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March 18, 2014

Plans Dead for New I-5 Span over Columbia River

Plans to build a new bridge over the Columbia River linking Oregon and Washington along Interstate 5 are dead, and there is no indication when and if they will be revived.

February 12, 2014

Washington to Get 11 Public Propane Refueling Stations

The state of Washington will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest privately funded propane autogas public refueling networks, and the single largest installation of alternative fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.

November 19, 2013

Fuel Tax Hike Considered in Washington

Washington could be headed in the direction of having the second highest state diesel and gasoline taxes in the nation. Legislation has been introduced in the state senate to boosting the current 37.5 cents per gallon levy by 11.5 cents, totaling 49 cents per gallon.

September 19, 2013

Flammable Cargo Prohibited on I-90 Between Seattle and Mercer Island

Flammable cargo will be prohibited from traveling in both directions of I-90 inside the Mount Baker tunnel and the Mercer Island lid until 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The same restriction will go into place from the evening of Friday, Sept. 20 through the morning of Saturday, Sept. 21.

September 9, 2013

Washington State I-5 Bridge to Open This Weekend

The Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington, Wash., is on schedule to be completed later his week -- but there will still be detours through mid-November, according to the Washington State Transportation Department.

August 15, 2013

Repairs to I-5 Bridge In Washington on Schedule

The permanent replacement for the collapsed Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge span reached a major milestone this week as crews began setting eight enormous concrete girders that will support the new roadway.

July 31, 2013

Tunneling Machine Begins 14-month Journey Beneath Seattle

Bertha, the world’s largest tunneling machine, officially started the 2-mile journey beneath downtown Seattle. This afternoon, Bertha’s 5-story-tall cutterhead broke through the north wall of her 80-foot-deep launch pit. She’s expected to emerge in about 14 months near the intersection of Sixth Avenue North and Harrison Street.

July 25, 2013

Collapsed Bridge Along I-5 to Get Retrofits for Trucks, More Closures on The Way

Following the installation of a new permanent replacement span, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin upgrading and retrofitting the remaining sections of the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge.

July 16, 2013

Construction Underway on New Washington I-5 Bridge Following Collapse

Work to install the new permanent span for the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington, Wash., is officially underway, but new delays and detours will happen again in a few weeks.

June 13, 2013

NTSB Releases Report on I-5 Bridge Collapse

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report into the May 23 bridge collapse along Interstate 5 in Washington, sending two vehicles into the Skagit River below.

June 6, 2013

Another Section of I-5 to be Closed in Washington

If the trip along Interstate 5 in Washington state hasn’t been frustrating enough with a detour resulting the collapse of a bridge last month, it’s only going to get worse starting Friday evening.

June 5, 2013

Investigation Into I-5 Bridge Collapse Continues, Preliminary Reported Expected By End of June

The National Transportation Safety Board has released an update in its continuing investigation into the May 23 bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, Wash., along Interstate 5.

May 28, 2013

I-5 Bridge Set to Reopen in Mid-June with Temporary Fix

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a plan to replace the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mt. Vernon after it was damaged by a truck hauling an oversize load on Thursday, closing a section of the route.

May 23, 2013

I-5 Bridge Partially Collapses in Washington State

UPDATED -- A bridge along Interstate 5 in Washington state partially collapsed Thursday evening, closing part of the route. Authorities are blaming it on a truck pulling an oversize load but the company says it has the proper permit to use the route.

May 14, 2013

Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks Program Kicking Off in Two States

Authorities in Indiana and Washington are beginning a new effort targeting dangerous driving by operators of both semis and four-wheelers. The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks program from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration uses both education and high-visibility enforcement in an effort to reduce truck-involved crashes.

May 9, 2013

Seattle Mayor Challenges City Fleets to Cut Use of Petroleum-Based Fuels

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has directed city departments to build on earlier "green fleet" efforts to cut the city's annual use of petroleum-based fuels by 1 million gallons by 2020, using electric and alternative fueled vehicles, biodiesel and more efficient use of vehicles.

March 5, 2013

Owner Operator Status Legislation Being Pushed in Two States

The question of whether owner-operator truckers are truly independent contractors or misclassified as employee drivers is at the heart of legislation in two states.

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