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May 12, 2010
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Duwamish TMA Receives Bicycle Award


Nope, that's not a typo or a headline from the Onion.

The Duwamish TMA has received the Doug Walker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cascade Bicycle Club for "outstanding leadership in creating a better community through bicycling."

Huh? I thought you guys were the freight TMA?

We are! Our strategy for un-clogging traffic and making more room on the roadways for freight includes enticing commuters out of their cars and into carpools, vanpools, transit, or bicycles.

The TMA has made great progress improving the relationship between the bicycling and freight communities in Seattle over the past few years and the Cascade Bicycle Club wanted to acknowledge that progress with their award.

While we may not always agree on every issue, we can work together. Here's to strange bedfellows!



South Park Bridge - Latest News


An independent engineering report has confirmed what King County engineers have already determined – the South Park Bridge is in such poor condition it can no longer be safely used by the public. The bridge is set to close June 30, 2010.

The study, conducted by engineering consultant HNTB Corporation, concludes there is insufficient evidence that the bridge can be operated safely in its present condition. Engineers believe the remaining structural capacity to support both the weight of the bridge and the estimated 20,000 vehicles that cross the span each day is extremely limited. Further, based on a review of bridge components that can be visually observed, it is highly likely the bridge foundation buried beneath the Duwamish River is also severely deteriorated. View the report (3.4mb .pdf)

King County is having a series of planning meetings with neighboring cities, emergency service providers, businesses, and Metro Transit to plan for the closure, make decisions about rerouting traffic, and ensure that lifeline services remain available to the community.

A public meeting to present Final South Park Bridge Closure Plan addressing comments received to date will be held on:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
6-8 p.m.
Aerospace Machinist's Hall
9125 - 15th Place South, Seattle, WA 98108.

The purposes of the South Park Bridge closure plan are to allow for a smooth, well-publicized closure of the South Park Bridge and to identify the likely impacts of the closure on the public and on other agencies so that those impacts can be reduced when possible.

View the DRAFT-South Park Bridge Closure Plan. (1MB .pdf)

Read a related New Release.


Data Privacy, Governance & Business Ethics


SEATTLE INDUSTRY EDITOR'S NOTE: We know this topic is of concern to some of our members, so we wanted to pass along information about this FREE seminar.

Board members, senior executives and investors are exposed to significant liability, when sensitive data leaks from their companies. Gain a deeper understanding about how to protect sensitive corporate data and build a culture of compliance. Understand how People, Process and Technology can pose significant risk or provide an effective defense against internal and external threats.

DATE: June 17, 2010, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (wine and cheese to follow)

WHERE: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium, Albers School of Business, 1016 E. Marion St, Seattle, WA 98122

RSVP: Seating is limited; please RSVP Here to secure your reservation.


What’s that Big Barge Sitting in Lake Washington?


You might have noticed a barge with a large crane in the water near the I-90 floating bridge. That barge is part of an important maintenance project on the I-90 and SR 520 floating bridges.

WSDOT is replacing frayed and corroded anchor cables that connect the bridges' pontoons to anchors on the floor of Lake Washington. Fifteen cables on each bridge have reached the end of their design life and need to be replaced to maintain safety on the bridges. Worn or corroded cables pose a higher risk of snapping during a windstorm, which could lead to a long-term closure of the bridges.

Specially-trained commercial deep-sea divers will haul the cables as deep as 200 feet, remove the old cables and attach the new ones. To see photos of the work check out our Flickr page.



Preferred Alternative Announced for SR 520 Bridge Project


After 13 years of thorough analysis and input from thousands of people, WSDOT has announced the preferred alternative for major safety, transit and environmental improvements for the SR 520 bridge. The I-5 to Medina Bridge Replacement and HOV Project includes a new floating bridge and highway with six lanes, including two general-purpose lanes and a new transit/HOV lane in each direction. Adding transit/HOV lanes makes travel in the corridor faster and more reliable for buses and carpools and supports regional plans for completing the HOV system.

The project also takes key steps to get ready for future light rail, help manage traffic in the Arboretum and transform the future corridor from Montlake to I-5 into a city parkway with landscaped lids and medians.

Details are on the WSDOT website, including images of what the new Montlake interchange would look like and how it would work for people in cars, carpools and buses, on bikes or on foot. Designs will continue to be refined in Montlake as we work with the City of Seattle, the University of Washington, representatives from the Arboretum and transit and regulatory agencies. The project is still on track to open a new, safer floating bridge to drivers in 2014.




Spokane Street Viaduct

The next major milestone in the South Spokane Street Project is the permanent closure of the First Avenue South on-ramp to the westbound lanes of the viaduct, scheduled for May 17. The ramp closure is required to widen the Spokane Street Viaduct to the north by approximately 41 feet and build a new westbound on- and off-ramp on 1st Avenue.





I-5 Martin Way to 48th Street NB and SB (milepost 109 to 114)– LONG TERM ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES

WSDOT is replacing 295 concrete panels and installing more than 56,000 dowel bars to support the roadway on 25.5 miles of I-5 between Martin Way in Lacey and 48th Street in Tacoma to create a smoother driving surface.

As of 05/10/10, crews have replaced 226 out of 295 concrete panels and have installed 14,130 out of 56,000 dowel bars.

Construction will require nightly lane closures and some weekend closures of I-5 in Thurston and Pierce Counties through August 13th. During construction there will be a total of nine weekend closures that could create 10-15 mile backups. Detours will be in place when possible.

And it goes on until August 13th!

For more information and a full calendar of closures and detour routes visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/pavementrehab/i5martinwayto48thst. The calendar is very helpful!



What's Happening on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East?

Traffic impacts for Monday, May 10 through Sunday, May 16: Website
Motorists should plan for some added travel time this week and up to an hour added travel time westbound on Friday afternoon and eastbound on Sunday afternoon.

Motorists will encounter the following traffic impacts on I-90 between Easton (milepost 70) and Nelson Siding Road (milepost 74):

• From Monday, May 10, to Thursday, May 13, crews will restrict I-90 to one lane in each direction.
• To accommodate weekend traffic volumes, crews will open two lanes in
the eastbound direction of I-90, with one lane open in the westbound
direction from 9 a.m. Friday, May 14, to 9 a.m. Sunday, May 16.
• On Sunday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., crews will open two lanes in
the westbound direction of I-90, with one lane open in the eastbound
direction.
• Westbound on- and off-ramps of Exit 71 (Easton) are closed until June
15. The eastbound on-ramp at Exit 70 (Sparks Road) is temporarily
open to traffic.

Width restrictions:
• Loads exceeding 12 feet wide are prohibited on east and westbound I
-90 from mileposts 70 to 74 until June 15, with the following
exceptions: Eastbound loads up to 14 feet wide will be allowed each
night from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning. Westbound loads
up to 14 feet wide will be allowed nightly Monday through Thursday
from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.





US 2 safety work moves forward

If you're a regular driver on US 2, plan for construction work this summer. As early as June, crews will begin construction on the highway between Monroe and Gold Bar.

Crews will build two-way left-turn lanes between 245th Ave. SE and 153rd PL SE east of Monroe. Crews will also extend existing left-turn lanes in Sultan and Gold Bar.

In Sultan, we'll close the western intersection of Sultan-Startup Road with US 2 and build a cul-de-sac at the end of the road. Closing the intersection will help reduce the risk of serious collisions. All construction work will wrap up in the fall. Learn More.



What's with the new electronic signs over northbound I-5 in South Seattle?

Have you noticed the new electronic signs spanning the freeway between Boeing Field and downtown Seattle? You also may have noticed a few of the signs displaying dots that look like asterisks as traffic engineers start testing the connections to the signs. It's a good reminder to be ready for Smarter Highways as we prepare to activate the system this summer. Learn More.


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