Completed projects & contracts

2023 Q3 (Q1 2023-2025 biennium)

Seven Connecting Washington, Nickel and TPA projects and contracts operationally complete during the quarter

Three Connecting Washington projects and a contract, one Transportation Partnership Account project and a contract, and one Nickel and TPA project were operationally complete by WSDOT during the first quarter of the 2023-2025 biennium (June through September 2023). Operationally complete contracts and projects are functionally finished (for example, an overpass that has opened but still has some outstanding work items like landscaping, etc.).

I-405/SR 522 to SR 527 - Early Utility & Mitigation

(King and Snohomish counties) — Transportation Partnership Account - Contract

Operationally complete: September 30, 2023 (Late)

This contract completed early utility relocation and mitigation credit purchases at Keller Farms as part of the I-405/SR 522 to SR 527 - Widening & Express Toll Lane project.

Budget: The contract was completed for $3 million, on target with the last approved budget. The contract's total cost decreased by $2 million—down from $5 million—because of savings realized on early utility work and contribution funds received from Sound Transit for mitigation costs.

Schedule: Due to outstanding work items, the project was completed in September 2023, approximately four months later than the latest approved schedule of May 2023.

I-90/Barker to Harvard Phase 2 - Improve Interchanges and Local Roads

(Spokane County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: September 9, 2023 (Late)

The contract completed an I-90 overcrossing at Henry Road and included local road improvements to enhance mobility, level of service and safety.

It was part of a larger project funded through Connecting Washington and partner funds to improve I-90 at the Barker Road interchange, the Harvard Road interchange and local network connections. Contracts included widening Harvard Road bridge over I-90 from two to three lanes, improving the westbound on-ramps to I-90 from Harvard Road, converting the traffic signals at both the westbound and eastbound ramps to Interstate 90 at Barker Road to roundabouts, and constructing a new Kramer Parkway under crossing connection over I-90 from Mission Avenue on the north to Country Vista Drive to the south. All contracts are finished. The project was operationally complete in September 2023.

Budget: This contract was operationally complete for $13.2 million, 1.1% more than the last approved budget of $13.1 million.

This increase was due to the procurement of pigmented sealer and that the contractor implemented an unexpected 24-hour work schedule.

The contract's total cost increased from $12.6 million to $13.1 million due to additional engineering required. The contract was designed by a consultant, and their involvement as the Engineer of Record was more than planned, resulting in an increased cost. Additionally, the contractor had difficulty procuring the pre-cast wall panels. Procurement delays resulted in suspended time, as the wall panels were the critical path. During suspension and winter shutdown, non-critical work continued but required inspection as well, which increased the engineering cost.

Schedule: The contract was completed in September 2023, approximately three months after the last approved schedule of June 2023. The operationally complete date was delayed by approximately one year due to continued material procurement delays.

SR 26/Dusty to Colfax - Add Climbing Lanes

(Whitman County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: August 31, 2023 (Late)

This Connecting Washington project created three truck climbing lanes, or passing lanes, for vehicles traveling on State Route 26 between Dusty and Colfax in Whitman County. One climbing lane will be built westbound and two will be built eastbound on SR 26. The Washington legislature approved the addition of a fourth climbing lane which will be constructed in 2024.

Budget: This project was operationally complete for $10.3 million, approximately $170,000 (1.7%) more than the last approved budget of $10.1 million. Prior to completion, the project's total cost decreased by approximately $1 million from $11.1 million to $10.1 million due to a design solution change that reduced the number of climbing lanes from four to three. The fourth lane is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

Schedule: The project’s operationally complete date was delayed. The advertisement date for this project is delayed one year from March 2021 to March 2022 due to the additional time needed to secure the Right of Way and resolve utility relocation issues. The project’s operationally complete milestone was further delayed to October 2023 because the soils at the site had a high water content and construction equipment became stuck. In addition, soft soils unsuitable for foundations were found at lanes one, two and three. Lanes one and two were completed in the 2022 construction season but lane three was not.

US 12/Nine Mile Hill to Frenchtown Vicinity - Build New Highway

(Walla Walla County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: August 1, 2023 (Late)

This project completed the US 12 four-lane highway from Nine Mile Hill to the Frenchtown vicinity.

Budget: This Connecting Washington emergency project was completed for $161.9 million, (0.3%) higher than the last approved budget of $161.4 million. This increase was mainly due to additional required work before returning this project to Walla Walla County and included illumination, signing, striping, traffic control, crack sealing, cleaning existing drainage structure, and mobilization. Earlier in construction, the project was extended by approximately 1.6 miles, which increased costs by $5.5 million.

Schedule: The project was operationally complete in August 2023, which was on time with the last approved schedule. The operationally completion date was delayed from November 2021 to July 2022 to align with a Cost Engineering Validation Process amendment completed June 2019. The advertisement was delayed by six months in 2019 in response to the passage of I-976 and the Governor's direction to WSDOT to postpone projects not yet underway.

I-5/Portland Ave. to Port of Tacoma Rd. - Southbound HOV

(Pierce County) Nickel & TPA - Project

Operationally complete: July 28, 2023 (Late)

This project replaced the 1965 southbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. The new bridge is built to current seismic standards and is straighter and wider than the previous bridge. This project also opened HOV lanes in both directions on I-5 from SR 16 in Tacoma to Fife.

The project modified the Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5, demolished the existing old I-5 bridges over the Puyallup River, demolished and rebuilt the East L Street overpass that crosses I-5, replaced existing concrete pavement from McKinley Avenue to Portland Avenue, upgraded signing, illumination, stormwater collection facilities, and water quality treatment facilities.

Budget: This Nickel and TPA project was completed for $235.4 million, on target with the last approved budget. The project's total cost decreased 27.5% ($89.4 million) down from $324.8 million in 2022 due to project savings, identified preferred alternatives and revised design solutions.

Schedule: This project's operationally complete date was delayed due to a bid opening delay on an adjacent project, and it was determined the project would need six construction seasons instead of its original five. The project was operationally complete in July 2023, approximately eight months later than the last approved date.

US 2/97 Easy Street - Roundabout

(Chelan County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: July 17, 2023 (Late)

Travelers using the former signalized intersection experienced delays and safety issues due to the number of potential conflict points as well as the speed change between the two routes. A roundabout was constructed to improve mobility, reduce the risk for potential collisions and reduce the severity of any collisions that may occur. Watch the project video: US 2/97 & Easy St. roundabout project

Budget: This Connecting Washington project was completed for $7.8 million approximately $565,000 (6.8%) less than the last approved budget of $8.3 million.

Schedule: This project's advertisement and operationally complete dates were delayed one year due to the additional time needed to re-evaluate traffic flows, identify design solutions and review construction staging at the site. This project was further delayed due to the US 2/Wenatchee Area Paving project, which was being constructed in the same construction season.

SR 290/Spokane River East Trent Bridge - Replace Bridge

(Spokane County) TPA - Project

Operationally complete: July 10, 2023 (Late)

This project replaced the former East Trent Bridge, which was built in 1910 and was due for replacement, with a new bridge designed to current standards. The new structure drastically reduces the possibility of catastrophic failure.

Budget: This project was completed for $26.3 million approximately (2.1%) $557,000 than the last approved budget of $25.8 million. Additional expenses related to COVID-19, pavement replacement not included in the original scope, several change orders and associated expenses for engineering, testing, inspections and contractor overtime led to the cost increase.

Prior to this, the project's total cost has increased approximately $2.3 million up from $23.5 million due to increased costs for mobilization, work access, prestressed concrete girders, and the bridge's superstructure.

Schedule: The project's operationally complete milestone date was delayed eight months from October 2022 to June 2023 because the contractor was unable to complete all the work within the 2022 construction season. Intricate barrier design required specific form work that limited the amount of barrier that could be completed at one time, resulting in multiple concrete pours. The remaining work included concrete barrier, intersection paving, striping, and trail paving that had weather limitations and when cold weather and snow arrived, the contractor had to suspend work until spring 2023.

2023 Q2 (Q8 2021-2023 biennium)

Two Connecting Washington contracts and one TPA contract operationally complete during the quarter

Two Connecting Washington contracts and one Transportation Partnership Account contract were operationally complete by WSDOT during the eighth quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium (April through June 2023). Operationally complete contracts and projects are functionally finished (for example, an overpass that has opened but still has some outstanding work items like landscaping, etc.).

I-90/Hyak to Keechelus Dam Phase 1G - Salvage and Plant Supply

(Kittitas County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: June 30, 2023 (Late)

The Hyak to Keechelus Dam project is located in a subalpine forest environment within the boundaries of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. As such, native species plants were required for roadside vegetation and for numerous mitigation sites. These plant materials are not readily available in either quantity of plants or species selection from commercial nurseries. This was a growing contract to salvage plant materials, collect seeds, and propagate additional native species needed to supply plant materials for the I-90/Hyak to Keechelus Dam project, contract phases 1E and 1F.

Budget: The contract cost increased by $1 million to approximately $3.3 million, due to the additional growing effort needed. This additional expense was offset by corridor savings, which were the result of unrealized risk on the I-90/Hyak to Snowshed Vicinity Phase 1B - Add Lanes and Bridges project.

Schedule: The operationally completion schedule was initially delayed almost four years, from October 2016 to December 2020, to better align with the anticipated completion of Phase 2A of the Hyak to Keechelus Dam project. Then the contract was delayed an additional two years for plan establishment and was operationally completed June 2023.

SR 125/Plaza Way Vicinity Stage 2 - Sidewalk Improvements

(Walla Walla County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: June 27, 2023 (Late)

This project constructed sidewalk improvements to increase pedestrian mobility. Previously, there were currently no sidewalk facilities along SR 125 between Plaza Way and Orchard Street in Walla Walla.

Budget: This contract was operationally completed for approximately $954,200, which was on target with the last approved budget. Costs increased approximately $189,300 due to a drainage problem that was identified halfway through design, which was not included the initial scope and resulted in additional roadway and drainage work required to install the new curb.

Schedule: Additional work mentioned above resulted in delays. The contract was operationally complete in June 2023, approximately seven months after the original schedule of November 2022.

US 395/Ridgeline Drive - Construct Interchange

(Benton County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: April 24, 2023 (Late)

The intersection of US 395 and Ridgeline Drive experiences congestion due to recent development in this fast-growing area of Kennewick, including a new high school and hospital. This four-laned limited access highway connects I-82 with I-182 through Pasco and Kennewick. Heavy truck volumes and higher vehicle speeds make safe access at this intersection a concern. This project constructed a new grade separated interchange to reduce congestion, improve access, and reduce the potential for collisions.

Budget: This contract was operationally complete for $19.1 million, which was on target with the last approved budget.

Schedule: A second season was added to the construction contract when the design concept changed from an over-crossing to an under-crossing. The contract was initially delayed in September 2020 in response to the Governor's COVID-19 stay at home order, WSDOT directed a temporary construction suspension on most projects throughout the state.

2023 Q1 (Q7 2021-2023 biennium)

One Connecting Washington project and one TPA project operationally complete during the quarter

One Connecting Washington project and one Transportation Partnership Account project were operationally complete by WSDOT during the seventh quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium (January through March 2023). Operationally complete contracts and projects are functionally finished (for example, an overpass that has opened but still has some outstanding work items like landscaping, etc.).

I-90/Rocky Run Creek Bridges - Emergency Scour Repair

(Kittitas County) TPA - Project

Operationally complete: March 13, 2023 (On time)

This emergency Transportation Partnership Account project in the Snoqualmie Pass vicinity evaluated and repaired scour and erosion, which threatened the foundations of the Interstate 90 Rocky Run Creek bridges as well as the banks of the creek. This project placed rock for erosion and scour protection for the bridge and creek banks, and rebuilt portions of the creek channel to pre-erosion conditions.

Budget: This project was completed for $2.3 million approximately $1.1 million (94.5%) more than the last legislatively-approved budget of $1.2 million. Additional funds were needed due to the contractor having to work longer hours and weekends during winter weather conditions. Costs were also incurred for equipment standby time during weather-related, non-working days. WSDOT determined existing Nickel and Transportation Partnership Account funds being used for the larger I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project could be used to fund this emergency work because it is located within the project's boundaries.

Schedule: WSDOT noted the extensive scour and erosion at the site in November 2022 and determined that they could adversely impact the long-term stability of the bridge footings. In early February, WSDOT decided the project could not wait for better weather conditions as the spring thaw would increase water flows and erosion near the footings and potentially damage the structure with possible settling or movement. Repair work started February 13 and was completed March 13.

I-405/Lakehurst Creek Culvert - Emergency Repair

(King County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: February 9, 2023 (On time)

The culvert conveying Lakehurst Creek under the Newport Hills Park & Ride and I-405 had collapsed, causing a sinkhole to form. WSDOT had to divert the creek to prevent further damage and stabilize the area while the culvert was restored.

Budget: This Connecting Washington emergency project was completed for $7.4 million, which was on target with the last approved budget.

Schedule: The project was originally advanced by one year, but then delayed two months before being completed in February 2023. The original operationally complete date of December 2022 was based on an assumption that the diversion work to stabilize the area and the restoration work to install the new pipe would be accomplished in two separate construction contracts spanning two construction seasons. Both of these work items were consolidated into a single contract and one construction season, which resulted in delivery efficiencies. That work was completed and the conditions of the permit were met in December 2022 but the abandonment of the last section of the original failed pipe remained. The work was delayed until February 2023 due to challenges associated with filling the pipe and icy weather.

2022 Q4 (Q6 2021-2023 biennium)

No projects reported as operationally complete during the quarter

WSDOT did not report any Connecting Washington, Nickel or TPA projects or contracts as operationally complete during the sixth quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium (October through December 2022).

2022 Q3 (Q5 2021-2023 biennium)

One Connecting Washington project operationally complete during the quarter

One Connecting Washington project was operationally complete by WSDOT during the fifth quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium (July through September 2022). Operationally complete contracts and projects are functionally finished (for example, an overpass that has opened but still has some outstanding work items like landscaping, etc.).

I-90/Eastgate to SR 900 - Corridor Improvements

(King County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: July 11, 2022

This segment of the I-90 corridor between the Eastgate and SR 900 interchanges experiences severe congestion during peak traffic hours. To address this increasing congestion, WSDOT:

  • Reconstructed the shoulders of I-90 to full depth pavement,
  • Re-striped the eastbound and westbound I-90 lanes to create additional auxiliary lanes in each direction between the Eastgate and Westlake Sammamish Parkway interchanges, and
  • Modified the westbound I-90 off-ramp to Eastgate and Westlake Sammamish Parkway to increase the freeway capacity and improve mobility.

Budget: This project was completed for approximately $73.0 million, which was on target with the last approved budget.

Schedule: The project's original method of delivery changed from DesignBuild to Design-Bid-Build because the latter was determined to allow for more innovation. This change delayed the advertisement date by one year—to winter 2019—and the operationally complete date from August 2020 to December 2020.

The project's operationally complete date was then delayed again by one year from December 2020 to October 2022 due to challenges affecting noise wall precast panel production which included Gov. Jay Inslee's COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home order, and COVID-related material supply and labor issues. The completion date was then advanced by three months to July 2022 when work was completed early.

2022 Q2 (Q4 2021-2023 biennium)

Connecting Washington project and contract, operationally complete during the quarter

A Connecting Washington project and contract were operationally complete by WSDOT during the fourth quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium (April through June 2022).

Interstate 90/Easton Hill to West Easton Interchange Westbound - Replace Bridge and Build Detour

(Kittitas County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: May 12, 2022

The original concrete pavement on this section of I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass was severely deteriorated and in need of replacement while unstable, adjacent slopes resulted in rock and debris falling onto the highway. Travelers experienced stop-and-go traffic conditions due to increasing traffic volumes and crashes with vehicles and wildlife.

This Connecting Washington contract constructed detours including segments of the permanent alignment between mileposts 67 and 70 that will be utilized by the next phase of construction between Cabin Creek interchange and the west Easton interchange to address the identified needs.

Budget: The contract was completed for $14.6 million, which was slightly higher than the last approved budget of $14.5 million. The total initial cost decreased by $2.9 million due to an updated estimate prior to advertisement and included lower bid item quantities for crushed surface base course and lower bid item costs for hot mix asphalt.

Schedule: The contract was operationally complete in May 2022, approximately seven months later than the originally-programmed schedule of September 2021. The contract's advertisement was delayed by six months from January to June 2020 in response to the passage of Initiative-976, after which the Governor directed WSDOT to postpone projects not yet underway. The contract also was delayed due to winter weather, which prohibited completion of the shoulder paving during the fall of 2021 as originally planned.

I-90/Medical Lake Interchange to Geiger Field Interchange - Reconstruction - Phase 2

(Spokane County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: May 23,2022

Increasing private and commercial development on the west plains between Spokane and Cheney adjacent to Interstate 90 increased traffic demands at the Medical Lake Interchange (Exit 272). The level of service at the this interchange (which was originally constructed in 1965) and the Geiger Field interchange (constructed in 1962) could not meet demand.

Budget: Phase two of the project was completed for $6.4 million, which was on target with the last approved budget. Costs decreased by $1.2 million to approximately $6.2 million due to favorable bids and lower cost for the bid items of mobilization, roadway excavation, crushed surfacing base course, hot mix asphalt, illumination and information technology systems. Total costs increased by $150,000 to $6.4 million to cover to overtime needed as the contractor worked long hours and weekends to complete major components.

Schedule: The project's advertisement date was delayed seven months from March 2020 to October 2020 and the scheduled operationally complete date was delayed six months from March 2022 to September 2022 in response to the passage of Initiative-976. After I-976, where the Governor directed WSDOT to postpone projects not yet underway. The project was operationally complete in May 2022.

I-90/Medical Lake Interchange to Geiger Field Interchange - Reconstruction - Phase 2 location
Location of I-90/Medical Lake Interchange to Geiger Field Interchange - Reconstruction - Phase 2

2022 Q1 (Q3 2021-2023 biennium)

No projects reported as operationally complete during the quarter

WSDOT did not report any Connecting Washington, Nickel or TPA projects or contracts as operationally complete during the third quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium (January through March 2022).

2021 Q4 (Q2 2021-2023 biennium)

Four Connecting Washington contracts operationally complete

Four Connecting Washington contracts were operationally complete by WSDOT during the second quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium (October through December 2021). Operationally complete contracts and projects are functionally finished (for example, a pedestrian/bicyclist overpass that has opened but still has some outstanding work items like minor striping or landscaping).

I-90/Cabin Creek Interchange Eastbound - Replace Concrete Panels

(Kittitas County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: October 14, 2021

The concrete panels on eastbound I-90 at the Cabin Creek interchange east of Snoqualmie Pass were deteriorating due to severe cracking and excessive wear. This Connecting Washington contract removed and replaced the damaged panels, restoring the structural integrity of this section of I-90 and providing a smoother driving surface.

Budget: This Connecting Washington contract was completed for approximately $536,000, which was about $110,000 higher than the last approved budget of $426,100.

This budget increase was due to higher costs for preparation and mobilization to replace concrete panels as well as planning and work associated with bituminous pavement and hot mix asphalt.

Schedule: This contract's advertisement date was delayed by two months February to April 2021 and its operationally complete date has been delayed by three months from June to October 2021, primarily due to WSDOT bundling contract work to achieve construction efficiencies.

US 395/North Spokane Corridor BNSF - 2nd Railroad Realignment

(Spokane County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: October 27, 2021

This Connecting Washington contract—part of the larger North Spokane Corridor mega project—realigned and relocated BNSF railroad track west of the previously used track from Rowan Street to Cleveland Street. The contract included two new railroad structures over Wellesley Avenue and spur a line to the tank farm (an area housing oil or gas storage tanks) east of the North Spokane Corridor alignment. Other work to included grading, realigning city streets, utility relocations, and adding retaining walls, drainage, minor paving and sidewalks.

Budget: This Connecting Washington contract was completed for approximately $79.5 million, which was on target with the last approved budget.

This contract's total cost increased by approximately $17.5 million from $62.2 million when work associated with acquiring additional right of way, and completing more utility relocation and site preparation work—was transferred to it from other North Spokane Corridor contracts. The work there benefited several additional NSC contracts.

Prior to this, costs increased by $9.5 million from $52.7 million due to a realized risk for WSDOT's participation in the Black Tank cleanup site (contaminated ground where acetylene gas was once produced). This work was transferred from the risk reserve on US 395/NSC Columbia to Freya contract and therefore did not affect the overall cost of the North Spokane Corridor project.

Schedule: This contract was completed in October 2021, which was on time with the last approved schedule.

Nationwide impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and response resulted in delays for procuring steel girders needed for the contract delaying completion 12 months.

I-5/Northbound On-Ramp at Bakerview - Improvements

(Whatcom County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: November 4, 2021

This Connecting Washington contract constructed a second northbound on-ramp on the east side of I-5 to reduce congestion at the overcrossing at I-5 and the Bakerview Road interchange, enhance regional multimodal transportation and support economic development in northwestern Bellingham.

Budget: The contract was completed for approximately $10.9 million, which was on target with the last approved legislative budget.

Schedule: The contract's advertisement was delayed a total of 13 months from October 2019 to November 2020. This was due to a three-month right of way acquisition delay, a four-month permit delay and a further six-month delay when Initiative 976 passed, which resulted in the governor directing WSDOT to postpone projects and contracts that were not underway.

SR 125/Plaza Way - Intersection Improvements

(Walla Walla County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: November 30, 2021

This Connecting Washington contract constructed a roundabout to improve traffic flow and reduce the potential for crashes at the intersection of SR 125 and Plaza Way.

Budget: This Connecting Washington contract was completed for approximately $5.0 million, which was approximately $162,000 less than the last approved budget.

The total original cost increased by $1.8 million to reflect the City of Walla Walla's contribution to the project and to deliver project elements—including multimodal improvements—identified during community engagement and preliminary design. Costs later decreased by $284,000 due to a reduced construction costs for clearing, surveying work, and less right of way needs.

Schedule: This contract's operationally complete date was delayed by a year in response to a City of Walla Walla request to allow other planned construction work on SR 125 to finish and reduce impacts to traffic.

2021 Q3 (Q1 2021-2023 biennium)

One Connecting Washington project and four contracts operationally complete

One Connecting Washington project and four Connecting Washington contracts were operationally complete by WSDOT during the first quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium (July through September 2021). Operationally complete contracts and projects are functionally finished (for example, an overpass that has opened but still has some outstanding work items like landscaping. etc.).

I-90/Barker to Harvard - Westbound On-Ramp Improvement

(Spokane County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: September 22, 2021

The previous configuration of the Harvard Rd. interchange delivered westbound traffic onto I-90 with two separate ramps that merged onto I-90 separately, which created travel conflict and congestion. This Connecting Washington contract improved the ramp to provide a better level of service and merge opportunities.

This contract—part of the larger I-90/Barker to Harvard project—was done concurrently with the I-90/Barker to Harvard - Add Lane Harvard Road Bridge contract on the next page. While there were separate budgets for each contract, the schedules were the same and have been combined as a result.

Budget: This contract was completed for approximately $1.4 million, on target with the last approved budget.

  • Practical design work determined that reconstructing the ramps to improve their geometry and lengthen the acceleration distances provided a better level of service and merge opportunities to I-90 rather than reconfiguring how the ramps connect to I-90. This change decreased the contract cost by approximately $820,000 from $3.9 to $3.1 million.
  • The contract cost then decreased $1 million from $3.1 to $2.1 million due to a favorable bid—resulting from lower costs for mobilization, crushed surfacing, hot mix asphalt, illumination, contractor surveying, and traffic control—that was 37% lower than the engineer's estimate.
  • The contract cost decreased an additional $700,000—from $2.1 to $1.4 million—after determining the on-ramp could be built entirely within existing WSDOT right of way.

I-90/Barker to Harvard - Add Lane Harvard Road Bridge

(Spokane County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: September 22, 2021

Northbound traffic volumes on the two-lane Harvard Rd. bridge created congestion at the Harvard Rd./Appleway Blvd. intersection immediately south of I-90. This Connecting Washington contract added a northbound lane from the intersection north across the bridge to the westbound on ramp, adding capacity and reducing congestion at the intersection.

Budget: This contract was completed for $3.4 million, on target with the last approved budget.

The contract cost decreased by $1.2 million from $4.5 to $3.3 million due to a favorable bid that was approximately 36% lower than the engineer's estimate. This decrease was the result of lower bids for items ranging from mobilization and prestressed girders to hot mix asphalt and traffic control.

Schedule: The two contracts were operationally complete in September 2021, 11 months late

  • The contracts' operationally complete date were initially delayed by nine months (from October 2020 to July 2021) to align with funding constraints approved by the 2019 Legislature.
  • Then the contracts' advertisement date were delayed by six months from April to October 2020 and the operationally complete date was delayed from July 2021 to January 2022 in response to the passage of Initiative 976 and the governor's direction that WSDOT postpone projects not yet underway.
  • When the 2020 Legislative Budget passed, the governor directed WSDOT to resume paused projects and contracts, which advanced these contracts' advertisement by four months from October 2020 to June 2020 and set the operationally complete date for September 2021.

SR 167/I-5 to SR 509 - Stage 1A

(Pierce County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: August 12, 2021

This Connecting Washington contract constructed a new alignment of 70th Avenue over I-5 between 20th Street E. and SR 99 near Fife. This work is part of the larger Puget Sound Gateway Program for SR 167 and SR 509.

Budget: This contract was completed for $49.8 million approximately $7.5 million less than the last approved budget of $57.3 million. The largest budget decrease occurred due to an updated estimate that occurred between the 2019 Cost Estimate Validation Process and contract award. In addition, some local trail and bridge work was removed from this contract, which will be delivered through another contract within the overall Legislative project.

Schedule: The contract was operationally complete in August 2021, four months after the last approved schedule. Right of way certification delayed work by nine months.

I-5/Steilacoom-DuPont Road to Thorne Lane - Corridor Improvements

(Pierce County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: August 1, 2021

This Connecting Washington contract completes the second of four parts of the larger I-5/Joint Base Lewis-McChord Corridor Improvements project.

This segment of I-5 experiences congestion and mobility problems due to high traffic volumes. The larger JBLM project constructed an additional lane on I-5 between the DuPont-Steilacoom Road and Thorne Lane interchanges. The interchanges at Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street were also reconstructed as part of this project. This corridor is expected to benefit from reduced congestion, enhanced freight mobility, improved safety and support economic growth.

Budget: The contract was completed for $242.9 million, which was on track with the last approved budget.

The initial budget increased by $18.3 million to align with a policy for estimating project budget and uncertainty. WSDOT used the Cost Estimate Validation Process to determine the amount of this increase.

The contract also had a $4.4 million increase to cover consultant agreements, additional drilling needs and unexpected labor costs.

Schedule: The contract was completed in August 2021, which was on track with the last approved schedule.

The operationally complete date was delayed by four months from April to August 2021 due to COVID-19 issues which affected the construction delivery schedule.

I-5/SR 510 Interchange - Reconstruct Interchange

(Thurston County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: July 17, 2021

This Connecting Washington project rebuilt the I-5/SR 510 (Marvin Road) interchange into a diverging diamond roadway to help ease congestion and reduce the potential for crashes. The diverging diamond interchange improves traffic flow by allowing drivers to make a free-left turn onto the highway without stopping at a traffic signal. Pedestrians use a network of crosswalks and a barrier separated walkway to cross the overpass while bicyclists can also use the pedestrian path to cross the overpass or use dedicated bike lanes.

Budget: The project was completed for $46.5 million, which was on track with the last approved budget.

The initial project total cost decreased $24.0 million from $72.0 million to approximately $48.0 million due to a design change solution and a favorable bid on major work item that included erosion control, road side planting, grading, signage, illumination and temporary traffic control, which was 20.4% lower than the engineer's estimate.

Schedule: The project was completed in July 2021, one month later than the last approved schedule.

The project's operationally complete date was delayed in response to the Governor's COVID-19 stay at home order, and WSDOT was directed to temporarily suspend construction on most projects throughout the state. The new Marvin interchange opened to traffic in August 2020, however, due to unfavorable weather the final striping work was not completed. This delayed the operationally complete until July 2021. On this project, WSDOT used final striping and not the roadway opening to determine the operationally complete date.

The diverging diamond at SR 510 and Interstate 5 in Lacey
The diverging diamond at SR 510 and Interstate 5 in Lacey is the first of its kind in Washington state. And not only improves traffic flow across the busy intersection but reduces the potential for crashes.

2021 Q2 (Q8 2019-2021 biennium)

Connecting Washington project and contract, and Nickel/TPA contract operationally complete during the quarter

A Connecting Washington project and contract, and a Nickel/Transportation Partnership Account contract were operationally complete by WSDOT during the eighth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium (April through June 2021).

Interstate 90/Medical Lake Interchange to Geiger Field Interchange - Reconstruction

(Spokane County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: June 18, 2021

This Connecting Washington contract is part of a larger project to address increasing congestion related to continuing private and commercial development between Spokane and Cheney adjacent to Interstate 90 as well as higher traffic demands on the Medical Lake and Geiger Field interchanges.

Budget: The contract was completed for $21.2 million, which was over the originally-programmed budget of $18.0 million and includes a cost risk for right-of-way that is currently in condemnation proceedings.

After costs decreased by $2 million due to favorable bids, the project had several increases. The largest of which is the risk associated with right of way acquisition in which the landowner did not accept WSDOT's offer, resulting in condemnation proceedings. The state's COVID-19 response and related measures delayed the landowner's appraisal process, as well as the condemnation trial. WSDOT's and the landowner's appraisals differ by approximately $4.1 million. The condemnation trial, which could find in favor of the landowner, is scheduled for September 2021. An additional $800,000 increase was related to the discovery of unsuitable materials.

Schedule: The contract was operationally complete in June 2021, approximately two years later than the originally-programmed schedule of November 2019.

The contract's operationally complete date was delayed from October 2020 to June 2021 because the associated work necessitated two construction seasons. In response to the Governor's COVID-19 stay at home order, WSDOT directed a temporary construction suspension on most projects throughout the state. This caused a construction delay of approximately seven months in the project's delivery.

State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct Demolition & Battery Street Tunnel Decommissioning

(King County) Nickel/Transportation Account Partnership - Contract

Operationally complete: June 13, 2021

This substantial Nickel/Transportation Account Partnership contract is part of the larger SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement project. After the State Route 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle opened to traffic in 2019, this contract demolished the Alaskan Way Viaduct and ramps at Seneca and Columbia streets. It also decommissioned the Battery Street Tunnel.

Budget: This contract was completed for $153.2 million approximately $13.0 million below the last approved budget of $165.2 million.

As a larger and lengthier contract, there were numerous cost changes throughout the demolition and decommissioning work, all of which were adversely affected by the delayed construction of the tunnel for SR 99.

Near the project's close, a cost, schedule and spending plan change decreased the project by $12.1 million as $8.5 million in unrealized risk was retired. In addition, $5 million in local funding was added to the budget. These reductions were partially offset by change orders from the contractor (the largest being for COVID 19 suspension at $813,000). This change also defers $2 million from the 2019-2021 contract budget to 2021-2023 as the contractor work is not yet complete and will carry over into the next biennium along with project close-out.

Schedule: The contract was operationally complete in June 2021, approximately two months later than the planned schedule of April 2021. Because it was completed in the same quarter as planned, the project is considered to be on time with the last approved schedule.

Significant schedule changes occurred when revised Seattle City Light utility requirements led to duct bank revisions that delayed work by six months. In response to the Governor's COVID-19 stay at home order, WSDOT directed a temporary construction suspension on most projects throughout the state. This caused a construction delay of approximately seven months in the project's delivery.

State Route 107/Chehalis River Bridge - Structural Rehabilitation

(Grays Harbor County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: May 24, 2021

This Connecting Washington project replaced the timber structure on the bridge's south approach, replaced all of the bridge railing, and removed and replaced the existing portal beams to raise the vertical clearance to the 16-foot, 6-inch requirement to extend the service life of the bridge.

Budget: This project was completed for $21.8 million approximately $9.3 million above the originally programmed budget of $12.5 million. Initially, the project's estimated total cost increased by $4 million to $16.5 million due to a seismically vulnerable location with poor soil conditions that required additional analysis and bridge rehabilitation work. It was further increased by approximately $880,000 to $17.4 million due to the June 2018 inflation adjustment.

Finally, the project’s estimated total cost increased by $4.5 million from $17.4 million to $21.9 million at award because of increased construction costs related to escalating steel costs. These added Steel Cost Adjustment Generalized System of Preferences to the project, structure shaft construction and rock excavation and hauling.

Schedule: The project was operationally complete in May 2021, approximately two years later than the originally programmed schedule of March 2019. Initially, the project was delayed by one year to perform additional expert complex modeling analysis needed from the site being in a seismically vulnerable location with poor soil conditions. Then, the project was further delayed by a year due to permitting requirements and missing the in-water work window.

2021 Q1 (Q7 2019-2021 biennium

No projects reported as operationally complete during the quarter

WSDOT did not report any Connecting Washington, Nickel or TPA projects or contracts as operationally complete during the seventh quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium (January through March 2021).

2020 Q4 (Q6 2019-2021 biennium)

City of Richland completes Connecting Washington project during the quarter

The City of Richland completed one WSDOT-supported Connecting Washington project during the sixth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium (October through December 2020).

SR 240/Duportail Road Intersection Improvements

(Benton County) Connecting Washington - Project

Operationally complete: December 16, 2020

The City of Richland was the lead on construction to improve the Duportail Bridge and its connections in Benton County. The project widened and extended Duportail Road over the Yakima River—providing multimodal connectivity between central Richland and the Queensgate area—while improving the SR 240/Duportail Road intersection to connect the new corridor to SR 240.

Budget: The project was completed for approximately $1.9 million, which was about 24% less than the last legislatively-approved of $2.5 million. The City of Richland utilized other fund sources that reduced the total need for WSDOT's contribution. The $600,700 savings were transferred to support another Connecting Washington project to improve SR 240 through Richland.

Schedule: The SR 240/Duportail Road Intersection Improvements project was delayed in response to the initial passage of I-976 and Gov. Jay Inslee's direction to WSDOT to postpone certain projects not yet underway.

In late April 2020, Gov. Inslee directed WSDOT to move forward with projects that were originally paused. The project was completed on time, having been finished within the same quarter originally planned.

2020 Q3 (Q5 2019-2021 biennium)

WSDOT completes six additional Connecting Washington projects and contracts

WSDOT completed six Connecting Washington projects and contracts during the fifth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium (July through September 2020). Of these, two were completed on time during the quarter as planned and four were late.

US 395/North Spokane Corridor - Columbia to Freya

(Spokane County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: September 29, 2020 (Late)

This contract is part of the larger North Spokane Corridor project and improved the NSC by constructing three lanes in each direction, including grading, drainage, paving, structures, erosion control, traffic control, site preparation and other work.

Budget: The contract was completed for approximately $10.9 million, 3.3% more than the $10.6 million in the last legislatively-approved budget. The total contract cost decreased by $9.9 million from $20.5 million to $10.6 million due to realized risk for WSDOT's participation in the Black Tank cleanup site, which was transferred to the right-of-way phase of the US 395/NSC BNSF - 2nd Railroad Realignment project.

Schedule: After contaminated soil was removed from the planned area, further testing identified additional contaminated soil in the surrounding area that needed to be removed on the Columbia to Freya project, which delayed the completion date from November 2019 and increased the contract cost.

I-90/Barker to Harvard - Improve Interchanges and Local Roads

(Spokane County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: September 18, 2020 (On time)

This contract is part of a larger project to improve interchanges in the Spokane Valley and included adding a westbound ramp roundabout at the Barker Road interchange to enhance mobility and improve safe operations on Interstate 90 and local roads.

Budget: The contract was completed for approximately $2.4 million, 3.0% more than the $2.3 million in the last legislatively-approved budget.

Schedule: Work was delayed in December 2019 in response to the passage of Initiative 976 and Gov. Jay Inslee's direction to WSDOT to postpone certain projects not yet underway. In May 2020, upon passage of the 2020 Legislative Budget, Gov. Inslee directed WSDOT to resume projects previously paused due to the passage of I-976. The contract was completed in September 2020, about one month ahead of its legislatively-approved schedule.

US 395/Safety Corridor Improvements

(Adams and Franklin counties) Connecting Washington - Contracts

Operationally complete: Completed: September 4, 2020 (Late)

This project added acceleration and deceleration lanes, improved existing left turn lanes, and constructed safety improvements between Pasco and the Franklin county line north of Connell to reduce congestion and the potential for collisions.

Budget: WSDOT completed the project for $13.6 million, which was on target with the last legislatively-approved budget. The initial budget was reduced by $1.4 million when the project description was revised and the right-of-way phase was removed.

Schedule: While the project was on time in terms of the last legislatively-approved schedule, the operationally complete date was delayed by 10 months from November 2019 to September 2020 due to added working days and to allow time to acquire needed illumination poles.

US 2/Corridor Improvements

(Snohomish County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: August 28, 2020 (Late)

This contract is part of the larger safety improvements and preservation efforts along nearly 25 miles of US 2 from Bickford Avenue to Gold Bar. The larger project also repairs and repaves nearly 1 mile of US 2.

Budget: This $2 million portion of the larger project was on target with the last legislatively-approved budget.

Schedule: The contract was completed in August 2020, about one month after its last legislatively-approved schedule in July. The initial completion date was delayed by nine months from October 2019 to July 2020 after unexpected slope issues were identified and it was determined that sections of roadway needed more significant grinding than originally planned.

I-82/South Union Gap Interchange - Construct Ramps

(Yakima County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: August 21, 2020 (Late)

The I-82 South Union Gap Interchange project completed what was formerly a partial interchange by constructing a westbound on-ramp and eastbound off-ramp to provide full access to South Union Gap.

Budget: WSDOT completed the project for $23.9 million, which was on target with the last legislatively-approved budget. The total project cost initially decreased by $11.5 million due to practical design efforts that eliminated the need for additional right of way, reutilized an existing bridge, reduced the size of new structures, utilized lower-cost structure options, and eliminated the need for extending a large culvert. The cost increased by $1.1 million during construction due to delays.

Schedule: The project was completed in August 2020, on target with the last legislatively-approved schedule. However, the operationally complete milestone date was delayed by was needed to procure illumination poles and the variable message sign structure, and to redesign the I-82 eastbound off-ramp to incorporate the recommended ramp width per the WSDOT Design Manual. This project was further delayed by two months due to the COVID-19 suspension and safety plan implementation.

I-90/Stampede Pass Interchange Eastbound - Replace Concrete Panels

(Kittitas County) Connecting Washington - Contract

Operationally complete: August 20, 2020 (On time)

The contract—part of the larger I-90 - Stampede Pass East project—removed damaged concrete panels and replaced them with asphalt pavement in order to restore the structural integrity of the highway and provide a smoother driving surface at the Stampede Pass interchange east of Snoqualmie Pass.

Budget: The contract was completed for approximately $434,000, 41.8% less than the last legislatively-approved budget of $746,000. This reduction occurred because WSDOT removed work associated with the Cabin Creek interchange from the Stampede Pass project and will complete it as part of strategic pavement preservation instead to align with concrete panel work in 2021. Additional savings came from lower bidder costs.

Schedule: The contract was completed in August 2020, three months earlier than planned in the last legislatively-approved schedule.

2020 Q2 (Q4 2019-2021 biennium)

    No projects reported as operationally complete during the quarter

    WSDOT did not report any Connecting Washington, Nickel or TPA projects or contracts as operationally complete during the fourth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium (April through June 2020).

2020 Q1 (Q3 2019-2021 biennium)

No projects reported as operationally complete during the quarter

WSDOT did not report any Connecting Washington, Nickel or TPA projects or contracts as operationally complete during the third quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium (January through March 2020).

2019 Q4 (Q2 2019-2021 biennium)

WSDOT completes two Connecting Washington projects during the quarter

WSDOT completed two Connecting Washington projects, four Nickel contracts and two Transportation Partnership Account contracts during the second quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium (October through December 2019).

SR 14 Access Improvements

(Clark County) Connecting Washington - Project

This project constructed two roundabouts on SR 14 at 15th St. and 32nd St. in Washougal to provide better access to the SR 14 corridor.

Project benefits: This project improves access to the SR 14 corridor, improves safety and promotes economic vitality in the region.

Budget: The project was delivered for $7.5 million, on budget with the current approved amount of $7.5 million.

Schedule: This project was delivered in October 2019, 10 months early with respect to the current approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: WSDOT determined that the original advertisement date of April 2018 was not realistic. The project's right of way certification, advertisement and operationally complete dates were pushed out one year to 2019 to allow the project team time to examine design alternatives and perform the necessary community engagement.

SR 14 Wind River Junction

(Skamania County) Connecting Washington - Project

This project reconstructed the intersection at Wind River Road and SR 14, improving truck access to Wind River Road.

Project benefits: Wind River Road is one of two routes into Carson from SR 14. The other, Hot Springs Avenue, is being undermined by the Wind River and experiences frequent closures, repairs and high maintenance costs. This project reconstructed the intersection at Wind River Road and SR 14 so Wind River Road can be used by all drivers.

Budget: The project was delivered for $8.7 million, which is $3.6 million (70%) above the initial budget of $5.2 million.

Schedule: This project was delivered in October 2019, three months late with respect to the initial schedule.

Highlights/challenges: The project advertisement was delayed one year for further geotechnical investigation, analysis of intersection alternatives and community engagement during design. The final project added culvert repair and erosion control features to the original project.

I-5 Concrete Rehabilitation Program

(King County) Nickel - Project

WSDOT completed four contracts as part of the larger project that will replace 16 miles of concrete on Interstate 5 from Tukwila through downtown Seattle to Northgate. The concrete was past its lifespan and is being removed and replaced with thicker concrete pavement reinforced with steel dowels at the joints. This work is planned to extend the life of this section of I-5 at least another 40 years, and create a smoother ride for the traveling public. The following four contracts were completed this quarter.

I-5/Southbound S. Lucile Street to Spring Street - Pavement Repair

This contract replaced damaged concrete panels, ground the pavement surface in all lanes to eliminate ruts, repaved several onand off-ramps, and repaired the gate at the south end of the I-5 express lanes.

Budget: The contract was delivered for $10.4 million, on budget with respect to the last approved amount of $10.4 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in October 2019, on time with respect to the last approved schedule.

I-5/Northbound Boeing Access Road to N.E. Ravenna Bridge - Pavement Repair

This contract replaced expansion joints and large sections of concrete pavement, ground and repaved the roadway, added pedestrian ramp upgrades, and added safety barrier improvements.

Budget: The contract was delivered for $21.8 million, which is $300,000 (1%) above the last approved budget of $21.4 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in October 2019, one month behind the last approved schedule.

I-5/Northbound S. Spokane Street Vicinity - Concrete Pavement Replacement

This contract replaced the concrete pavement and adjusted concrete panel longitudinal joints to match existing lane lines while maintaining drainage features.

Budget: The contract was delivered for $12.2 million, which s $700,000 (6%) above than the last approved budget of $11.5 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in October 2019, one month behind the last approved schedule.

I-5/Northbound I-90 Vicinity to James Street Vicinity - Concrete Pavement Replacement

This contract replaced the concrete pavement, including affected traffic data loop detectors.

Budget: The contract was delivered for $11.8 million, on budget with respect to the last approved amount of $11.8 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in September 2019, on time with respect to the last approved schedule.

I-90/Hyak to Keechelus Dam Phase 1F - Fencing 1B

(Kittitas County) Transportation Partnership Account - Contract

This contract constructed wildlife exclusionary fencing along the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East corridor.

Project benefits: This contract installed fencing on I-90 between milepost 55.1 and milepost 59.9 to keep animals off the roadway and to direct them to crossing structures, which will reduce animal/vehicle collisions.

Budget: The contract was delivered for $1.5 million, on budget with respect to the last approved amount of $1.5 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in October 2019, on time with respect to the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: Because fencing contractors are typically sub-contractors and not prime contractors for WSDOT projects, there was a limited number of prequalified contractors interested in submitting bids for this work.

I-90/Keechelus Dam to Stampede Pass Phase 2F - Fencing 2A

(Kittitas County) Transportation Partnership Account - Contract

This contract constructed wildlife exclusionary fencing along the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East corridor.

Project benefits: This contract installed fencing from I-90 milepost 59.5 to milepost 62 to keep animals off the roadway and to direct them to crossing structures, which will reduce animal/vehicle collisions.

Budget: The contract was delivered for $2.3 million, on budget with respect to the last approved budget of $2.3 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in October 2019, on time with respect to the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: Because fencing contractors are typically sub-contractors and not prime contractors for WSDOT projects, there was a limited number of prequalified contractors interested in submitting bids for this work.

2019 Q3 (Q1 2019-2021 biennium)

WSDOT completes one TPA project and one Connecting Washington project

WSDOT completed one Transportation Partnership Account project and one Connecting Washington project during the first quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium (July through September 2019).

I-90/Snoqualmie Pass East - Hyak to Keechelus Dam - Corridor Improvement

(Kittitas County) Transportation Partnership Account - Project

This contract constructed wildlife exclusionary fencing along the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East corridor.

WSDOT completed the second phase of a four-phase mega project to improve the Interstate 90 corridor east of Snoqualmie Pass this quarter. The $564.5 million I-90/Snoqualmie Pass East - Hyak to Keechelus Dam - Corridor Improvement project was funded by the 2005 Transportation Partnership Account.

The project, which started in 2009, widened I-90, built and replaced bridges— including two new avalanche bridges—stabilized rock slopes and expanded chain-up and chain-off areas. Two contracts that were part of this project were finished during the quarter, bringing this project to completion.

I-90/Snowshed to Keechelus Dam Phase 1C - Replace Snowshed and Add Lanes

(Kittitas County) Transportation Partnership Account - Contract

This contract constructed additional lanes and a new snowshed on the new I-90 alignment.

Contract benefits: This contract increased the capacity on I-90 by adding a new lane in each direction. The work, which included replacing deteriorating concrete pavement, improved safety by reducing road closures due to avalanches, adding and replacing bridges and culverts, straightening sharp curves, and stabilizing rock slopes.

Budget: The contract was delivered for $251.4 million, which is below the last approved amount of $251.8 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in September 2019, one month behind the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: This contract was delayed while WSDOT explored and implemented a new design of two elevated bridges instead of a wider snowshed. For the same cost as a snowshed, the elevated bridges will save the agency approximately $650,000 annually on fire and life safety system operating costs that would have been required for a snowshed. The contract was further delayed due to union labor negotiations.

I-90/Keechelus Dam to Stampede Pass - Add Lanes/Build Wildlife Bridge

(Kittitas County) Transportation Partnership Account - Contract

This contract constructed a wildlife bridge, expanded I-90 to a six-lane freeway and extended the westbound chain-up area.

Contract benefits: The contract increased capacity by adding a new lane in each direction. It improved safety by replacing concrete pavement, stabilizing rock slopes, building a wildlife crossing, straightening the roadway and adding a new chain-up area.

Budget: The contract was delivered for $103.2 million, which is below the last approved amount of $105.3 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in September 2019, three months behind the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: Due to the higher than anticipated bids, fencing was removed from the scope of work funded by this contract. The fencing work may be funded in the future with contract savings or funding from the legislature.

The wildlife bridge crossing on I-90 in Kittitas County
The wildlife bridge crossing on I-90 in Kittitas County reduces the potential for crashes between vehicles and animals on I-90 by providing an unobstructed path between habitats on both sides of the highway.

I-5/116th St. NE Interchange - Tulalip Tribe Lead

(Snohomish County) Connecting Washington - Project

This project, completed in collaboration with the Tulalip Tribe, is the fourth and final phase in the diamond interchange replacement project on Interstate 5 at 116th Street Northeast near Marysville.

Project benefits: This project realigned existing diamond ramps into a new configuration, and added a single traffic signal and new lighting. Crews also completed stormwater and landscaping improvements, laid down pavement markings, added signage, and improved water and sewer infrastructure.

Budget: The project was delivered for $15.3 million, which is the same as the last approved amount of $15.3 million.

Schedule: This project was delivered in July 2019, one month behind the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: The posting of the initial advertisement notice was delayed by four months, postponing the start of the project.

2019 Q2 (Q8 2017-2019 biennium)

No projects reported as operationally complete during the quarter

WSDOT did not report any Connecting Washington, Nickel or TPA projects or contracts as operationally complete during the eighth quarter of the 2017-2019 biennium (April through June 2019).

2019 Q1 (Q7 2017-2019 biennium)

WSDOT completes a Connecting Washington project and a contract during the quarter

WSDOT completed one Connecting Washington project and one Connecting Washington contract during the seventh quarter of the 2017—2019 biennium (January through March 2019).

SR 518/Des Moines Memorial Drive - Interchange Improvements

(King County) Connecting Washington - Project

This project constructed a two-lane, eastbound off-ramp from SR 518 to Des Moines Memorial Drive in Burien.

Project benefits: This project improves freight and vehicle access to the city of Burien's Northeast Redevelopment Area, the Port of Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region. Previously, eastbound heavy truck traffic from SR 518 to Des Moines Memorial Drive was routed through city streets.

Budget: This project was delivered for $13.5 million, which on target with the last approved budget.

Schedule: This project was delivered in January 2019, one quarter later than the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: Construction was originally reported to be completed in one season, but the project had been planned over two seasons. WSDOT caught the reporting error and corrected it.

I-405/SR 167 Interchange - Direct Connector

(King County) Connecting Washington - Contract

This contract built the first segment of the I-405/SR 167 interchange project by constructing a direct connector for the express toll lanes between SR 167 and I-405.

Contract benefits: This contract helps improve traffic flow and decreases the likelihood of collisions by reducing weaving issues and keeping traffic moving within the proposed express toll lane system. It also installed a noise wall, built stormwater management facilities, and upgraded stream crossings.

Budget: This contract was delivered for $168.5 million, which is 14.2% above the last approved budget of $154.3 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in February 2019, on target with the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: This contract employed practical design ideas facilitated through a Practical Design Workshop, which resulted in cost reductions totalling $2,109,000.

2018 Q4 (Q6 2017-2019 biennium)

WSDOT completes three Connecting Washington projects during the quarter

WSDOT completed three Connecting Washington projects during the sixth quarter of the 2017-2019 biennium (October through December 2018). WSDOT also completed two Nickel and Transportation Partnership Account projects and three contracts during the quarter and reported on one completed in an earlier quarter.

US 12/Wildcat Creek Bridge - Replace Bridge

(Yakima County) Connecting Washington - Project

The bridge crossing Wildcat Creek on US 12 east of White Pass was built in 1936 and was showing signs of deterioration due to age and normal wear. This project replaced the older bridge to preserve the structural and functional integrity of this section of US 12.

Project benefits: The new bridge provides more reliable transportation on US 12 over White Pass.

Budget: This project was delivered for approximately $8.3 million, 31% ($3.7 million) below the last approved budget of $12.0 million.

Schedule: This project was delivered in October 2018, about one year and one month earlier than the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: The total project cost decreased due to favorable bids provided through the design-build project. Additionally, the ad date was advanced by 13 months which also advanced the operationally complete date.

I-5/Chamber Way Bridge - Emergency Repair and Replacement

(Lewis County) Connecting Washington - Contract

The Chamber Way Bridge was hit by an over-height load in the southbound lanes in July 2016, causing major structural damage to the southbound span. This emergency contract, which is part of a larger project to improve Chamber Way, removed the damaged span, installed a temporary span to keep Chamber Way open, and replaced the span with a structure consistent with a future interchange reconstruction project.

Contract benefits: The contract replaced the existing structure and temporary bridge that was in place with a taller, wider bridge across I-5 with improved pedestrian and bicyclist access.

Budget: This contract was delivered for approximately $15.5 million, 0.4% ($67,200) below the last approved budget of $15.6 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in November 2018, about one month later than the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: To expedite the repair and replacement contract and keep traffic on I-5 and Chamber Way flowing, WSDOT opted to go with design-build construction. WSDOT held multiple open houses on the project, and worked with the contractor to implement Practical Solutions (like utilizing the existing signal system instead of replacing it) to ensure the contract was completed as efficiently and costeffectively as possible.

US 101/Lynch Road - Safety Improvements

(Mason County) Connecting Washington - Project

These combined Connecting Washington and Transportation Partnership Account projects built a new acceleration lane for drivers merging onto southbound US 101, eliminating the need for drivers to wait in the highway median before traveling southbound on US 101. Crews also added a second acceleration lane, giving Lynch Road drivers additional room to reach highway speeds before merging onto northbound US 101.

Project benefits: The project helps reduce the potential for collisions and improve traffic flow on US 101 at Lynch Road.

Budget: WSDOT initially contributed $1 million in TPA funds to improve safety to the roadway network on US 101 at Lynch Road. This portion was completed in July 2018. Mason County served as the lead agency for this project and received WSDOT's financial assistance through an additional $2.6 million from the Connecting Washington funding package. Both portions were on target with their last approved budgets.

Schedule: The overall project was delivered in November 2018, on target with the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: The project team evaluated the existing operational and safety performance of the intersection to define the project need. Five alternatives were developed and feedback was solicited from community stakeholders through public and individual meetings. These meetings helped determine that a northbound and southbound acceleration lane would not only reduce the potential for collisions, but also reduce congestion.

US 195/Colfax to Spangle - Add Passing Lanes - Phase 2

(Whitman County) Connecting Washington - Contract

This contract completes the overall US 195/Colfax to Spangle Passing Lane project, which provides additional passing opportunities on the corridor to reduce the potential for head-on collisions. The project was split into two phases with the first phase constructing two passing lanes near Colfax in 2017 and the second phase building four additional passing lane segments on US 195 between the two cities. In total, US 195/Colfax to Spangle Add Passing Lanes project was completed for $6.6 million.

Contract benefits: Adding northbound and southbound passing lanes helps reduce the potential for head-on collisions on this segment of US 195.

Budget: This contract was delivered for approximately $5.5 million, 5% ($25,100) above the last approved budget.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in October 2018, about one month earlier than the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: Because this overall project was completed in two phases, some of the individual contract costs increased.

I-405/SR 167 Interchange Catch Basins - Drainage Repair

(King County) Connecting Washington - Contract

This contract, part of the larger I-405/Renton to Bellevue Corridor Widening project, repaired catch basins at the I-405/SR 167 Interchange to prevent further deterioration of existing drainage structures.

Project benefits: The project helps extend the life of drainage structures at the I-405/SR 167 Interchange.

Budget: This project was delivered for approximately $2.4 million, 30% ($550,000) above the last approved budget of $1.8 million.

Schedule: This project was delivered in November 2018, about two months earlier than the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: The project's cost increased due to additional work required to coordinate work with full weekend closures on the I-405/SR 167 Interchange - Direct Connector project. The coordination efforts reduced the impact to the traveling public.

US 395/North Spokane Corridor Freya St. - Structures

(Spokane County) Nickel & TPS - Contract

This finished contract completes the larger US 395/North Spokane Corridor - Design and Right of Way - New Alignment project by constructing mainline bridges and retaining walls over Freya Street. It also constructed the second phase of mainline retaining walls adjacent to the BNSF tracks. The North Spokane Corridor project in its entirety is due to be completed in 2029 and will include Connecting Washington funds.

Contract benefits: The contract built two mainline freeway bridges over Freya Street, north of Francis Avenue. The bridges now carry the main freeway lanes of the North Spokane Corridor across Freya Street and connect to the existing freeway lanes to the Hillyard industrial area. The contract also separated highway traffic from local traffic, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Budget: This contract was delivered for approximately $10.3 million, 4.0% ($397,290) above the last approved budget of $9.9 million. The overall US 395/North Spokane Corridor - Design and Right of Way - New Alignment project was completed for $223.4 million, about 2.7% ($6.3 million) less than the last approved budget of $229.7 million.

Schedule: This contract and overall project were delivered in October 2018, one month earlier than the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: Contract costs were higher than planned primarily due to increases in the unit bid prices of structure items and the addition of railroad flagging.

US 395/North Spokane Corridor - Design and Right of Way - New Alignment project
A bird's-eye view of construction at Freya Street as part of the US 395/North Spokane Corridor project. This portion of the larger NSC project was operationally complete in October 2018.

I-5/M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV

(Pierce County) Nickel & TPA - Contract

This contract, which is part of the larger I-5/Tacoma HOV Improvement project, demolished and replaced the Pacific Avenue, McKinley Way and L Street bridges over I-5; removed the 30th Street Bridge and built a new northbound bridge over SR 7 and I-705, leaving the existing bridge for HOV. It also widened I-5 and built northbound and southbound HOV lanes from South M Street to Portland Avenue.

Contract benefits: The contract helps reduce congestion on this section of I-5 and enhance driver safety.

Budget: This contract was delivered for approximately $177.2 million, on target with the last approved budget.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in November 2018, about three months later than the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: The contract's cost increased by about $16.4 million over the initial estimates due to different site conditions, unsuitable soil excavation, hazardous materials, additional traffic control needs and staging conflicts.

I-5/Portland Ave. to Port of Tacoma Rd. - Northbound HOV

(Pierce County) Nickel & TPS - Contract

This contract, which is part of the larger I-5/Tacoma HOV Improvement project, constructed a new northbound I-5 bridge across the Puyallup River. It also reconstructed the I-5/SR 167 interchange, widening the East Bay St. bridges and reconstructing all on- and off-ramps except for the southbound off-ramp to SR 167 and Portland Avenue. The I-5/Portland Avenue Bridge was widened and the north side ramps were reconstructed. I-5 was widened and a northbound HOV lane was constructed from Portland Avenue to the Port of Tacoma Interchange.

Contract benefits: The contract helps reduce congestion on this section of I-5 and enhance driver safety.

Budget: This contract was delivered for approximately $257.7 million, on target with the last approved budget.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in October 2018, on target with the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: The bid opening was delayed to allow more time to negotiate with the Puyallup Tribe on the project’s impacts and easement acquisition, and to allow for the in-water work window. These negotiations and addressing tribal concerns delayed the initial start of the project.

I-5/Northbound S. 260th St. to Duwamish River Bridge - Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation

(King County) Nickel - Contract

The contract, part of the larger I-5 Concrete Rehabilitation Program, rehabilitated concrete pavement on I-5 northbound, and included diamond grinding, milling and inlaying of hot mix asphalt road surfaces to match the concrete pavement. The project also rehabilitated two bridge decks.

Contract benefits: Replacing broken concrete panels, repaving and grinding the interstate improves the driving surface, extends the life of I-5 and creates a smoother, safer drive. Replacing expansion joints on the Interurban Avenue and Duwamish River bridges ensures those structures will remain open and operational.

Budget: This contract was delivered for approximately $39.8 million, on target with the last approved budget.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in October 2018, on target with the last approved schedule.

Highlights/challenges: This contract's total cost increased by approximately $8.8 million at award due to higher than expected bids on major work items like mobilization and concrete grinding and concrete panel replacement. The roadway condition was also worse than anticipated, requiring more materials than initially planned.

2018 Q3 (Q5 2017-2019 biennium)

WSDOT completes Connecting Washington contract in fifth quarter of the biennium

WSDOT completed one Connecting Washington contract during the fifth quarter of the 2017-2019 biennium (July through September 2018).

I-5 - Mounts Rd. to Center Dr. - Auxiliary Lane Extension

(Pierce County) Connecting Washington - Contract

This contract is part of the larger I-5/Joint Bast Lewis McChord Corridor Improvement project and helps improve traffic flow through the that area in south Pierce County. This section of the corridor experiences routine congestion due to traffic entering I-5 from Mounts Road, commercial trucks using a nearby weigh station, traffic exiting and entering I-5 at the Center Drive interchange and traffic exiting I-5 to the Steilacoom-DuPont Road interchange and JBLM’s DuPont Gate.

By extending the northbound I-5 auxiliary lane 1.5 miles to the Mounts Road bridge, commercial trucks approaching the weigh station along with other vehicles entering and exiting I-5 can travel in this lane while the majority of traffic uses the three adjacent thru-lanes.

Contract benefits: The contract helps reduce congestion by providing a supplemental lane for trucks and traffic entering and exiting northbound I-5 through JBLM, and reduces the potential for crashes by adding a higher center median barrier.

Budget: This contract was delivered for approximately $12.0 million, 1.8% above the last approved budget of $11.7 million and 52% above the initial cost of $7.9 million.

Schedule: This contract was delivered in August 2018, about one month later than the last approved schedule and about one year later than the initial schedule.

Highlights/challenges: The contract was initially delayed due to unseasonable weather although efforts were made to recover the schedule during construction. A late update to the contract plans also contributed to the delay. The auxiliary lane opened to travelers in November 2017 with temporary striping but the contract was not considered operationally complete until permanent striping was added.

2018 Q2 (Q4 2017-2019 biennium)

WSDOT reports one completed project during the quarter

WSDOT completed one Connecting Washington project in the fourth quarter of the 2017-2019 biennium (April through June 2018).

SR 20/Sharpes Corner Vicinity - Improvements

(Skagit County) Connecting Washington - Project

This project is designed to reduce the potential for collisions, reduce congestion and improve freight movement at the intersections of SR 20/SR 20 Spur (Sharpes Corner), SR2/Fidalgo Bay Rd. and SR 20/Miller-Gibralter Rd.

Project benefits: The new roundabouts in the Sharpes Corner area were designed to improve access to the cities of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island and Anacortes by reducing congestion levels along with reducing the potential for collisions. The project also addressed environmental concerns by improving stormwater culverts and detention ponds to meet WSDOT's current standards.

Budget: This project was operationally complete for $13.4 million, on budget with respect to the initial and last approved budget.

Schedule: This project was operationally complete in June 2018, early with respect to the current Legislative schedule.

Highlights/challenges: Proactive community outreach efforts resulted in the inclusion of a bike and pedestrian trail in the intersection improvements. This trail connects US Bike Route 10 in Skagit County with Bike Route 3 on Whidbey Island. WSDOT also decided to coordinate the multiple roundabouts and consolidate the construction schedules based on local feedback.

SR 20/Sharpes Corner Vicinity - Improvements SR 20/Sharpes Corner Vicinity - Improvements
The photos above show the before and after, respectively, images of the Sharpes Corner intersection.

2018 Q1 (Q3 2017-2019 biennium)

WSDOT reports one completed contract during the quarter

WSDOT completed one Connecting Washington contract in the third quarter of the 2017-2019 biennium (January through March 2018).

I-5/Mounts Road Vicinity - Variable Message Sign

(Pierce County) Connecting Washington - Contract

This contract installed a Variable Message Sign (VMS) on northbound I-5 approaching Mounts Road near DuPont. It is part of the larger I-5/Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Corridor Improvements project.

Contract benefits: The VMS was installed prior to the beginning of construction on the I-5, Steilacoom-Dupont Road to Thorne Lane - Corridor Improvements contract, which is also part of the I-5/Joint Base LewisMcChord Corridor Improvements project. The VMS will provide useful information to drivers in this area during the course of this contract, which will widen I-5 from Exit 119 to Exit 124. In addition, the VMS will improve future corridor congestion management and safety in the area.

Budget: This contract was operationally complete for $474,000, on budget with respect to the last approved budget. This contract is part of the I-5 JBLM Corridor Improvements project, so it did not have an individual initial budget.

Schedule: This project was operationally complete in January 2018, on time with respect to the initial and last approved schedule.

I-5/Mounts Road Vicinity - Variable Message Sign
This Variable Message Sign on northbound I-5 approaching Mounts Road near DuPont is part of the larger I-5/Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Corridor Improvements project and will improve future corridor congestion management and safety in the area.

GNB reporting on projects and contracts

The Gray Notebook differentiates completed projects from completed contracts. Larger projects frequently include smaller contracts (e.g. pavement replacement on a section of I-5 that is part of a larger concrete rehabilitation project). Completing contracts does not mean that these larger projects are finished. For example, a project can involve three contracts total and have two contracts finished. The project would be complete when the third and final contract is done.

To match reports to the Legislature, projects are reported using eight biennial quarters based on fiscal years (July-June).



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