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Can your bridges withstand a hit by a heavy semi?

John Latta - Jul 18, 2013

Can your bridges withstand a hit by a heavy semi?

A disturbingly large number of America’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete (see Better Roads’ November bridge inventory). But how many are “fracture-critical?” Washington State’s collapsed I-5 bridge was fracture-critical when it was hit by a heavily loaded truck. But ...

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More than 200 Washington bridges are fracture-critical

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 17, 2013

More than 200 Washington bridges are fracture-critical

More than 200 of Washington state’s bridges are classified as fracture-critical and could collapse if a key component of the bridge fails, according to KUOW. Of those bridges, at least three have been struck multiple times in the past five years, ...

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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation discusses infrastructure investment at bridge collapse hearing

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 18, 2013

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation discusses infrastructure investment at bridge collapse hearing

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies met Thursday for a hearing, where the committee examined the Interstate 5 bridge collapse in the context of the overall status of the nation’s transportation infrastructure. AASHTO Journal ...

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States combat low gas tax revenues with hybrid-, electric-vehicle fees

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 10, 2013

States combat low gas tax revenues with hybrid-, electric-vehicle fees

In an attempt to battle lost taxes due to increased hybrid and electric car use, six states are working to create laws to tax fuel-efficient vehicles, Automotive News and Bloomberg reported. Electric and hybrid car sales have continuously risen in the ...

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Washington airport launches bee-saving program

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 07, 2013

Washington airport launches bee-saving program

Sea-Tac Airport in Washington State has launched a new program to help honey bees repopulate, according to KOMO News. The program places a dozen hives in the far corners of the runways of the airport, which has 853 daily flights. Bob Redmond, ...

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Goalposts and Speed Limits

John Latta - May 31, 2013

Goalposts and Speed Limits

Let’s say you want to set a speed limit of 20 mph on a neighborhood street. You need an engineering study and a traffic study, right? No. Not in Washington State. A new Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill empowers cities and towns to set ...

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2013’s bridges: A Skagit River reminder

John Latta - May 28, 2013

2013’s bridges: A Skagit River reminder

Did the collapse of the I-5 bridge across the Skagit River in Washington State demonstrate a need for increased investing in our increasingly substandard transportation infrastructure, particularly bridges? One argument says no. Then it sort of says yes as well. “No” in ...

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I-5 bridge collapse highlights need for transportation funding

Amanda Bayhi - May 28, 2013

I-5 bridge collapse highlights need for transportation funding

The Interstate 5 bridge collapse that occurred Thursday night in Washington State underscores a larger problem the state is facing: transportation funding. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has said the bridge collapse reveals that lawmakers need to find ways to fund ...

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WSDOT announces I-5 detours

Amanda Bayhi - May 24, 2013

WSDOT announces I-5 detours

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has announced that Interstate 5 has been closed in both directions in Skagit County south of Burlington. The agency said via Twitter that drivers should avoid the area or expect delays. WSDOT suggested the following ...

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Washington ranked top bike friendly state for 6th consecutive year

Amanda Bayhi - May 02, 2013

Washington ranked top bike friendly state for 6th consecutive year

Washington state is leading the nation with its ranking as the most bicycle friendly state in 2013. This is Washington's sixth consecutive year in the No. 1 position. The Bicycle Friendly States ranking, presented by the League of American Bicyclists, numerically ...

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Washington state lawmakers pass $8.8 billion no-new-taxes transportation budget plan

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 29, 2013

Washington state lawmakers pass $8.8 billion no-new-taxes transportation budget plan

The Washington state Legislature passed an $8.8 billion no-new-taxes transportation budget plan, KOMO News reported. The budgeted money will fund state roadway maintenance and existing costly projects. However, the budget will not provide funding for new big-ticket projects. Included in the plan ...

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Good news about the Columbia River Crossing

John Latta - Apr 23, 2013

Good news about the Columbia River Crossing

For the past five years the Cascade Bicycle Club has been opposed to the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) mega-highway, a Vancouver-Portland area project. The biggest reason the club says it opposes the CRC is “its opportunity cost: every one of the ...

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