Delivery Trucks to 520 Pontoon Site Exceed Bridge Limits

(A) 520 Pontoon Casting Site in Aberdeen, WA. Image: Google Maps

One wonders if this story from Aberdeen’s The Daily World will finally wake WSDOT up to the if-you-build-it-traffic-will-come catch-22 of highway expansion.

Since the recent start of 520 pontoon construction in Aberdeen, the State Patrol has been enforcing weight limits for heavy trucks crossing local bridges with fines as high as $17,000. Aberdeen’s topography is such that one bridge or another must be crossed to enter the city. Until recently, the Patrol has turned a blind eye toward heavy trucks on bridges but the barrage of concrete material deliveries to WSDOT’s pontoon casting site means the weight limits — weight limits set by WSDOT — now must be enforced.

This is rich. As the State spends money to build 520’s new pontoons, it also collects fines from subcontractors doing the State’s work. Furthermore, the heavy loads fatiguing Aberdeen’s bridges may mean WSDOT will soon have more bridges to replace. It’s more than poetic that the infrastructure we have can’t support the infrastructure we desire. It’s hubris.

2 thoughts on “Delivery Trucks to 520 Pontoon Site Exceed Bridge Limits

  1. Perhaps the state shouldn’t have decided in a closed door session to build a $5 billion dollar bridge that doesnt address half of the real transportation issues
    Perhaps in the 60’s a suspension bridge wasn’t possible due to the limited distance they could span would have required the towers be in the lake
    But this crazy thing happened, our technology improved in the past 50 years
    Too bad whoever stood to profit from a suspension bridge replacement of 520 which would be far superior in a long list of ways wasnt invited to that closed door meeting
    My civil engineering buddies at UW lamented to me about how feasible, superior, efficient, and gorgeous a suspension bridge would be in the emerald city
    If only…

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