June 15, 2007
1. Maybe its frustration over the glacial pace of improvements to Eastside traffic congestion?
2. Its because west lake,east lake sammamish way,and newport way has been assimilated by Lovie and thurston types that dont want any traffic jams holding up their tee time,or their trips to the spa.
So every one and his brother are crammed on I-90.
3. Its because west lake,east lake sammamish way,and newport way has been assimilated by Lovie and thurston types that dont want any traffic jams holding up their tee time,or their trips to the spa.
So every one and his brother are crammed on I-90.
That might be the 24-pt headline in the daily(ies?) six years from now.
Sound Transit actually wants to grind six inches of concrete off the top of the middle span, lay down stupendously heavy rails, and pour several tons of new concrete over that damage to the existing structure. Then of course a November storm will hit, the newly-unstable structure will develop faults, and the dramatic falling-apart/sinking will be recorded by dozens of videographers.
5. Thats us, always settling for the tin cup version of a regular beer.
6. Well, its not like there is a lot to do between the summit and Bellevue anyway...
I posted this two years ago, on this thread.
16. The new I-90 bridge when built we were promised it was rail-ready, all the weight and stress issues were engineered in at the beginning.
The bus tunnel had rails pre-installed just cut the wheel flange channel and bingo rail in the tunnel. The forgot to electrically isolate the rails. putting 600VDC in to the rails embedded in the concrete would lead to current flowing into the rebar, causing corrosion of the rebar and weakening and failure of the concrete. The result is the rails in the tunnel have to be dug up an reinstalled correctly for electric rail.
Two planned projects we were told would be rail ready, ARE NOT. It was sold as saving money making the bridge and tunnel rail ready. Now because of the stupidity, negligence, arrogance and criminal conduct of the government planners. It is costing us far more to "correct" their little "uh-oh."
Any F'ng wonder we are a little bent out of shape we the same con artists tell us gives 9.5 cents more and we'll do it right this time.
NO WAY, NO HOW
Posted by: JCM on August 12, 2005 01:59 PM
8. The Romans had road technology figured out 2000 years ago. Pity we can't hire some of those guys now.
Even to this day most of Europe and Asia Minor continue to use 2000 year old roman roads.
They've been resurfaced, widened and have had a few nasty spots altered, but if Roman time traveler arrived tomorrow, he'd know what road he was on.
Unfortunately for us in the PNW, we did not have roman here to pre-create our transportation infrastructure.
Also unforatunate is the fact that we have ludites in our planning departments who see traffic congestion as a good thing.
While you nailed that whole fiasco on the head it was not because they "forgot" to insulate the rails it was because they decided NOT to insulate the rails in order to save money on the project.
11. 1 and 3: Spooled kids who live on the Plateau or in the 'quah.
There I times I feel a twinge of nostalgia for how Stalin ran things. The wall and a cigarette.
Just because I drive I-90 every day doesn't mean you need to accuse me of this too.
They're completely coincidental...
14. So who can get me the phone number of the woman in the first story? :-)
The SoundTransit website has a different explanation for why they need to replace the rails:
To handle both buses and trains, the tunnel has to be closed for a retrofit to accommodate the latest light rail technology, which has changed significantly since the tunnel was first designed and constructed in the late 1980s. To take advantage of the new low-floor rail cars, the roadbed in the stations must be lowered and rails replaced. Electrical, mechanical, and safety systems will be upgraded. The closure is also an opportunity to refurbish stations to an extent that wouldn't be possible if it remained open for service.
JCM & Truth, why do you imply this isn't true?
Regardless of the reason, the question is whether they made a reasonable decision when they built the tunnel. Sometimes you make a good decision that, due to unexpected events, has a bad outcome. Other times, of course, people just make bad decisions. I have no idea which is the case here.
16. Diogenes says
"Well, It's not like there is a lot to do between the summit and Bellevue anyway..." As an East King County Resident I feel the same way about the route from Bellevue to the Sound.
What's going on, on I-90? It connects both side of the state and all of our collective nutty aspects.
What's really going on, on I-90? Life.
18. Isn't there some way we can blame the whole thing on global warming or Bush?
17, 18 bingo--
waiting for the next reality show: "Life on the Flip-Flop" by any state trooper--real life stories of amazement--maybe tied into Ripley;s
or, "A day at the orifice" by any ER staffer with their wild tales of human endeavors & drama...
(...and no subtitles in other languages, thank you! English or bust)
20. Obviously the nude guy wasn't a metrosexual. He must have been from the East side of the state.
21. Sounds like the Snoqualmie Triangle to me.