transportation

Skagit River Bridge
5:58 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Northwest Washington Relishes Return To “Normal” With Bridge Re-Opening

Wash. Sec. of Transportation Lynn Peterson (left) and WSDOT regional administrator Jim Drye (right) give a tour to Gov. Jay Inslee
Credit Tom Banse

Traffic is set to start rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning. That completes a hasty, round-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job. It started just three and a half weeks ago when an oversize load brought down the vital bridge. Correspondent Tom Banse reports that Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.

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I-5 Bridge
6:06 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Inslee: Temporary I-5 Bridge Is State’s Top Priority

WSDOT's rendering of the temporary bridge replacement.
Credit Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington state’s top priority is fixing the section of the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last week. That’s according to Governor Jay Inslee. Inslee announced plans Sunday that could lead to a temporary replacement by mid June. And a permanent fix in September. Reporter Derek Wang has more.

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Landslides
7:10 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Severe Landslides In Washington Could Be Signs Of Times Ahead

BNSF Railway has had 200 landslides on or near its tracks this season, making it one of the worst since the company began keeping records in 1914.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

A massive landslide that pushed 200,000 cubic yards of earth down the west side of Whidbey Island grabbed national headlines in March. Landslides have also caused numerous delays in passenger and freight rail along Puget Sound.

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Rock Doc
5:02 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Rock Doc: The Bridge Fuel

Dr. E. Kirsten Peters
Credit Washington State University

The “fiscal cliff” and sequestration are words you’ve heard a lot in recent months.  In light of the United States’ growing deficit and budget crisis, Dr. Kirsten Peters looks at how a purposeful national energy plan could save the US a lot of money.

To a geologist like me, it was most notable by its absence in the political campaigns that lurched to their conclusions in November. I’m talking about an energy plan with real teeth, one that addresses everything from national security to the cost of energy to greenhouse warming of the planet.

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Business
1:07 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

TSA Will Lift Ban Of Small Knives, Wiffle Ball Bats Aboard Planes

A TSA illustration of knives that will be allowed on planes.
TSA

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 1:47 pm

The TSA is whittling down the list of objects air travelers are forbidden to carry on board and says small pocket knives will soon be allowed on commercial flights.

But thats not all! According to the TSA, travelers will also be able to take on board golf clubs (a maximum of two), hockey sticks, and wiffle ball bats. Yes, wiffle ball bats. Finally!

TSA Administrator John Pistole outlined the changes today at an appearance in New York.

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Car Tab Hikes
5:33 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Anti-Tax Activist Tim Eyman Blasts Car Tab Proposals In Olympia

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman, in a $30 car tabs shirt, listens after testifying in the Washington House Transportation committee against proposed vehicle fee increases.
Credit Northwest News Network

 He is synonymous with keeping Washington car tabs at $30. Now anti-tax initiative sponsor Tim Eyman is fired up again. He testified in Olympia Monday against a series of proposals to allow local transportation districts to impose higher vehicle fees. Eyman says even Seattle voters have demonstrated a scorn for car tab hikes.

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Self-Driving Cars
7:33 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Self-Driving Cars Can't Be Driverless Under Proposed State Laws

Google

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 8:34 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - What if you could just start your car, tell it where you want to go and then sit back and relax until you get there? Well, Google and many automobile manufacturers are hard at work on self-driving "robocars." Now lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are trying to figure out how to update the rules-of-the-road to keep pace with the cars of the future. But automakers are flashing a stop sign, saying it's too soon for new regulation.

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Mileage-Based Tax
5:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Washington, Oregon Consider Mileage-Based Road Tax

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:06 pm

PORTLAND - Washington and Oregon are getting serious about finding a replacement for the gas tax. Steadily improving fuel efficiency in cars is eroding the primary source of road funding in the Northwest. A new report to the 2013 Washington Legislature finds it "feasible" to have drivers pay by the mile instead. In Oregon, lawmakers have actually drafted legislation to do just that.

Suburban Portland SUV owner Mary Olson has possibly glimpsed the future of how we'll pay for roads, although it's tricky to spot.

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Bridge Toll
6:40 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Oregon, Washington Consider I-5 Bridge Toll

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

One of the biggest traffic choke-points in the Northwest is the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. Replacing it will be one of the region’s most expensive construction projects in a generation. Lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are considering funding packages to replace the bridge. A key question is whether enough drivers will pay the tolls planners say are needed to finance the project. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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I-5 Bridge Funding
4:36 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Oregon Governor Urges Legislature To Act Quickly To Fund I-5 Bridge

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber speaks to the Oregon Leadership Summit.
Credit Colin Fogarty

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on state lawmakers to make funding a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River a top priority. The Democrat made his case for a new span between Portland and Vancouver at a gathering of business leaders Monday.

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