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Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

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This program is led by the Washington State Department of Transportation in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, King County, City of Seattle and the Port of Seattle.

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program News

July 31, 2014

In this issue: 

  • Bertha update – Construction of the access pit's underground walls will continue through August 
  • Early warning – Four-day closure of SR 99 coming in late August
  • Milepost 31 Speakers Series – Bertha and progress on the SR 99 Tunnel Project

Bertha update – Construction of the access pit's underground walls will continue through August

Earlier this week, Seattle Tunnel Partners notified us that building the underground walls of the circular pit (pdf 2.5 Mb) crews will use to access and repair the SR 99 tunneling machine will continue through August. While this date is later than anticipated, STP reports that tunneling is still expected to resume as scheduled in March 2015.

Building a self-supporting, concrete ring that is 120 feet deep and 80 feet wide is no easy task, especially given the difficult ground conditions near South Jackson Street. STP crews have completed more than half of the underground piles and are working around-the-clock, seven days a week to complete the approximately 31 remaining piles.

There are several reasons the work is taking longer than anticipated. One factor is the addition of 11 piles to the pit's design, bringing the total number of piles to approximately 84. Crews are also working with exceptionally large interlocking piles, which are necessary to make the pit self-supporting without tiebacks or other reinforcements. A self-supporting pit is what will allow the tunneling machine to mine through its walls, but the large piles take longer to install than standard piles.

While pile work continues, crews are making progress on other areas of the repair plan on schedule, including:

  • Shipping repair pieces: The new main bearing has arrived in Seattle and will be assembled closer to the time it's needed, likely this fall.
  • Manufacturing repair pieces: Other repair pieces, such as the new outer seal ring, the thrust seal ring and bearing block are nearing completion. After these pieces are fabricated and inspected, Hitachi Zosen will ship them to Seattle.
  • Assembling a 300-ton crawler crane: This crane will be used to help assemble the 600-ton crawler crane. Pieces of that crane will arrive in September and assembly will begin shortly thereafter.
  • Assembling a 600-ton crawler crane: This crane will be used to assemble the modular lift tower (massive red crane) that will lift the largest pieces of the machine from the access pit. Parts of that crane will also arrive in September and assembly will begin in late September.
  • Assembling the 2,000-ton modular lift tower: Starting in late July and continuing through fall, crews will begin to stage the modular lift tower. Parts of the modular lift tower will arrive over the next several months beginning in late July.

We will continue to update you on STP's efforts to resume tunneling by March 2015. You can watch the access pit take shape on our time-lapse camera, and view photos of recent construction on Flickr

Early warning – Four-day closure of SR 99 coming in late August

In late August, crews building the future north portal of the SR 99 tunnel will close SR 99/Aurora Avenue North near South Lake Union for four days. During this closure, crews will demolish and replace the section of SR 99 that crosses above Broad Street.

To minimize the need for additional closures, separate crews will complete the following work elsewhere along the SR 99 corridor during this time:

  • Utility work at Harrison Street.
  • Concrete panel replacement in SODO.
  • Expansion joint repairs on the Alaskan Way Viaduct near the Seneca Street off-ramp.
  • Ivy removal from the viaduct.

Closure information
Drivers should plan ahead for SR 99 closures from Friday night, Aug. 22 to Wednesday morning, Aug. 27. View a map of the closure.

  • From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, SR 99 will be closed in both directions from the West Seattle Bridge to Valley Street.
    • Northbound SR 99 will be open from South Royal Brougham Way until midnight on Friday, Aug. 22 for exiting Seahawks traffic.
  • From 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, SR 99 will be closed in both directions from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley Street.

Driver tips
Travelers who use SR 99 should consider the following:

  • Allow plenty of extra time and expect additional congestion on alternate routes including I-5 and surface streets.
  • Leave early or delay your trip to avoid traveling during peak commute periods in the morning and afternoon.
  • Delay or reschedule discretionary trips.
  • Consider telecommuting.
  • Choose an alternative travel mode such as King County Metro, share a ride in a car or vanpool, or walk or ride a bicycle.

Know before you go and have a backup plan
Those who must drive are encouraged to stay engaged and check traffic conditions frequently via WSDOT's web, mobile and phone-based traveler information systems.

  • The Seattle traffic page contains updated road information including links to traffic cameras.
  • The travel alerts website provides real-time information about blocking incidents.
  • WSDOT's mobile app offers information for travelers on the go.
  • @wsdot_traffic provides Twitter updates about travel issues.
  • 5-1-1 offers traffic updates.
  • The What's Happening Now page chronicles closures and issues affecting travelers.
  • Learn more about your commute and travel choices.

Milepost 31 Speakers Series – Bertha and progress on the SR 99 Tunnel Project

Seattle Tunnel Partners, the contractor hired by WSDOT to design and build the SR 99 tunnel, is working to repair the SR 99 tunneling machine. Join us to learn more about STP's plan to resume tunneling by the end of March 2015, and learn about the other work happening to replace the viaduct.

  • 6 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 7
  • Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S., Seattle
  • Admission is free
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Sunset behing solar panels.On the Edge of the New Energy Frontier (Daily Press, 07/26/14)
Since the 1973 Arab oil embargo, the United States has fitfully moved toward energy independence based on national security and economic concerns. At the forefront of domestic development is California, and the Mojave Desert...

2 Supervisors Oppose Giant Wind Project (Daily Press, 07/24/14)
Supervisors James Ramos and Robert A. Lovingood submitted a joint letter to the BLM strongly opposing the North Peak Wind Project planned for 16.4 square miles of mountain ridges overlooking much of the Victor Valley.

RELATED: BLM California Renewable Energy
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enewable Energy Discussions in BLM Social Media
(BLM Facebook) After posting a photo and short statistic about wind energy on the BLM-CA Facebook and Twitter pages, diverse discussion arose in the audience.

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Stained-glass panel of underwater ocean scene with crabs. BLM photoTrinidad Lighthouse Tour and School Art Show This Friday
(BLM Facebook) This Friday, Trinidad Head Lighthouse will be open for tours from 3-5:30 pm and a school art showing starts at 5:30 pm. More informaiton...

RELATED: Discover the Coast @ Trinidad
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Three high school student interns stand at a campfire ring just installed. Interns Help Out at the BLM Mattole Campground

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Gray fox stands at the entrace of an underground burro.

Common gray foxes are one of the most common mammals in California, but since these animals are active at night it can be very hard to spot one. One of the places you may want to look is:

(a) Down - in the water - they sometimes like to swim in lakes, or slow-moving rivers and streams.
(b) Under the hoods of automobiles that have just been run - for the heat of the engine.
(c) Up - they can sometimes be found lounging in trees.
(d) Behind - rocks, that is - they like to blend into gray fields of boulders.
(e) In flocks of sheep, where they like to pretend they are wolves.

------> See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes.


Air tanker drops retardant on the Bodie Fire. BLM photoBLM-CA Leads Interagency Effort to Protect Sage-Grouse Habitat During Bodie Fire (News.Bytes Extra) Firefighting efforts on the Bodie Fire got an extra boost when the BLM-CA Bishop Field Office coordinated an interagency effort to help protect this critical resource.

A young boy holds an atlatl. BLM photo Students Learn About Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Tools
(BLM Facebook) Ten budding anthropologists were introduced to the science of archaeology and were able to "learn by doing" in both the classroom and outdoor settings.

A young girl creates an art project at the Desert Discovery Center. How Do Kids Beat the Desert Heat and Still Connect with Nature?
(BLM Facebook) They join the Desert Discover Center's Art Club! Check out the talented art projects created last weekend.

RELATED: Desert Discovery Center
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A picnic table sits under a pine tree at Swasey Recreation Area. BLM photoBLM Redding Partners are Proud of Their Public Lands
(BLM Facebook) The Redding Mountain Bike Club recently donated a picnic table for the Swasey Recreation Area trailhead. Also, local Muletown Road residents donated a picnic table that was installed along the Mule Ridge Trail System.

BLM Redding Area Recreation Trails

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BLM and DEPARTMENT of the INTERIOR Highlights

BLM firefighters. BLM photoLAST WEEK AT THE BLM, July 21-25, 2014 (BLM Tumblr) BLM Director Neil Kornze on July 24, 2014, shared information with industry representatives about the agency's efforts to increase oil and gas inspection capacity and more.

An opening image clip from DOI's weekly video. VIDEO- This Week at Interior: July 25, 2014
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Secretary Jewell on Capitol Hill to call for full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and more.

A man repels down into a giant cave opening.Wyoming Cave with Thousands of Fossils to be Re-opened to Scientists for First Time Since 1970s
(Fox News, 07/24/14)
Paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils. The BLM is preparing to reopen a metal grate over the opening to offer scientists a look.

A group of people riding their mustang horses are lined up for a photo. Wild Horse and Burro Expo this Weekend
(Record-Courier, 07/29/14) This weekend's Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo will feature a horse adoption with inmates from the Northern Nevada Correctional Center's Saddle Horse Training program. Ten saddle-trained horses and one burro from the ranges of Nevada, California and Utah will be available.


Aug. 1: End of Public Review Period for Environmental Study for Blythe Mesa Solar Project in Eastern Riverside County (BLM News Release) BLM released a joint environmental analysis with Riverside County for the proposed Blythe Mesa Solar Project in eastern Riverside County, Calif. for a 45-day public review.

Apr-Oct. 23: Webcasts Scheduled to Solicit Comments on Route 66 Management Plan (BLM News Release) The California Historic Route 66 Association and BLM California Desert District have scheduled four webcasts to continue soliciting public comments on the preparation of a corridor management plan for the segment of historic Route 66.

WILDLIFE TRIVIA ANSWER and Related Information

Gray fox standing at a den entrance. Common gray foxes are one of the most common mammals in California, but since these animals are active at night it can be very hard to spot one. One of the places you may want to look is:

ANSWER: (c) "Up - they can sometimes be found lounging in trees." Common gray foxes have the ability to climb trees to look for food, escape from danger, or simply to lounge around on a favorite branch. They can even jump between branches.

SOURCE: BLM California Wildlife Database (BLM Webiste)

RELATED: Rare Daytime Sighting Caught on Ocotillo Wells SVRA Critter Cam!
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