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.