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March 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

WSDOT: Water surge could weaken bridge supports

UPDATE, Sunday, 9 a.m. | WSDOT officials say they’ll have “hours” to close bridges (I-5, SR9, SR530) if the debris dam breaks. ORIGINAL POST | Besides the threat of a surge of debris damaging bridges, state transportation officials are preparing for the chances that bridge supports could be scoured and weakened by heavy water flow. One of…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, The Blotter | Topics: bridge, Oso mudslide, surge

November 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Woman rescued after apparent jump from University Bridge

A woman who apparently  jumped off the University Bridge was rescued by the crew of a Seattle Police Harbor Patrol boat about 10 a.m. today. Witnesses called the fire department at about 9:45, reporting seeing someone jump from the bridge. The woman, rescued from the water below the bridge, was taken to Harborview Medical Center. A Seattle Fire Department spokesman said…

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| More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: bridge, fire, police

May 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Minor back-ups reported on Skagit detours

On the first workday after the holiday weekend, the state Transportation Department (WSDOT) is reporting relatively minor back-ups in the area of the Interstate 5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River. As of 9:40 a.m., WSDOT reported no back-ups on northbound detour routes and back-ups of a half-mile to three quarters of a mile on the southbound routes. A…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: bridge, detour, Skagit

May 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Expect delays when 520 bridge drawspan opens at 1 p.m.

Update:  State officials are delaying until 1 p.m. today the opening of the 520 bridge drawspan.  An earlier post said the bridge would open at 12:30 p.m.    If you want to take the Highway 520 floating bridge between Seattle and the Eastside, you might want to leave soon or wait awhile. The state Department of Transportation advises that the…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: 520, bridge, Traffic

March 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Coast Guard: New Portland-Vancouver bridge too low for ship traffic

From The Associated Press:  VANCOUVER , WA – The Coast Guard says the planned new Portland-Vancouver Interstate 5 bridge would be too low for Columbia River ship traffic.  The Coast Guard official responsible for issuing a bridge permit, Randall Overton in Seattle, said this week that 95 feet of clearance won’t meet the needs of current and…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: bridge, Coast Guard, i-5

February 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Feds offer to pay for light rail on Portland-Vancouver I-5 bridge

Skeptics of a new Interstate 5 bridge linking Portland and Vancouver, Wash., have complained that adding light rail would drive up the costs, but the Obama administration wants to pick up nearly the full tab to provide train service over the bridge. In the latest “New Starts” list issued Tuesday, federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposes…

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Comments | More in Government, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bridge, Portland, train