WSDOT http://kplu.org en WSDOT: Cracks Found On Viaduct, But Roadway Still Safe For Traffic http://kplu.org/post/wsdot-cracks-found-viaduct-roadway-still-safe-traffic <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State highway engineers will shut down a stretch of the Alaskan Way viaduct later this month to take a closer look at cracks found on the roadway.</span></p><p>What workers found during a routine inspection of the viaduct on March 1&nbsp;isn’t that unusual, says Tom Baker, an engineer with the Washington state Department of Transportation.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:37:16 +0000 Ed Ronco 14621 at http://kplu.org WSDOT: Cracks Found On Viaduct, But Roadway Still Safe For Traffic 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 What's Blocking Bertha? Probably A Steel Pipe The State Put There, WSDOT Says http://kplu.org/post/whats-blocking-bertha-probably-steel-pipe-state-put-there-wsdot-says <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A steel pipe that the state Department of Transportation itself had installed back in 2002 sits in the way of Bertha underneath Seattle,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WSDOT</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said on Friday, and it may be the cause of the weeks-long work stoppage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An inspection on Jan. 2 “showed an 8-inch-diameter steel pipe protruding through one of the many openings in the </span>cutterhead<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” </span>WSDOT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said, adding the agency had installed the pipe, a well casing, in the wake of the 2001 </span>Nisqually<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> quake to better understand groundwater flow.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:00:49 +0000 Martha Kang & Gabriel Spitzer 12260 at http://kplu.org What's Blocking Bertha? Probably A Steel Pipe The State Put There, WSDOT Says State says defective support caused lumber to fly off Tacoma viaduct http://kplu.org/post/state-says-defective-support-caused-lumber-fly-tacoma-viaduct <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington State Department of Transportation has now figured out what caused construction lumber to fall off the Highway 16 </span>Nalley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Valley Viaduct project and smash onto South Tacoma Way on June </span>29th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>As <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/wsdot-unsure-why-lumber-flew-tacoma-viaduct-site-road">KPLU reported</a>, the falling lumber barely missed landing on a man on a moped.</p><p>WSDOT says the contractor has now determined that the cause was a defective four-by-six wood support beam, which collapsed spilling the construction lumber onto the roadway below. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 03:01:41 +0000 Paula Wissel 9306 at http://kplu.org State says defective support caused lumber to fly off Tacoma viaduct WSDOT unsure why lumber flew off Tacoma viaduct site onto road http://kplu.org/post/wsdot-unsure-why-lumber-flew-tacoma-viaduct-site-road <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington state Department of Transportation is trying to figure out what went wrong on Saturday when dozens of pieces of construction lumber on the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nalley</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Valley viaduct project on Highway 16 came loose and fell onto the roadway below, smashing into pieces as drivers watched in disbelief.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:49:35 +0000 Paula Wissel 9239 at http://kplu.org WSDOT unsure why lumber flew off Tacoma viaduct site onto road Construction vessel may have harmed 520 floating bridge http://kplu.org/post/construction-vessel-may-have-harmed-520-floating-bridge <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">A construction vessel working on a new Highway 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington at Seattle may be responsible damaging an anchor cable on the existing bridge.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Transportation Department says the area around the bridge is restricted, except for construction vessels.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:14:07 +0000 The Associated Press 9206 at http://kplu.org Construction vessel may have harmed 520 floating bridge WSDOT: Traffic on state roadways at 10-year low http://kplu.org/post/wsdot-traffic-state-roadways-10-year-low <p>It may not feel like it when you’re in your car, but figures from the state Department of Transportation show there is less traffic on Washington’s roads than at any time in the last 10 years.</p><p>Between 1980 and 2002, the miles driven on the state’s roads more than doubled, from 15 billion per year to about 32 billion. Then suddenly, it leveled off and stayed that way for the past decade.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8914 at http://kplu.org WSDOT: Traffic on state roadways at 10-year low AAA's roadside service goes electric http://kplu.org/post/aaas-roadside-service-goes-electric <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Driving an all-electric vehicle just got a bit more mainstream.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.aaawa.com/automotive/">AAA Auto Club of Washington</a> has launched a new emergency roadside service for electric cars. It now has a truck with a generator on board that can rescue drivers in the greater Seattle area if they’ve run out of charge.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:50:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8083 at http://kplu.org AAA's roadside service goes electric 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 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 San Fran’s popular Sidecar is the latest ridesharing app for Seattle http://kplu.org/post/san-fran-s-popular-sidecar-latest-ridesharing-app-seattle <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Did you get stuck in traffic during the Thanksgiving weekend?&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Or: worry about your kids getting dicey rides home from holiday parties?</span></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7193 at http://kplu.org San Fran’s popular Sidecar is the latest ridesharing app for Seattle 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 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 520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around http://kplu.org/post/520-tolls-%E2%80%93-drive-around-or-pay-many-are-driving-around <p>Today is the first big day for car commuters since automatic tolling went live on the 520 bridge across Lake Washington.</p><p>It&rsquo;s viewed as the start of the first really meaningful data-set for people who crunch numbers behind the scenes of the State Department of Transportation.</p><p>So far, the commute has pushed traffic to the south, with the I-90 bridge seeing more congestion &hellip; and more room created on 520, where drivers now have to pay to cross.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:47:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3587 at http://kplu.org 520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around 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