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Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

Retro Infra: Sheep Crossing the Grand Coulee Dam, WA

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Retro Infra: Sheep Crossing the Grand Coulee Dam, WA

Columbia River, Washington, United States of America (USA).
CU. Sheep grazing. LS Sheep on approach to dam. LS Dam with sheep passing in foreground.

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King County, WA: Too Many Cats, Not Enough Buses

Friday, April 11th, 2014
King County, WA: Too Many Cats, Not Enough Buses

Proposition 1 in King County, Washington State, will provide funding for Transit and Roads. If it does not pass on April 22 there will be a 17% cut in bus services across the county.
Look for your ballot in the mail. Vote Yes!!!

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CityWalk: Mandatory Protected Sidewalks in Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
CityWalk: Mandatory Protected Sidewalks in Washington, DC

Heather Deutsch of the District Department of Transportation explains how D.C.’s pedestrian friendly sidewalk laws create walkable spaces within the city. City Walk is a unique series that reveals the way walking is transforming cities across America, and in the process, re-connecting us to our bodies, our civic values and public space.
As the show explores the walkability of these communities, viewers will learn about American history by exploring culturally rich neighborhoods, stunning architecture, monuments and beautiful parks that have helped define the character of each city.

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King County, WA: 24 Hours of King County Metro

Friday, March 14th, 2014
King County, WA: 24 Hours of King County Metro

This animation shows 24 hours of Metro activity, over 200 bus routes on more than 12,000 trips. In this animation every bus is on time. Each bus is represented by a black dot that moves between stops. The bus positions are computed every 6 seconds of real time, though the bus routes are approximated as straight lines between stops (faint grey dots).

I created this visualization of Metro activity to show how integral the bus system is to daily life in Seattle. Simply mapping the bus stops traces every major street and boundary in the city. The Metro system provides over 115,400,000 passenger trips per year.

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Seattle, WA: Fixing the Tunneling Machine

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Seattle, WA: Fixing the Tunneling Machine

This video shows a short clip of a worker replacing a cutting tool inside the SR 99 tunneling machine in January 2014. Crews working for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), WSDOT’s contractor for the SR 99 Tunnel Project, changed a number of tools during 158 hours of recent inspections performed under hyperbaric conditions. Tunneling experts now believe that the clogs and other factors contributed to the stoppage of tunneling on Dec. 6, 2013. As the project’s design-build contractor, it is STP’s responsibility to determine the best and most expedient way to resume tunneling.

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February 25-27, Washington DC: High Speed Rail Summit 2014

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
February 25-27, Washington DC: High Speed Rail Summit 2014

Don’t miss the 2014 High Speed Rail Summit in Washington, DC this February 25-26. Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx will headline the summit.

Other highlighted speakers include: Karen Hedlund, FRA Deputy Administrator; John Mica, Congressman; Loretta Sanchez, Congresswoman; Stephen Gardner, Amtrak Vice President;

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Washington, DC: The Blue Plains Tunnel Project

Friday, February 7th, 2014
Washington, DC: The Blue Plains Tunnel Project

LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic is working with Traylor/Skanska/Jay Dee to complete the DC Water Blue Plains Tunnel Project in Washington, DC. See the story of how this job is helping with local hiring in the DC Metro Area

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Broadband in Washington State

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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WASHINGTON STATE BROADBAND OFFICE
For the broadband ecosystem of Washington State, 2013 was a year of getting up to speed. Most of the major infrastructure projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were completed during the year. The largest of these projects was construction of more than 1,300 miles of “middle mile” fiber optic cable.

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Washington, DC: Freezing the Ground for the First Street Tunnel

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Washington, DC: Freezing the Ground for the First Street Tunnel

DC Water’s Contractor (SKJD) will utilize an innovative ground freezing technology to improve ground condition in advance of shaft, adit and near surface construction of the First Street Tunnel Project. By creating a natural gas generated closed loop brine system, the ground will be stabilized in advance of excavation. Ground Freezing ensures that the required excavation in the four construction staging areas for this important project will be fully stabilized.

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Implementing Public Private Partnerships During Challenging Economic Times

Monday, January 6th, 2014
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
How has the 2008 Economic Crisis impacted the design, financing, and construction of highway public–private partnership (PPP or P3) projects in the United States? In December 2007, on the eve of the economic crisis, the Virginia legislature approved a P3 to construct a 14-mile (22.5 km) high occupancy toll (HOT) road (the 495 Express Lanes) to alleviate heavy traffic on the Capital Beltway around Washington, DC. This case study looks at the impact the 2008 Economic Crisis and associated economic challenges between 2008 and 2012 had on this project and considers what governments and other stakeholders should be aware of when implementing P3s during adverse economic times.

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