After the terrible shooting and traffic halt on Interstate 5 this week, I would like to give the Seattle police and Washington State Patrol my standing ovation for a job well done under extreme traffic conditions [“Man shot in officer-involved shooting on I-5 bridge,” Local News, June 16]. I was stuck on the bridge…More
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I read with interest the story in The Seattle Times concerning the traffic gridlock resulting from an automobile collision south of the West Seattle Bridge that tied up traffic for well over six hours last Tuesday [“City’s layout can put Seattle one crash away from gridlock,” Local News, June 11].
Without going into whether the event could haveMore
Be proactive, not reactive While it is clear that the U.S. government is cutting back its expenditures, is it wise to cut funds to our main means of transportation? This bridge collapse was a major inconvenience for people moving along the West Coast, but it was not nearly as bad as it could have been [“
Insure bridges Much has been written recently about bridges, but if there’s been any mention of insurance, I must have missed it [“Driver of pilot car in bridge crash defends herself,” NWThursday, June 6]. At one time, we insured bridges — at least we did the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Since we now have a list of…More
Alert drivers of overheight loads faster A Seattle Times editorial advocates creating additional procedures and warnings to avoid another bridge collapse, despite the fact that Washington state bridges were hit “at least 59 times between 2010 and 2012.” Procedures and warnings are usually harmless enough, but as this history amply illustrates, they are a second-rate defense against…More
Money was not a factor Enough already with the letters asking the government to tax us more so no more bridges will fall down [“Mid-June opening of bridge on track,” News, June 4.] Lack of funds had nothing to do with the demise of the I-5 bridge. It was brought down by an oversize load driven…More
Refocus spending Finally, a jolt of reality in the realm of Washington state transportation [“Bill would restrict permits on oversized trucks,” NWFriday, May 31]. The demise of a span of the I-5 Skagit River bridge has focused attention on aging infrastructure. As a civil engineer, it has been clear to me for quite some time…More
Transportation costs comparable to utility costs The average car in the United States drives 13,476 miles per year and the average passenger car fuel efficiency is 22.4 miles per gallon, as of 2006 [“7 low bridges hold similar risks,” page one, May 29]. Washington state and federal gas tax is 37.5 cents per gallon. This…More
Increase price of trucking permitsA Seattle Times article stated that a truck company — even a foreign one — can apply for a permit for overheight trucks on our taxpayer-funded highways for only $10? If we are looking for more funding for our infrastructure, why are we not considering a raise in this meager payment from…More
Don’t sacrifice safety for lower taxes As I watch the news stories on the Skagit River bridge collapse, the first thing that occurs to me is that in this state, we have let our infrastructure dangerously deteriorate [“Probe shifts underwater in collapse of I-5 bridge,” page one, May 28].This is not some Podunk little bridge…More