Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The New 520 Floating Bridge Across Lake Washington

Almost $5 billion to replace the 520 Floating Bridge. Is it still called the Albert D. Rosellini Bridge. I remember when it opened. I must be old. Rosellini was governor, the first governor of the State of Washington that I can remember.

I remember it being odd to no longer hear "Governor Rosellini." Was he replaced by Governor Dan Evans? I don't remember.

I was surprised recently to learn that Albert D. Rosellini is still among the living.

So, Monday the State Senate approved changes made to SB 6292 in the House. The bill now awaits the signature of Governor Gregoire.

Didn't she just recently sign a bill to build a tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct for about $4 billion? Where is Washington get all this money for these big projects?

I've not read when the new bridge is expected to be open. I have read there are a lot of groups fighting for their concerns to be incorporated into the final design.

I watched a fairly lame video, this morning, of what might happen if the decrepit, current 520 Floating Bridge is not replaced. As in, it might sink in a storm. This would not be the first, or even the second, Washington Floating Bridge to sink in a storm.

1 comment:

Steve A said...

Yes, Governor Rosellini is still living, and he's over 100 as well. Dan Evans is also still living; not quite as old.

The bridge was quite intact when we last went over it earlier this week...