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Water authority’s new straw at Lake Mead starts to fill

By Mark | Feb 18, 2016

By Henry Brean Las Vegas Review-Journal After seven years of construction, the Las Vegas Valley’s new straw into Lake Mead now has some water in it. General contractor Vegas Tunnel Constructors began sending the first 11 million gallons into the 3-mile tunnel beneath the bed of the lake Thursday afternoon, marking the latest milestone for a complicated and … Read more

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New 520 bridge to open in April; walkers, bicyclists get to try it first

By Mark | Jan 14, 2016

From:  Seatle Times Jan 12 2016 By  Mike Lindblom Seattle Times transportation reporter The new Highway 520 bridge will open to traffic this spring, with westbound lanes tentatively expected to open April 11 and eastbound lanes tentatively scheduled to open April 25, state officials announced Tuesday. At 7,710 feet, it will be the longest floating bridge … Read more

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$817M Lake Mead intake project almost complete

By Mark | Jul 7, 2015

In this June 1, 2015 photo, a steel cap on top of a water intake riser holds back the water of Lake Mead in a tunnel still under construction near Boulder City, Nev. When operational, the three-mile-long tunnel and intake will allow the Southern Nevada Water Authority to draw water from Lake Mead even if … Read more

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Final Pontoons Nearly in Place for Floating Bridge in Seattle

By Mark | Jun 16, 2015

re-posted from The world’s longest floating bridge will soon be eclipsed by a newer, longer span a few feet away on Lake Washington in Seattle. As crews from Kiewit-General-Manson (KGM) move toward swinging the final 1,000 ft worth of concrete pontoons into place this July, the owner—Washington State Dept. of Transportation—looks toward opening this … Read more

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Snoqualmie Falls hydropower project honored with USSD award

By Mark | May 4, 2014

Bozeman, MT, USA 04/25/2014 By Bethany Duarte Associate Editor The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project was selected by the U.S. Society on Dams (USSD) as its Excellence in the Constructed Project award recipient for 2014. The award was presented at the USSD Annual meeting in San Francisco earlier this month. This is USSD’s top award … Read more

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Seattle City Light installs new underwater data line, avoids $480K in construction costs

By Mark | Feb 5, 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013 Changes in environmental law left Seattle City Light to face an estimated $500,000 in construction costs when it wanted to install conduits for a new underwater fiber optic data line. The proposed maintenance would stretch across a tunnel that runs along a ship canal 60 feet below the surface of Portage … Read more

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SR 520 Pontoon and Floating Bridge – Progress Update

By Mark | Dec 20, 2012

Latest update Date: Friday, December 14, 2012 Contact: Suanne Pelley, SR 520 Communications, 206-770-3578, 206-437-5717 (cell) Quality assurance update: One column to be replaced at contractor direction SEATTLE – Upcoming work on piers and columns for the new State Route 520 bridge will involve excavation in the lakebed inside a protective steel curtain known as … Read more

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Las Vegas In Luck

By Mark | May 15, 2012

Fears that Las Vegas could run dry are allayed with news that a connection to a new reliable water source is on schedule with a key phase finished this March. Years of drought have halved the capacity of the lake supplying the desert city, with the threat that the water level could fall below the … Read more

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Ballard locks closed due to repairs

By Mark | Mar 14, 2012

Diver Dave Cleary surfaces after guiding another sheet piling in place during repair operations at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. By Anne-Marije Rook 02/07/2012 From the Ballard News-Tribune The Ballard locks will be closed to all pedestrian traffic Feb. 7 and Feb. 8th to all pedestrian traffic as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is … Read more

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