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December 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

520 pontoon contractors fined $170K for crane violations

  A 13,000-pound counterweight snapped off its cable while being lowered from a crane, nearly hitting two workers in the Highway 520 pontoon construction yard at Grays Harbor, state investigators learned in June. That incident, captured on video, led to a citation and $170,500 in fines against the Kiewit General Joint Venture, the state Department…


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August 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Highway 520 bridge closed this weekend

The Highway 520 bridge will close again this weekend from Montlake Boulevard to I-405, for ongoing construction of the new, six-lane crossing. The shutdown lasts from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.  Crews will be paving the new West Connection Bridge where the future floating section meets the existing highway, near Foster Island. And paving…


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June 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Traffic to slow with big events and closures of 520 bridge, I-5 lanes

Update 4 p.m. Saturday: The scheduled closure of SR 522 at the Snohomish River Bridge in Monroe has been canceled, the state says, because of rain in the forecast. Original post: Another slow weekend is approaching for Seattle highway users, who must dodge another Highway 520 closure along with I-5 narrowings and even a 10-mile night detour…


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May 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Saturday Memo: 520 bridge closed … Inslee lunches with billionaire … It’s Darrington Day

National Weather Service forecast Traffic: The Highway 520 bridge is closed until 5 a.m.  Monday.  Lots of summer roadwork and traffic tie-ups are ahead. Here’s a guide to the gridlock. Which billionaire did Inslee invite for lunch? California billionaire Tom Steyer, a major political ally in Gov. Jay Inslee’s efforts to pass…


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May 10, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Saturday Memo: Landslides and logging … Honoring Billy Frank Jr. … Seattle Storm to hold Fan Fest

Weather: You know the drill — highs in the low 60s, chance of showers. It should be warm and sunny starting tomorrow and into next week, though.  National Weather Service forecast Traffic: The Highway 520 bridge is closed westbound until 5 a.m. Monday. Logging near risky hills: The deadly mudslide near Oso has led…


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September 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Windblown crane on 520 project nearly hits Laurelhurst dock

A crane barge from the 520 bridge project broke free in high winds last night, grounding itself mere feet from docks in Laurelhurst. (Photo by Paul Thelen) A barge carrying a Highway 520 construction crane broke loose Sunday night and floated toward waterfront homes in the Laurelhurst neighborhood,  stopping five feet from a dock. Paul Thelen…


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September 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

More columns on new Highway 520 bridge are defective

Six more columns on the new Highway 520 floating bridge are defective, but contractors will replace them at no cost to taxpayers, a state manager said. Julie Meredith, program director for the six-lane bridge now under construction, disclosed the findings Wednesday while briefing a joint committee of state legislators in Seattle. These columns are attached to the…


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September 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Road closures abound this weekend

Late-summer construction projects will force motorists to detour in Bellevue, South Seattle, Monroe and across Highway 520 at various times this weekend — and that’s only a warmup for worse congestion likely the following weekend when northbound I-5 constricts to just two lanes passing Lake Union. The westbound Highway 520 floating bridge will close from 11…


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May 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Board approves 520 bridge toll boost, to $3.70 peak

The cost of crossing the old Highway 520 floating bridge will increase by 11 cents each way on July 1, to $3.70 at peak times. The Washington State Transportation Commission says it approved the change Wednesday morning, while meeting in Port Townsend. This sort of annual boost has been in the fiscal plan for years, and is prescribed by…


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March 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

State transportation secretary orders review of 99 tunnel and 520 bridge projects

OLYMPIA — New state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson has ordered a review of three megaprojects: a new Interstate 5 bridge crossing the Columbia River, and the new Highway 520 floating bridge and the tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle. Each project costs billions of dollars. Peterson said Thursday the assessment would be led by a…


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