped to this summer. Now, the state says the all-electronic system will be up and running four months from now.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:36:30 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2430 at http://kplu.org It's (finally) official: Tolls on SR-520 Bridge start in December Feds approve state's plan to rebuild 520 with 6 lanes http://kplu.org/post/feds-approve-states-plan-rebuild-520-6-lanes <p>The new 520 bridge across Lake Washington got a big green light yesterday, as federal officials approved the state&rsquo;s plan to put in a six-lane replacement.</p><p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:14:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2257 at http://kplu.org 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 Replacing 520 floating bridge moves ahead http://kplu.org/post/replacing-520-floating-bridge-moves-ahead <p>A $4.6 billion project to replace the Highway 520 floating bridge and improve the corridor between Seattle and Bellevue is moving ahead.</p><p>The Washington Transportation Department released the final environmental impact statement Thursday for a six-lane bridge to replace the four-lane bridge on Lake Washington.</p><p>The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the Federal Highway Administration is expected to approve the project next month. Construction would begin next year and the bridge should be completed by 2015, although the whole project may take until 2018.</p> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:39:55 +0000 The Associated Press 1840 at http://kplu.org Replacing 520 floating bridge moves ahead How to mitigate the impact of a new 520 bridge on the Arboretum? http://kplu.org/post/how-mitigate-impact-new-520-bridge-arboretum <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970472.mp3</p><p>Unless a lawsuit derails the process, a new 520 bridge will soon be built across Lake Washington.&nbsp;</p><p>A company in Aberdeen is already constructing the huge pontoons that will keep the new, 6-lane structure afloat.</p><p>And the state is widening the highway on the east side of the lake.&nbsp;</p><p>But exactly what the project will look like on the Seattle side is still being worked out.</p><p>Seattle&#39;s Board of Park Commissioners will get a briefing on impacts to the Washington Park Arboretum tomorrow night (Thursday). Wed, 25 May 2011 15:46:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1670 at http://kplu.org How to mitigate the impact of a new 520 bridge on the Arboretum?