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World's Longest Floating Bridge
1:30 am
Tue August 27, 2013

SR 520 Floating Bridge Celebrates 50 Years

Construction of the SR 520 floating bridge.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

August 28, 1963 was a momentous day in American history, and it was also a pretty big day in Seattle. At the same time that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was giving his landmark “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, then-Washington governor Albert Rosellini was also addressing a crowd. But Rosellini was in the middle of Lake Washington, on a brand-new floating bridge that would eventually be known as State Route 520.

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Transportation
11:55 am
Wed March 6, 2013

An Exit Interview With WSDOT Head Paula Hammond

Washington state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond addresses a news conference of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Tuesday, July 14, 2009.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

This Friday will be Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond's last day on the job after 30 years with the state department of transportation. Ross Reynolds sits down with Paula Hammond to discuss her work as the head of the department, what it was like to lead an agency of 7,200 employees, the future of Washington transportation and her legacy. 

Megaproject Pontoon Problems
7:11 am
Wed February 27, 2013

WSDOT Admits 520 Bridge Problems Result Of Design Flaw

The first new bridge pontoon on its way to Lake Washington in 2012.
Flickr photo/WSDOT

Washington Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond said Tuesday that cracks in the pontoons for the state Route 520 floating bridge project were largely the result of a flawed design by the state.

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The Cost Of Driving
7:44 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mercer Islanders Concerned About Possible I-90 Tolls

Tolling booth on the Mercer Island Bridge in 1940
Flickr/WSDOT

Imagine having to pay a toll every time you left your city. People on Mercer Island have to face that possibility, because state officials are considering putting tolls on the Interstate 90 floating bridges. I-90 is the only roadway that connects the island to the mainland. A series of public meetings about the idea is being held this week. The first was held Tuesday on Mercer Island.

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Ramps To Nowhere
6:04 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Arboretum Says Goodbye Highway Ramps, Hello Bike Trail

Paige Miller of the Arboretum Foundation bids farewell to the ramps to nowhere.
KUOW photo/Derek Wang

The so-called “ramps to nowhere” near the Washington Park Arboretum are due to come down. It’s part of the project to replace state Route 520 across Lake Washington.  Arboretum officials announced new details Thursday about changes to the park.

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520 Project Recommendations
6:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Seattle City Council Considers 520 Project Requests

The draw span of the SR 520 bridge opens during the annual maintenance and inspection closure.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Even though work on the Highway 520 bridge project is underway, it hasn't been quite clear as to what path the bridge would take from Lake Washington to Interstate 5. But on Tuesday, that path became a little clearer. The Seattle City Council’s Special Committee on the SR 520 Project discussed a series of possible recommendations for the state transportation department.

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