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New Mukilteo ferry terminal building comes into view

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By Diane Rhodes

Almost 7 million kilos of concrete — roughly the an identical of seven Boeing 747s loaded for takeoff – went into the basis of the destiny passenger constructing of the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal Project. Crews wrapped up the foundation’s construction in September, one 12 months after it began. The basis will aid the building, trestle, and aid gadget that holds the portable bridge connecting the ferry to land.

On the heels of this, crews accomplished boring the last 487-foot-long underground tunnel that holds the stormwater utility pipes. This bore was the riskiest and longest of the project, 75 percentage of the whole 650 ft of pipe. We used an underground boring technique incredibly than digging an open trench to uphold our commitments to native tribes and to cut down flooring disturbance, decreasing the danger of soil payment for close by Sound Transit and BNSF structures. Next, crews put in manhole entry to the stormwater device in October, completing this part o…

Chain-up or pay up this winter on Snoqualmie Pass

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By Meagan Lott

‘Tis the time of yr when vacation lights move up, Mariah Carey shall we us recognize what she needs for Christmas, and snow falls on our mountain passes. And whereas snow could make for a pretty sight, it will probably also make for tough riding conditions.



That’s right, it’s time to damage out your tire chains!



Unfortunately, many drivers crossing snowy mountain passes both don’t hold chains regardless of it being required via means of law, or don’t placed them on. For the previous a number of years, extra than half of the closures on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass were as a result of automobiles ignoring a chain-up requirement after which coming into collisions and blocking lanes.


This winter we're operating with the Washington State Patrol, which should be enforcing chain requirements throughout winter storms and inclement climate on Snoqualmie Pass. If you don’t chain-up, you may ought to pay up. Ignoring the chain requirements might price you $500. It’s a stiff penalty, …

Less than a month to go until Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct closes

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History shows highway closure will be a major challengeBy Laura Newborn

On Friday night, Jan. 11 2019, State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle will shut for good. That will mark the start of roughly three weeks of intensive construction work to transfer the roadway into the brand new SR 99 tunnel.



We know, it goes to be rough. This may be the longest street closure the Puget Sound area has ever experienced. More than 90,000 automobiles journey the viaduct every one day and historical past exhibits that congestion worsens somewhat throughout a viaduct closure – no topic what roads you journey on shut to Seattle.



That’s why planning forward is so important. Reducing journeys throughout the closure will assist everyone. Any modifications you'll be able to make – regardless of whatever if it’s making an attempt a mode of transportation different than driving, making an attempt to sort a carpool, teleworking or canceling non-necessary journeys – will make a difference. …

Changes to the new SR 520 Trail? You decide!

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By Steve Peer

UPDATE
Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 8:40 a.m.
We've tied inexperienced ribbon at the railing adjoining to the brand new plate to make it stand out. A signal has been added, and “test” has been spray-painted at the brand new plate as well.



Thank you in your continued feedback! So far we have heard from extra than 220 of you who desire us to update the current plates, and much not up to 10 who say you notice no difference/the antique plates are fine.

State Route 520's new path throughout Lake Washington has garnered excessive reward from extra than 300,000 customers when you consider that its December 2017 opening. Bike riders, runners, puppy walkers and people out for a enjoyable walk inform us they are delighted to have a new, foot-powered path with scenic lake and mountain views. And many pedal-pushing commuters say the brand new trail, as an selection to I-90's cross-lake connection, is reducing substantial time without work their every day treks among the Eastside …

Two men honored for saving life of ferries employee

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Naval officer, shipyard manager recognized for response to cardiac arrestBy Mike Allende

Most of the time, our Life Ring Awards are reserved for our ferries staff whose actions stored a life. But within the case of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Besheer and Vigor Safety Manager Billy Ray Brittain, it was clean they had to be honored.



On Wednesday, Besheer and Brittain have been provided with the Life Ring Award for his or her actions in saving the life of Dave Bennett, an Assistant Engineer aboard our ferry Puyallup, which was in dry dock on the Vigor shipyard in West Seattle. It was simply the moment time human being from backyard of our ferries staff have earned the award.

"Without motion and uncooked human compassion to store a life, we could no longer be right the following today," Washington State Ferries Chief of Staff Elizabeth Kosa stated in providing the award. "I'm thankful for each consumer and scientific group that offered the greatest care …

Why does project cost estimating seem so hard?

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By Ann Briggs

If you have got ever taken on a essential residence transforming project, you already know that one in every of the primary steps is to get estimates for what your undertaking will cost. "Remodeling" a street is comparable in some ways, but for our projects, we grow our own value estimate earlier than we ask contractors to present us their bid for the work.



Estimating is now not an actual science

What is an estimate, really? It's an educated guess utilizing the greatest news we've accessible to us on the time. Like a residence remodel, what we suppose the undertaking will value would now not all the time align with what contractors bid for doing the work. We grow our estimates with the aid of way of watching at historic bids for comparable work, as nicely as developments in fabric and labor expenses and market conditions. It provides us a nice foundation to soar from, but with the aid of way of watching again on the past, we are now not all the time cap…

Move Over or Slow Down for flashing lights on the side of the road

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Please help keep traffic responders safe this week and every weekBy Barbara LaBoe

We all know to pull over once we see a fireplace truck or ambulance with lights and sirens in visitors – it is virtually automatic. But did you furthermore may know in regards to the Move Over, Slow Down law for reaction cars at the facet of a roadway?



If you are approaching emergency and different reaction cars with flashing lights at the shoulder, state law requires you to transfer over into the subsequent lane – if doubtless to achieve this adequately – or sluggish down as you pass. This supports hold the reaction staff safe. It also permits them to end their work extra quickly, which advantages everybody at the road. This summer time the law was expanded to contain street construction/maintenance vehicles, utility cars and different cars offering roadside advice – after they have lights flashing.



Remembering the Move Over, Slow Down law is essential each day. This week, however, we are making a uniq…