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Several deficiencies exposed in Skagit River Bridge collapse

Brian Ethridge - Jul 22, 2014

Several deficiencies exposed in Skagit River Bridge collapse

Several deficiencies have been exposed following the collapse of Skagit River Bridge on Interstate-5 near Mt. Vernon, Wash. The collapse happened when the bridge was struck by a truck carrying an oversized load. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found a ...

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Trucking parking bans instituted in Washington state

Staff Report - Jul 21, 2014

Washington’s Pierce County became the state’s second county this month to bar truck parking on residential streets in unincorporated areas. Pierce County commissioners voted 7-1 for banning trucks with gross vehicle weights exceeding 10,001 pounds and trailers longer than 20 feet ...

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5 freeway bridges in need of repair following accident

Brian Ethridge - Jul 18, 2014

5 freeway bridges in need of repair following accident

A truck hauling an excavator caused some major problems for the Washington State Department of Transportation after colliding with five freeway overpasses. Cost of the repairs have not yet been determined, but all five bridges will need to be repaired. “It’s ...

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Washington named most 'Bicycle-Friendly State' for 7th year

Amanda Bayhi - May 02, 2014

Washington named most 'Bicycle-Friendly State' for 7th year

For the seventh consecutive year, Washington state has earned the top spot among the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle-Friendly State” rankings. Each year, the organization numerically ranks each U.S. state according to the efforts the state have taken to make biking ...

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Washington State's Willapa River Bridge opens

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 29, 2014

Washington State's Willapa River Bridge opens

The Willapa River Bridge on State Route 6 in Pacific County, Washington is set to open to motorists on Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced this week. WSDOT noted that contractor Rotschy Inc. intends to shift traffic to ...

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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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