Thursday, February 28, 2013

State Admits Mistakes On Seattle Bridge

The new 520 floating bridge in Seattle isn't even open yet and it's already requiring some fixes. A design error caused pontoons that keep the bridge afloat to crack. And that's going to add up to tens of millions of dollars in repairs- which the public will pay because the design was done by Washington State Department of Transportation engineers.

So how was a mistake like this made and what will happen to the engineers that made it? The Seattle Times has details.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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