WASHINGTON

The Seattle Department of Transportation recently conducted a study to figure out how to best repair the West Seattle Bridge. New analysis indicates that repairing the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge may be possible, but the department still do not know how long any repairs would last or whether useful repairs allowing us to reopen the bridge, even partially, for the time it would take to plan, design and construct a replacement would be feasible.

With two new gantry cranes towering against the sky, there's no doubt a $455 million project outside of Seattle is well underway. It's part of a program the Washington DOT (WSDOT) calls the "Rest of the West," a series of projects for the remaining $1.6 billion in improvements to SR 520.

A four-year closure begins to replace a bridge that has stood for 110 years. The historic East Trent Bridge, built in 1910 on State Route 290, is finally set to be demolished starting in early June. Travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes as Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews begin to remove and replace the structure.

SEATTLE (AP) — The West Seattle Bridge needs additional support before contractors enter the 600-ft. arched span to complete scheduled repairs needed so the bridge can be reopened for traffic, city officials said. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the emergency bridge closure after a sudden acceleration of cracks within its hollow girders, the Seattle Times reported.

Mammoet has successfully completed the transport and lift of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's newest expansion, an elevated pedestrian walkway for the future international arrival's facility. Part of the airport's $968 million expansion, the new bridge is only the second walkway in the world with suitable clearance for a Boeing 747 to taxi beneath.

Deutz Corporation announced two recent changes to its North American distributor network. Hamilton Engine of Portland, Ore., has been acquired by Palmer Johnson Power Systems of Sun Prairie, Wisc. The new company, now known as Hamilton Engine, a Palmer Johnson Company, will now cover not just the state of Oregon, but also the western half of Washington and Alaska.

Doosan equipment customers can receive their new, specifically configured machines faster in the United States and Canada due to a streamlined fulfillment process from Doosan Infracore North America LLC. Whether a crawler excavator with narrow tracks or a wheel loader with a counterweight, Doosan machines could arrive four to six weeks after the order is submitted.

Since mid-June, the Washington State Department of Transportation closed a portion of State Route 506 near Vader to replace the aging and failing Lacamas Creek Bridge in Lewis County. While drilling foundations for the replacement structure, WSDOT's contractors, Farline Bridge Inc., discovered dense soil conditions, which will delay the reopening of the highway.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) Puget Sound Energy's liquefied natural gas facility at the Port of Tacoma in Washington state has cleared a final construction hurdle. The News Tribune reported the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced that it had completed its review of the facility's notice of construction application, including public comments.

SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city this year will invest a record amount of $110 million into affordable housing. The Seattle Times reported the funding will go toward the construction and redevelopment of 1,944 new units across the city.

With four successful auctions under J. Stout Auctions' belt in Spokane, Wash., the company hit a record-setting number of live and online bidders at its latest auction. More than 1,100 people attended the sale at the newly opened permanent facility off Highway 2.