What to do with a pontoon construction site when you are done making pontoons

After completing the last three pontoons for the new State Route 520 floating bridge last month, work at the Aberdeen Casting Basin is winding down. Contractor Kiewet General is preparing the

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Triple play on the way as final pontoons for new SR 520 bridge leave Aberdeen

As baseball fans cheer the start of a new season, the Washington State Department of Transportation is celebrating a major milestone for the new State

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Washington’s Clean Boating Program wins $1.5 Million federal grant for waste pumpouts

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a $1.5 million grant to the Washington State Parks Department’s Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program, which works in partnership with

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WSDOT will curb road construction to keep traffic moving over Memorial weekend

Using the Washington State Department of Transportation predicted travel volumes and online tools is the key to starting roadway travel for Memorial Day 2014.

With summer

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Fourth cycle of State Route 520 pontoons leaving Aberdeen casting basin April 15

The fourth cycle of pontoons headed for the State Route 520 bridge will be floating out of the Aberdeen casting basin late tonight. Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Grays Harbor Leonard Barnes told commissioners last week, the giant concrete structures will be floated to other terminals for inspection and preparation. Some are stored at a moorage facility in the harbor, North of John’s River until they are towed 260 nautical miles around the Olympic Peninsula to Lake Washington for the new State Route 520 floating bridge. Ian Sterling with WSDOT tells KBKW they have another six pontoons for the new SR 520 floating bridge ready to float out from the casting facility in Aberdeen. Crews plan to work through the night on Tuesday, April 15, with the first pontoon scheduled to leave the casting basin close to midnight to coincide with the high tide necessary for float-out. These six pontoons represent the fourth cycle built in Aberdeen, meaning two-thirds of the 33 pontoons being constructed there are now complete. Other bridge pontoons are being built in Tacoma. All told, 52 of the 77 total pontoons needed for the new bridge are now complete.
Six more SR 520 pontoons wait for high tide in Tacoma
Six more SR 520 supplemental stability pontoons are towed out of their Tacoma casting basin in pairs each evening, as the high tides allow.

Fourth batch of State Route 520 Bridge Pontoons to float from Aberdeen

The fourth cycle of pontoons headed for the State Route 520 bridge will be floating out of the Aberdeen casting basin in early April. “We’ve had 3 completed so far, it’ll be the 4th.” Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Grays Harbor Leonard Barnes told commissioners in February “I expect [the date] to change -with weather, construction, it’s kind of a moving target. But I expect some time in April we’ll have our forth float-out.” The commissioners heard yesterday that the new target date is April 15th. Just like the last three undertakings, the huge concrete structures need to leave the port facility during the highest tides possible. Barnes said we’ll also see some of the pontoons that are anchored near John’s River moving in the coming months. “There are some out by John’s River, they are close to getting ready for those in SeattleAberdeen Casting Basin - Port of Grays Harbor - 2013, I would expect in the next 60 days we’ll see some activity where those will come back to our marine terminal, and those will get moved up and around to the lake.” Washington State Department of Transportation contractors are building 77 pontoons, 33 from Aberdeen and 44 from Tacoma. The pontoons are stored at a moorage facility in Grays Harbor until they are towed 260 nautical miles around the Olympic Peninsula to Lake Washington for the new State Route 520 floating bridge.

More State Route 520 floating-bridge pontoons arriving at Lake Washington

SEATTLE – More pontoons for State Route 520’s new floating bridge are about to arrive in Lake Washington.

The first of two supplemental pontoons being towed this week from Tacoma to <a

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WSDOT recaps 2013 pontoon progress, raises 12th man flag for Seahawks

The Washington State Department of Transportation is looking back at 2013, and tells KBKW crews made major progress building the new SR 520 corridor last year. From multiple pontoon float-outs

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State Parks meeting will focus on future of Saint Edward Seminary Building

The Washington State Parks Department plans to move forward with a public meeting next week to discuss the future of the Seminary Building at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore.

The meeting

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