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September 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Yarrow Point roundabout

Overbuilt, unneeded I am writing regarding the article on the Yarrow Point roundabout. [“Opponents to Yarrow Point roundabout getting nowhere,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 18.]The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) designed an overbuilt, unneeded roundabout at 92nd Avenue Northeast on Highway 520. There is a big flaw in WSDOT’s designing and building process: the contract was…

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Comments | More in Economy, Transportation | Topics: roundabout, Washington state Department of Transportation, wsdot

August 9, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Bridge infrastructure and maintenance in Washington

Infrastructure not to blame for Skagit River bridge collapse I am getting tired of people blaming the collapse of the Skagit River bridge on poor infrastructure maintenance. Times editorial page editor Kate Riley seemed to imply this in her recent commentary about the effectiveness of city vs. state and federal governments. [“Column: The economy’s…

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Comments | More in Politics, Seattle, Transportation | Topics: funding, infrastructure, Skagit River bridge

July 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Bertha prepares to bore into the Highway 99 tunnel

Department of Transportation’s publicity campaign is insulting After receiving numerous updates on Bertha, the Washington Department of Transportation’s tunnel-digging machine, and reading an invitation to “Bertha’s bon-voyage ceremony,” I have to respond. The tunneling machine is a thing, not a female. Perhaps you’re taking “boring” too literally, such that you have to anthropomorphize this digger and treat…

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Comments | More in Seattle, Transportation | Topics: Bertha, digging, machine

March 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Ron Paananen returns to DOT as expert on bridge, tunnel project

Paanen hire is a mistake This is a tragic Washington State Department of Transportation and Gov. Jay Inslee mistake. Hiring Ron Paananen to study 520 bridge, which he was in charge of a few years ago before moving to be in charge of the viaduct replacement, is like hiring the fox to guard the hen house…

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Comments | More in 520 bridge, Transportation | Topics: Ron Paananen, Washington state Department of Transportation

March 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Mistakes on 520 bridge will be costly

Privatized construction might have prevented this If there was ever a good example of why more state government work should be outsourced and privatized, it’s the millions of dollars the state will cost us for having done their own defective engineering in the design of the 520 bridge [“State admits costly mistakes on 520 bridge,”…

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Comments | More in 520 bridge | Topics: Construction, Washington state Department of Transportation

February 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

State transportation package includes gradual 10 cent gas-tax increase

Income tax should be prioritized Please give us a state income tax [“Gas, car-tab taxes drive Dems’ plan,” page one, Feb. 21]. We are already the state with the most regressive tax structure — that is the poor and working class are paying too much of the tax bill. Adding to the gas tax is…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, Income tax, Washington state Department of Transportation

February 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Inslee picks new head of transportation

Transportation should be holistic, funded by all Paula Hammond, Washington state secretary of transportation and poster person for the Peter Principle, is stepping down in March [“Inslee names Oregonian as new head of transportation,” NWWednesday, Feb. 20]. Newly elected Gov. Jay Inslee is naming her replacement. Let’s hope the new secretary reverses course on Hammond’s completely…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Jay Inslee, Washington state Department of Transportation