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December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Injury Rates, Costs Among Highest in Washington State

Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington State, according to a new report from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Washington, Workers' Compensation, Fatalities, Personal Injury

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Washington State Patrol Faults Trucker for I-5 Bridge Collapse

Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol on Monday released the findings of an investigation that determined that the truck that hit the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was 2 inches over-height.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Theft Activity Increasing in Pacific Northwest

Washington State saw a record-breaking number of cargo thefts in the third quarter of the year, along with a new tactics on the part of thieves that could signal a likelihood of further thefts.

Tags: Security, Washington, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Seattle, Tacoma Ports Form Alliance

Bell Harbor Marina at the Port of Seattle. Credit: Port of Seattle, Don Wilson

The Seattle and Tacoma port commissions plan to unify the management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions in order to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo for the region.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Washington, Intermodal

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Avoid Interstate 5 in Olympia the Next 2 Weekends

A bridge structural repair near Olympia, Wash. over the next two weekends is expected to cause traffic problems due to ramp and lane closures. The Washington Department of Transportation is warning drivers to avoid the Interstate 5 in Olympia if possible.

Tags: Washington, Traffic Congestion, Road Construction, Interstate 5, I-5

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Bridge Repair on I-5 to Cause Traffic Delays in Washington

Map of the affected areas. Graphic via WSDOT.

The Washington State Department of Transportation expects a bridge expansion joint repair project to cause lengthy traffic backups and delays in Olympia Washington in mid-September.

Tags: Washington, Traffic Congestion, Department of Transportation, Interstate 5, Road Construction

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB: I-5 Bridge Collapse Due to Systemic Errors

Water level view of the accident scene. Photo: NTSB

The collapse of an interstate highway bridge that was struck by a truck carrying an oversize load was ultimately caused by a series of deficiencies in a system intended to safeguard the passage of oversized loads over Washington State’s roadways, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, Oversize Loads, Bridges, Skagit River Bridge

June 12, 2014 - Industry News

Utility Trailer Opening Spokane, Wash. Dealership

The dealership will be more than 31,000 square feet, including an office, parts department, shop area and 8 service bays with overhead cranes and a service pit. There are plans to add 20 employees to handle operations at the Spokane location.

Tags: Washington, Trailers, Dealers, Utility Trailer, Utility Trailer Manufacturing

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB Releases Documents in I-5 Bridge Collapse Ahead of Final Report

As part of its continuing investigation into the collapse of an interstate highway bridge in Washington State last year, the National Transportation Safety Board opened the public accident docket on Wednesday, releasing over 2,000 pages of documents.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Washington, Safety & Compliance, I-5, Interstate 5, Skagit River Bridge

March 18, 2014 - Industry News

Plans Dead for New I-5 Span over Columbia River

The current northbound I-5 bridge span was built nearly 100 years ago, while the southbound was completed in the 1950s.

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.

Tags: Washington, Oregon, Highway Funding, I-5, Interstate 5, Bridges, Infrastructure

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Washington, Propane Autogas, Blue Star Gas

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Washington, fuel tax, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Washington, Seattle, Road Construction

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Washington State I-5 Bridge to Open This Weekend

Crews working in August to repair the I-5 bridge in Washington state. Credit: Wash. State DOT

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.

Tags: Washington, Road Construction, I-5, Interstate 5

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

Repairs to I-5 Bridge In Washington on Schedule

One of the eight massive girders for reparis to the I-5 bridge. Credit: Washington State DOT.

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.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Washington, Highway Construction

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Construction Underway on New Washington I-5 Bridge Following Collapse

This design visual shows how and where crews will install the pilings to support the work platforms. Credit: Washington State DOT.

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.

Tags: I-5, Interstate 5, Washington, Highways, Skagit River Bridge, Infrastructure, Bridges

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Washington, NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Skagit River Bridge

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

Another Section of I-5 to be Closed in Washington

Section of I-5, north of Vancouver, Wash. set to be closed this weekend. (Illustration: Wash. DOT)

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.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Bridge, Washington, Infrastructure

May 23, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Infrastructure, Washington, Highways, I-5

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Washington, Indiana, Ticketing Agressive Cars and Trucks

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, New Jersey, Washington

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