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Grays Harbor rest area near Elma to close for maintenance

ELMA, Wash. – Motorists who travel along State Route 8 are advised that the Washington State Department of Transportation rest area on eastbound SR 8 near Elma will be closed Wednesday for maintenance activities.

The rest area will be closed from about 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a number of activities that range from vegetation control to upgrading pumps for sewer and water service.

No WSDOT-operated rest areas are in the vicinity. The nearest rest areas are on Interstate 5 in the Grand Mound area south of Olympia.

SR520 Pontoons on the move in October

Prior to ocean towing, all pontoons are inspected by pontoon contractor Kiewit-General Joint Venture, the Washington State Department of Transportation, floating bridge contractor Kiewit/General/Manson, A Joint Venture, and the floating bridge contractor’s insurance agent. Additional inspections will take place on Lake Washington after the pontoons arrive in Seattle. 

Pontoon tracking details are posted online

Construction is underway on the next cycle of six pontoons in Aberdeen. An additional cycle of eight pontoons is due this winter from Tacoma. A new staging area is under construction on the west end of the SR 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington. 

More information about the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program can be found atwww.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge

Third cycle of SR 520 pontoons complete in Aberdeen

Crews began lifting the 150-ton gate at 6 a.m. this morning to allow pontoons to leave the basin. The first pontoon – Pontoon O – exited the casting basin around 10 a.m., and the last pontoon will leave this afternoon. 

The pontoons will be inspected at the Port of Grays Harbor and will then be moored until needed for construction on Lake Washington. 

An additional cycle of pontoons is due this winter from Tacoma. Full pontoon tracking details are posted online

More information about the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program can be found atwww.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge.

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

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The third cycle of pontoons headed for the State Route 520 bridge will float out of the Aberdeen casting basin later this week. 

SR520 Pontoon float path

Sara Phelan with the Washington State Department of Transportation tells us the float-out of these next six pontoons marks the halfway point for the Aberdeen site. WSDOT has now completed 38 of 77 pontoons needed for the new SR 520 floating bridge. In all, crews will build 77 pontoons – 33 constructed in Aberdeen and 44 in Tacoma – for the new SR 520 floating bridge. With the third Aberdeen cycle complete, crews have finished 18 pontoons in Aberdeen and 20 in Tacoma.

The first of six pontoons will leave the casting basin around 10 Saturday morning.

Just like the last float-out, the huge concrete structures need to leave the port facility during the highest tides possible. The pontoons will then be towed to a separate moorage facility in Grays Harbor until they are towed 260 nautical miles around the Olympic Peninsula to Lake Washington at a later date.

SR520 Pontoon Construction Site in Aberdeen

Key cracks repaired in SR 520 Pontoon W


In December 2012, KGM determined one column needed to be replaced because the rebar cage inside the pontoon shifted slightly during the concrete pour. Since the first column was replaced, additional tests have shown that six other columns have the same construction issue. The remaining three columns have been approved through the quality assurance process and meet all contract requirements.


Since the contractor is responsible for the column repair and all associated costs, WSDOT gave KGM an opportunity to evaluate and propose potential repairs. KGM has determined that the best way to ensure that the columns meet all contract and quality requirements is to remove and replace these six columns.


KGM spokesman Tom Janssen said, “Kiewit/General/Manson is committed to the quality of the SR 520 Floating Bridge, and it is our responsibility to correct this issue. Our quality program identified this issue and reported it to WSDOT. After additional testing and analysis, we determined that removing and replacing these six columns will help ensure the highest quality construction. The testing of other columns has ensured that they meet our strict standards and the specifications of the contract.”


“No taxpayer money will be spent on the column repairs, and no additional time will be added to the floating bridge schedule,” said Becher. “KGM will pay for the column removal and replacement since this was a construction-related problem.”


Over the next three to four weeks, KGM crews working at the Manson construction facility will carefully remove the six, 58-foot-tall round concrete columns. The columns then will be reconstructed either in the Manson facility or on Lake Washington, depending on equipment availability. The removed columns will be dismantled and the concrete and steel rebar will be recycled.


Pontoon W is one of four Cycle 1 pontoons to undergo repairs due to a WSDOT design error. The design error has been corrected by modifications in all pontoons built after Cycle 1. Pontoon T was repaired in Portland and towed back to Lake Washington in August. Crews will begin repairs on pontoons U and V in a coffer cell on Lake Washington later this year.


Pontoon W is one of two cross pontoons that form the endpoints of the new floating bridge. It ultimately will be positioned at the easternmost end of the bridge, near the Medina shore. The other cross pontoon – Pontoon A – is currently located at the east end of the lake where its box and round columns are being added. Pontoon A will eventually form the westernmost end of the bridge between Madison Park and Laurelhurst.


As of September 2013, 32 of 77 pontoons for the new floating bridge are now complete, with additional cycles due from Tacoma and Aberdeen this fall. More details are available on the SR 520 Pontoon and Floating Bridge Progress Web page.


More information about the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge.  

Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department arrests 5 in ongoing investigation

The man ran to a running green colored Nissan Altima and got into the passenger side.  The driver of the vehicle then attempted to flee the scene however Deputies blocked the exit of the station and attempted to order the passenger out of the vehicle.  The man refused to comply with the orders and moved furtively throughout the vehicle. He was also trying to get the driver to put the vehicle in gear.  Knowing that the man had stolen firearms in the past, and was a suspect of recent thefts, deputies had to kick the window of the passenger door out in order to apprehend the suspect. 

During the arrest of the suspect, the man swallowed a bindle of what deputies believed to be methamphetamines.  The man was eventually transported to Summit Pacific Hospital in Elma and remained there overnight for observation.  He was booked earlier this morning on numerous charges.  In addition to the 29 year old McCleary man, a 31 year old East County transient, and a 28 year old Lacey man  were arrested.

A number of stolen items have been recovered to include firearms.  At this point, investigators are continuing to identify additional suspects and locate additional stolen items.   

Repair costs, and revised schedule for SR 520 pontoons announced

For the first change order, WSDOT will pay $48.8 million to floating bridge contractor Kiewit/General/Manson, A Joint Venture, to complete Cycle 1 pontoon crack repairs. These repairs for Cycle 1 have been underway since June to help keep overall bridge construction moving.


The repair procedure will address cracks that developed in the keel slabs and end walls on four of the first six pontoons built in Aberdeen. The repairs include the following:

  • Leasing and towing pontoons to drydock facilities in Portland and Seattle.
  • Building a coffer cell in Tacoma and towing it to Seattle for repairs on the other two pontoons.
  • Implementing repair procedures on all four pontoons: epoxy injections, transverse post-tensioning, and the application of carbon-fiber wrap.


For the second change order, WSDOT will pay $22.4 million to pontoon construction contractor Kiewit-General to add transverse post-tensioning to four pontoons while they were in the casting basin in Aberdeen. The work was completed prior to float-out in April. Both costs will be paid from the SR 520 risk reserve developed to address unforeseen project issues as part of the $2.7 billion SR 520 program budget. With these charges paid, the current risk reserve is now $100 million.


With the two change orders complete, the new floating bridge is now estimated to open to traffic in late 2015 or early 2016. The final date will be determined as part of the schedule negotiated with contractors.


Additional change orders to be finalized later this year include:

  • Adding transverse post-tensioning to the pontoons built in cycles 3–6. These cycles will be built using the revised design.
  • Schedule effects to the pontoon construction project and the floating bridge and landings project with their respective contractors.


The current bridge, which will be 50 years old in August, is vulnerable to earthquakes and windstorms and must be replaced. Construction on the replacement began in April 2012, and pontoon construction is underway at two casting basins: one in Aberdeen and one in Tacoma. Eight pontoons recently floated out of the Tacoma casting basin. With the recent Tacoma float-out, 32 of the 77 pontoons needed to replace the bridge are complete.


More information about the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program is available at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge

Bon voyage party for Bertha draws 5,000 to SR 99 tunnel site

The event included activities designed to teach kids about science and engineering. Guests also had the opportunity to sign their name on one of the concrete segments that will form the tunnel’s walls. 

Bertha, who has been updating her progress on Twitter since December, said she was surprised to see so many people show up to wish her well. “Really humbled by the turnout at my party today,” @BerthaDigsSR99 tweeted Saturday. “Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all weepy. Just know I’m grateful… and ready to dig.” 

Tunneling will start after final testing is complete, likely by the end of July. The tunnel is scheduled to open to drivers in late 2015. For more information about the SR 99 Tunnel Project, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/

Southbound US 101 closes north of Olympia for paving

In addition to night single-lane closures, the project requires four total southbound US 101 closures overnight. The closures on Monday and Tuesday will be the second and third such closure. The fourth total southbound closure will be announced as it is scheduled.


The asphalt work is weather-dependent. In the event of inclement weather, the work and closures will be postponed.