The Seattle Times » A key state Senate committee gave early approval Wednesday to the state’s latest major transportation-spending package: a $15 billion plan to maintain and widen highways, fix culverts that impede fish passage, electrify ferries and partially fund a replacement of the Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland.
KOMO News » More and bigger highways won’t cure Washington state’s growing traffic woes and preventing congestion is an impossible goal from a financial standpoint. That gloomy assessment comes from Roger Millar. He says burgeoning traffic on the state’s roads is actually a symptom of a much bigger problem: People can’t afford to live where they work.
Engineering News-Record » As Washington State Dept. of Transportation officials look toward a fall 2018 opening of the 1.7-mile-long bored tunnel under downtown Seattle that will replace the aging 1953-opened Alaskan Way Viaduct—also part of State Route 99—the final contract in the $3.3-billion project to tear down the viaduct was awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure West.