WSDOT announces SR-520 grand-opening events

The SR-520 Floating Bridge and Landings project held a media event on Jan. 12 as a “save the date” announcement for the grand opening on April 2 and 3.
Posted on: 01/13/2016

WSDOT’s project-delivery selection guidance provides objective criteria

WSDOT’s new project-delivery method selection-guidance (PDMSG) process is now in effect. PDMSG is a process to evaluate projects and select the most appropriate project delivery method (PDM) based on each project’s attributes, opportunities and risks that result in the most cost-effective and best-value project delivery.
Posted on: 12/15/2015

Long-term federal highway bill finally signed into law

Washington State’s apportionment increases from $654 million in fy 2015 to an estimated $688 million in fy 2016. Click highway bill.
Posted on: 12/15/2015

AGCWA leaders visit Congress to urge passage of highway bill, pension reform

Act now! All members of the U.S. House of Representatives need to hear from their constituents that any further extensions are unacceptable.
Posted on: 10/13/2015

Webcam Peeks in on SR 520 Pontoon Construction

Working with its contractor Kiewit-General WSDOT installed a webcam at the SR 520 Pontoon Construction site providing a peek at one of the states mega projects. You can watch the work happen as it happens – which will include everything from excavation of a casting basin large enough to hold an a...
Posted on: 04/26/2011

Construction Season Underway; WSDOT Says 'Know Before You Go'

More than 100 major construction projects worth more than $1 billion will be under way in the Puget Sound area during the construction season. WSDOT officially kicked off the 2011 construction season in Lynnwood last week at the site of the $33 million I-5 braided-ramp project. It untangles traff...
Posted on: 04/26/2011

Ready for 520 Tolling? WSDOT Provides Info

Although the final toll amounts have not been set (but will be soon) WSDOT is providing information to help commuters understand what will be happening with regard to tolls that begin Spring 2011 on SR 520. Click toll rate info for the proposed toll amounts which vary widely depending on time of...
Posted on: 12/15/2010

Last Stimulus Highway Project Awarded to Central Washington Asphalt

WSDOT awarded the US 395/Lee Rd to I-90 Junction paving project in Spokane County to Central Washington Asphalt for about $4.7 million 23% below the engineer’s estimate. All 49 individual state highway projects have been awarded to contractors and 37 are complete. Meanwhile the state received $3...
Posted on: 11/16/2010

Prepared for 520 Tolling? Here's Info to Get You Ready

Tolling will begin on the SR 520 Bridge in Seattle this spring. “Our innovative approach to tolling will help manage congestion in this busy corridor and pay for the construction of a new safer replacement bridge” said WSDOT in a press release. WSDOT is providing info on how this might affect yo...
Posted on: 09/21/2010

Watch Time Lapse WSDOT Video of Girder Setting

Crews closed I-405 in Bellevue for recently to set the girders over the interstate for the new NE 12th St. bridge part of a large project to reduce congestion by building new multi-level braided ramps. Guy F. Atkinson Construction is the general contractor. To view click Girder Setting Video. F...
Posted on: 08/24/2010

You're Invited to SR 520 Bridge Tour

The Washington State Department of Transportation is beginning the contracting process for construction of the new SR 520 floating bridge. WSDOT would like to invite you to a tour of the bridge during the weekend when it will be closed for annual maintenance and inspection. This valuable opportu...
Posted on: 07/27/2010

WSDOT Holding Contracting Industry Open House on SR 520

Hear about work for the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project. WSDOT issued an RFQ for a design-build contract for this project one of four comprising the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. Details: Apr. 21 2-4 p.m. Seattle Central Library. Learn about contracting opportunities and ne...
Posted on: 04/27/2010

Federal Highway Trust Fund Shuts Down; WSDOT Projects Could be Delayed

(Take action! See AGC of America request at end of article!) As of press time Tuesday morning the US Congress had not yet passed legislation to extend the Federal Highway Trust Fund authorization. SAFETEA-LU the federal transportation funding act expired Sunday Feb. 28 at midnight. As a result...
Posted on: 03/02/2010

Four Design-Build Teams Receive Draft RFP for SR 99 Deep Bore Tunnel

WSDOT Press Release: WSDOT took another significant step forward today by releasing a draft request for proposals to four contracting teams for the SR 99 bored tunnel design-build project. This is the teams’ first opportunity to review design and contract information as they prepare their propos...
Posted on: 03/02/2010

Contact Your Legislator: Keep SR 520 Project Moving

Urge your state Representatives to support ESSB 6392 the SR 520 corridor legislation as it passed the Senate. Legislation approved in 2007 limited the use of bond proceeds only to the construction of the floating bridge and necessary landings. ESSB 6392 allows revenues from bonds to be used for ...
Posted on: 02/23/2010

No Delays for SR 520 Construction, Says AGC and Coalition

A recent suggestion by a few other Seattle officials to delay construction of a new SR 520 bridge in order to redesign it was met with an immediate push back by a coalition of public officials business (including AGC) and labor. A group wants to change the design of the future Highway 520 bridge...
Posted on: 02/09/2010

WSDOT Workforce Agreement for 520 Pontoon Project Benefits All Involved

A project agreement for the 520 Bridge pontoon project has been negotiated by labor unions and the joint venture firms that will be submitting bids to WSDOT. At the request of WSDOT and the project’s qualified bidders the agreement was facilitated by AGC. Because of the size and uniqueness of th...
Posted on: 11/18/2009

WSDOT Hosts SR 520 Contracting Open House on Nov. 6

Open house is to discuss potential work for the Eastside Transit and HOV Project. WSDOT is working towards design build procurement of the Medina to SR 202: Eastside Transit and HOV Project one of four projects comprising the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. Click SR 520 Open House for ...
Posted on: 10/26/2009

Congress Approves Highway Trust Fund Fix

AGC of America reports that by a vote of 79-17 the Senate passed legislation to transfer $7 billion of general fund revenue to the Highway Trust Fund to provide enough revenue to ensure state transportation departments will continue receiving full reimbursements for federal-aid highway projects t...
Posted on: 08/04/2009

Viaduct Replacement: Contracts and Legislation

(Editors Note: WSDOT is hosting a voluntary contracting event to discuss upcoming work for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program. Thursday April 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wells Fargo Building 999 Third Ave. Seattle 23rd floor training rooms. Click here for more info.) While le...
Posted on: 03/31/2009

520 Tolling Implementation Committee Open Houses

The Committee was created by the Legislature and is charged with evaluating tolling for financing the 520 Bridge Replacement Project engaging citizens and regional leadership in the evaluation of tolling alternatives and reporting to the Governor and the Legislature in Jan. 2009. Share your view...
Posted on: 11/10/2008

AGC and DOT Work Out 7% Fuel Escalation Rate

AGC and Washington State DOT signed a supplemental agreement that provides a 7 percent fuel escalation on equipment rental rates. The agreement is in effect now through January 15 2009. For additional information visit the Specifications and Agreements section of the WSDOT website.
Posted on: 10/14/2008

House, Senate Approval Paves Way for Highway Trust Fund Fix

The AGC of America praised the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate for passage of HR 6532 legislation that will transfer $8 billion from the general fund of the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). All members of the Washington State Congressional delegation supported the legislat...
Posted on: 09/16/2008

Federal Highway Trust Fund Continues to Face Insolvency

Efforts to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent were again defeated in the U.S. Senate recently. Absent the fix the trust fund is projected to have a $3.1 billion shortfall in FY 2009. If that huge deficit were offset by obligation limitation reductions it would require reducing the dist...
Posted on: 08/20/2008

This Election Season, Cast Your Ballot for…the Tacoma Narrows Bridge!

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge project is one of 10 signature transportation projects named as finalists for the prestigious Americas Transportation Award reflecting the best in management and innovation by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Spectacular bridg...
Posted on: 08/20/2008